Importance of using a house inspector


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What every buyer should know about using a house inspector. An important part of the buying process. For more information call us today at or Call Chris Pitman at 506-238-4497.

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Importance of using a house inspector

  1. 1. About Your HouseHiring a Home Inspector
  2. 2. Buying Your Home One of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make will be your home But, once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain and repair it This is why it’s best to about potential problems before you buy
  3. 3. What Home And PropertyInspectors Do One of the best ways to understand about a home’s condition, habitability and safety is to hire a professional home inspector Property inspectors inspect commercial properties. Many perform home and property inspections A home inspector reviews how one component of your house might affect the operability or lifespan of another
  4. 4. What Home And PropertyInspectors Do Property Inspectors determine the underperforming components, items that are beyond their useful life or are those that are unsafe. They identify necessary repairs or areas that may have had previous problems Inspections to provide clients a better understanding of property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection Inspections typically take 3 hours and cost $500
  5. 5. Scope Of The Inspection The inspector will check exterior components including… …roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, dow nspouts, wall surfaces, windows, doors, the foundation and the grading around it If problems or symptoms beyond the scope of the inspection are found, further evaluation may be recommended
  6. 6. Scope Of The Inspection Interior systems the home inspector will check include… …electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulati on, flooring, ceiling and walls, windows and doors No warranties or guarantees are supplied
  7. 7. Choosing A Home Inspector Reputable inspectors often belong to a provincial or regional industry association These associations have set standards, some of which are recognized by provincial governments The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) with the support of CMHC, Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Construction Sector Council… …developed a voluntary national accreditation and certification program to help ensure the competency and professionalism of home inspectors
  8. 8. Choosing A Home Inspector Home inspectors who have met the requirements of this national certification program are designated National Certificate Holders
  9. 9. Frequently Asked Questions The following questions and answers have been preparedto help you to choose a home inspector…
  10. 10. 1. How Do I Find A HomeInspector? Check association websites, the Yellow PagesTM or housing or home trade magazines Ask friends or family members Your real estate agent may also make suggestions by providing a list of home inspectors to choose from Do your research and choose your home inspector wisely
  11. 11. 2. How Long Has The HomeInspector Been In Business? The competence of a house inspector can be expected to improve with the number of years in business and the number of home inspections conducted Experienced home inspectors will be better prepared to assess the condition of the house
  12. 12. 3. What About Qualifications& References? Look for people who belong to a provincial association and who have taken inspection courses such as: defect recognition, building sciences, and home construction Knowledgable inspectors have a good understanding of home systems and components and work to a strict code of ethics Many have practical experience or a background in engineering, construction and related building trades
  13. 13. 3. What About Qualifications & References? Anyone can become a member of a home inspection association… …so check that the inspector has completed the association’s certification process Ask for proof of membership of an association and for references Check inspectors’ service standards with referees and the Better Business Bureau
  14. 14. 4. What Else Does The HomeInspector Do/Not Do? Many home inspectors associations have a code of ethics preventing them from offering services to repair or improve homes they have inspected While they may provide you with a personal opinion based on past experience, it is recommended you obtain three quotes from qualified contractors Inspections should not be conducted at night, as a vital components of the exterior cannot be seen
  15. 15. 5. Where Can I Find Out More? The home inspector may point you to the firm’s website, to their industry association, provide company details, list inspector qualifications or describe a range of services offered
  16. 16. 6. What Happens After TheInspection? The home inspector generally provides a written report reviewing every major home system and component within 24 hours of the inspection
  17. 17. 7. Should I Hire A HomeInspector For My New Home? A pre-delivery inspection (PDI) may be a requirement in closing the purchase of a new home During the PDI, the homebuyer and builder inspect the home to ensure all conditions of the sales agreement are met Any outstanding work, and warrantable defects or deficiencies, are identified You may have a home inspector present if you wish Enquire if the inspector has the knowledge/experience to conduct this type of inspection
  18. 18. A Final Note CMHC does not recommend or endorse any individual home inspector or association. CMHC supports national uniform standards of competency for home inspectors For more information on the inspection industry’s National Certification Program, please refer to the National Certification Authority’s website