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The importance of a HOME INSPECTION.
Avoid Disapointments!
So you’ve narrowed the search for your property. Great backyard, gleaming hardwood, and the kitchen of your dreams. But what about the furnace? The wiring? Leaks in the basement? Before you buy, have the home inspected; no matter how experienced you are as a homeowner, it’s the best way to make sure you really know what you’re getting into.

A home inspection will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. The inspector will determine the condition of the house you’re thinking about buying, and let you know if there are any problems. (And the great thing is, the inspector is being objective, even if you’re not.) We recommend making an offer conditional on a satisfactory inspection.
If there are any problems, you have three options:
1. Walk away.
2. Use the results to negotiate a better price.
3. Give the seller a chance to fix the problem.
What happens during a home inspection?

The inspector will meet us (yes, we'll be there too) at the home you’re thinking of buying. We are required to be there as well to receive all news- good or bad, first hand. It takes about 3-4 hours to carefully inspect the entire house for structural, mechanical or other issues. He or she examines everything from the roof to the foundation and everything in between, including heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, insulation, roof, windows and doors, walls, ceilings, attic and basement. You can accompany the inspector as he or she goes through the home – it’s a good way to get to know the home quickly, and will give you a head-start in your home care “learning curve.”

The inspector then prepares an inspection report that outlines problems (breaking them down into major repairs that need to be done right away and areas that will need attention in the future, with accurate cost estimates for each), highlights good points, and gives you an idea what kind of maintenance you’ll need to do to keep the place in good shape. Make sure you ask for a detailed report that’s written in a narrative style. Never accept a verbal report or one that’s just a checklist.

How much does it cost?
Most inspections cost between $250 and $500. Think of it this way: a few hundred bucks could save you thousands in home repairs. It’s a pretty small price to pay for significant peace of mind.
How do I find a good inspector?
Look for a reputable, qualified company that has been in business for a while, can provide references from previous customers, is fully insured and offers guaranteed inspections. Inspectors should be licensed in building-related fields such as contracting, architecture or structural engineering. Always check to see if your home inspector is RHI (REGISTERED HOME INSPECTORS) approved. I can recommend a list of reputable, objective inspectors at your request.
Just by walking through a property, it’s hard to see any faults on your own. Make sure the decision is a good one, and get it inspected so you can be sure about your decision.
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HST INFORMATION- NEW HOMES
Residential resales are exempt.......

Farmer to farmer sales are exempt (in and out).......

Some rural properties... HST MAY apply.......

HST is applied to all new home sales in Ontario.......

Here's detailed information online about what? and how much?

http://www.taxtips.ca/gst/onhst.htm
 
Bill Jongejan
Bill Jongejan
Sales Representative
Royal LePage Heartland Realty, Brokerage (Independently owned and operated)
33 HAMILTON STREET Goderich, ON N7A1P3
Phone: 519.524.6789     
Fax: 519.524.6723     
Mobile:  519.525.9287     
Home Fax: 519.524.6723     
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