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Listing # 912190  |  $95,000

Commercial  |  For Sale

261 Island Hwy East, Parksville, BC, Canada

Parksville, City of -  RAMEN EIGHT ASIAN RESTAURANT Well established busy family owned restaurant specializing in Asian ... Get More Info

Listing # 892150  |  $197,000

Commercial  |  For Sale

149 Second Ave West, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Town of -  PROFITABLE TURNKEY BUSINESS Heaven on Earth Natural Foods has been a family-operated business since ... Get More Info

Listing # 906542  |  $249,000

Commercial  |  For Sale

694 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Town of -  BISTRO 694 This profitable restaurant offers a intimate bistro dining experience and is now offered ... Get More Info

Listing # 914867  |  $479,500

Condo  |  For Sale

302 Village Way, 202 , Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Town of -  INVESTORS, 1ST TIMERS or DOWNSIZERS! Top floor Corner 2 bedroom Condo in a great location. ... Get More Info

Listing # 912995  |  $889,000

House  |  For Sale

1240 Bunker Pl, French Creek, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Regional District -  EXTENDED FAMILY, AIRBNB, ROOM TO GROW the opportunities abound. This Split Level 6 bedroom home on ... Get More Info

Listing # 912551  |  $949,000

House  |  For Sale

813 Tribune Pl, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Town of -  NEED ROOM FOR A HOBBY OR HOME OFFICE this Chartwell Rancher will check that box. Built on a ... Get More Info

Listing # 905422  |  $1,100,000

House  |  For Sale

745 Kaplar Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Regional District -  ACREAGE SUITABLE FOR HORSES. A Quiet, clam & serene setting awaits you here in this quality built ... Get More Info

Listing # 910773  |  $1,350,000

House  |  For Sale

3790 ISLAND Hwy West, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

Qualicum Beach, Town of -  OCEAN VIEW ON .63 OF AN ACRE lot just north of Qualicum Beach in a rural setting yet close to ... Get More Info

Listing # 909233  |  $1,375,000

House  |  For Sale

664 Middlegate Rd, Errington, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Regional District -  ENGLISHMAN RIVER ESTATES This Tranquil, Serene & Peaceful setting awaits you in this lovingly cared... Get More Info

Listing # 912422  |  $1,380,000

House  |  For Sale

1440 Benzon Cres, Errington, BC, Canada

Nanaimo Regional District -  WORKSHOP, EXTENDED FAMILY 3162 sq. ft. with 4 bdrms & 3 baths with a full basement on a fully fenced... Get More Info

The importance of a home inspection

So you’ve found a house you love. Great backyard, gleaming hardwood, and the kitchen of your dreams. But what about the furnace? The wiring? Leaks in the basement? Before you buy, have the home inspected; no matter how experienced you are as a homeowner, it’s the best way to make sure you really know what you’re getting into.

A home inspection will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. The inspector will determine the condition of the house you’re thinking about buying, and let you know if there are any problems. (And the great thing is, the inspector doesn’t care if you buy the house or not, so you can be sure he or she is being objective, even if you’re not.) If you have to make an offer before having a home inspection, make it conditional on a satisfactory inspection.

If there are any problems, you have three options:
1. Walk away.
2. Use the results to negotiate a better price.
3. Give the seller a chance to fix the problem.

What happens during a home inspection?

The inspector meets you at the home you’re thinking of buying, and takes about 3-4 hours to carefully inspect the entire house for structural, mechanical or other issues. He or she examines everything from the roof to the foundation and everything in between, including heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, insulation, roof, windows and doors, walls, ceilings, attic and basement. You can accompany the inspector as he or she goes through the home – it’s a good way to get to know the home quickly, and will give you a head-start in your home care “learning curve.”

The inspector then prepares an inspection report that outlines problems (breaking them down into major repairs that need to be done right away and areas that will need attention in the future, with accurate cost estimates for each), highlights good points, and gives you an idea what kind of maintenance you’ll need to do to keep the place in good shape. Make sure you ask for a detailed report that’s written in a narrative style. Never accept a verbal report or one that’s just a checklist.

How much does it cost?

Most inspections cost between $250 and $500. Think of it this way: a few hundred bucks could save you thousands in home repairs. It’s a pretty small price to pay for significant peace of mind.

How do I find a good inspector?

Look for a reputable, qualified company that has been in business for a while, can provide references from previous customers, is fully insured and offers guaranteed inspections. Inspectors should be licensed in building-related fields such as contracting, architecture or structural engineering. Your REALTOR® can recommend a reputable, objective inspector at your request, or you can find one by asking friends or by looking in the phone book.

When you’ve fallen in love with a house, it’s hard to see any faults on your own. Make sure the decision is a good one, and get it inspected so you can be sure you stay in love – for years to come.

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