Choosing a home inspector is an important decision because you want to make sure you choose someone that you trust to do a thorough job. After all, you’ve got a lot relying on their findings. A home inspection can make a big difference when it comes to buying or selling a home. Especially when it comes to your finances.

Since you need to make sure you work with someone who will help protect your investment, make sure you choose the right professional to work with.


What is a Home Inspection?

Essentially, a home inspector will look at everything in your future home. The goal is to check to make sure there are no hidden issues. Additionally, they will check to make sure everything is functioning the way it should be. They will typically look at everything, from the foundation of the home to the cosmetic features and electrical systems. If they find any issues, they will let you know what needs to be fixed. While you are not required to be present during the inspection, it is often recommended so you can follow along and ask any questions or see where problems may arise.

While it’s not legally required for the actual sale, a home inspection is required for a lot of insurance or mortgage companies.


Why is a Home Inspection Important?

It’s a home inspector’s job to make sure that you know if there are any issues with the home that could cause problems in the future. For buyers, this means you may want to re-think putting an offer in on a home that turns out to have significant internal damage. For sellers, this means that you may have some items to fix that could impact your selling price.

Don’t purchase a home without a home inspection. If you do, you may not know that there is hidden damage that could present itself at any time. For example, your home inspection may uncover structural damage that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars to replace. If you know about this ahead of time, you can either negotiate a lower selling price or avoid purchasing the home at all.


Choosing a Home Inspector

Ask for recommendations from family, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances. Your real estate agent should also have some recommendations from people they or their clients have worked with in the past. This is a great way to learn first-hand information about an individual or a company.

You should also choose someone who is fully certified and meets all of Ontario’s required compliances. For example, check the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). The OAHI is an organization that sets out high standards that qualified service professionals must meet. Make sure you do not choose a specialist, such as an electrician or a plumber. You want someone who can check everything and knows what to look for in all of the areas of your home. When in doubt, ask your home inspector about their background, education, and experience. You will feel much more comfortable with your decision.