• Victoria
  • Sidney
  • Saanich Peninsula
    250-656-4626
In your neighbourhood...
  • Victoria
  • Sidney
  • Saanich Peninsula
    250-656-4626
In your neighbourhood...

Avoid Money Pit Problems & Get a Home Inspection Before Purchasing a House

There are many reasons to be excited about purchasing a new home, but there are potential issues as well. Every time one thing comes to mind, you realize the money it could cost to repair or maintain it. Getting a home inspection completed can avoid blowing out your budget and make the process exciting all over again. 

If you are a first-time homebuyer, an inspection can give you a crash course in home maintenance and a checklist of items that need attention to make your home as safe and sound as possible. Whatever the situation, addressing issues early through a home inspection can save you tens of thousands of dollars down the road.

The Things You May Not Have Considered

Whether your house is brand new construction or heritage, there are a lot of things you may not have considered when you did your own viewing For instance, you might not have asked if there is black mold in the ceilings or if the home ever had termite problems. 

You may not think to ask what materials were used in the insulation of a newly constructed home or if all the electricity is up to code. It’s likely these are things you probably thought a homeowner should just disclose on their own. But things can be complex and there’s a lot the homeowner/seller isn’t required to tell you. 

For Sale By Owner

These types of sales are popular in a time when people are trying to save money, but they’re not recommended. The time you’ll spend filling out paperwork and figuring out the legalese yourself isn’t really worth the money you save. If you do decide to go ahead with this type of sale, you still need to get a home inspection done.

What Will a Home Inspector Do?

A home inspector will check for dangers in your potential new home. They’ll check that construction, electricity, and plumbing are up to code and they’ll look for other dangers like black mold or termite damage. These are all things that can cost you dearly if you purchase the home without knowing about them. Essentially, home inspections provide an opportunity for a buyer to identify any major issues with a home before closing.

Inspectors vary in experience, ability, and thoroughness, but a good inspector should examine certain home components and then produce a report covering their findings. The typical inspection lasts two to three hours, and you should be present for the inspection to get a firsthand explanation of the inspector's findings and, if necessary, ask questions. Also, any problems the inspector uncovers will make more sense if you see them in person instead of relying solely on the snapshot photos in the report.

It's important to remember however that a property won't be 100% clear and free of problems. There will likely be some kind "problem" with a home, a minor issue that needs to be addressed. Put things in perspective, and a clean home report should not be the dominant factor in your decision, but rather assist in your overall feelings towards your new home.

A Safe New Place to Live

The inspection isn’t only about saving you money to make sure the place you want to purchase is up to code. These things are also about your safety as an inhabitant of the home. The structural integrity, heating and cooling system, plumbing, electricity, and other things in the home need to be sound in order to keep you and whoever else lives in your new home safe. 


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