Every professional Home Inspector must follow the Standards Of Practice of the association that he or she is a member of. These Standards of Practice set the minimum Inspection requirements and even though they differ from association to association, none of them include Inspection of appliances.
It is up to every individual Inspector to choose to go over and above the minimum standards.
Why do I test Appliances?. Not to see how well they wash, dry, cool, freeze or cook but to make sure that there are no electrical, plumbing or other issues. Too many times I have found appliances not connected, leaking, causing electrical issues etc.
Too many times there is a dishwasher pushed under the counter with no plumbing or electrical connection or a gas stove without a gas line. ... See MoreSee Less
The first question people ask when they call is "How much do you charge?"
When hiring a Home Inspector for yourself or if you are a Realtor, for your clients, that should be the last question you ask.
Ask these questions:
1. Are you certified? YES 2. Are you insured? YES 3. Are you a full time Inspector? YES 4. What other qualifications do you have? INFRARED CERTIFIED, WETT CERTIFIED, MOLD CERTIFIED, INDOOR AIR QUALITY CERTIFIED 5. How many Inspections did you do last year? OVER 400 6. How long have you been doing this? 7 YEARS 7. How long does a typical Inspection take? 2.5 HRS (DEPENDING ON SIZE OF HOUSE) 8. Do you offer Thermal Imaging? YES 9. Do you have any added value services? 90 DAY WARRANTY PACKAGE
All these questions matter because they tell you who you are dealing with. Remember, NOT ALL INSPECTORS ARE EQUAL!!! My answers are in BLOCK LETTERS.
There are inspectors advertising on Kijiji for $199 flat fee. Asked them all these questions and see what the answers are.
Fact: Mold spores are found everywhere and remain dormant until the right conditions are present.
Fact: Mold needs food and moisture to grow. Dust on Windows is 'food'. Condensation on Windows or high levels of indoor humidity give it all the moisture it needs. Mold thrives where there is lack of ventilation. Window blinds restrict ventilation.
"What do I do to solve this issue?"
Immediate measures include , cleaning the mold from the window by using spray solutions available in the market, keeping humidity levels down, keeping the blinds open to allow for ventilation.
Long term measures include managing humidity levels, cleaning the dust off the windows often and changing the furnace filter every three months. HEPA systems are also great, but have a considerable cost.
If you have a mold issue in the home, we can help with an independent evaluation, mold testing and Indoor Air Quality Tests. #mold, #moldtesting, #indoorairquality, #homeinspections, #homeinspectors, #certifiedmasterinspector. ... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that the fire code requires fireplaces to be inspected and cleaned every year?
These homeowners have been using their fireplace with a cracked flue tile. When the fireplace is on, the temperature in the flue is a few hundred degrees. A cracked flue is dangerous. ... See MoreSee Less
I get this quite a bit. This is the wrong terminology which is used by a lot of realtors, insurance companies and home owners.
The fireplace is NOT "WETT Certified". It was inspected by a WETT Certified inspector.
Fireplace inserts and stoves are Certified in laboratories where they undergo extensive tests. What the WETT certified Inspector does, is to ensure that it was installed according to manufacturer specifications and that it abides with the requirements of the National Standard CSA B-365. ... See MoreSee Less
Thermal Imaging is not only for detecting moisture.
This is a second floor wall of an old renovated house in Toronto. Looks like they left one of the heating ducts blowing air in the wall cavity. #thermalimaging , #homeinspection , #renovationfails ... See MoreSee Less
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The original IPEX Kitec plumbing. Quite a bit of the original blue and orange pipes in the Hamilton area.
Clients always ask what to expect. A question that cannot be easily answered, as not all of these plumbing systems have failed. This house is 15 years old and there was no evidence of corrosion or leaks.
These buyers where already aware of the presence of Kitec and did their homework. Their insurance company doesn't charge a premium for Kitec plumbing, something that surprised me, as I thought that insurance companies don't particularly like Kitec. ... See MoreSee Less
This is something that I see quite often. The dryer is vented inside the garage because the home owner changed it's location in the laundry room.
This is not allowed for two reasons: 1. The dryer produces moisture and heat and that is going inside the garage which is not exterior space. 2. Most importantly, there is potential of fumes from the car's exhaust to enter the home. This is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.