One of the neatest tools I use during a full home inspection is the infrared camera. Clients love to see its capabilities and how it reveals interesting findings not noticeable with the naked eye.
I remember one time, my home-buying clients asked the home-owners if their pets were house-trained. The home-owners (who were the vendors), adamantly stated YES. I took out my infrared camera and proceeded to scan the carpet and VOILA....numerous wet stains were obvious. The home-owners faces turned about as red as the red spots in the infrared images!
This week I performed a post-purchase home inspection on a two storey home in Windsor. When we went to the upper level of the home, I asked the client if this area is usually as warm as it was on that day. The new home-owner stated that indeed they were having trouble regulating the temperature in the home and especially on the upper level which was causing them to have restless sleep.
I took out the infrared camera and scanned the area. To the new home-owner's surprise, they had no idea that they had an in-ceiling heating system that was on full blast while their air conditioner was trying to cool this area. Needless to say, they had been wasting a lot of money cooling their home while heating it at the same time.
Folks, even if you think your house is perfect, it is well worth getting a home inspection even after the sale. You get a 90-day warranty as well as an education on what is likely going to be your largest purchase.
Once again, Home Inspection Consultants Inc. provides Peace of Mind...either before the purchase or after.
I've come across a lot of interesting tidbits of information during my 29 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..