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Toronto, like any older city, has many older homes. Some of these homes are well over a hundred years old, and many have beautiful features and are gracious in their old world charm.

These older homes are often in a good condition, and may require only some cosmetic improvements to bring them to the 21st century standard of living. But it is important, while considering a purchase of an older home, to have it inspected by a qualified professional, to make sure there are no hidden defects which may later cost a bundle to rectify.

Home Inspection

Before you commit yourself to buying an older home, it is wise to have it inspected. A home inspector is a trained professional, who will take anywhere from 2.5 to 3 and sometimes more hours to check the many components, from the basement up to the condition of the roof, that make the home functional and safe.

After checking all the elements, the inspector will produce for you an inspection report. This report will point out all the present or potential problems, and give an approximate cost to fix the defects. A good inspection report will also give you a basic home maintenance schedule.

If at all possible, you should be present during the inspection. Most good home inspectors will encourage you to follow them around. This will give you a chance to see the problem areas, and to ask questions. You will also have a chance to find where the important elements, like a water shut-off valve, are located, and to get maintenance tips.

After having the home inspected, you will be able to make an educated decision to proceed with the purchase, or, if there are serious problems, negotiate to have the problems rectified or abandon the deal.

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Following are some links to home inspection companies.

OAHI - Ontario Association of Home Inspectors

CarsonDunlop Consulting Engineers Let our team of friendly, hands-on inspectors help you make your home buying decision. With our information your peace of mind is assured. Put your trust in a CarsonDunlop Home Inspection.

Toronto Home Inspectors

Here is a list of various home inspectors that I compiled for your convenience. My clients have used their services in the past.

AmeriSpec, David Pickerill, 416-465-8689; e-mail:
York Associates, Alex Welsh, 416-322-5555; e-mail:
Guardian Home Inspectors, Terry Carson,
First Building Inspections, Robert A. Stork, 416-410-5360;
Pappas Home Inspections, Paul Gargaro,
416-691-9900; e-mail:
Baker Street Home Inspection Services, Jeff Clarke,
National Home Inspection, Mark N. Goddard,
Claude Michaud & Associates, Claude Michaud,
Blueprint Building Inspections, Frank Gruszewski,
416-694-5859, mobile 905-330-2007; e-mail:
All Season Home Inspections, John Tackaberry,
Pillar to Post, Ray Kornelson, 416-417-6550; e-mail:
Peter Yeates Home Inspections, Peter Yeates,
416-422-1571; e-mail:

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