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Listing # 46618  |  House  |  For Sale
53015B HIGHWAY 47 , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

Acreage living close to town! Located close to town (just down the Robb road)this well maintained 4 bedroom 2 bath home ...

Listing # 46587  |  House  |  For Sale
5038 11 AVE , Edson, Alberta, Canada

Don't miss out! This family home is situated on a corner lot close to schools and amenities. With lots of natural light,...

Listing # 46327  |  House  |  For Sale
46-6004 TOWNSHIP RD 534 , Out of Area, Alberta, Canada

Welcome to Summer View Heights on Isle Lake! This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home sits on 2.99 acres at beautiful Isle Lake. ...

Listing # 46155  |  House  |  For Sale
1606 41A STREET , Edson, Alberta, Canada

Looking for an open concept home with room for the whole family? Look no further! This beautiful Hillendale home has ...

Listing # 42254  |  House  |  For Sale
4918 49 AVE , Robb, Alberta, Canada

Affordable living in the picturesque foothills! This cute bungalow has seen numerous upgrades and renovations including ...

Listing # 38443  |  Vacant Land  |  For Sale
11-53018 RANGE RD 175 , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

Looking for an affordable, quite, private, heavily treed acreage close to town to build your dream home? Have a look at ...

Listing # 46134  |  House  |  For Sale
1505 62 STREET , Edson, Alberta, Canada

This family home is located on a dead end street on an oversized lot. Fabulous floor plan, fully developed up and down. ...

Listing # 46091  |  House  |  For Sale
16-16511 TOWNSHIP RD 532A , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

A dream home nestled between the trees in River Ridge. A beautiful home with over 3700sqft on a private 5.09 acre treed ...

Listing # 46036  |  House  |  For Sale
15514 TOWNSHIP RD 544 , Edson Rural, AB, Canada

Newly developed Acreage! This fabulous bungalow on a full walkout basement is awaiting its new owner. Located only ...

Listing # 45943  |  House  |  For Sale
53311 RANGE RD 150 , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

Acreage living at its best in this 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom family home on 10+/- acres only a short distance from Edson. ...

Listing # 45670  |  House  |  For Sale
1513 62 STREET , Edson, Alberta, Canada

Uncompromising elegance! A must see home that has been meticulously maintained boasting 2 garages. Located on a huge 0....

Listing # 45387  |  House  |  For Sale
5-53018 RANGE RD 175 , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

$5000 Landscaping/Decorating Closing Bonus! WOW! This home is a showstopper! This gorgeous home was built in 2014 by ...

Listing # 44364  |  House  |  For Sale
13426 TOWNSHIP RD 532 , Edson, Alberta, Canada

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE! With a 1/4 section of land, this beautiful property has everything you need! Outside there's...

Listing # 43190  |  House  |  For Sale
27-16511 TOWNSHIP RD 532A , Edson Rural, Alberta, Canada

Seller is offering a $10,000 decorating bonus! Enjoy River Ridge in this gorgeous home on 3.88 acres with access to ...

Listing # 42728  |  House  |  For Sale
1808 63 STREET , Edson, Alberta, Canada

Gracious executive residence is located on 1.97 acs in town. 4843 sq ft of living space featuring a tasteful blend of ...

Listing # 41158  |  House  |  For Sale
443 68 STREET , Edson, Alberta, Canada

Located on a 1 acre lot, this fabulous home has anything & everything for your family. Very well appointed with birch & ...

The importance of a home inspection

So you’ve found a house you love. 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 doesn’t care if you buy the house or not, so you can be sure he or she is being objective, even if you’re not.) If you have to make an offer before having a home inspection, make it 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 meets you at the home you’re thinking of buying, and 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. Your REALTOR® can recommend a reputable, objective inspector at your request, or you can find one by asking friends or by looking in the phone book.

When you’ve fallen in love with a house, 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 you stay in love – for years to come.

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