Old. Used. New. Every house could benefit from a home inspection. A typical inspection takes about 2 to 3 hours, but the time you’ll save in peace of mind is incalculable. When selling your home, an inspection can help you decide on an asking price and make you feel confident knowing the house’s worth. And even if the house you’re buying is brand new that doesn’t mean you should assume that everything is perfect. A quality home inspection is always worth the additional cost, and can greatly reduce the risks concerned with buying or selling a property. New houses in British Columbia typically have a guaranteed one or two year warranty to repair any defects, and you should have an inspector look at your home before your new home warranty – whether it be 1, 2, 5 or 10 years – expires.
THE INSPECTION PROCESS
A qualified inspector will examine your house’s foundation, structure, and all the interconnected systems – mechanical, electrical, plumbing, heating, insulation – that make it your home. Even new homes can have flaws. It may look good on the outside, but how is it on the inside? Was the construction all completed properly and the appropriate standards of professionalism and supervision maintained? Defects, deficiencies or potential problems will be spotted, and, where appropriate, repair or replacement suggested. If caught during the warranty period then accrued costs for repair or replacement will be covered by the insurer, not you, the homeowner.
A TRAINED EYE
Using the trained eagle eye of a registered home inspector will give you peace of mind, save you money, and ensure you are getting the best out of your insurance. Any reputable inspector will encourage you to attend the inspection of your home so you can become familiar with all aspects of your home – the structure, appearance, and all the systems that operate within it. You will learn a great deal about the condition of your home, how its systems work, how to spot potential defects before they become problems, and how to collate a list of regular (but essential) maintenance tasks to ensure your home not only keeps looking good but keeps operating at optimal efficiency too. This is also an ideal time to discuss plans for renovations, and any concerns which may arise because of it.
The inspector will provide you with a home inspection report detailing all of their analysis, conclusions, and suggestions. And remember: always, always ask questions. Become an expert on your own home, and at the same time you will help the inspector understand what it’s like to live in the place you call home.
Having your home inspected by a reputable, qualified, and experienced inspector is as important as having the roof over your head. A few hundred dollars to buy peace of mind and to ensure the structural integrity and safety of your home is money very well spent. Saving money, ensuring peace of mind, and safeguarding your investment – What doesn’t sound good about that deal?
Contact Building Pro Inspections to learn more. Help us help you make the right decision on the sale, purchase, or renovation of a home. Be assured you’re making the right choice, and then rest assured by having Building Pro safeguard your choice with a detailed and professional inspection near the end of your warranty periods. Book your home inspection today.