People often confuse a Home Inspection with a Home Appraisal, but each examines a property from very different points of view. An appraisal is aesthetic, and values the building on the basis of its construction materials and workmanship…whereas an inspection is functional, and asks the question “does each system and component of the building serve its intended purpose?” An appraisal looks at the make and model of the bathtub and fixtures, while an inspection looks at the caulking and plumbing materials.
Like the appraisal, a Home Inspection is a non-invasive, non-destructive ‘snapshot-in-time’, however the Home Inspection requires some preparation on the part of the homeowner in order to maximize its scope and effectiveness. Legal liability prevents the inspector from disturbing personal property and items, nor operate any system beyond consumer controls (thermostats, light switches, etc.). If the water is turned off at the time of the inspection, for example, the inspector is legally prohibited from turning it on. This video outlines some details to keep in mind when preparing for a Home Inspection.
Whether a Pre-Listing or Purchase Inspection, Michael Bell of A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (North Shore) can provide much needed peace of mind to all parties involved in a Home Purchase. Call him at 604-255-6899 today!
Keep reading! Home Inspections aren’t simply for real estate transactions anymore.
— Completed your renovations? Have a Latent Deficiency Inspection performed before signing the final cheque…a contractor may argue with you, but have a harder time fighting against a professional home inspection report.
— Is your new home nearing the end of its warranty period? Have an 11th-Month Warranty Inspection performed while the warranty is still valid…a professional home inspection report will help identify faults in the construction as well as any issues in their early stages…and repairs won’t cost a dime.
— Is an insurance company trying to lay some liability on you? The company is sending its inspector out to professionally inspect the situation, but that inspector works for the insurance company…have your own professional inspection done by an inspector that is working for you.