“Not every home inspector is truly qualified to perform an inspection. And it can be tough for a home owners to judge the professional qualifications and experience of a home inspector”
- Thomas Byrne, Irish Land Sales Auctioneer
Last week I looked at why a home buyer should have a home inspection on the property that they have put an offer on, regardless of whether it is a detached property, row or condo apartment. A home inspection is the best defense against not knowing what you are buying, not to mention smart due diligence.This section looks at what a home buyer/owner should look for in a home inspector. As carry on from my interview with Tyrone Mellon of Mellon Real Estate Inspection, I asked the following questions and got very useful information in what to look for:
What should a buyer look for in a home inspector to insure they are getting the best value?
That the inspector is a CAPHI (Canadian Association of Property Home Inspection) member. In March 2016, the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) made for the first time in Canada’s history a Standard for home inspecting. The CSA chose CAPHI and the Carson Dunlop program as the new standard for home inspecting. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, the decision to chose CAPHI and Carson Dunlop was very easy. Additionally, CAPHI members continuously educate and acquire so many credits annually to stay in good standing as an association member. Inspectors should be FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radio thermography, used to visually detect moisture in walls etc.) trained and have the certification if they are using thermography. As inspectors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ensure that you understand what they bring to the table, how their experience, thoroughness, knowledge and professionalism will benefit you.
What further qualifications should a good home inspector have?
Three years ago, the Alberta Government enforced that Home Inspectors must be licensed, bonded and insured. Previously, this was not the case.
For more information about home inspections and what to look for, please do not hesitate to contact Tyrone Mellon at email@example.com or 403.993.8006
To discuss your real estate goals, please feel free to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.370.6442.
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