Alliston Real Estate Agents & Home Inspection

Your Real Estate buyer is going to do whatever they decide is best for them. If the seller has already done a home inspection most Realtor will show it to their client then recommend they do their own Home Inspection.  Many Realtors work with a number of home inspectors and recommend ones that will do a good job. Typically Real Estate Boards recommend that the Realtor refer a minimum of three Home Inspectors.

What is a Home Inspection

home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.

Thermal Imaging

Most professional home inspectors offer FREE Thermal Imaging with an Infrared Camera.  A professional thermal imaging camera will cost between 7 and 9 thousand dollars.

Today, thermal imaging has become an essential component of home inspections. Indeed, the extensive data that’s provided exceeds any visual only approach. Damaged or inadequate insulation can be readily identified. Air leaks and moisture intrusion in the building envelope are easily detected. And pockets of sub-standard workmanship are accurately pinpointed. All of these are costly to repair if not accurately identified.

With thermal imaging, an infrared camera identifies building envelope deficiencies from top to bottom. Energy efficiencies can be very precisely diagnosed. Pockets of water damage can be very clearly distinguished. And structural issues in the building envelope can be identified for future rectification. Thermal imaging will allow for greater accuracy when it comes to making repairs of the deficiencies.

The benefits of using an infrared camera is that building inspections can be performed without invasive procedures – Home Inspectors are not permitted to open up walls, ceilings, or roof cavities. Air infiltration and exfiltration can be easily identified so that repairs can be made to improve energy efficiency. At the same time, areas of wetness can be located to determine the source and extent of any problem areas.  Thermal imaging provides a quick, reliable, and accurate diagnosis.

How to Choose Your Home Inspector

A home inspection is an on-site, in-person visual assessment of a home’s condition. An inspector will examine the home’s systems and components and provide you with an honest appraisal of its overall condition without poking any holes in the building. Some home inspectors may also be able to provide additional services, such as checking indoor air quality, or collecting and sending swab samples for mould testing.  If you’re looking for a qualified home inspector, remember that your real estate agent will likely be able to point you in the right direction.

In the past, home inspectors were hired mostly by would-be property buyers, and it’s still a common practice for buyers to present offers that are conditional upon the residence passing an inspection.

Increasingly, however, sellers are seeing the advantages of having an expert examine their home before it goes on the market. A pre-listing inspection can help a seller develop a game plan; if the inspection reveals any major problems, the seller may either initiate improvements or provide that information to their real estate rep so potential buyers have a better idea of the time and money it will take to address issues.

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