As realtors we can never force you to hire a home inspector. But it certainly is our practice to strongly recommend you to do so. To us, hiring a home inspector before buying is so important, we will ask you to sign an acknowledgement that you have received this advice but decided against it.
It will be impossible for a home inspector to eliminate all potential problems as he is simply not able to look through walls or underneath the home, for instance. However, a home inspection will definitely reduce the risks of you buying a problematic home.
Thermal imaging is ‘a must’ at your home inspection
These days, most home inspectors in Calgary use thermal imaging in their home inspections. This is an unbelievably powerful tool that can make distinctions between warm and cold, making it possible to notice leaks, mold growth and poor insulation. In our practice, we have witnessed several instances where a buyer decided not to buy a home because of a negative report.
Because a home inspector is a generalist, he will sometimes not come to a conclusion. Instead he will refer you to a specialist. In our case this occurred several times with cracks in the foundation. Some cracks may be due to settling but if the home inspector has any doubts, he will tell you to seek further expertise.
The cost of a home inspector in Calgary
A home inspection in Calgary, will cost anywhere from $450 and up, depending on the square footage of the home, its age and the tools the home inspector uses. We believe that this is money well spent, and it will give you a lot ease of mind. In addition, you will learn a lot about your new home if you follow the home inspector around and read his report thoroughly.
Good home inspectors in Calgary
Follow your home inspector during the inspection to learn the most!
Always ask your realtor first for trusted names. Your friends and family may have worked with good home inspection companies for their home purchases. Do not be afraid to ask the home inspector for a sample report. This report will give you a good indication on how thorough this home inspector will do his home inspection. We are happy to tell you that we work often with one of the best home inspectors in Alberta.
Again, a home inspector cannot guarantee to eliminate all risk but he sure will eliminate a lot of risk. You will probably quickly forget the dollars you spend on the home inspection. But not having your home inspected may turn in to an event that you will never forget.
The above is general information and not considered legal advice. We do our best to write informative articles about real estate in Calgary, Alberta. If you have any questions or concerns about our comments, please feel free to contact us or speak to your legal advisor.