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Pre-Purchase Home Inspections

Professional And Honest Pre-Purchase Home Inspections In The Thompson-Okanagan Areas

Pre-Purchase Home Inspections

Rivers Edge Inspections provides Pre-Purchase Home Inspections in Kamloops and the Thompson-Okanagan areas.

All properties are required to have an inspection completed before the sale of a home can be completed. We specialize in providing fast, honest, and accurate pre-purchase home inspections.

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What Is A Pre-purchase Home Inspection?

 

A pre-purchase home inspection is usually done by the potential buyer or buyer agent looking to purchase a property. The intention of the home inspection is to uncover any potential issues that the home may have in order to make informed decisions towards a home purchase.

Get The Facts You Need For Good Decision Making

 

Whether you’re buying real estate as an investment, purchasing it to be your personal home, or if you’re the seller, the valuable opinion of a qualified expert can help you overcome problems, find solutions, and take a more proactive approach to help you avoid costly mistakes.

 

Your professional home inspector will help you understand the overall condition of your potential property so that you are well equipped to deal with any issues that may arise.

 

Having all of the facts will greatly help with making good buying decisions.

Advantages Of A Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

Why get a pre-purchase home inspection? What are the advantages?

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Vendors

A professional home inspection is a strong selling point for vendors. It shows potential buyers that nothing is being hidden while highlighting the features of the house. Full disclosure before the fact permits the vendor to prepare the property for sale to maximize the requested price.

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Purchasers

A professional home inspection provides the purchaser with a clear understanding of the physical condition of the home in order to make a well-informed decision.

The written report discloses any deficiencies as well as notes positive features.

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Peace Of Mind

It is normal to worry that your home may have some hidden problems or that the home you are interested in buying does.

 

Get peace of mind knowing exactly what needs repair in order to have a great investment.

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Realtors

A home inspection reinforces the relationship between agent and purchaser. This is important in developing a long-term client referral network. A satisfied purchaser represents potential future listings and commissions. A home inspection makes it easier to overcome obstacles and keep the purchase process moving forward.

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Lawyers

The lawyer works in the interest of the purchaser.

 

Therefore it is good that they direct their clients to have a home inspection done.

 

This will disclose any potential problems, and prevent possible litigation in the future.

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Lenders

A lender risks holding a property with serious undetected deficiencies that would not realize the equity value for their loan.

 

A professional inspection allows purchasers to plan financially for both the cost of the house and any necessary repairs. NO SURPRISES for the purchaser equals security for the lender.

What Is Involved In A Home Inspection?

Here are some of the main components of a home inspection.  There are many subcategories throughout these examples but this gives you an overview of what we will be looking for. 

Structure & Foundation

The foundation of your home is the most important aspect of your house for yourself and your family's safety.  Damage, improper sizing, improper materials, and other factors can lead to everything from unsightly cracks, to complete structural failure of the home.

Through an in-depth investigation into the integrity of the foundations, footings, columns, beams, and all other visible and readily accessible structural members, we can ensure the house is a safe home for you and the ones you love.

Roof and Chimney

Water leakage through the roof can occur for a variety of reasons such as physical deterioration of the asphalt shingles (e.g. curling or splitting), improper or rusted flashing, mechanical damage from a wind storm, leaking skylight.  The chimney of your house is of vital importance because it not only allows heat to safely escape, but it makes sure poisonous gasses aren't entering your home endangering your family.

Our home inspection will assess the conditions of your shingles (or other roof coverings), roof penetrations, flashings, skylights, gutters, downspouts, and chimneys. We will look for any evidence of leaks, wear, damage, or any other issue that may affect your roof or chimney.

Exterior & Windows

The exterior of your home is what gives it that ever-important curb appeal.  It is also what protects you from the elements of nature and provides security to you and your family.

Our home inspection includes the cladding on your home (siding, brick, stucco), windows, doors, garages, decks, railings, stairs, and driveway.  We thoroughly look for any damage, missing components, improper material, and anything else which can affect the function and safety of your home.

Plumbing

Defective plumbing can manifest itself in different ways: leaking, clogging, cross-contaminated water, and freezing pipes.  A leaky faucet or old toilet can waste a lot of money and energy for any residence.  A leaking, damaged or frozen pipe could cause major damage to your home and belongings.

Through a comprehensive visual inspection of the piping and with the use of thermal imaging we will be able to detect these issues.  We will also test the water pressure in your home, check all faucets and fixtures.   

Basement & Attic

Basement dampness, problems with ventilation, insulation, and vapor barriers can cause water, moisture, mold, and mildew to form. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure, and building materials,  As well as health hazards to you and your family.

Our home inspection will look for any issues of water damage or condensation.  We will also check that the insulation and vapor barrier to make sure that they are doing their job correctly.  All ventilation will be inspected to make sure it is working properly and is sufficient.

Insulation

Insulation is an important part of your home.  It will help keep your family warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Improperly insulated homes will cost more money to heat or cool.  An improperly insulated home may also lead to condensation, which may cause rot and eventually lead to structural failure.

Through the use of infrared technology, we can determine issues with missing, or not enough insulation.   We will also visibly check all accessible insulation in the basement and attic to make sure it is properly installed and adequate.

Electrical

Unsafe electrical situations can lead to no power, a fire, or even death. Our home inspection will determine what type of wiring is used in your home, if your electrical panel is safe and sufficient, test all GFCI's, AFCI's, check a representative number of switch’s and outlets

Interiors

Other parts of the home that we will inspect will be stairs, interior doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, appliances, walls, floors, and ceilings.  

We will check that they all perform their function, look for any sagging or other structural concerns, evidence of ongoing or prior leakage, damage, and safety.

Appliances

Appliances will be inspected to make sure they all work properly. During the home inspection process we will run the dishwasher, check the elements and hood fan for the range.  We also inspect the refrigerator, microwave, garburator and garage door to make sure they all work and operate safely.

Heating & Cooling Systems

Insufficient insulation, and an inadequate or poorly functioning heating system, are the most common causes of poor heating. While an adequately clean furnace, without rust on the heat exchanger, usually has life left in it, we will check to ensure your furnace is not over its typical life span of 15-25 yrs. 

We will also inspect in-floor heating using infrared technology to determine its working properly.

The hot water tank and air condition units will also be inspected to determine that they are working properly and safely, and are not near the end of their life.

Read about the HIABC Scope of Inspection click HERE

Contact Us For Pre-Purchase Home Inspections

When you need a professional Pre-Purchase Home Inspection in Kamloops or Thompson-Okanagan Area, call Rivers Edge Inspections, or click below and send us an email to start the process.