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What is the Importance of a Home Inspection?

Jun 13, 2008
When you want to buy or sell a home you will want to have a home inspection done. There are benefits to having this inspection done for the buyer and the seller. This article will tell you what those advantages are and what the importance of a home inspection is. You don't want to buy or sell a home without knowing this information.

The importance of a home inspection for the buyer is just as important as for the seller. The benefits to having a home inspection done are that you will be able to find out everything about the home before you buy it. This will allow you to see the home up close so you know exactly what you are buying.

The advantages of a home inspection for the seller are that you will be able to find out about any previously unknown problems or potential upgrades so you can address them before you sell. It is always important to be aware of any issues in advance so you can disclose the problems to the buyer if you are not able to fix them. This will allow the transaction to go smoothly for everyone concerned.

Now that you know what the importance of a home inspection is you need to know how to get it done and what your role should be during the inspection. The seller is usually the one to get the home inspection done but the buyer can also have their own inspection done if they choose to. So if you want to get someone to inspect the home you will need to do a couple of different things.

One: You want to make sure that you hire a professional. Make sure that the inspector you use is a member of ASHI or American Society of Home Inspectors. This way you know you are getting someone that knows what they are doing. In Canada there are currently no mandatory certifications or legislative requirements for home inspectors, however there are industry associations such as The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI).

Two: After the home inspection is done you want to make sure that you get a copy of the printed report. You can usually get the written report with no problems but you want to make sure that you ask about any photos that may have been taken during the inspection. It is a good idea to have a copy of both the report and photos.

Three: Be at the home inspection. You don't have to be but if you are than you will be able to ask any questions you have. This is especially helpful for the buyer of the home because it gives you a chance to become more familiar with the home and it will add confidence that you are getting a good home.

Now you know the importance of a home inspection for the seller and the buyer. Always get this done before you buy or sell a home because if you don't then you may run into problems later that you could have known about if you had just had the home inspection done.
About the Author
John Carser is a professional Aurora real estate sales representative. Feel free to contact John for all of your real estate needs including Aurora Ontario real estate values and general market information.
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