What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home.
A home inspector has the appropriate training and is ‘certified’ to perform home inspections, is licensed to perform such inspections, and has liability & errors/omissions insurance to conduct home inspections.
The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
Why is a home inspection important?
A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before completing the deal. Review the inspection report and consider the items you think the seller should address and present them to your realtor.
While the inspection is not meant to be a tool for re-negotiations, many times it becomes one. Don’t let your brother or uncle or a friend do it. You are not saving any money by letting a friend look. Even if he is a contractor, it does not mean that he is a good inspector. You need a qualified, unbiased inspection, so when the inspector does find problems, they won’t be easily minimized by the other parties because your uncle or friend did the inspection.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. If the inspector recommends further inspection by a qualified person, this means that you need to get an opinion by a qualified person before your inspection time period runs out on your real estate contract.
What does a home inspection include?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, electrical systems, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, and visible structure.
Why use a Checkhouse Home Inspector?
Choosing a “Checkhouse Home Inspector” means choosing someone you can trust to objectively, independently and apart from anyone’s interests, other than your own, provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the home and property’s major systems and components.
Checkhouse Home Inspection Cost
$450 + GST, per inspection