Buyer’s Guide to Conducting a Mini House Inspection in Toronto

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Buying a home in Toronto, ON or elsewhere in Canada is a big decision in the life of a prospective homeowner, in fact it will probably be the largest, most valuable purchase a buyer will ever make.  For this reason, many buyers will deliberate and weigh up their options time and again to ensure that they are getting the most value for their money. This is a good decision, and often hiring an official inspector is a wise decision considering the size of one’s investment. It can never hurt to try and do some of the work yourself though. With the correct preparation, you can conduct your own Toronto house inspection and make an informed decision on your big purchase.  Below is a guide:

Check for Roof Problems

One of the most important aspects of an official Toronto home inspection is the roof. Roof condition can affect many other parts of the household, and if it is not up to par, can cause leaks which can be an endless money-pit. Make sure to get up-to-date information on the roof maintenance from the seller in order to make an educated decision.

Inspect the Plumbing

This means testing all of the taps and faucets, considering water pressure and keeping a sharp eye out for stains on the walls, often liquid stains on walls mean a leaky pipe, and this can cost you a lot of time and effort to repair.

Check for Hazards

This is more a general tip than any specific guideline, but make sure when you walk around a prospective home that you take note of any potential dangers or hazards. Hazards can come in many forms, so make sure to check for any and all kinds. Examples of potential hazards might be broken branches on old trees, or large single pane windows on the upper levels of the house. These inspections are of extra importance, especially if a child will be living in the house.

Check for Rotting Wood

This is a fairly common thing and can be found in most older houses, but can be an annoying problem to fix because of it’s prevalence. This is a good item for potential buyers as you don’t have to be trained to spot the rotting. Another thing to beware of is that many sellers will freshly coat rotting wood with paint, do not be fooled by this and make sure to be thorough in your assessment.

Use your Phone

This one is arguably not as important as the others, but in 2015, you want to make sure that you are taking technology seriously. One way to test the signal in your prospective place is to make calls and go to some of your favourite websites using your phone, if the signal is non existent, and you are a tech-savvy family, it might be worth reconsidering the location of your new home.

These tips are designed to be a starter guide for any house buyers that don’t have the expertise to conduct an official inspection. But whilst these tips are a good starting point for any new buyer, they can never truly replace an official Toronto home inspection from a trained professional. These official inspections will end up costing the buyer, but are generally considered worth it in the long-term, especially considering the piece of mind one gets.

About Viktoria Professional Movers Toronto

Viktoria Professional Movers Toronto is a professional moving and storage company operating out of Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, providing high quality local and long distance moving services throughout the GTA, Southern Ontario and across Canada. Thanks to our country-wide network we are also able to service our clients’ long distance moving needs throughout Canada. By helping to educate our clients on topics that can help them plan and execute a successful move, we are fulfilling our directive of taking the stigma out of hiring professional movers, and helping to make the moving process a stress free experience overall. To hear first-hand about our high quality moving services, please visit Homestars page where you can read reviews on our company submitted by many of our satisfied customers.

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