When buying a house in Ontario, you understandably want to purchase a property that is in great condition. At Dewar Realty, we typically recommend that clients get a home inspection. A property inspection is a great way to learn about the true condition of the home. After all, many types of damage cannot be detected by an untrained eye, and you need to know as much as possible about property condition before you make a purchase. While a home inspection is a great resource for you to use, you can learn a lot about a home by being observant during the home tour. In this market, a home inspection clause in your offer is not always possible. Here are some of the top things you can learn about a property without an inspection.
1. Roof Condition
While some roof damage can only be seen by a licensed roof with an up-close examination of the structure, you may be able to spot some signs of damage from the ground. Look for shingles that do not lay flat or that are missing, for example.
2. Plumbing Issues
You may also identify a wide range of plumbing issues as you tour the property. Listen for sounds of dripping faucets or toilets that run for no reason. Look under the sinks for signs of leaking pipes (past or present).
3. Potential Foundation Issues
Foundation issues often leave numerous signs of damage. For example, you may notice that doors and windows do not open and close easily. There may be cracks in the walls or ceiling. The flooring may have an incline to it that is noticeable when you walk through the home. Basements may have a damp or musty smell.
4. Previous Water Damage
Water damage is common in homes, and some homeowners do not properly remediate the issue. If you notice drywall that has water damage or stains, water stains under a bathroom or kitchen sink and other related issues, there is a possibility that mold could be growing in the home.
5. Wood Rot
Wood can rot with age, exposure to the elements, pest infestation and more. This is a visible issue that you can notice by carefully looking at siding, fencing and other wood fences. Wood rot can create a structural issue and may dictate the need for replacement wood to be installed.
If you notice any signs of damage in these areas, we can help you to negotiate with the seller for repair work to be completed prior to closing. In some cases, the seller may offer a repair allowance to you at closing for the issues that he or she could not address before closing.