Standard home inspections aren’t always enough

If you read your typical national Canadian newspaper, you may notice a growing trend: more and more articles are popping up chronicling the struggles of home owners against mould, asbestos and other harmful agents.

One of the biggest reasons why residents or business owners end up paying out the nose: poor home inspections and poor pre-purchase inspections in particular. Too many prospective buyers assume that all inspectors are created equal. That simply isn’t true. A good or bad home inspection company can be the difference between paying thousands of dollars on a major renovation a few years down the road or spending that money on a vacation instead.

Aside from standard practices like asking around or researching customer reviews, there’s another common trick to ensure you get a proper home inspection: seeking out the specialists. If you need asbestos removal, find a company that tells you on its website or ads that it specializes in asbestos removal. Same goes for mould removal.

It’s the same principle you see with medicine. A hand specialist can go into far more detail examining your injured palm than a general practitioner can, right? An inspection company specializing in mould will have a better idea of warning signs, such as moisture, and where to look for mould.

There are other tricks to use to ensure you get a proper home inspection, such as following the inspector around your home, but seeking out the specialists is always a good place to start!

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