Whether you are in the market to purchase your first home or looking for your next one, house hunting is an exciting experience, to say the least—especially when you pull up to the home of your dreams.
However, appearances can be deceiving, which is why you must take measures to ensure you don’t purchase a home with problems that you cannot see. This includes the home’s plumbing and sewer connections. The good news is that the plumbing can be inspected with a camera. So, if you thought a camera inspection was only for locating a clog, think again! You also want to seriously consider this service in addition to a general home inspection when you’re looking to buy.
Luckily, you can hire a professional plumber to see what’s going on inside the lines. Here are a few benefits of having a camera inspection done on sewer pipes and plumbing in Toronto before buying a house:
- Leverage to negotiate price: The listed price is basically the home seller’s starting asking price. There’s always room to negotiate, and if the pipe inspection uncovers problems, then you can use it as leverage to discuss the price. For instance, you can ask them to knock off the cost of repairs from their asking price.
- Have owners make repairs: Should your pre-purchase camera inspection reveal issues, then there’s another negotiation tactic you can use: have the seller make the needed repairs prior to purchase. If they agree to make repairs, it’s important to make the agreement legal to avoid disputes.
- Request a credit for repairs: Like negotiating the price on a home with pipe issues, you might want to request they credit you the cost of repairs so you can make the repairs later. The cost will still be deducted from the purchase price; the only difference is when the repairs will be made.
- See if repairs are in your budget: A sewer camera inspection may reveal one or more serious issues, which can include problems like pipe corrosion or deterioration, cracks or a tree root invasion. But if the seller does not want to fix it, nor lower the asking price, and you still want to buy it, you must consider whether the cost for such repairs is in your budget.
- Plan for upcoming repairs and maintenance: Repairing or replacing private sewer lines is no picnic. Depending on the severity, it’s a renovation project that may take time. If you are going forward with the repairs yourself, plan to do them before you move in.
- Helps with your decision to buy: All in all, having a professional camera inspection in hand is a big part of helping you decide whether the house is worth buying, or if you are going to pass. Include the information in your list of pros and cons about the property.
While there are many things to include in a home inspection before making the decision to buy, checking pipes and plumbing in Toronto should be at the top of the list. If you’re a potential homebuyer in need of a sewer camera inspection, don’t hesitate to call the team at Rooter Group Inc.!