Climate Change is Impacting Us All: Here’s How to Protect Your Home

While we can’t immediately change the weather we’re experiencing that’s seeing extreme flooding increasingly impacting regions throughout the country, we can help safeguard our homes – and wallets – against it.  Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster across Canada, causing approximately $1.5 billion in damage to households, property and infrastructure annually, withresidential property owners bearing approximately 75% …

Our Home Inspectors Adhere to the Strictest Standards

Having high expectations for your home inspector when they’re passing along expert advice as you prepare to make one of the largest financial commitments of your lifetime should be a given. That’s why all of our inspectors adhere to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice. Going Above and Beyond Professional Standards In addition, all A Buyer’s …

How to Navigate Your Home Inspection Report

If you’ve ever ordered a home inspection, you know that the most valuable takeaway is the inspection report, which acts as the home’s operations manual, detailing deficiencies, safety concerns, system shut-off locations as well as maintenance suggestions. That’s why it’s so important to understand how to read the report. Following are some key tips for getting the most out of …

The Value of a Home Inspection in a Cooling Market

The housing market is cooling down, with year-over-year home sales continuing to decline.  While home prices may not have experienced quite as significant a drop, bidding wars aren’t as prevalent, as demand for homes appears to be dipping in most markets. If you’re looking to sell your home, it’s important to consider this new more balanced market reality while you …

Inspectors Care: Proudly Giving Back to Make-A-Wish

We’re excited to be a dedicated national donor supporting Make-A-Wish – the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization – giving back through ABCHI’s Inspectors Care program. Our inspectors are working in local markets every day helping protect among the largest investment Canadians from coast to coast will make throughout their lifetimes – their homes. And since being an active part of …

Quick Tips to Get Your Pool Summer Ready

You’ve made it through the cooler months and can’t wait to get swimming! It’s a good idea to open your pool early to ensure it has fared well over the winter and will be ready for those humid days that are just around the corner.   Here are some tried-and-true tips to get your pool ready ASAP: Plan ahead. Your …

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New Coalition of Home Inspectors Protecting Canadian Homebuyers

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is proud to be part of a new national coalition of home inspectors – Canadian Home Inspectors for Consumers (CHIC) – established to help protect Canadians at risk of missing out on a home inspection due to demands associated with hot housing markets. CHIC was formed to educate the public about the importance of …

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Every Homeowner Wonders: How Long Will THAT Last?

As a homeowner, you inevitably ask yourself – or your home inspector when you’re buying a property – how long major structures and systems will last once you move in, including the roof, HVAC unit, windows, and so on, because you know home maintenance is a large ongoing cost that you’d like to manage as well as possible. Regardless of …

How to Prepare Your Home for an Inspection

If you’re planning to sell your home, the last thing you need to do is worry about the home inspection and what it may uncover. As with any process, the more prepared you are ahead of time, the smoother the inspection will run. No home is perfect, so just remember that potential buyers want a head’s up on any major …