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Why Do a Home Inspection?

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Chris Scott

Buying a home is likely the largest investment you will ever make. You want to ensure you have done your due diligence before you sign on the dotted line!  The standard cost of a Home Inspection in Ottawa is between $400.00 and $500.00. This is a small price to pay for peace of mind. In the Ottawa housing market it is typical for the buyer to pay for these services.

A professional home inspector reviews the operating systems and structure of a home of any age—even new homes—and leaves a written report for the client to keep as a reference guide. Typically, the home inspector will comment on the condition of the foundation, heating and cooling systems, electrical service, roof, plumbing, and other significant structural factors and will outline costs of repair or replacement where needed, as well as comment on the condition of the property compared to others of the same age. The few hours that you spend with your inspector are the best time to learn the ins and outs of taking care of your property, and you should keep the reference book for as long as you live there.

I will add that every house has its issues. No inspection has been perfect. The objective of the inspection is not to find a house that has no faults but to educate the buyer on potential upcoming costs. I prefer a thorough inspector rather than one just pointing out the big ticket items. 

As your Ottawa Realtor I can advise you on how to incorporate a home inspection as a condition of buying a property. Your offer can be conditional upon a professional home inspection being conducted and a satisfactory report being received by you, the home buyer. If the inspection report indicates some big expenses or anything you are not comfortable with we can terminate the agreement or look for abatement.

As an Ottawa Realtor who has been through hundreds of inspections, I have seen the need to have the right inspector working for you. I would recommend using someone who you know and trust completely. If you don’t have someone, I would be happy to provide someone that offers great service.


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