Home Inspection FAQ’s

Posted by Lisa Mueller on Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 4:18pm.

Most homes sold in Saskatchewan have a home inspection condition in the contract of purchase because it is highly recommended that all buyers request one before they close on a property. Since there are often a lot of questions surrounding a home inspection, let’s take the time to review some of the more common ones:

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. 

A Home Inspection is: 

  • An in-field evaluation and professional opinion of the performance of the readily accessible installed systems in a home.
  • Primarily a visual inspection.
  • Intended to identify components that are significantly deficient, unsafe or near the end of their life.
  • Documented in a written report.

A Home Inspection is NOT:

  • An insurance policy, guarantee or warranty on the home.
  • Invasive or destructive.
  • Intended to identify concealed defects.
  • A code or design review.
  • Intended to predict future performance or life expectancy.
  • An environmental review or energy audit.

Is a Home Inspection Necessary?

Every house needs a home inspection. Buying a house that reflects your lifestyle and meets your individual needs may be the largest and most rewarding investment of your life, but can also be very stressful. To ensure your hard-earned dollars are soundly invested, it is recommended that you have a Canadian Home Inspection performed. Plus, it will also provide you with a general maintenance report that can save you money in the future!

What Does a Home Inspection Include?

A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation, basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. For a condo, it will include electrical, plumbing, heating, deck, and other interior components of the unit, plus garage and roof, if access is allowed. 

An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, a home inspector will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.  

What is the Difference Between a Home Inspection & Home Appraisal?

A home inspection is requested by either the home owner or the home buyer and is an unbiased and non-invasive visual examination of the physical condition of the property. An appraisal is a process required for almost all mortgage loans that’s used to determine the estimated market value of a home. To determine the value, a third-party appraiser factors in the home’s location, its condition, and the value of similar recently sold houses in the area, also known as comparables.

The appraisal process includes walking through the home, researching comparables, and creating a final appraisal report. This report will provide the final determination of the home’s market value and will be used in the lender’s final decision to approve the loan amount. The lender typically cannot lend more than 97% of the appraised value of the home

While they have different processes and serve a different purpose, appraisals and inspections do have a few things in common. For one, they both benefit the homeowner and the lender because they ensure the home is worth what you’re paying for it and that it’s safe to live in. Both also help to uncover any issues that may affect the sale, as well as make you feel more secure in your decision to either purchase the home or walk away from the deal. Furthermore, since these services are completed by a third-party professional who has nothing to gain or lose from the results, you can feel confident in their findings.

Does a New Home Need to be Inspected?

Definitely. Just because a home is new does not mean you should assume that everything is perfect. Inspections, however, can greatly reduce your risk. Inspecting a new home helps to identify deficiencies during the warranty period. Plus, the construction can be evaluated to ensure it conforms to building standards.

Who Should Attend a Home Inspection?

Although it is not required for a buyer to be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. This is a great chance to learn more about your new home and ask questions to the professional about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. Also, having your real estate agent present will help prevent any miscommunication or any misinterpretation of information or questions on house deficiencies.

 

There are some situations where a home inspection isn’t necessary; for example, if the buyer intends to demolish the building. For the most part, though, a home inspection is necessary for the buyers to identify any concerns that may need to be addressed or that may even prevent the sale from finalizing.

As your REALTOR®, I have the experience of being involved in many home inspections and I can help you determine whether the inspection findings require further investigation or whether they affect the overall value of the home. It is my job to assist you through the entire home purchase process, from the initial hunt through to possession, and I will help guide you the entire way through!

 

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