If your money is tight it might be tempting to think about skipping the home inspection. We do not recommend this. Adding the home inspection stage to your home purchase process is a wise step.
1. They Know More Than You Do
You may be a journeyman electrician plumber, or some other trade, but respectfully we doubt you know more about home construction than our inspectors do. The inspectors we work with are hand-picked and they have inspected literally hundreds of homes. Their report will give you a ‘second pair of eyes’.
2. A Home is a Complex Machine
When you fall in love with a particular home its tempting to view it through a ‘rose tinted pair of glasses’. You love it and that’s all that matters right? Your inspector is going to bring you ‘down to earth’. Your inspector will provide you with a measured view. Your inspector will put you in a position that is similar to someone who has owned the home for a few years and they will provide you with a ‘to do’ list of mostly minor items that any home owner would need to take care of during their ownership. For example: regrading, caulking gaps, furnace cleaning and adding insulation etc.
3. Peace of Mind
Your inspector should be licensed under Service Alberta and carry appropriate liability insurance. What this means is that in addition to their vast experience, your inspector will be held accountable under their license registration and you have somewhere to take a complaint should they make a meaningful mistake.
Your REALTOR® / buyer advisor can give you more information.
Wondering if you need a REALTOR® to buy your next home? We think you do. Please read this blog to learn how to find a good one: 6 Reasons to Pick a REALTOR® When You Buy