Ride Along Inspection™
Ride Along Inspection? You want to get a full / complete home inspection done, but don’t think it will be possible because…
- You’re in an area that has a hot real estate market?
- You’re likely going to be faced with a multiple offer situation and need to present a clean Offer to Purchase?
- There’s no time to carry out an inspection (or simply can’t) before putting in an offer?
- You have to waive your condition on a home inspection in your Offer to Purchase so you can seal the deal?
If this is what you are facing, think long and hard about buying that house. You’ll have an uphill battle after the fact trying to sort out who pulled the wool over your eyes and “made” you buy that house that’s got problems you now want fixed. There will be problems of course, there’s not a house we’ve inspected that doesn’t have them, and based on the number of calls we’re getting from homebuyers with horror stories who felt obliged not to have an inspection carried out because they just had to buy that … “dream house”…we’re not surprised!
RECO (Real Estate Council of Ontario) is the body responsible for regulating real estate professionals in the province on behalf of the Ontario government and protects the public’s interest through a fair, safe and informed marketplace. They say that buyers who exclude a home inspection clause in their offer to purchase “may later learn that there are property defects, required repairs or needed upgrades that you weren’t aware of. In some cases, this can be expensive in the short or long-term. Foregoing a home inspection is a significant risk that a buyer needs to carefully consider.”
Having said that, there is something we think that can likely help you…a Ride Along Inspection™.
You can hire a Grassroots® home inspector to tag along with you during your home buying process. Simply have a Grassroots® home inspector ride along with you when you’re out looking at the various houses you want to buy. Or, simply narrow down the final houses you want to look and have us accompany you when you go to have a look at them before submitting an offer. Naturally, you’ll want to arrange ahead a time with your Realtor® that we’ll being coming to…but we won’t be doing a full “home inspection”, there won’t be time for that. We’ll be at the house only as long as you are. However, a Grassroots® inspector can likely point out lots just walking around with you during an open house or attending a specific viewing of homes. This is far from perfect of course, but a cursory look or second set of eyes could lend a hand to better understanding the condition of that home before you put in your offer.
So contact us to get your Ride Along Inspection™ during your house hunting expeditions…we can bring our own vehicle and meet you there too! If not, we call shot gun 🙂
WARNING: A Ride Along Inspection™ is not a substitute for having a full and complete Building Inspection (sometimes referred to as a home or property inspection) carried out when buying a house, whether it’s a condition of your “Offer to Purchase” or not. It’s just having us accompanying you during your scouting of homes in the hopes that we can point out some things along the way to better assist you learning more about the home’s condition. It is possible that we may not be able to tell you anything or much, and in fact raise more questions that will require further professional advice on your part. In the alternative, you could have an inspection carried out after your buy your home too!