Home inspections are still a good idea, even after closing.
After a frenzied search in a competitive market you secured the house you wanted, however you had to make an unconditional offer to get ahead of other bidders – not always the best idea, but it’s the 2020's and it’s what we sometimes have to do.
It’s not too late for a home inspection. You already own the house, and any repairs are most likely your responsibility, however you can still benefit from a home inspection by learning more about the house – and most importantly, what maintenance and repairs you may need to plan and budget for. If you know more about what may be needed you will have a better opportunity for mitigation, before little problems become needlessly big ones.
A home inspection performed after purchase should be the same as any pre-purchase home inspection… and without the pressure of time constraints you’ll have the opportunity to pick and choose your home inspector, and create a prioritized list of repairs, maintenance and desirable improvements to your new home.
A thorough home inspection should include an evaluation of major components such as:
Although not mandatory within professional standards of practice, some home inspectors will provide ancillary services possibly including inspection of swimming pools, household appliances, wood burning fireplaces, out buildings and other facilities. Sampling of mold and materials possibly containing lead paint, asbestos and other environmental concerns may be offered for an extra fee, or conducted by third party providers.
When shopping for a home inspector consider the following:
The last thing to consider is price. Home inspectors are not all the same. Although you don’t need to over-pay, all too often homebuyers find that by trying to save $50 to $100 they end up with an inadequate inspection report.
Choose an experienced home inspector who comes well-referred, and with whom you feel comfortable.
Learn more about home inspections at www.electrospec.ca
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.