Buyers - Home Inspectors
It's a good idea to protect yourself by making your offer conditional upon a satisfactory report from a qualified home inspector. Home inspectors examine the major systems in the house, plumbing, heating, electrical, plus the roof, windows, foundation and insulation. They'll provide the buyer with a detailed written report. If any major problems arise, this is the time the buyer can decide not to go ahead with the purchase and get the deposit back.
A home inspection usually costs $350.00 to $500.00, but for the peace of mind provided, it's a small price to pay.
Home inspectors are not regulated or licenced.Be sure you hire an inspector who is reputable and qualified. Ask your real estate agent for a referral. You can also ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations.