There’s no money-back guarantee or return policy a buyer receive if your not satisfied with your recently purchased home.. A�Once you buy a home, you’re on your own to maintain it, repair it, anticipate problems and pay the bills. A�One of the best ways to understand about a home’s condition, habitability and safety is to hire a professional home inspector. Be sure to keep all your documentation in a safe place.

What To Expect From a Property Inspector

Review your house as a system. The home inspector will provide a visual inspection by looking at the home’s various systems, including interior and exterior components. Some items the home inspector will review:

  • Exterior – roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, downspouts, wall surfaces, the foundation and the grading around it.
  • Interior – electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling, and wall finishes, windows and doors.

Answer any of your questions. The home inspector should be willing to answer any questions a buyer might have and to clarify the limitations of the inspection to avoid misunderstandings. A proper home inspection does not include appraisals, exact quotes for repairs, compliance with building code requirements or warranties. A�A home inspection is intended to help you make an informed decision about buying your home.

Provide you with documentation. A�A pre-purchase inspection for a 1800 to 22 sq. ft home typically takes a about three hours and costs approximately $500. The buyer is presented with a written report, consolidating the details of the inspection. CMHC recommends that the potential buyers accompany the inspector as the inspection takes place. A�It can be valuable learning experience.

Buyer Costs

On top of the purchase price of A�the home there additional buying costs that need to be considered and calculated in to your budget or GREEN FILE. Be sure to keep all your documentation in a safe place.A�Things to consider in your budget are:

Appraisal Fee – Your lending institution my request an appraisal on the property and can vary in price from $175 – $300.

Property Taxes – Depending on your downpayment your taxes may be included in your monthly mortgage payments.

Survey Fee – Your lending institution may request an updated property survey if you purchase is a resale. Price can vary from approximately $700 – $1,000

Property Insurance – Your lending institution may require proof that you are insured as it protects their investment on the loan.

Service Charges – Utility services and hook up such as telephone or cable may require an installation fee.

Mortgage Brokers Fee – Some mortgage brokers can charge a fee for sourcing a lender and organizing the financing however, shop around some may provide the service for free.

Maintenance Fees – Condos and townhouses may charge condo fees for common area maintenance.

Local Improvements – Some locations may charge for local improvements such as additional sewers or sidewalks. This could impact buyers’ property taxes.

Land Transfer Tax – Whenever property changes hands a tax is applied. Pricing can vary.

Legal Fees – To receive “free and clear” legal title and transfer of land and mortgage at the Land Titles Office lawyer services will be required. Pricing can vary.