Purchasing a home is a large investment for many Canadians. It is so important to familiarize yourself with all of the activities related to buying a house so that you are making an informed choice. Many people get a home inspection done as part of their home buying decision.

So what can you expect from a home inspection?

Typically inspections take 2 to 3 hours to complete. They are visual inspections which means the inspector is not expected to displace flooring and tiling, or check water or air samples. An Inspector can not look through walls or predict future performance or estimated life spans on a home.

After the home inspection is completed?

When the inspector has completed the examination of your potential home, you should receive a written report which outlines the findings from the inspection. If you have questions about the report, it is important to speak with the inspector to clarify the findings. It's a good idea to read through the Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards and Code of Ethics to help you understand precisely what to expect from your inspection.

Generally Speaking

Reports should describe the major home systems, their crucial components, and their operability. Defects should be adequately described, and the report should include recommendations.

Reports should also disclaim portions of the home not inspected. Industry Standards of Practice are designed to identify both the requirements of a home inspection and the limitations of an inspection.

The client is strongly advised to clarify anything that they don't understand.

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