The majority of Vancouver home buyers today order and pay for a home inspection. They do it for peace of mind and an assurance that they're purchasing a sound home.
Unfortunately, major defects listed on that report often go unnoticed. Why? Because the buyer didn't read the report carefully, or because the buyer expected his or her agent to read it and sound the alarm if a real problem existed. The buyer may even expect the home inspector to advise them – but that's not his or her job.
Also unfortunately, some agents are so anxious to close on a home that they gloss over the importance of a notation on the inspection.
If there's anything you're not sure about, or if you feel uncomfortable with your agent's assurance that it's "no big deal," call the inspector and ask.
When you and I work together, I'll not only read your report, I'll go over it with you item by item. If there's a concern, we'll discuss it. If it's major, I'll recommend that you get bids for repair.
The seller may or may not be willing to pay for the repairs or reduce the price, but at least you'll know exactly what you're facing.
Sellers who order a pre-listing inspection should follow the same advice.
Never assume that there's no major problem just because no one points it out to you. Read your report, ask questions, and if there's a problem, get bids. Then you'll know exactly what you're facing.
When you want to buy or sell a home in Vancouver, give me a call. I'm always willing to go over your reports and to give you a list of reputable contractors should you need one.