How did you find the home inspector for your home? Google, your realtor or maybe referred by a friend? I want to share with you a way you may not have thought about until now. We received a call from a woman who was looking to have a home she wanted to purchase inspected. She called the office and booked the inspection. When I arrived at the home, the introduction was made and I proceeded to go through the expectations of the home inspection with her. Well, after the home inspection was completed, I began to summarize the findings and that is when the buyer began to explain to me how she came to call on our company. She said "she fasted and prayed for 3 days so that the Lord would direct her to the right inspection company". She said " I did not want to take any chances". She said "I don't have a lot of money and I had to do this right so I was going to let the Lord choose". Needless to say when I heard how she got our name, that was refreshing. We took some time afterwards to reflect on the goodness of God. We always say that this is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. Call around and make your own choice based on qualifications, experience and if you're still unsure, go to The Source as this woman did!
In the 28 years of performing home inspections, the story does not change much. Purchasers focus on the ambiance of living on the water. A place to relax not too far from home and yes it all sounds appealing, but what about the crawl space.? The part of the home inspection that matters the most. That waterfront living that you come to enjoy on those stressful days often times will migrate into the crawl space and cause structural issues to the home. The majority of cottages will have some level of wood damage in the crawl space and of course it is due to the location. When it comes to a home inspection though, the crawl space is where the rubber meets the road. Not all home inspectors go into the crawl space! Many buyers will overlook issues with electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling etc. to have that vacation home.
We don't notice a difference with our new HRV system!
Plugged air intake vents a very common and the builder may not have educated you on the equipment in your home. The reason for the HRV or the heat recovery ventilation system is to remove the stale air in your now air-tight home and bring in fresh air to help improve the air quality in your home. In addition, the system can also be helpful in removing excess moisture content in the air of your home. A home inspection is very educational. This is why it is always encouraged that all home-buyers attend the inspection.
A home inspection should be a part of every purchase.
When a home inspection takes place, one of the instruments in the inspectors bag of tools is the thermal imaging camera. What you are seeing is the older style heating system where electrical elements were imbedded into the plaster ceiling revealing the radiant heating system. As time went on the home-owner decided to upgrade to forced air gas with a central air system. However, they did not eliminate the radiant heat from the ceiling. You cannot see if the heat is on based on the digital picture below however, when we conducted the home inspection , the thermal imaging camera revealed the radiant heating system had been in operation year round, yes all through summer. The wall mounted thermostat was turned on with out notice to any one in the home. Do you think maybe the home-owner was selling their home because they just could not deal with the heat to the upper level of the home. Hmm. But now because of the home inspection, the perspective buyer was informed about the issue.
digital picture of the same image
When called to perform a a home inspection, sometimes one of the red flags is that air fresheners are present throughout the home. We know everybody likes a nice smelling home and the sellers want to present a nice impression to perspective buyers. Indoor air quality is important to the health and well being of the occupants of the home. As a rule of thumb, the air in the crawl space is the air you are breathing in the home. The air moves upward from the lowest part of the home and this is what you breath in while you are there. Although the living area of the home may look nice the smell and or odour can be a red flag as to what is hidden in the crawl space. In this case raw sewage was discovered during the home inspection. The seller did not disclose this to the buyer. This was due to a damaged sanitary pipe that opened and spilled raw sewage into the crawl space. Although the pipe was repaired the seller did not spend the money to remediate the crawl space from the sewage. Home inspection Consultants (WE PROVIDE PEACE OF MIND)
Sometimes we receive calls that are just unusual to say the least, however, it is needful to follow up on all calls.
Home Inspection Consultants-Home Inspection Consultants how can we help you?
Caller-Hi yes, we just had our home inspected by your company.
Home Inspection Consultants- So your the home-owner?
Caller-yes, When I got home I realized that my fridge door no longer closes properly.
Home Inspection Consultants-Well ma'am, I don't now why that would be, but can you describe the issue.
Caller-Well my fridge door used to close tight but now it won't and I am afraid my food in the fridge is going to spoil.
Home Inspection Consultants- Yes ma'am, well I will contact the inspector and have him go and look at it in between his inspections.
Caller-Oh thank you as this is quite an issue for me.
Home Inspection Consultants-Not a problem, someone will be there soon.
Conclusion-When the inspector came back to the office, he explained the issue with the fridge door and why it would not close. The ketchup bottle in the fridge door was positioned in a way that it was not allowing the door to close properly. The home-owner was very apologetic and the inspector was put at ease and everyone was happy. We like happy endings. :)
Often, we receive phone calls from home-owners trying to find solutions to their problems.
