Home inspections are necessary. They help us determine the value of a home. An inspection will help you, the potential buyer, become familiar with the property and any of its problems, resulting in an educated purchasing decision. There are many things to keep in mind when selecting an inspector and during the inspection, though. Here are a dozen home inspection tips for first time buyers that will help you obtain a thorough and professional inspection.
- Choose a qualified inspector. Your absolute best bet is to find him or her in the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors BC web site located here http://www.cahpi.bc.ca/ – be sure to look into their expertise, qualifications and experience.
- Whether you are buying or selling, your inspector will not be able to make any decisions for you. They are only there to suggest the value of the home, and what can be done to improve it. They will not advise you to buy it.
- Ask your inspector if he or she is insured. This will protect you in the event anything in their inspection is overlooked or erroneous.
- Check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints against your Inspector.
- Get a reference or two from your inspector. This is potentially your new home. Making sure you’re buying something that is in good repair and worth what you are paying is extremely important, and only a good, qualified, thorough inspector will be able to tell you that. Make sure he or she is the right one by checking their previous work.
- Make sure you’re there with the inspector as he evaluates it. This will give you plenty of opportunity to see any problems there might be with your own eyes, and assess whether or not it is a problem that you, yourself are willing to take on once the home is purchased.
- Keep in mind that the perfect home does not exist. There will be problems and it is up to you to decide if the problems are ones that you can deal with or make the purchase simply not worth it.
- The biggest and most common problem in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, is water damage and leaking. Make sure that your inspector does a thorough job with this and other aspects of the home that are the most costly to repair including: plumbing, the roof, the furnace or boiler, the electrical wiring, gutters and drains outside of the house, bad grading, and bad pipes.
- When you get your written report afterwards, be sure to read it. The Inspector will most likely do their best to explain to you their findings, but nothing will give you more information than the report itself. Be familiar with the place you are about to purchase and make your home.
- Don’t let how the home looks fool you. If the report your inspector gave you outlines some serious issues, don’t let your emotional connection with the property skew the reality of the situation. A bad purchase is a bad purchase, no matter how beautiful the home looks.
Keeping these points in mind when you go through the home inspection portion of buying your new home, will help you make sure that the decision you are about to make is a sound one and the beginning of a great new life as a homeowner.
By Michael Zegarra, Licensed Vancouver Home Inspector, Zegarra Home Inspections. Zegarra Home Inspections is proud to be the premier choice in Vancouver for home inspections. To book an inspection with one of Zegarra’s team of BBB accredited Inspectors, head to http://zegarrahomeinspections.com