Multiple Offers And How A Home Inspector Can Help

Already in 2014, Toronto has witnessed an exciting, yet stressful real estate market for potential home buyers. The city has seen a decline in listings and soaring house prices due to the low inventory and high demand. Currently the market is flooded with buyers sparking a current trend of irrational bidding wars, bully offers, and more home auction scenarios.

Already in 2014, Toronto has witnessed an exciting, yet stressful real estate market for potential home buyers. The city has seen a decline in listings and soaring house prices due to the low inventory and high demand. Currently the market is flooded with buyers sparking a current trend of irrational bidding wars, bully offers, and more home auction scenarios.

Recently in the West end of the city, a home saw over 300 visitors at its open house, and eventually sold for $150,000 over asking. This case is not isolated, and has become more and more common.

Here are a few tips on getting the best value for your dollar, and may help you gain an instant advantage in situations such as these.

  • Have a firm price in mind – Running the numbers before presenting an offer can help you stay focused and stay within budget. Write down what you think the house is worth to you and try and stick to it so that when it comes time to bid, you are making decisions based on facts, and not emotion.
  • Take care of any conditions before presenting – Going into a multiple-offer situation before dealing with financing and home inspection can be the difference between your offer and someone else's being accepted. Sellers like to see a firm offer and getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one thing that you can check off the list. This also allows you to get a strong grasp on your finances and keep you focused. Another great thing to consider is hiring a Toronto home inspector prior to presenting an offer. Home inspections can be taken care of before the offer date if you are serious about purchasing, and will allow you to make an informed decision about the purchase of that home, leaving no surprises come move-in day.
  • Appeal to the seller – One example of this would be the closing date. Find out when they would like to close and try and put that date in your offer. Although this may not be the ideal date for you, another buyer with more flexibility may just have the upper hand.

Buying a home should be a fun and exciting time in your life. Make is less stressful by hiring a knowledgeable, qualified, and savvy home inspector. A home inspector can help you budget for unforeseen repairs and future considerations. This will assist you in coming up with a firm price for your potential purchase and allow you to feel comfortable and confident in your decision.

For all your greater Toronto home inspection service needs, visit or call 416-995-9960 where they use expert advice to provide peace of mind.

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  1. The report, issued by the inspector, is prepared with reasonable skill and care. This consulting service is limited to the physical evidence that was visually accessible at the time of inspection.
  2. The required repairs to the building include, but are not limited to, what is reported herein due to the limitations and restrictive nature of the visual inspection. The client is hereby warned that not all deficiencies will be discovered. 80% of the first year repairs should be revealed; not 100%. The inspection report is an opinion of the present condition of the property. It is based on a visual examination of the readily accessible features of the building. A Home Inspection does not include identifying defects that are hidden behind walls, floors or ceilings. This includes wiring, heating, cooling, structure, plumbing and insulation that are hidden or inaccessible. Some intermittent problems may not be obvious on a Home Inspection because they only happen under certain circumstances. As an example, your Home Inspector may not discover leaks that occur only during certain weather conditions or when a specific tap or appliance is being used in everyday life.
  3. Unless specifically requesting this service the determining the presence of mold, fungi , asbestos and other indoor air quality contaminants are specifically not included in the standard home inspection.
  4. The inspector’s role is principally educational; to provide you with a better understanding of the building.
  5. The inspection is designed to give factual statements of the property’s current and present condition. No personal opinions will be provided regarding value or worthiness of the purchase.
  6. This inspection and /or report are not a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy of any kind. The main objective of the inspection / consultation service is to provide you with a better understanding of the observed condition of the building / property. We caution you that we will not be able to detect all deficiencies or shortcomings with the house due to the restrictiveness of a visual inspection. As such AllMax will not assume your risk associated with buying a “used” house or with the future performance of the house.
  7. Cost estimates, if provided in this report, are minimums and are intended to be a rough guideline only. Estimates are based on the most cost effective solution to address the problem and will not include betterment. If a quotation and/or further assessment is required, the Client agrees to request this from the appropriate specialist prior to finalizing the purchase.
  8. The inspection does not cover code compliance issues set by governments or other regulatory authorities.
  9. The inspection does not take into account eligibility for mortgage insurance, building or home owners insurance.
  10. The purchaser is advised to ask the property owner in writing if they are unaware of any defects that would not normally be detected by a visual inspection.
  11. All booked inspections are subject to a 50% cancellation fee, should formal written notice of cancellation not be received within 48 hrs prior to the confirmed / scheduled appointment.


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