Home inspections - When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Many people think of such famous people as Mike Holmes. For others, it conjures the image of a building inspector with a hard hat and a clip board. For some people, it pants the image of a "deal killer".
What really is a home inspection though? A home inspection has been defined very simply as a "visual inspection of a home and its primary components". Simple, right? But what does that mean in the modern world? What is included in a home inspection?
A home inspection includes primary system, such as the roof, framing, foundation, heating cooling, electrical, and even doors and windows. Things that are not generally included in a home inspection are what we call "3rd party systems", so cable and internet for instance.
It is easier to define a home inspection by what is INCLUDED than what is EXCLUDED though. For instance, not many home inspectors inspect solar panels, while a select few may.
What To Look For In Your Home Inspector
"Make sure you hire the right home inspector" - great advice, but how is that done?
First, talk with your home inspector. If he doesn't seem to have the time of day for you over the phone, what will that likely translate into during the home inspection? Also, make sure he is an InterNACHI Certified professional Home Inspector, and verify his qualifications.
After that, research any online reviews he may have, as well as to see if the organizations he belongs to actually exist.
In short, be careful but thorough when getting a home inspection.
Questions? Contact me and I will be happy to help!
Home Inspections in Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, Airdrie, and Surrounding Areas of Alberta
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta