Owning an Edmonton home is probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make this 2016, so it is for your best interest to “interrogate” potential home inspectors before you commit to hiring them.
- CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES? A legitimate inspector should have no problem providing you with a list of references. You will need this list to double check with them if the inspector did his work properly, arrived on time or presented the report properly.
Please note that it would likely happen that the inspector will only provide clients that were contented with his work so their comments might be rosy. You can still use the feedback that they’ll provide as a baseline of his quality of work.
- WHAT WILL BE COVERED IN THE INSPECTION? You should know the extent of the inspection. These things should be included:
(i) Outdoor & Indoor walls
(ii) Roof & Ceiling
(iii) Decks, Chimney, Drainage
(vi) Electrical wirings, Switches
(vii) Ventilation, Insulation, Heating & Cooling Structures
- DO YOU DO RENOVATIONS, RESTORATIONS OR REPAIRS? If he does, then this should ring your alarms. An inspector who also does those three things will have a conflict of interest. He might recommend unneeded renovations, restorations or repairs. Ouch!
An Edmonton Home Inspector is different from a contractor.
- DO YOU HAVE A BOND OR INSURANCE? If your inspector fall or slip while inspecting the roof, he might bring legal charges against you or the home sellers. A legitimate inspector should have an insurance for himself or his employees. He should also have Errors & Omissions insurance just in case something serious gets forgotten during the inspection.
- HOW MUCH IS YOUR SERVICE FEE? Last but not least, you should know how much it will cost. By having this as your last question, you’ll avert being persuaded by cheap prices. It’s enticing to pick the $100 inspector over the $250 one, but be exercise caution, the cheaper it is, the lower the quality of service it will be.
IF YOU PAY PEANUTS, YOU’LL GET MONKEYS.
You may want to add or remove some of the questions on our list but the bottom line is that you need to ask the right questions in order to succeed in this new endeavor.
If you’re ready, you can check our Edmonton business partners for a ready list of reliable professionals: Edmonton Home Inspectors
Note: Remember, you can access all our available Homes For Sale in Edmonton through our Edmonton MLS Listings page.
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