As Buyer activity continues to strengthen in Maple Ridge, particularly for single family product, we thought it would be a good idea to review the importance of a home inspection.
Great inspectors are far and few between so it’s important to obtain a great inspection referral from your real estate agent or friends & family. Your agent should recommend someone that they would personally hire for an inspection on their own home.
An inspection generally lasts two to three hours and the inspector will send you a report with all of their findings. It’s always ideal if you stick around for the duration of the inspection so that you can get a great sense of the condition of the home and walk with the inspector as required to view parts of the home that need attention. The inspector will take a number of photos so that you have a reference point for areas of concern.
Here are some of the home components that you should pay particular attention to:
- Siding – The inspector will investigate the condition of the home siding. Generally, if the house is built with cedar, wood or stucco there can be damage over time from the elements and it will be quite evident if there is any rot or an excessive amount of moisture in the walls.
- Drainage – A home’s drainage system is one of the most important components to evaluate during a home inspection. The ability for water to drain away from the perimeter of a home ensures that it’s integrity is maintained and the foundation stays strong.
- The Roof – A roof generally has a life of 25 – 30 years. If a new roof has been installed, make sure to get a copy of the warranty from the Sellers.
- Appliances – The inspector can check all the appliances to ensure they are in proper working order. Also, make sure to have a clause in your Contract stating such.
- Bathroom – More often than not there is a high degree of moisture behind bathroom tiles and around the base of toilets if they are not sealed properly.
- Electrical – Generally, homes built pre-1930s will have some traces of knob & tube which can be an extra cost for you insurance wise in addition to being a fire hazard. The inspector will be able to get a good sense of the health of the electrical system by looking around the house and studying the electrical panel.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding inspections, inspector recommendations or the Maple Ridge Real Estate Market in general. We look forward to hearing from you!