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Buyer Home Inspection in Calgary

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Prospective homeowners have a good many things to consider prior to deciding on a property. Nobody wants to find out after the fact about issues that were not evident or disclosed. Among the myriad considerations people face when buying a home in Calgary, Airdrie or in the surrounding areas, a pre-purchase home inspection is near the top of the list.

A typical home inspection takes 2-3 hours and evaluates about 140 points inside and outside the home. A prospective buyer will have an option to have an inspection performed before proceeding with the purchase, and this option should not be waived.

It’s best to conduct the home inspection prior to the closing date of the purchase; if this is not possible, then as close as possible, even if it’s after the fact. It’s highly recommended that you be present during the inspection as it will give you a much better understanding of the state of the home’s structures and systems. By accompanying the inspector throughout the site, you’ll be able to see up close the home’s issues that could cause problems down the road, and you’ll be more familiar with the terms and points that are covered in the inspection report.

The report that’s delivered after the buyer home inspection covers all visible aspects of the building’s structures, systems, appliances and fixtures, and comments on their current conditions. The report includes images and suggestions for mitigating or remediating issues. The report can be used to guide decisions and maintenance planning, and as a reminder of what was witnessed during the inspection if you were present in person.

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Exterior

  • Grading, fences, walkways, driveways, decks, gates, vegetation, retaining walls and patios
  • Roof, chimneys, flashings and roof drainage systems
  • Exterior finishes (siding, stucco, soffit/fascia, eaves, etc.)
  • Doors and windows
  • Garage

Interior

  • Ceilings, walls and floors
  • Steps, stairways, balconies and railings
  • Cabinets and counters
  • Doors and windows

Structural components

  • Foundations, basements and crawlspaces
  • Walls, floors, columns/piers, roof structure and attic

Plumbing system

  • Drainage, waste and vent systems
  • Water supply and distribution systems, fixtures
  • Hot water systems
  • Fuel storage and distribution

Electrical system

  • Service and grounding equipment, main panel
  • Branch circuit and over-current devices
  • Connected devices and fixtures

Heating/cooling system

  • Furnace/heating unit and exhaust systems
  • Air Conditioning unit
  • Fireplaces
  • Space heaters
  • In-floor radiant heat systems

Insulation/ventilation

  • Attic, wall and floor insulation
  • Attic ventilation
  • Dryer, kitchen and bathroom ventilation

Appliances

  • Testing done on all major appliances (dishwasher, oven/cooktop/range hood (fans), washer/dryer, refrigerator/freezer, garburator)
buyer home inspections

New home inspection

New does not mean perfect. It’s completely conceivable that a new build might have deficiencies, and you’ll want to know about them sooner than later. Even with the best of intentions, some new homes are not built to the required standards for safety or regulations, nor do they always meet the expected performance of a new building’s systems. This being the case, new home purchasers are better served knowing the facts and understanding their options early on.

We strongly recommend a new home inspection prior to moving in, even more so than the one-year warranty inspection. A new home inspection will help remove any doubt as to the state of the home before possession in the event there is a dispute between the purchaser and the builder, and it provides more security than the new-home (one-year) warranty on its own.

New-home purchasers in Calgary, Airdrie and surrounding areas might be surprised with what is not covered by the builder within the one-year warranty period. PROspections has performed many of these inspections over many years, and we recommend that you know of any issues related to your purchase before accepting the keys to your new home.  

One-year warranty inspection

A new-home warranty typically expires after one year. It can be advisable to have the home inspected prior to the expiration of the warranty in order to uncover any issues the builder would be obligated to remedy under the warranty program.

Some issues won’t be obvious until after a home has been lived in for a while; things like attic ventilation, for example, where moisture is created only after a home has been occupied. In cases like this one, the one-year warranty inspection can identify issues that weren’t evident prior to moving in.

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