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A Buyer's Guide for consumers buying new and used homes...

Home Inspection Checklist

The importance of a home inspection checklist or a pre-purchase inspection checklist is an important step in protecting yourself from buying a home with hidden faults that will require costly repairs. We have included a 7 page pdf format home inspection checklist to be used as a first home visit for note taking.


The Importance of a Pest Inspection

  The excitement of buying a new home and the desire to save money can lead the potential homeowner down a dark, crumbling drywall road. Some people think that a pest inspection is an unnecessary and costly step in the home buying process, especially if neighboring houses don't have a problem or the owner swears...


Why Your Home Needs a Check Up

  Each year according to estimates by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly one million people over the age of 65 are treated in hospitals emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday at home. Slips and falls are the main source of injury...


What to Look For During Your Home Inspection

  Before making an offer on a home, nearly all real estate experts recommend conducting extensive inspections. Home inspections are designed to protect you from unexpected repairs and costs after move-in. If any problems are found during a pre-sale inspection, the buyer can then negotiate...


Do I Need a Home Inspection?

  The role of the home inspector is to provide the buyer with their opinion of the home's condition at the time of inspection. Because each real estate sales contract and transaction is different, a buyer's real estate sales professional or lawyer is better qualified to answer these type of questions. A home inspection is not a pass/fail test.


Choosing a home inspector

  Many new home buyers have the impression that all home inspectors are the same, in fact, many Canadian provinces and American States have no regulations for home inspectors so the experience level of inspectors vary. When you find a home inspector in your area, you should ask the following questions to be sure he/she has the proper experience you expect from a home inspector...


Organizing an Inspection

  The best way to find a good home inspector is by asking friends and relatives for referrals or by searching our database of American and Canadian home inspectors. Many people assume that all home inspectors are the same which can lead to a huge disappointment and at times be very expensive...


Reasons for a Home Inspection

  There are thousands of potential hazards when purchasing a home, and most buyers have no idea where to begin to look for problems. That's why it is so important to have the proper inspections completed before the expiration of the inspection clauses...


Get the most from your Home Inspection

  Most inspectors also will check the condition of insulation, doors, windows and gutters. The inspector should come with some basic equipment: a flashlight, screwdriver, circuit tester, and a ladder. Others also might use binoculars, a tape measure and a builders level. The home inspector should be willing to get a good close look at crawl spaces or attics...


Inspecting a Home for Toxic Substances

  Unfortunately, most home inspectors are not qualified to do specialized tests for toxic substances. You must therefore find seperate inspectors who specialize or find a home inspector who specializes in home inspections and toxic substances. Once a rare addition to contracts, toxic substance inspections including radon, lead, water and asbestos...


Home Inspection Tips

  A combination of useful information for first time or second time home buyers to help in the preparation of scheduling one or more home inspectors before the purchase of a new home.


What is an Inspection Contingency?

  The contingency gives you the right to have a home inspector come and examine the property before you close on the purchase. The purpose of the contingency is to protect you from buying a home that may have serious hidden structural problems or material defects. When you add an inspection contingency to the purchase contract, you'll want to make sure it covers both the home and the property on which it sits...


Basic Visual Self Inspection

  These are basic visual problems that may be found but there are thousands of potential hazards when purchasing a home, and most buyers have no idea where to begin to look for problems. That's why it's so important to have the proper inspections completed before you buy the house. A detailed home inspection from a professional inspector is always highly recommended. A basic visual inspection consists of watching out for the following...


Your First Home Inspection

  A standard contingency clause in purchase contracts today is that the house being sold must pass a professional home inspection. Of course, it's the buyer's responsibility to arrange and pay for the home inspection. A detailed house inspection will generally cost you $300 to $400 and last about 2 to 4 hours. Because buyers have the protection of the contingency clause, most inspections take place after you and the sellers have agreed on a price and signed a purchase agreement...



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