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    Congratulations, you found your Dream Home! Your fantastic Realtor helped you write up your offer and now you have a few days to finalize financing, look into home insurance, and of course get a home inspection.


Why Do You Need a Home Inspection?

    Home inspections are an opportunity for you to learn a lot about your home before you finalize the purchase. In a home inspection, Home Inspectors are performing two key functions:

  • Documenting The Home - Home inspectors identify the types of building materials and the condition of those materials used in constructing your home. By providing you this information in a written report, you will learn what maintenance needs to be done and when some home systems may need replacing. Insurance companies and occasionally financing companies may want to know types of electrical wiring, plumbing materials, and that the home is in good order all of which you will know from your inspection report.

  • Deficiencies - Deficiencies are concerns your home inspector when parts of your home are beyond regular maintenance. Examples of deficiencies range from badly neglected exterior paint to failures in building structure. Deficiencies identified in a home inspection tend to need immediate attention.


    When you hire a home inspector, you are buying an education and a custom report on the home you are buying. You will know what major expenses to expect in the near future, what minor maintenance items need to be completed, and you have an opportunity to ask an expert questions about various  unfamiliar systems in your new home.


Does a Home Inspector Pass or Fail a Home?

    Home Inspectors do not pass or fail homes. Your Home Inspector will educate you on any concerns they may find and help you understand your options. No home is perfect under the lens of a home inspection and all deficiencies, except location, in homes can be corrected. It is up to you as the buyer of the home to decide for yourself if the home passes or fails a home inspection.


Who Gets a Copy of the Home Inspection Report?

    Only you, our client, get a copy of the home inspection report. We even need your permission and direction to issue it to another party, typically your Realtor. We don’t disclose anything we find in the home (written or verbally) to the seller, the sellers agent, or anyone else unless there is some type of life safety concern such as a gas leak. When we complete our home inspection report, you are the ‘owner’ of the report and can distribute it as you see fit.


How Do I Hire a Good Home Inspector?

There are 3 things you should look for in a good home inspector:

Communication Skills - You need a home inspector that can clearly communicate and answer questions on your home inspection results. A home inspector with 20 years of experience is worthless to you if they cannot articulate their concerns and the options you have.

OntarioACHI Member - The Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors is the only association that can legally give out the CCHI (Certified Canadian Home Inspector) designation to its members. 

Expertise - You want a home inspector who has the core knowledge to protect your investment and provide you a detailed report. OntarioACHI membership is a great way to know your home inspector has the expertise they claim to have as it tests all its members before allowing them to practice Home Inspections.


Final Thoughts

    Buying a home can be both rewarding and risky. Hiring the right home inspector will give you confidence in your purchase and allow you to buy your home with your eyes wide open.

Home Inspection Fundamentals