Home Inspections done right.
As a home buyer, you’ve spent a huge amount of time going over floor plans, meeting with your mortgage broker, attending every open house possible and talking with your favorite agent or real estate broker. It can be all too overwhelming.
Finally, you find the home that is perfect for you. Your realtor may recommend a home inspection, but you’ve already gone way over budget and can’t possibly spend another nickel more. Why would I need a home inspection you might ask? The home looked to be in great shape on your walkthrough. In my opinion, you can’t afford not to call an inspector.
There is not a home on the market that will not have some sort of visual and/or underlying defects or deficiencies. Some of these defects may be more serious than others, and may cause a lot of unwanted stress, money, and major health and safety concerns if disregarded.
Non Invasive and Experienced.
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual, unbiased inspection provided by a qualified, certified, professional inspector that has gone through countless hours of on-going training to detect deficiencies, defects, and safety issues that the client may otherwise not see or find in a typical showing. InterNachi and Caphi are two well-known training associations which a home inspector must be a member of, in order to receive home inspection certification.
The Government of Alberta has instituted strict requirements that must be met, prior to acquiring a home inspection license, and even firmer requirements to locally own and operate a home inspection business or company. A home inspector must adhere to an exacting code of ethics and standard of practice set forth by the association.
Having said that, just because a person carries an inspector’s license and sets up a business doesn’t mean that academic training alone is adequate to performan accurate home inspection in an allotted 2 ½ to 3 hour time frame. I believe that all the training in the world is not enough without having had hands on experience in the construction industry.
Take it from Me.
I have been married for over thirty years, raised two beautiful children, and own a home. I have lived and worked in Medicine Hat for most of my life, serving the city and surrounding area for the past thirty-five years. During this time working in the residential construction industry, I have enjoyed working with and alongside many clients. I consider the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years to be priceless when it comes to providing home inspections. As a member of the Medicine Hat community, it has been both an honor and a privilege understanding my client’s needs, and being able to deliver the best possible service and care that they have come to expect and deserve.
Ten Steps to Enlightenment.
There are ten major systems to inspect in a residential property. In each of these major systems there are countless items and components to complete these systems. The ten major systems are roofing, exterior, interior, structure, plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation and ventilation. Every component in a system must work together flawlessly, in order to achieve a healthy and efficient environment for you and your family. If any one component in a system has been overlooked and is failing, your safety may be at great risk.
Buying a home may not be the only reason for requesting a home inspection. A seller of a home may also wish to have an inspection performed. This is a great selling feature, as an inspection shows in good faith what the potential buyer can expect upon purchasing the home. Not to mention that some of these defects could be attended to by the seller before the home is even listed on the real estate market.
If you have just recently purchased a new home, the building contractor carries a minimum of one year in house warranty. This would be a great time to call on a home inspector. Be sure to book well in advance before your twelve month arrives.
Break the Mold!
A mold / indoor air quality inspection is another type of home inspection. There are two main types of mold inspections; limited and complete. A limited mold inspection is performed when a client and the inspector agree on a specific area or room in the home which is showing signs of possible mold. This could pertain in range from musty odors or water stains to a furry looking substance growing on any substrate in any one particular location.
A complete mold inspection is performed when the client suspects
mold, possibly having experienced adverse health effects such as
headaches, asthma or any other types of breathing symptoms. This can be
more evident in the young and elderly populations. A complete mold
inspection can take up to three hours and is similar to a standard home
inspection. The home inspector will look at all systems and components
in search of any suspicious areas that may result in mold growth. In any
case, air samples will need to be taken both inside and outside of the
property in question. Swab samples may also be taken if the inspector
has found visual evidence of a possible mold like substance. All samples
will be sent to a lab for analysis and the results will be forwarded to
the inspector. In turn the inspector will provide both the lab results
and his/her inspection results in an easy to read digital report,
usually within three business days.
Keeping On Top of Things
As a home inspector we should be equipped with the latest tools and technology to help assist with every inspection when a visual is not enough. This may consist of humidity, temperature and moisture meters, infrared thermal imaging camera, photo camera, flashlight, carbon monoxide detector, voltage tester, digital clamp multimeter, screwdrivers, probes, ladders, and personal protection equipment just to name a few. Equally important is the best software program to ensure a top quality, digital report with pictures that makes it easy to understand for the client.
And it doesn’t end there. We are committed 24/7 to answer any of your questions and concerns prior to your inspection with continued support long after you move in.