Step 10. Find a home inspector

When you’re buying a new home, you’ll want to scrutinize every last detail. Home inspections rarely cost more than a few hundred dollars, and can save you from unpleasant surprises. Your REALTOR® can help recommend several home inspection companies to choose from.

Make a conditional offer based upon a satisfactory home inspection
This is an increasingly standard condition on any resale home. If the seller doesn’t want you closely examining the home before you take possession, you have to wonder why.

Go with a qualified professional
Make sure your inspector is a member of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI). It’s your guarantee they have the training and experience for the job.

What will they check during the inspection?
Lots of stuff. Plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and the integrity of the foundation. They also check for lead paint, asbestos, mould, outdated and dangerous wiring, and evidence of pests like mice or termites.

Join the inspection
Get up close and familiar with your new home with this three-hour checkup. If any problems are detected, you’ll see them firsthand, and learn some maintenance tips from a pro.
You’ll get it in writing
Their report will summarize the condition of your home. If there’s anything that needs work, the home inspector will provide an estimated cost for the repairs.

Home inspection for a new home?
New does not equal perfect, and construction quality can vary greatly from builder to builder. In some provinces, repairs and corrections in new homes may be covered by a government or industry-sponsored warranty program. Bad news doesn’t necessarily mean it will have to cost you.

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