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Why a Home Inspection is Essential Before Buying

Prospections Home Inspections

Purchasing a home is a big decision and a thorough home inspection is absolutely necessary in the buying process. We refer our clients to Prospections Home Inspections Logo- their objective is two fold:  To ensure a quality product for the home buyer, and to assure every client that their new home will provide a safe environment for their family. They are available 24/7 to service the greater Calgary area and to answer any questions, call 587.888.6181 or email them at book@prospections.ca to book your appointment.

What is a qualified home inspection?

Certified home inspectors in the province of Alberta must meet the expectations of consumers and are licensed to specific and strict set of standards. Home inspectors have professional guidelines and qualifications which must be met for every inspection.

What is the responsibility of a home inspector?

A home inspector is obligated to provide an impartial inspection to the party with whom they are contracted. PROspections is happy to provide certified copies of the official home inspection report directly to any third-party, at the principals request.

What are some common items home inspectors inspect?

Home inspectors inspect structural components, exterior and interior of a building, the roofing, plumbing, electrical system, the air conditioning, insulation and ventilation & separate building such as garages. 

Buyers Inspections

More homes are inspected every year as customers are realizing the importance of a professional home inspection. Buyers will usually have an option period of 3-10 days to have an inspection performed before proceeding with the home purchase.

In an inspection, the home's components and systems from the roof down to the foundation are inspected, as well as any additional components such as pools, sprinkler systems and outbuildings that the buyer may wish to include. 

New Home Inspections

Many people assume that just because a house is new that it does not need to be inspected. With the rapid rate that homes are being built, many items in homes are being overlooked by builders and contractors. 

A professional inspector averages two inspections per day while city code inspectors may visit 20 homes in a day. A professional inspector can perform an objective, more thorough inspection than the buyer, especially when it comes to the roof and attic.

If you purchased a new home, your builder will usually place a one year warranty on the home. Before the one year warranty expires, it is a great idea to have the home professionally inspected to take advantage of any problems or defects that the builder is responsible for. 

Seller/Pre-listing Inspection

Home deals fall through all the time simply because the seller did not take time to find out the condition of their house before putting it on the market. Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You are in a much better position knowing what they are going to find before their inspector does.

The Advantages of a Pre-Listing Inspection are Numerous:

It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party. It helps you to price your home realistically. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that defects won't become negotiating stumbling blocks later, there is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit and you have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified. It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.

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