ACI, CES, RBT, NCH #61, NHI
Harry has been a home inspector for more than 25 years, and is a founding member of the Ontario and Canadian home inspectors associations, and is a past president of both organizations
He taught at Humber College for 10 years and is an examiner for national certificate holders who has mentored hundreds of home inspectors over the years
We serve the following areas:
- Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- Caledon East
- Tri-City Area
About Home Inspections
How do I find a qualified Inspector?
Ask a lot of questions, like "How long have you been in business?", "What business were you in before you became an inspector?", "What associations do you belong to?", "Do you need to get educational credits every year to maintain membership?", and "Can I come along for the inspection?"
Of course, we welcome your participation. We feel you will find it very educational.
Another important question to ask is "What kind of insurance do you carry?".
Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make, and you should have a clear understanding of what you are about to purchase. A home inspection is a thorough, comprehensive, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home or building. It covers hundreds of items . . . everything from the basement to the roof, including the electrical, heating and plumbing systems, the foundation walls, the insulation, ventilation system, eavestroughing, attic, roof, etc. The professional home inspector then interprets to you what he finds, so that you will be able to make your decision knowledgeably and confidently.
How much will it cost?The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.
Why can't I do it myself?Even the most experienced home-owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
While it's not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't mean that you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don't want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and will have that information for future reference.
Buying a house is one of the most significant moves you will make in your lifetime!
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