Why do I need a home inspection?

A home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, and it is important to understand what you are buying. A home inspection will tell you the condition of the home on the date of the inspection, and what repairs may be needed. A home inspector has the training, experience, and tools to see things in your house that you can’t see!

The items below must be listed in the contract for inspection:

  • Roofing including flashings and chimney
  • Exterior including lot grading, walkways, driveways, retaining walls, patios, decks, garages and carports
  • Interior
  • Structure
  • Electrical system
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
  • Heat pumps and cooling
  • Insulation
  • Plumbing system
  • Visible insulation

Standard exclusions may include mold, asbestos insulation, detached buildings or outbuildings excluding garages and carports and any defect that is actively concealed by the owner.

A home inspector in Alberta must have a license from the Government of Alberta and errors and omissions insurance.

Although a home inspection is not mandatory, it can be the best money you spend on your house! Knowing in advance if there are serious issues that may be expensive to fix can help you decide to move forward with the purchase or keep looking.

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