building inspection

You still want to buy the visited residential building, after a building inspection, the home inspector’s report revealed that some major repairs should be done.

You can (not mandatory) send the seller a copy (or a portion) of the inspector’s report, but for the sole purpose of informing him of the deficiencies noted during the building inspection.

  • If the reason for the cost renegotiation request is important,
  • if you are willing to purchase the residence in the event of a reduction in the purchase cost,
  • if the seller agrees to grant it to you:
  • the agreement must be recorded on the amendment form and signed by the seller and you,
  • the modification form will be one of the main components of the promise to purchase and will necessarily be given to the person who will grant the loan,
  • it must be entered in the modification form that you and the seller have agreed to make modifications to the promise to purchase following the pre-purchase building inspection report. Both (2) parties must sign this form within the time limits allowed by the building inspection conditions.

A building inspection to prevent problems from worsening over time

How do you know if a problem, which seems very minor, will worsen over time? Unless you yourself are a contractor or a connoisseur in the construction industry, it is better to hire the services of a residential building inspection professional.

Here are some examples of problems that, although seemingly minor, are likely to get worse and cause you harm:

  • It is possible that a crack in the corner of a basement window will allow water to infiltrate which, under the action of recurring freezes and thaws, to enlarge and cause damage to the structure. In his report, the building inspection expert wrote: “… the structure of the residence could be affected if there was water infiltration (aggravation of the problem). There is a potential risk to the safety of residents. Urgent and major work is required.
  • The application of tar, on a flat roof, serves to make the latter waterproof. Gravel should cover the tar to protect it from the sun which would dry it out and crack it. During the pre-purchase building inspection, your home inspector notices a large area that is no longer covered with tar, on the roof of the multi-residential building that interests you. Here the tar is dry and cracked. Repairing and adding gravel is therefore recommended to prevent water from seeping in and aggravating the situation.
  • A damaged or missing gasket around the roof vent, chimney, or valley can lead to water ingress. The walls and floors of the residence can be damaged.
  • While inspecting the attic, the building expert notices that the insulation wool covers the ends of the roof. The soffit must not be obstructed. It is perforated in order to allow better air circulation and that moisture can escape. It is necessary to avoid the seepage resulting from the contrast between the heat of the house which is heated in winter and the cold coming from the outside. Frost could form which, during warm weather, would melt and cause water damage to the residence.
  • In addition, the lack of air circulation in the attic can lead to the formation of an ice barrier on the roof. Thus, when the temperature softens, the water from melting snow has no place to evacuate the roof and risks infiltrating the interior of the residence.

A building inspection to protect your health

You thought you were buying your home with full knowledge of the facts. The seller did point out some mold in the basement as well as a different coloration of the foundation wall visible under the stairs, but you believed that the problem was minor and did not take it into account.

You buy the house … including the problems. And these are progressing! You find that mold and water stains are caused by moisture created by water that collects around the exterior foundation and sometimes infiltrates… the agricultural drain is non-functional! A home inspector would probably have recommended additional expertise of the agricultural drain by noting the presence of mold and water spots.

A visit to a house is rarely possible when it is empty of all contents. Your dream home has lots of owner-owned items stored in the basement. While conversing with the latter and the real estate agent, you pay very little attention to the deformation of the concrete slab. 

The current owner reassures you by telling you that the star-shaped cracks on the concrete slab are due to ground movement and have never created any problems. You buy the house… and the problems get worse. A home inspector would probably have written in his report: “According to the real estate agent and the seller, there was no test done for the presence of pyrite. It is advisable to carry out tests, urgently, and to verifier the results by an engineer ”.

You are planning to buy a residential income building that is a few years old. You use the service of a home inspector. During the exterior check, the latter notices a curvature of the brick, commonly called beef belly. He then immediately checks for the presence of weeping chants at the bottom of the brick walls and near the lintels of doors and windows. 

Weepers should normally be used to let out rainwater that may have seeped in as well as moisture trapped between the brick and the building structure. If the problem worsens, the building structure is at risk of rotting as well as possible brick collapse. The health and safety of people are compromised

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Building Inspection in civil construction and understand the importance of construction