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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

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A pre-purchase home inspection can save you from costly surprises down the road. Discover the importance of this crucial step in the home buying process.

Buying a home is a major investment, and it’s important to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. One way to protect yourself from unexpected expenses is to have a pre-purchase home inspection. This process involves a professional inspector examining the property to identify any potential issues or hazards that could impact your safety or finances. Learn more about why a pre-purchase home inspection is so important.

What is a pre-purchase home inspection? A pre-purchase home inspection is a thorough examination of a property by a professional inspector before the sale is finalized. The inspector will examine the property’s structure, systems, and components to identify any issues or potential hazards. This can include things like the roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical systems, and more. The goal is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive report of the property’s condition so they can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

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What are the benefits of a pre-purchase home inspection? A pre-purchase home inspection can provide numerous benefits for buyers. Firstly, it can identify any major issues or potential hazards with the property, allowing the buyer to negotiate repairs or a lower price with the seller. It can also give the buyer peace of mind knowing the condition of the property they are purchasing. Additionally, the inspection report can serve as a valuable reference for future maintenance and repairs. Overall, a pre-purchase home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process that can save buyers from costly surprises down the road.

What does a pre-purchase home inspection include?
A pre-purchase home inspection typically includes a thorough examination of the property’s structural components, such as the foundation, roof, walls, and floors. It also includes an assessment of the property’s major systems, such as the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. The inspector will also check for any signs of water damage, mold, or pest infestations. The inspection report will provide a detailed summary of any issues found during the inspection, along with recommendations for repairs or further evaluation by a specialist.

How to find a reputable home inspector.
When it comes to finding a reputable home inspector, it’s important to do your research. Start by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or your real estate agent. Look for inspectors who are licensed and certified by a professional organization, such as the Home Inspectors of BC (HIABC). Be sure to ask for references and check online reviews before making a final decision. Remember, a thorough and accurate inspection can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs down the road.

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What we Report On


Lagos-Sea Inspections offers a comprehensive visual inspection
of various systems in a property.


  • This includes the structural systems such as:
    foundations, basements, walkways, grading and drainage, as well as wall, floor and ceiling structures.
  • The exterior of the property is also inspected covering:
    flashing, patios, driveways, grading, surface drainage, walkways, decks, trim, wall coverings, garages and associated systems.
  • The roofing system is inspected for:
    roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys,
    as well as any other roof penetrations.
  • Electrical systems are checked for:
    branch circuits, service entrance and panels, connected devices and fixtures,
    smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as ensuring outlets are GFCI-protected.
  • Plumbing systems are inspected for:
    water supply systems, fixtures and faucets, drain, water heater, vents, waste and vent systems, flues and chimneys, and any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are also inspected, including:
    vents and flues, ducts, heating and cooling equipment.
  • Safety and Quality issues are identified and reported, and recommendations for further evaluation by a specialist are provided if necessary.

What we Don’t Report On

It’s also important to understand what a home inspection is not.

 – First and foremost, it is not a technically exhaustive process. Inspectors do not dismantle systems in order to fully assess their condition.
 – Additionally, while thermal imaging can provide some insight, most inspectors do not have X-ray vision and cannot see behind inside systems or walls.
 – Finally, a home inspection is not a report on every minor cosmetic issue in a home, but rather a comprehensive evaluation of its overall condition. Inspectors focus on major deficiencies that could impact the safety or functionality of the home.

At LAGOS-SEA Home Inspections we leave no stone un-turned in our inspection process to provide you with the most comprehensive report on the condition of your home.

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