by Erica in Toronto 12 months ago
We’re looking at purchasing a house for which a home inspection has been provided. We’re in the uncomfortable situation of being forced to rely on the quality of their home inspection. It seems pretty clear and detailed, but I have one question about a comment in the written report. In the assessment of the general exterior, the inspector notes that “the landscape should be improved at the SW and SE corners. An impervious surface is recommended.” This sounds to me like a moisture concern. This point is reiterated in the summary. Does anyone know what this might mean? Is it somethign we should be concerned about? Could it be expensive to fix? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
by Rajeev in Thornhill 12 months ago
If I were you, I would get another home inspection done at my cost. Ask the inspector to focus on the areas of the concern and he can provide you his feedback. Inspection is relatively inexpensive and it will save you years of peace of mind.
by Maret's Quality Home Cleaning 11 months ago
Impervious surfaces include driveway, patios. walkways, sand, etc. The more impervious surface you have on a site the more run-off from storms or snow melt occurs.
A good landscaping company can make in-expensive recommendations.
It does sound like a moisture problem and Rajeev is giving good advice, get your own inspection done and only have the inspector concentrate on the problem areas in the previous inspection.
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by Andrew in High Park-Swansea 11 months ago
It’s pretty common for sellers to provide their own home inspection with the hopes of heading off a more detailed inspection undertaken at the buyer’s cost. Many buyers in hot markets will want to come in with clean offers (no further inspection) so they don’t lose out in a bidding war. I remember doing so. But it’s unwise. There will always be another home. Pay for a thorough home inspection and make your offers conditional on this inspection — that’s the only way to protect yourself. As the Toronto home market begins to cool off, the new normal will be more conditional offers and fewer bidding wars I suspect.