Getting the most out of your ProVantage Property Pre-Purchase Inspection

Join in the inspection.

  • As much or as little as you wish. The more you see the more it will make sense when you read the final report.

If you get bored.

  • Measure rooms, and or windows. I have measuring tapes you can borrow
  • Talk to the neighbours. They often have a wealth of information about the history of the home and the neighbourhood.
  • Take your own photos of appliances and anything else you want to record
  • Test the appliances if you wish.

All the information belongs to the paying client.

  • Little or no information will be shared with the real estate agents or the seller.
  • The inspector will not get involved in negotiations.
  • The inspector will not give a verbal summary to any party other than the client at the end of the inspection.
  • Verbal summaries are always incomplete and insufficient.
  • Wait for the final report and use it to your best advantage.

Wait for the final report.

  • Not all defects are equal. The final report assigns a priority rating to each issue, and in combination with some rough cost estimates will help you put issues in perspective.
  • Discussions held at the house may not adequately convey the issue or urgency.
  • The inspector’s work continues after the time at the house, with review of photographs, and further research on complicated issues. The final report is the only official report.

Understand the limitations.

  • If we can’t see it, we can’t inspect it. Read the contract for details.
  • Appliances are not part of the inspection. Get as much info as you can from the sellers about appliances, central vacuum system, alarm systems, water treatment systems, sprinkler systems and any other items excluded from the inspection.
  • Be prepared to follow up with specialists.
  • Legal questions are for lawyers. ProVantage strongly recommends you have a lawyer at your disposal during your negotiation and before firming your offer.