Part of the home buying process is having an inspection done of the property. While it is not required, most buyers will insist on a satisfactory home inspection as part of the conditions of an offer of purchase. We highly recommend that you, as a buyer, require a home inspection and have one done before you finalize the sale. Once you have selected your home inspector, here are 4 things to make sure he or she looks at carefully in the inspection.
1. Grade Sloping
Every home will have a drainage system to move water off the roof and away from the house. If the grade sloping leans more to one side of the property than the other, it can lead to damp crawlspaces, flooded basements, and a shift in the foundation.
When water gets into the foundation and causes shifting, it can lead to serious infrastructural damage that can be expensive to fix. The water can get into the framing of the home and you might start seeing issues with shifting doors from the frames, mold in the home, and rot in the walls.
One of the big elements to watch for during an inspection is the roof. What condition is the roof currently in? Are there signs of leaking in the attic? When was the roof replaced, or, will it need to be replaced in the future?
A new roof can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars and most insurance companies will not pay for roofing costs. The inspector will check for any loose shingles, flashing concerns, and issues with the gutters and downspouts. All drains need to be tight against the home and must be properly sealed.
A broken pipe can cause significant damage to a home. If you are buying an older home, always inspect the plumbing. The inspector will take a look at all the piping to determine if it needs replacement. They will look at the drains and vents, along with the waste system to see if everything is working properly. They will examine the pipes for leaks and problems with bacteria in the water or mineral deposits in the water supply.
4. Other Areas of Concern
The inspection process will take a look at other areas of the home including the electrical wiring, heating and air conditioning, appliances, insulation, ventilation, and other interior concerns. It is important to carefully review the report from the inspector to make sure you are getting the best deal on your home.
If you’re looking for more tips and advice on buying a home in Canada, visit our buyers section on ComFree.com.
This article was written by Jared Miret, father and home handyman. He is excited to share these tips to help you get the house of your dreams with no regrets. If your house is in need of roofing he recommends you hire excellent professional roofers.