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Common Mistakes People Make When Buying A Home

John Hansen |


Home inspectors are trained to spot damage, recognize the symptoms of defects, and report them to the buyer before the closing to make an informed decision. A home inspection firm looks at all aspects of home construction. It uses its knowledge of a wide range of factors like structural integrity, quality plumbing, and safe electrical wiring to make assessments and provide reports on the property’s physical condition.

Every once in a while, we come across homes that are up for urgent sale. We think they are at a price point too favorable to pass up. At the same time, it can be tempting to go all-in and take a leap of faith in a quick purchase without adequately checking the property and having it inspected by a professional. It is recommended that you make decisions based on educated reports of a competent home inspection professional.

To help you avoid some basic errors that could prove to be costly, HouseMaster has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when buying a home. 

1. Buying without a thorough home inspection
No matter how much your heart tells you to jump right in and purchase a home without a careful home inspection, this is a mistake many new and seasoned home buyers tend to make. A home that looks next to perfect on the outside can be hiding untold damage or hidden repairs that could cost an arm and a leg, or structural damage that can be irreversible without extensive renovation. We strongly advise keeping your emotions in check until you have had the home inspector look to ensure no significant issues could pop up later. 

2. Not doing your homework
When on the market to purchase a home, getting to know the structure through a complete inspection process is critical. However, an equally essential step in the process that many homeowners and buyers overlook is researching the inspection company or home inspector they utilize. Asking for references or checking online reviews, if available, are useful ways to gauge the credibility and accuracy of the home inspection professional. Better still would be to approach your state or provinces association of home inspectors and choose from their ranks.

3. Having a tradesman inspect the property instead of a qualified home inspector
Having a plumber inspect the plumbing and waste drainage of the house or calling in an electrician to offer an opinion on the wiring and HVAC system can, in the circumstances, be beneficial. That being said, neither of those tradespeople have the knowledge or expertise to inspect a house and give an accurate report to the prospective buyer. A competent home inspector will not just know where to look for what, but he will also read the signs that non-professionals would not grasp. A properly trained inspector will be able to look at your plumbing situation, electrical wiring, as well as report on your insulation, waterproofing and roofing 

To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the leading home inspection expert in Hamilton, Ontario, at HouseMaster. I provide home inspection, well inspection, septic inspection, WETT inspection (wood energy technology transfer), and mold inspection. I serve clients across Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Niagara Falls, Binbrook, Haldimand County, Smithville, Caistor Centre, Caledonia, Canborough, Dunnville, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Cayuga, Grimsby, St. Catharines, and surrounding areas.

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