Regardless of how a property may be described in real estate listings in Edmonton, you need to visit it and inspect it properly before making a decision. And even if you fall in love with the place, it would be wise to hire a home inspector first.
The home inspector’s job is to check and assess the whole structure of the house. They will analyze the stability of the structure and advice you of any potential hazards. You can then get a fair idea of what repairs are needed for the home, and how much those repairs will cost.
So how do you know if the home inspector is trustworthy? Here are some tips that can help:
Ask them how long they’ve been in the business. You should hire an inspector who has had a minimum of 3 to 5 years working as a home inspector, and they should have at least a thousand inspections under their belt.
Check their performance on review sites. You can just Google the name of the inspector and find the reviews in the search results. Reviews can often provide a better report on how the inspector does their job in a way that satisfies their clients.
See if the inspector is a member of a“professional home inspector organization.” These can include the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI), the Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada (PHPIC), and Canada’s Commercial and Home Inspector Association (CanNACHI). These organizations often require their members to adhere to a code of ethics. There may be professional requirements as well, such as a minimum number of home inspections performed before they become a member.
Check to see that the home inspector is properly licensed. In Alberta, the license requires a degree or a certificate in home inspection from an approved school, and they should pass a test inspection too. When you ask for a home inspector’s license, they’re required to show a copy of the license so that you can verify its authenticity.
The inspector should also carry the proper insurance papers. These may include liability insurance (in case they get hurt) as well as errors and omission insurance. If after an inspection it was found that the inspector overlooked a problem, and then the inspector will also be held liable for the oversight.
See if they will agree to have you accompany them on their inspection. Normally the process takes about 3 to 4 hours. You don’t have to be there, but it’s a good idea. You can then confirm that the inspector checked the structure, the heating and cooling system, and the roof. They should also look at the electrical system and the plumbing. They must provide a detailed written report on their findings. But by being there, you can discuss the findings right away, ask questions, and familiarize yourself with the workings of the house.
A house is perhaps your biggest purchase, so it’s imperative that you have it checked thoroughly by an expert. This way you can be certain that you know what you’re buying. You can get a more accurate idea of the actual condition of the house, and you can find out how much it will cost you to make the necessary repairs. You can also use the inspector’s report to get the price down to cover the cost of the repairs.
Make sure you get a home inspector you can actually trust by checking our guidelines. An inspection won’t really mean anything if the inspector doesn’t know what they’re doing.