Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

Buying a home, townhouse, condo, or apartment is not easy. There are several factors to consider and buying property is also a tremendous investment.

Before you buy a house, make sure that you have inspected it properly. Buying homes and condos in Ottawa requires a lot of work. Inspecting the property allows you to ensure that everything is in working order, assess how much renovation and repairs would cost, and physically see if you’re actually about to get your money’s worth.

It is a good idea to hire a professional home inspector to give you proper feedback on the property. However, be wary of inexperienced home inspectors because they may not be able to provide you with fair assessments. Listed below are a few questions that you should ask the home inspector before you hire him to look at the property you are interested in.

What else do you do beside home inspection?

Make sure that the home inspector does not have any other job or business other than home inspection. Many inspectors work independently and are at the same time contractors; be wary of such inspectors because a contractor cannot be a home inspector. Ask questions like how long they have been in the business and if it is possible for the inspector to provide a few referrals.

What is covered in the home inspection?

Make sure that the inspector and the inspection process covers all the requirements of the city of Ottawa. Make sure you ask complete details about what area of the property will be inspected. If there are certain areas that you want inspected, specify them to the inspector.

Do you have specific experience in residential inspection?

It is ideal if the inspector has experience in residential property. If the inspector has added experience in engineering it can also be helpful.

Are there any repairs or improvements that can be made based on the inspection?

Some associations allow the inspector to give a detailed feedback of the inspection. Other associations and regulations do not allow the inspector to provide these details.

How much time will the inspection require?

If you are hiring one inspector, it might take him somewhere between two to three hours to inspect a standard single family housing unit.

How much will it cost?

Inspection costs depend on many different factors. These factors include the area where the house is located, the size of the house, the year it was built in and other such questions. The costs might range between $300 and $500 for an average single family unit inspection.

What type of reports do you provide?

Ask the inspector questions on the type of reports they provide. Also, ask them to show you a few sample reports. It usually takes around 24 hours for the inspector to prepare the report.

Is it possible for me to attend the inspection?

If an inspector asks you to stay back and not accompany him on the inspection, you have every right to be suspicious. It is a good idea to see your potential home through the eyes of an inspector.

Buying a home in Ottawa may require work but with Bennett Property Shop, you can locate property you want very easily.
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