As you may know, I've been doing home inspections in Windsor and Essex County for over 25 years. I'd have to say that 9 times out of 10, the homebuyer asks me "Would you buy this house?" or sometimes they phrase it as "Would you let your daughter buy this house?" If I got a dollar for every time I got asked those questions, I'd have over $10,000 because I've performed that many home inspections in Windsor!
You would think that my answer to both of those questions would be the same no matter how the homebuyer phrases the question but actually my answer to each would be different. You see, if my daughter were to buy a particular home, her skills, needs, wants, likes, dislikes, budget etc are completely different than mine. Also, having built homes from the ground up prior to beginning my home inspection career puts me in a different bracket than my 24 year old daughter who works at a daycare and is a photographer. You see what I'm getting at?
As a professional home inspector, I state the facts. When I discover an 'issue' during the home inspection, each home buyer processes the information differently. By the way, I put a quote around the word issue because what is an issue for one home buyer is not remotely an issue for another. What may be a stumbling block for one client is perceived as a cool weekend project for another. I always tell my clients that there is no pass or fail to a home inspection. There are just the facts.
Stating the facts allows the home buyer to put everything into perspective according to their skills, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, budget etc. It educates the client on what is likely going to be their biggest investment.
I've seen clients buy a home that I would never have bought and on the other hand, I've seen clients walk away from a home that I would have definitely bought. I guess my daughter could say the same thing. So, I never give a yes or no answer to the most-asked question that a Home Inspector gets. As a professional Home Inspector, I would be doing my client a disservice if I did because unless the home buyer is a repeat customer, I meet my client for the first time at the job site. I have no idea what their skills, budget, likes, lifestyle, dislikes, needs, wants etc are.
In my 25 year career of inspecting homes in Windsor and Essex County, I have never had a client call me and say that they should have bought a house that they walked away from, or that they wished they had never bought the house that I inspected. Why, because I state the facts and the home buyer makes a decision that is right for THEM.
By the way, I have often heard new clients say that they wished that they had never bought their house that other home inspectors had inspected, but I'll save those stories for another blog lol.
This blog is going to be ongoing. You might want to check here often to see some of the interesting findings that I come across.
Home inspection reveals critter in the attic!
Just the other day, while doing a home inspection in Kingsville, I found a live bat in the attic of a high-end home. Our client was so thankful that our home inspectors go into attics or the little critter may not have been discovered until our client moved in and he heard rustling in the attic in the middle of the night....not to mention the damage that this little guy caused with his nesting and fesces.
Home inspection reveals faulty plumbing repair!
During a recent home inspection in Windsor, the home inspector came across this little gem-of-a-repair. I wonder how often the homeowner of this house goes into his crawl space to empty the bucket! I guess someone thought that you repair a plumbing leak by placing a bucket there to catch the water lol.
Home inspection reveals sub-standard deck!
Our client had a hard time convincing his real estate agent that he wanted a full home inspection. The agent told the home buyer that there was no time for a 3 hour inspection! We informed our client that we would not perform a quick verbal inspection as they are not insured and are in contravention of home inspection associations' Standards of Practice. Therefore he insisted on having a full home inspection and so his agent finally agreed lol. Anyway, our client loved the newer huge back porch but was surprised to find out that it was likely not installed by a reputable contractor. Some of the deficiencies noted by our home inspector included inadequate joist supports, improper installation of posts, handrail too low & missing spindles and improper supports. We always tell our clients that no house is perfect. This client was very thankfull for insisting on a full and thorough home inspection!
Tecumseh home inspection reveals breach in exhaust vent!
Recently I performed a home inspection in Tecumseh on a newer home. I am often asked if it is necessary to get a house inspection when purchasing a newer home. Here is an example of why a home inspection is suggested no matter the age of the home.
What you see here is a breach in the exhaust vent to a rented gas hot water tank. The homeowner was unaware of this situation and was very thankful that it was identified by our home inspector.
Post-Purchase Home Inspection Reveals Many Things...
So you've decided it's time to buy a home. In this crazy real estate market, it can certainly be a challenge with vendors stating that they will only look at offers on a particular date or even realtors stating that if your offer includes a home inspection, you are certain to not get the home.
We've been hearing these horror stories for about two years now. It is unfortunate that the home buyer is placed in this predicament and that the government doesn't step in and insist that all homes for sale have a home inspection just like our cars MUST have safety checks.
Anyway, many home buyers are now getting the home inspection done first and then they can put in an offer based on all the facts instead of succumbing to these pressures and emotions. A professional home inspector is not interested in selling homes but the best home inspector is interested in objectively using his home inspector training and construction experience to remove the emotions and state the facts.
This article will help you choose a professional, qualified and the best home inspector. Here are 10 questions to take into account when choosing the perfect home inspector for you:
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..