Inspector- Home Inspection Consultants, how can we help you?
Caller- Yes was wondering if you could help me, I have little black spots on the walls and ceilings to various areas of my home.
Inspector- How old is your home?.
Caller- Approximately 10 years old.
Inspector- How many people live in the home.?
Caller- We have 7 people living in the home.
Inspector- Well it appears that the little black spots are mold spores as a result of too much moisture in your home. Do you have excess condensation at your windows.?
Caller- Why yes I do!
This dialogue went on for a little while and the bottom line was that on average, each person gives off 1 liter of water per day and in their case, 7 liters of water would be in the air on a daily basis. The moisture content was ideal for mold growth and diminished air quality. Newer homes are air-tight and the moisture needs to be removed by mechanical systems built into the home i.e. kitchen and bath exhaust fans and even an HRV system. Lifestyles in the home can also create air quality issues. Call Home Inspection Consultants as we "Provide Peace of Mind"
More and more, we are receiving calls with the same comment "I bought a home and just moved in and now I need to know what I bought, can you come and inspect my home." This is not the way it used to be as before a buyer would make an offer to purchase with conditions, like financing, house to sell and of course a home inspection. The buyers are the ones that lose out and end up with problems left behind from the previous owners. Home Inspection Consultants has been providing "Peace of Mind" for years. This crawl space had many issues, like water throughout, wet insulation and mold in various areas. The cost to remediate was just short of $25,000. Just think about it....a $350.00 home inspection could have made the buyer well informed before the purchase. But now we are back to caveat emptor (buyer beware). Insist on a home inspection and you won't have to deal with the costly headaches.
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We have received many calls over the years and here are some examples:
Caller: I have what looks like mold growing where the ceiling and walls meet in my home.
Inspector: Have you made any recent changes with-in the home.
Caller: Not really, oh I did look into my attic one day and found it to be somewhat breezy with air flowing in different directions.
Inspector: So what did you do?
Caller: I went into the attic and blocked all the air coming into the attic from the soffits.
Inspector: Well sir, the problem was created when you stopped the air movement from the soffit into the attic, causing moisture to form and the trapped moisture has caused the mold to form.
The objective here people is we must try to achieve the same temperature in the attic as is present at the exterior of the home. The greater the contrast in temperature, the more likely it is that moisture can form in the attic causing mold.
That is a frequently-asked question that our Office Manager gets when someone is buying a brand new home, or even a home that's just a few years old.
The answer is always YES! Are you surprised by that? And no, it's not because we get paid, because trust me, we turn down numerous "home inspections" each week. Read my previous blog on a Home Inspector's character and you'll see why.;)
I recently performed a home inspection on a brand new house in LaSalle, Ontario. Our client was to take possession of the house at the end of this month but that might be delayed - read on and you'll see why. Although the builder is reputable, our client felt the need to have us inspect the home for peace of mind. There's a reason why that's our tag line!
Usually the client follows me around and asks questions but this client wandered around the home on his own as I went through my usual home inspection routine. The builder was there as well but he was busy installing a central vac in the garage. In fact, many reputable builders often hire us to do a home inspection prior to their clients taking possession of the home to ensure that there won't be any surprises when their clients move in.
As I always do, I filled the jet tub in the master ensuite bathroom and turned it on. Then I proceeded to inspect under and around the tub through the access panel. I discovered a leak and informed the client and the builder.
The severity of the leak was determined using the thermal infrared imaging camera as water traveled through various areas of the ceilings and walls.
Needless to say, the client was ecstatic with our inspection and diligently followed me around for the remainder of the inspection - that is what we prefer. And actually, the builder was pleased that this was discovered BEFORE they moved in so that he can make the necessary repairs. I wouldn't want to be this builder's plumber right now though because I'd say there's probably about $10,000 worth of damage.
In my 25+ years of doing home inspections, I have many other accounts to tell but I remember one time, discovering windows in a master bedroom of a brand new home that didn't open! The builder must have intentionally distracted the municipal inspector during that final walk-through. Anyway, YES, it is always a good idea to have a home inspection performed no matter the age of the house.
I've come across a lot of interesting tidbits of information during my 27 year career as a home inspector. I've been told that I'm pretty meticulous and a good 'teacher', so hopefully you'll find some interesting information here..