Choose inspectors wisely

Expect to pay for a professional house inspection

A July article in the Gazette highlighted the importance of carefully selecting your home inspector. The article by Shell Busey of Postmedia News stated:

“It can cost thousands of dollars to sell an average house, yet people are sometimes surpised at a $500 to $600 fee to inspect the same property. The inspection of an average 2,500-square-foot house by a qualified inspector should cost around $400 to $600. The inspection should include a detailed written report complete with pictures in electronic form and a walk-through with the client. There should also be time for followup discussion. Allow five to six hours for a thorough inspection.”

It may seem like the cost of buying a house just keeps going up, but the flip side of a professional home inspection can be devastating to your dream of home ownership and your finances. Major defects and expensive post-purchase repairs can run into thousands of dollars, making the home inspection fee the wisest decision you’ll ever make.

The article’s bottom line advice:  “The purchase of your home is one of the biggest financial commitments you will ever make. Check credentials and ask about background before spending hundreds on your inspection. Do your homework, ask the right questions and do not base your selection of a property inspector on price alone.”

Read the full article here at The Gazette.