Entering a new profession, any profession, is a difficult decision. Home inspection is no different. You should clearly understand not only what the new profession will be like, but the best path to success for you in that profession. Below are a few points that will give you a representation of the home inspection industry.
A home inspector is an official who evaluates the condition of residential buildings, such as single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums and apartment complexes. Their inspections generally focus on level of all-around liveability and homeowner safety. As a home inspector, you’d photograph issues found on both interior and exterior of the home, while determining whether a building is in compliance with building codes.
Canadians will agree; winters are brutal for our streets. The salt, potholes, upheaves, chips, dismantled sections etc. they see it all. Some homeowners, who INVEST in masonry or stone landscaping, such as an interlocking driveway or a stone entranceway, often see it worst.
Foundation cracks are no laughing matter. Although some are more serious than others, foundation cracks are often a clear indication that the system has weakened. With winter just around the corner, you should consider a quick inspection of these walls before they’re covered in snow; melting snow (water) will enter your home whenever possible.
When selling your home, an inspection is typically done after the buyer has made an offer and you, the seller, have accepted the offer. This is called a “Home Inspection Contingency” in Real Estate terminology, and it can be one of the biggest hurdles to getting your home sold quickly. By preparing for the Home Inspection well in advance, you are going to be saving yourself from the possibility of the buyer asking you to fix a long list of issues, or provide a credit to deal with the issues before the sale can go through.