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Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties

Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars. Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems that are expensive to fix.  The amount it costs versus the investment you make with your purchase will be worth the peace of mind.  An inspector isn't there to tell you to buy or not BUT to give you the important facts about your purchase and any red flags.

How do I find a home inspector?
I have several inspectors I will refer to you that I've worked with that you can choose from if you like.  You can also ask for referrals from friends. Ask for their credentials, such as contractor's license or engineering certificate. Also, check out their references.

How do I find a home inspector?
In order to find a home inspector, Dian Hymer, author of "Buying and Selling a Home A Complete Guide," Chronicle Books, San Francisco; 1994, advises looking for someone with demonstrable qualifications. "Ideally, the general inspector you select should be either an engineer, an architect, or a contractor. When possible, hire an inspector who belongs to one of the home inspection trade organizations."

There are specific requirements in Alberta for certified Home Inspectors.  Rates for the service vary greatly. Many inspectors charge about $500 as a minimum, but costs go up with the scope of the inspection and location (ie. acreages).

What's a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later on. They usually represent the buyer and are paid for by the buyer. The inspection usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been signed.

Heather Joyes
Heather Joyes
Personal Real Estate Corporation
Associate