If you browse through the internet, you’re sure to come across dozens and dozens of articles with printable checklists and inside information on DIY home inspection techniques. Because of this, it’s possible that you’ve come to doubt whether or not hiring a professional home inspector is actually necessary. If there are so many DIY articles out there, it must be easy to perform a quality inspection without the need to spend the extra money on hiring someone, right?
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Once you decide that it’s time to purchase a house, you will be making one of the biggest and most important investments of your life. Do you really want to put that investment in jeopardy by forgoing a professional home inspector, risking the chance that you might miss something?
Sure the articles, books and how-to videos make it seem like a walk in the park, but keep in mind that a professional will have had to go through years of training to do this job. Each of our certified home inspectors here in Calgary, Alberta has an extensive history in construction and renovation, meaning that they are able to process the visual data of a home at a quicker rate. Additionally, the combination of our knowledge and experience in this field helps us to know exactly where to look and what to look for. Without the expertise of a professional, you may very easily brush off what may seem like a small, easily fixable problem, not realizing that it is the first sign of an even bigger, more costly issue.
What’s even more, as a third-party outsider, your inspector will be less emotionally-attached to the home. If you inspect a home as a potential buyer, you’re already invested; you’ve begun thinking about paint colors and furniture. Your thoughts have may have already progressed to the birth of your first child and where you will put the nursery in this home. More than anything, you want to see this inspection go well – so much so that you may overlook warning signs. A professional inspector is detached and is only concerned about completing the job and delivering all of their findings to you.
Hiring a professional home inspector is naturally going to cost you a little bit of time and money, but you will also be gaining peace of mind at the end of the day. Instead of second guessing yourself and hoping that you managed to find everything before signing the papers, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for without a shadow of a doubt.