A home inspection can be a terrifying process for first time home buyers: What if the house you adore has major problems hiding beneath that shiny new coat of paint? If you lie awake haunted by visions of mold or “foundation issues,” it’s time to take a deep breath. Our professionally trained staff can walk you through each step of the home inspection, and how (as scary as they might seem) they exist to protect you from a very bad deal. We recommend that buyers attend the home inspection. Even though you will receive a written report after the home inspection, you should attend the inspection while it’s being done at it provides a valuable opportunity to learn all about the inner workings of your would-be new home.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Really stick your nose into the home inspection. You and your inspector will be looking at all sorts of things you might have skipped during your showings, like the attic and crawl space, and under the sinks. Don’t be scared to delve into the details. Even the best home will receive a laundry list of to-dos and potential problems and fixing them will be much easier with a hands-on understanding of the issues involved. Consider it free (and invaluable) fix-it advice.

Lastly, don’t panic (until it’s time to panic). Most issues raised during a home inspection are repairable—after all, you’re buying a “used home.” Just like a used car or an old computer or second-hand clothing, there are bound to be some problems. Some of them may be small and easily fixed, like leaky pipes and rattling doorknobs. But if an inspector discovers a major problem—with, say, the foundation or water intrusion—even that may not be a deal killer. In fact, it could be a bargaining chip you can discuss with the sellers before closing the deal. Let us be the professionals you can trust, available during the inspection, following the report, and well after you have moved in.

Providing complete home inspections for first time home buyers for the entire Niagara Region, including the communities of St. Catharines, Thorold, Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, Stoney Creek, and Burlington, give us a call for a home inspector you can trust.

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