Yes you need a home inspection
Here’s why…(and how)
So you’ve found the home of your dreams. You know that in current market conditions most sellers are receiving multiple offers and you really don't want to loose this one. You’ve heard that many people these days are forgoing inspections in an effort to make their offer more appealing. Yes some people are doing this but they are also opening themselves up to significant risks! Buying a house without an inspection is a real easy way to have your dream home become a nightmare experience. A home inspection is always a good idea and many people don't realize this but a home inspection protects both parties, not just the buyer.
Good, qualified home inspectors can be hard to find. Unfortunately here in Canada the field is loosely regulated, however referrals from your realtor or friends and family that have recently used an inspector's services can be a good place to start. Here are some things to consider when looking for and choosing a home inspector:
- Get referrals from satisfied clients and realtors that have worked with them.
- A realtor referring inspectors should provide more than one to choose from and ideally 3.
- Check the Canadian and/or your provincial Home Inspector's Association for a list of inspectors in your area. Here in Quebec, the Quebec Association of Home Inspectors (AIBQ)