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Why You Need A Home Inspection
By Mike Holmes
Mike’s Advice / Buying & Selling Your Home
Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 @ 1:22am
DO YOU REALLY NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
I always recommend getting a home inspection whether you are looking to buy, sell or renovate. For renovations, I recommend getting an inspection done so you can get an idea of the health of your home. If you find out you have electrical issues and you were planning on splurging on new countertops, which one do you think you should fix first? A home inspection can give you a good overview of the condition of the home and highlight any major deficiencies.
Buying a home without getting an inspection is not a good idea. Think about how much you’re spending on the purchase of your home. Now think about the extra few hundred dollars it will take to get a thorough home inspection done. It’s worth the extra money, trust me.
Why You Need A Home Inspection
A house is the biggest investment most people ever make in their lives—and it doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee. Is your dream home purchase going to turn into a nightmare? The best way to prevent that is to have a home inspection—hire an expert to go through your home to make sure it’s safe, it’s solid, and it’s worth every penny you’re paying for it.
How Do You Hire A Home Inspector?
Say you hired a home inspector. But what if that home inspector doesn’t know what they doing? What if they miss some serious—and expensive—problems that you don’t have the money to fix? The sad truth is, there’s not much you can do. There’s not much recourse if you find the home you purchased has problems that the inspector should have found—no matter how huge or expensive they might be. All you can do is an issue for the amount you paid for the inspection—a few hundred dollars.
That’s why I started my Mike Holmes Inspections division. My team of inspectors is highly trained and many have a background in construction. They CARE about your experience as a homeowner and want to help you make informed decisions. Home inspections require special training and years of experience.
A properly trained home inspector will asses your house as a system. They will look at the various components thoroughly and then generate a document that shows you exactly what they found.
Choosing The Right Home Inspector
I want you to use the right home inspector—the one who’s an experienced and qualified professional. So be sure to take the time to find a good one. And when you hire a home inspector:
- Be present for your home inspection. This is your first chance to learn about your home, first hand.
- Ask questions and listen to the answers. Especially if it’s bad news. Many homebuyers don’t really want to hear the truth because they’ve already fallen in love with the house. It’s like dating—you need to listen if your best friend tells you to run. Don’t marry it.
- READ the report!! Make sure you read it thoroughly and understand everything the inspector is telling you about your house and its condition.
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What To Ask Before You Hire a Qualified Home Inspector?
Some buyers still think they can use the experience of their family members in place of professional home inspectors. I don’t know if Dad–even if he’s bought houses and owned houses for years–would have the expertise to identify real problems that might be hiding in the house you want to buy.
Would they know:
- If the home was ever a grow op?
- If there was ever a fire in the home?
- If there are any structural problems?
- If the plumbing pipes are galvanized or copper?
- What about knob and tube wiring?
- Did any earlier renovations compromise the structure of the home?
- Were there any building permits pulled on the house in the past for renovations—that’ll tell you if they were inspected?
Does the house you want to buy look good? Really good? Then maybe it’s a flip—and maybe those cosmetic renovations have covered up serious problems. Maybe they’ve even created some serious problems that you wouldn’t ever suspect. Would Dad know that?
Questions to ask your Home Inspector:
- Can I see your license/professional credentials and proof of insurance?
- How many years of experience as a home inspector do you have? (The business card might say 25 years experience—but at what, exactly.)
- How many inspections have you personally done?
- What qualifications do you have? What kind of training do you have? Are you a member of a professional organization? What’s your background—construction? Engineering? Plumbing?
- What kind of report do you provide?
- What kind of tools do you use in your inspection?
- Can you give me an idea of what kind of repairs the house may need? (And, they’d better NOT have ‘a friend’ who can do it for you, cheap.)
- When do you do the inspection? (Let’s hope they don’t have a day job, and can only do them at night—when it’s too dark to see the roof)
- How long do your inspections take?
- Do you take pictures of the house and add them to your report?
- Can I see some references? Make sure you ask for them and check them.
Mike Holmes Inspections
I started Mike Holmes Inspections 10 years ago because I wanted homeowners to see the real value of home inspections done to the highest standards by a team of expertly trained and certified professionals. If you want to Buy It Right, Sell It Right, or Own It Right, you need reliable and trusted information to guide you during (likely) the largest purchase decisions of your life. Together, we can Make it Right.
Currently, Mike Holmes Inspection services are offered in Canada. You can or visit the website
Mike Holmes Inspection Services
Qualified Mike Holmes Inspectors can check your indoor air quality for mold, radon, and other pollutants. When you schedule a home inspection with Mike Holmes Inspections, you get a certified and trained professional conducting a thorough visual examination and assessment to ensure your current or future home is built right.
Every inspection goes beyond the industry standard and uses premium equipment and specialized training so that what the inspector sees, you see. The result? PEACE OF MIND.
Benefits of Hiring A Mike Holmes Inspector:
- Fully trained and industry certified by Mike Holmes Inspections and third party accredited courses
- A Certified Thermographer
- Responsive, able, and willing to answer your questions and on time
- Experienced and knowledgeable
- An excellent customer service provider with a smile knowing they help homeowners every day!
Home Inspections in a Seller’s Market
In a seller’s market, when houses are going for more than asking and buyers are out-bidding each other, it’s common for buyers to forgo an inspection, since they don’t want to risk losing the house. How crazy is that? You get to pay over the asking price for a house you have no idea about. I’ve also heard of sellers refusing to allow for an inspection, which is not a problem legally since they aren’t mandatory. (If there are known deficiencies in the house, and the seller doesn’t admit to them in the disclosure documents, that’s maybe a different story. One that will lead to lots of work for lawyers.)
But home inspections aren’t mandatory in a real estate transaction, just like there’s no mandatory certification or legislated requirement for all inspectors to take courses, pass exams, update their knowledge of house systems, even understand building code compliance. None.
People tend to use home inspectors when buying older homes—assuming a house 10 years or less in age won’t have any major problems…yet. I can’t argue that an old home will likely have problems, but don’t assume a new house won’t. Probably every home has deficiencies—likely some serious ones that could mean health and safety issues for your family.
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