It's one of the golden rules of real estate that you never buy a house before first getting it thoroughly checked by a home inspector. Even the most beautiful and expensive custom homes can have hidden secrets that could end up costing you thousands of dollars and decreasing the property's value and you want to make sure that you know exactly what you're getting into before signing the final papers and officially becoming the owner of that real estate. But, like all properties, not all home inspectors are created equal. You want to make sure that they are checking everything from top to bottom before giving you their verdict. The way that you can ensure they have done this is by looking at their completed home checklist.

In any and all home inspections the first things that they are usually going to look at are the structural elements of the property. This includes the walls, floors, ceilings, roof and foundation. These are usually the most expensive and most difficult things to fix if there should be a problem. When you're first going through the house you're likely going to notice if there is a crack in the foundation or some shingles missing from the roof but they will be better able to tell you if supports are secure and if everything was built up to code. Patrick Rocca from Bosley real estate (phone #416 258 4351) tells us he often explains to his clients that a few missing shingles can easily be replaced, but an unseen compromised load bearing wall can make the entire structure unsound.

They should also take the time to look at all of the systems that are running through the house. When you were looking through the home you might have checked for leaks in the sink or to see if the water heater was working but they should be checking things like the duct work, plumbing, air conditioning, electrical, chimney, and furnace to make sure that everything is in working order. If you're wondering about the condition of these items before getting a home inspector in then you should ask your real estate agent to ask the sellers when they were installed or last replaced.

When looking at the outdoors and roof of the home you should make sure that they are checking for any leaks or ventilation issues. Most people are now putting thought into their energy consumption and you can waste a lot of heat and air conditioning just by having older windows or cracks in the attic. You might also want them to check all of the appliances for age and efficiency.

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You should also be aware of the things that a home inspector might not be checking for when looking through your home. In some places it is not required that they look for moisture damage or mold or similar issues. If you want to make sure that everything was covered you should ask to see a completed copy of their report.

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