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How a Home Inspection Helps You

How a Home Inspection Helps You

Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current
property – or both – a home inspection can help.
A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professional who takes a
close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and
more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.
For example, a home inspection can reveal that a furnace will need to be
replaced soon, or that there is a water leak into the basement that needs to
be fixed.

You'll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a
particular property. That's why most offers to purchase a home are
conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to
buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)
You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you
list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your
home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.
Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry

In Canada:

• Canada Association of Home & Property Inspectors.
• Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada.
• National Home Inspectors Certification Council.

In the U.S.
• American Society of Home Inspectors. (
• National Association of Home Inspectors. (
• American Institute of Inspectors. (
It's important to note that certification or licensing is not a requirement in
many jurisdictions. So select a home inspector carefully.
Need to find a reputable home inspector? Call today.

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

If you've played the game Monopoly then you've probably picked up the
Chance card that reads, "Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go..."
That's good advice when shopping for a new home. When you see a
property you like and you’re thinking of making an offer, spend some time
walking around the neighbourhood. This will give you a better sense of what
it's going to be like to live there.

After all, the last thing you want is to buy a dream home only to find out later
that there are issues with the neighbourhood that make living there

If you have kids, see how far of a walk it is to local parks, playgrounds,
schools and community centres.

If you commute, you might also check out the route from the neighbourhood
to your place of work. Is there a left turn that is likely to get backed up in the

Also check out how well the neighbours take care of their properties.
Homeowners tend to keep their homes looking good if they enjoy the

As you walk, listen. Are there noises from nearby high schools, industrial
areas, or highways that are going to be unpleasant for you? Find out if the
neighbourhood is near an airport flight path, or if there is a railway in the
area. (Your REALTOR® can find that out for you.)

If you get a chance, talk to some of the neighbours. Ask what they like most
about living in the area. You're likely to get some candid – and useful –

Finally, spend some time visualizing living in the area. Can you see yourself
enjoying what the neighbourhood has to offer?
If so, then buying a home in that area will likely be a good choice for you.
A good REALTOR® can help. Call today.

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