GTA Home Inspection For Buyers
Before you purchase in the GTA, you deserve the protection and peace of mind of a thorough home inspection.
For most people, buying a property is the single biggest investment in a lifetime. It’s also the place where you and your family will eat, sleep and spend time together.
With all the stress and expenses of buying a home, it can be tempting to skip the inspection. Don’t miss out on valuable information! Your new home could have major problems that cost you thousands of dollars and major headaches down the road.
Why should I get a home inspection before I buy in the GTA?
You deserve to know about any problems with the property before you buy and to pay a fair price. An inspection can fill in the gaps to give you a complete and accurate picture of your new home.
Here are some of the major advantages to getting a house or condo inspection before you buy.
You know exactly what you’re buying
When you’re house-hunting, sometimes it’s love at first sight. The best features of the house or condo jump out at your right away, whether it’s the natural lighting, exposed brick or spacious kitchen.
But it’s also important to be aware of any problems with the property, especially ones that aren’t obvious. A certified home inspector knows where to look—on the roof, in attics, behind outlet covers—to get the full story. We can also spot any upgrades that don’t meet building code standards, which can be costly to bring up to code later.
Most of the time, the problems we find are normal maintenance issues that can be repaired or negotiated around. However, sometimes there are major issue like a bad foundation or structural damage that can be a major expense. In all cases, it’s better to know about issues before you buy.
A home inspection lets you negotiate a fair price
At the end of our inspection, we give you a full report on the condition of the property. You and your realtor can use this report to negotiate having some repairs done before you buy or lowering the final price.
If the seller won’t negotiate or if there are major problems, a house inspection gives you the opportunity to back out of a bad investment.
Learn how to maintain and enhance your new GTA property
All homes and condos develop problems over time and need ongoing upkeep. An inspection report provides buyers with a valuable roadmap of the current condition of the home and which areas need attention.
The report gives you practical information like the location of the main water shutoff and the expected lifespan of the roof. With this knowledge, you can prevent or plan for the usual upkeep issues that come with home ownership.
At Holley Home Inspections, we go the extra mile by offering expert advice on how to prioritize and resolve issues. We can help you form a cost-effective plan to address key issues that prevent the biggest risks or that will add the most value to your home.
Easier to get mortgage approval and insurance
Banks and lenders prefer—or often require—you to get a home inspection before they’ll approve your mortgage. That’s because it’s impossible to know the true value of a property without a complete assessment of its condition.
Lenders want to protect their own investment. If there’s a problem with the property that lowers its overall value, they expect you to negotiate a more accurate price.
Fortunately, this lines up with your best interests: paying a fair price for the property you’re getting.
Insurance companies also have certain criteria they need you to meet before they will insure your home. We can advise on which factors might be a problem and how you can move forward.
Safety and peace of mind
When it comes to the health and safety of you and your family, there should be no compromise. That’s why it’s important to check for hidden threats like mold and structural damage.
Our certified home inspectors are equipped to test for these issues and others household risks.
After an inspection, you can enjoy peace of mind along with your new home. You’ll know that your home is safe, that there are no nasty surprises and that you’ve made a good investment.
Do I need a condo inspection?
Yes! You might assume that an inspection is less necessary for a condo, but actually they have just as many potential pitfalls as a house.
In fact, a condo has an extra level of complexity because it shares so many resources with the rest of the building.
If there’s a problem with one of the shared systems in the building, like the plumbing, it can affect every unit. You may end up getting worse service, needing unexpected repairs or paying steeper fees down the line.
When we inspect a condo, we don’t just look at the unit itself—we also look at the building as a whole. Our inspectors assess shared resources in the condo, including:
- Plumbing or water supply
- Electrical, cable or internet
- Fire safety equipment
- Shared exterior finishing
You deserve to know about any potential problems before you commit and to pay a fair price for what you’re getting. Our report and expert advice lets you make an informed decision that’s right for you.