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What are Pre Purchase Inspections?

Pre purchase inspections are intended to help protect the buyer by revealing important information about the house or condo they are considering to buy before making the purchase. This type of inspection is often considered a must have in today’s real estate market. You should feel confident when buying your home or condo and pre purchase inspections from a qualified home inspector are intended to provide that security in the decision making process.

Pre Purchase Home Inspections

How Does The Home Inspection Work?


When the home inspector arrives at the property to conduct the home inspection they will be looking closely at the important areas of home that often get overlooked. Some of these areas include:

Roof and gutter home inspection

  • Roofing and Gutters
  • Utility Lines
  • Lot Grading and Drainage
  • Garage & Carport
  • Porch, Decks & Handrails
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Exterior Walls, Windows and Doors
  • Gas and Water Lines
  • Chimneys and Skylights
  • Basement and Crawl Spaces
  • Foundation & Structure
  • Heating Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Fireplaces

Remember to Ask Important House Safety Questions

Be prepared to ask questions and help educate yourself by learning about areas of the home you may be worried about such as the roof or foundation. Issues that may look like a large fix can actually be small, and areas that look fine may need some work. The important thing to remember is that your goal is to determine whether buying the house or condo is right financially, and for your family.

Exterior house and foundation inspection

Taking the time to discuss the location of important safety features of your home can also help keep your family safe in an emergency. Ask your home inspector about the location of gas and water line shut off valves, as well as additional utility lines that may need to be turned off in an emergency.

Understanding the electrical system in your home and the load that it can handle is another important piece of knowledge that a pre purchase home inspection can provide to you. You’ll be able to safely add major appliances to your home without exceeding limits or blowing breakers.

Pre Purchase Condo Inspections

How Does The Condo Inspection Work?

When the condo inspector arrives at the property to conduct the condo inspection they will be looking closely at the important areas of home that often get overlooked. The real estate agent will also be present to provide access to certain areas of the building. Some of these places that will be inspected include:

  • Exterior Walls, Windows & Doors
  • Deck & Balcony Drainage and Condition
  • Gas, Water and Utility Lines
  • Roofing, Overhangs and Gutters
  • Chimneys & Skylights
  • Kitchen & Bathrooms
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Foundation & Structure
  • Heating Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Fireplaces
  • Building Mechanical Rooms
  • Building Common Areas
  • Underground Parking

Remember to Ask Important Condo Safety Questions

Be prepared to ask questions and help educate yourself by learning about areas of the condo you should be concerned with both inside your unit and around the building in general. Examples of this can be rooftop balconies, and underground parking drainage. The inspector will be able to analyze issues that may look like a large fix, but can actually be small. They’ll also be able to find areas that look fine, but may infact need some work. The important thing to remember is that your goal is to determine whether buying the house or condo is right financially, and for your family.

Vancouver condo living room with view of skyline

Taking the time to discuss the location of important safety features of your condo can also help keep your family safe in an emergency. Ask your condo inspector about the location of gas and water line shut off valves, as well as additional utility lines that may need to be turned off or accessed in an emergency. Make sure you understand proper condo fire safety protocols, and signage is adequate for your safety.

Understanding the electrical system in your condo and the load that it can handle is another important piece of knowledge that a pre purchase condo inspection can provide to you. You’ll be able to safely add major appliances to your condo unit without exceeding limits or blowing breakers.

First Time Home Buyers Will Learn Important Details About Their Home or Condos Condition

Home and condo inspections are an important part of the purchase process for any homeowner, but especially first time home buyers. Whether you are buying a house, part of a multi-unit building, top floor, ground floor, or anywhere between pre purchase inspection will uncover details about your home that can save you from unexpected costs.

Follow Up With Your Home Inspector If You Have Questions Down The Road

Once the pre purchase inspection is complete you will receive a report detailing the findings from your home inspector. This report will have the details you need to make an educated decision about whether or not you should purchase the home, and what kind of repairs may be needed. If you need to contact Mainland after the inspection by phone or email we will be available to help answer your questions. We can even return for a free secondary inspection if repairs have been made to help you get the home you want in the best condition to keep your family and financials safe.