You have bought your dream home, BUT you had to by-pass the home inspection so you could make an offer without conditions just to get it! Although it is not a good idea, unfortunately in today’s market this is what is happening. Well good thing for you, it is not too late.
You can still get that home inspection after the sale has gone through.
No, it won’t change the fact that you are the new owner of the home and any problems are now your responsibility…..it will give you a heads up as to what potential problems you may encounter. If you are aware of what may arise, at least you will be able to budget for the repair and plan ahead. Knowledge is power and knowing if you are going to have problems will definitely give you the upper hand. Remember, older homes have many common problems that should be inspected.
There is no difference between the home inspection that will be done after the purchase compared to before. The contractor you hire to do your inspection will review and check everything the same way. Since there is no pressure to get your home inspection done immediately, you now have the opportunity to take your time and make sure you are having a reputable company do your inspection. In today’s market, multiple offer situations sometimes require waving contingencies like a home inspection, however it’s still a great idea to have a post closing inspection done so that the homeowner is aware any potential problems or maintenance items.
Keep in mind the following when choosing the company:
They are certified to perform quality home, property and building inspections
They have experience in performing inspections
They are licensed (mandatory in some Provinces)
They carry Liability Insurance
They have professional training and participate in ongoing training
The company or the Inspector is well known
They provide thorough and detailed reporting at the time of the inspection
They are welcoming, professional and courteous
A full inspection should include:
- roof, vents, flashings, and trim;
- gutters and downspouts;
- skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations;
- decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings;
- eaves, soffit and fascia;
- grading and drainage;
- basement, foundation and crawlspace;
- water penetration and foundation movement;
- heating systems;
- cooling systems;
- main water shut-off valves;
- water heating system;
- interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
- drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
- electrical service line and meter box;
- main disconnect and service amperage;
- electrical panels, breakers and fuses;
- grounding and bonding;
- GFCIs and AFCIs;
- insulation and ventilation;
- garage doors, safety sensors, and openers;
- and much more.
Your home is a major investment, the more information you have about your new purchase the better.