Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers


As we approach the spring time, the Windsor real estate market will start to pick-up in terms of activity for both buyers and sellers. When activity picks up, we start to see things like inspection clauses leave offers. However, it is still a critical part of the home buying process and even the home selling process. Some sellers are being proactive and making it part of the sale of home by providing the inspection report to buyers. From a buyers perspective, this illustrates transparency and may even make it easier for them to make an offer. In cases where it is not provided, buyers should still look into even a basic inspection to ensure the "bones" of the house are in good shape. 

The Purpose of a Home Inspection

A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process as it allows you to uncover any potential issues or problems with the property before offering or closing on a home. A full inspection report will provide you a detailed assessment of the home's condition, including its structures and systems. You can also opt for a simpler home consultation/pre-inspection that will hit the basics like roof, foundation, electrical, etc.

Key Areas in Your Home Inspection

Your home inspector will have a "checklist" they will work off when going through a property. They will look at the condition of the roof, look at foundation for signs of issues currently present or that could occur in the future, plumbing , electrical systems, HVAC system, and appliances if they are included. Inspecting these areas will help identify any red flags or areas that may require repairs or maintenance now or in the future. Some of these issues could even cause you inability to secure insurance. In flood prone areas like Windsor-Essex, the foundation/basement inspections are critical.

Common Issues Found During Home Inspections

During home inspections your inspector could come across a variety of issues ranging from simple fixes to complicated and costly ones. Roof leaks, plumbing leaks, electrical issues, mold, pest infestations, and structural problems are just some of the common things found. Finding these out before offering or closing could end up saving you thousands in unknown costs.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional Home Inspector

Having mom or dad walk through is great, but don't let them replace an inspector. Hiring a professional home inspector is essential as they have the expertise and knowledge to look for things we don't see or even consider when buying a home. A professional home inspector will give you that peace of mind knowing that you are making a sound investment in your new home if the report comes up clean or with minimal fixes. 

Here at Jump Realty our agents will give you honest advice on what course of action is best for you in their professional opinion and will always put taking care of your best interests first! With offices in Windsor, Tecumseh, Kingsville, LaSalle, Harrow, Chatham, and Leamington, no matter where you are, a Jump agent is ready to help. Please contact us for any housing needs and let us give you a better real estate experience!

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