Professional inspection is required before you sign the contract and finalize your property. An extensive home inspection will reveal potential hazards like plumbing leaks, electrical hazards, roofing problems, and other structural issues. Although some homeowners may choose to inspect their own homes, we recommend against it. This is even if you are an expert electrician or plumber. The problem is twofold. 1. You’re emotionally too close. You’ll be affected by your emotions if you are excited. You won’t be as sharp for the hundreds of items we inspect every day. Your opinions on issues discovered will be biased. This is a fundamental beauty of home inspection. Our honest and objective opinions are what we get paid. Our income is not dependent on whether clients buy or not. It’s just the facts ma’am.
Many homeowners make mistakes when hiring a home inspection company and end up with poor service. The Home Coach has created a list of common errors homeowners make when hiring a home inspection in Mississauga ON and how you can avoid them.
1. Cost-based hiring
It is important to evaluate the professional’s experience and the services they provide before you hire them. The same applies to hiring a home inspector. In choosing whether to hire an inspector, price should not be your main consideration. Consider their knowledge and expertise and the quality of the services they provide.
2. The inspector should not be vetted
There are no licensing or mandatory regulations in Ontario for home inspection. Anybody can be a home inspector. Credentials, reputation, and customer reviews distinguish a professional home inspector. Talk to past clients and go to the website of your home inspector. Trustworthy contacts are likely to be made by professional Realtors, lawyers, and mortgage brokers.
3. Do not wait until the last minute to hire someone
Before hiring a contractor or realtor, most homebuyers do a thorough screening. These homebuyers often wait until the last minute before looking for a trustworthy home inspector. It is wise to begin looking for a home inspector when you start house hunting.
4. Knowing the limitations is not enough
Sometimes clients are not clear about what a home inspector is capable of seeing and what the home inspector cannot see. Your home inspector will likely find a leak under your kitchen sink. It could be difficult for even the most skilled home inspector to find a small roof leak that lets in rain only when it is from the south. Clients often forget that inspectors are limited in their ability to identify potential problems at the time of inspection.
5. You will not be able to access all the services.
What services do your home inspector provide? What are their specialties? Can they provide warranties and guarantees that will cover you for the inspection? These are just a few of the many questions you should ask your home inspector to fully understand their services. Do not hire a professional without understanding their capabilities.
These and other errors in home inspection can be avoided by contacting the Home Coach. We are trusted home inspectors and we strive to provide the best possible home inspection experience for our clients. We have over 14 years of experience and can provide a detailed home inspection and a comprehensive report to our clients. Our clients also get industry-leading warranties.