Hiring a Home Inspector //
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
It is often said that one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make will be your home. However, unlike the guarantee a buyer receives with most purchases, there’s no money-back guarantee or return policy if you’re not satisfied with your recently purchased home. Once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. This is why it’s best to know as much as you can about potential problems before you buy.
How Important is a Home Inspection? //
If you are buying a home, getting a home inspection is perhaps one of the single-most important “checks” you need to conduct to make sure the home is safe and secure. If you are selling a home, however, is having an inspection as important? Some people might say no, but Mike Williams of Prudential Premier Properties in Springfield, PA, presents some strong reasons why you should get an inspection, whether you’re the buyer or the seller.
Old and New Homes Alike Need Careful Inspection //
The Boston Globe
Thinking of buying a newly built house? Check that the dishwasher has been hooked up. An older home? Make sure the attic doesn’t have critters.
As if purchasing a home isn’t stressful enough, buyers often wrestle with the looming dread that there’s a time bomb ticking somewhere behind those walls. To which home industry specialists have one simple piece of advice: Don’t assume anything.
First impressions can be deceiving, and failing to thoroughly inspect a home before buying it can lead to unpleasant and potentially costly surprises down the road, from mold in new basements to raccoons hunkering down for the winter in circa 1800s attics.T hinking of buying a newly built house? Check that the dishwasher has been hooked up. An older home? Make sure the attic doesn’t have critters.
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Should You have a 30 Day New Home Warranty Inspection?
A New Home Warranty Inspection is designed to help you catch the problems that may exist in your new home within the first 30 days of your ownership. If this date has passed, then a 1 Year New Home Inspection should be undertaken anytime up to, and including, the last 30 days of the first year of possession.
The inspection helps to identify deficiencies and concerns such as:
Defects in work and materials such as items that are broken, damaged, missing and installed incorrectly at the time of occupancy (non-cosmetic);
Unauthorized substitution of materials;
Building Code violations including health & safety violations that are potential hazards to your family;
Water penetration through the foundation and into the basement;
Defects in electrical, plumbing or heating systems;
Defects in the exterior cladding;
Eight key areas of your home will be inspected:
√ Roofing √ Exterior √ Structure √ Insulation & Ventilation,
√ Electrical √ Plumbing √ Interior √ Heating & Cooling
A HomeStar Inspection checks over 500 items in your new home and finds, on average, over 60 – 80 outstanding issues and defects with each new home, excluding cosmetic defects in drywall, trim and paint.
Homeowners will receive a detailed, on-the spot, independent HOMESTAR INSPECTION report, outlining outstanding observable concerns that will help to ensure that defects, damages and omissions are corrected at the builder’s expense. Pictures taken by the home inspector will be downloaded to your email address on the same day as the inspection. These pictures can be inserted into your Tarion report. Please allow a minimum of 5 hours for your inspection. Items of concern listed on the inspection report should be added to your 30 Day or 1 Year TARION Statutory Warranty Forms, along with any outstanding items from your initial Pre-Delivery Inspection Report. For an additional $75, your list of deficiencies will be typed up as a Word document under the headings used by Tarion. This word processed list can be cut and pasted into your 30 Day Tarion Warranty report.
Call today to schedule your New Home Inspection by a professionally trained and certified home inspector who is an Associate Member of CanNACHI, Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
Submitting your warranty forms to TARION on time will ensure you don’t lose your warranty rights. The most convenient way to stay on top of your coverage is to register for TARION`S web-based service, MyHome, at www.tarion.com. Remember to always submit a copy of your TARION Warranty Forms to TARION by the established deadlines, and to your builder, so he/she can repair or resolve the items.