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The Home Inspection: What It’s All About

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 7:59am.

Get a home inspection before you buyBuying a home in Calgary is so much fun! You view a bunch, pick one you love, and make an offer. Once you’re all agreed, we need to take a deeper look at the house and decide if you still want to purchase the home for the price and terms that you originally agreed to.

That means that we’re looking for major flaws in the listing that may make you change your mind. We’re looking for cracks, mold, leaks, structural issues, or pestilence. These are items that would make you reconsider your purchase.

Keep in mind that all chattels need to be sold in full working order. This includes fridge, stove, dishwasher etc. So if these are not functioning in some way, they need to be fixed before the home changes hands.

However, what a home inspection is not, is a witch hunt. We’re not looking for cosmetic issues that were and are clearly visible on a walk-though (because we accounted for those when we wrote the offer). We’re not looking for minor dents, dings, and normal wear and tear, and we’re most certainly not expecting a used home to be in brand new condition.

A home inspection is meant to identify flaws that seriously affect the value of the home. It is advisable for you to do an inspection on any property that you buy in order to protect yourself from buying a home with hidden repair costs.

How to Choose a Home Inspector

This is a field where there are a lot of really good companies, but some bad ones as well. My advice is to talk to friends, get their recommendations on who they used and their experiences.

In this case, the internet is also your friend. Do your homework, look for home inspection reviews and recommendations. Make sure you use an independent website such as Once you've had a job done, return the favour by logging into the website and leaving your own review, or please send us your comments.

Good luck & happy home hunting!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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