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What is a home inspection, and should you get one?

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What are the signs that you need a home inspection?

A home inspection in Kitchener is essentially a valuable information session, especially for first-time buyers but it can be used by anyone.

We keep returning to the same point in these advice-oriented articles: the more information you have, the more equipped you will be to make the best decisions.

Newer Homes

Because they are newer, older homes will usually have fewer concerns. The majority of new-build homes are built to modern standards and have less time to experience the potential problems that can be found in older homes.

However, every home is susceptible to some kind of defect. It’s best to be informed about what’s happening so you can have peace of mind, financial security, as well as personal safety.

Older Homes

A home inspector is essential for older homes, especially those that are significantly older. Over the years houses are subject to wear and tear. This includes everything, from humans being humans; weather conditions; and Canada’s freeze/thaw cycle.

Older homes are also more common because they have been around for longer. This means that any concerns you had at the time of their construction may have grown worse over time. You can make sure that your older home is safe and compliant with all building codes, materials, or practices.

Without a home inspection, some of the most serious issues in older homes may go unnoticed. Although asbestos was a popular building material throughout the 20th century, it was later discovered to be very harmful. It can cause lung cancer.

Many homes and buildings still contain asbestos, even though they were built in the 1980s or 1990s. A majority of home inspectors will inspect the house for asbestos.

The home inspector can also find materials in older homes that are of concern to insurance companies. Are there knob-and-tube wiring? Is the plumbing galvanized?

Although these building practices are being phased out, they still have their own consequences in terms of safety, functionality, and insurance.

The home inspector is still an important role when it comes to older homes. They can address any major issues such as safety (functioning smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO), detectors, and the state of the electric system (are there exposed wiring?). What about wiring issues? Trip hazards, and many other topics.

The home inspector also examines the whole house, not just the individual parts. It is the ability to detect potential problems in a house.

We met with Ralph Kors, a Kitchener-Waterloo-based home inspector (we’ll introduce him more fully at the end of the article) to discuss what home inspectors will inspect in the course of a home inspection.

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