“We dig a hole in the ground, we call it a well - and we wish water would go into it. We dig another hole in the ground, almost as deep and much wider - we call it a basement, and we wish water wouldn’t go into it.”
More and more frequently insurance companies are refusing to insure homes with 60 amp services, knob and tube wiring, and in some cases, even aluminum wiring. Does this mean these types of components or systems are categorically dangerous?
Courtesy Carson Dunlop
Have you ever wondered why your neighbors never surface from their home, rarely have any garbage to pick up, always have the blinds down or windows covered, come and go at unusual hours and never invite you over for a barbecue? If this is the case, there is a possibility you are living beside a grow house. With an estimated 50,000 grow houses in Canada, there is growing concern about health, fire, safety, and structural implications for home buyers. But what risk is there in owning a grow home?
In addition to granny, a granny flat can contain some dire pitfalls for a new owner and anyone involved in the sale of such a unit. It’s one more thing for real estate professionals to be concerned about, because the consequences of having an apartment declared illegal or closed down can be disastrous to the purchaser, who may seek compensation from Realtors, home inspectors or anyone who didn’t issue all the appropriate warnings.
Avoiding Costly Problems With Oil Spills and Leakage
Since January 1, 2013 in Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has required that all new oil storage tanks, both indoors and outdoors, be installed with a double bottom, double wall or secondary containment.
Q: What is a WETT Inspection? What’s involved?
A: WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) Inspection relates to the inspection of any wood-burning system in a home. A WETT Certified Professional assesses different components of the system in question, to determine whether or not it meets the minimum requirements set out by the Code applicable to the installation.
Let’s take a moment to consider the merits of WETT Inspections - and highlight an easier approach Sellers can take when it comes to wood stoves and fireplaces.
Polybutyline (aka Poly-B or PB) water piping was used in many homes built from 1970 to the mid-1990s. Polybutylene water piping is no longer accepted by building codes and has been the subject of class action lawsuits due to problems with broken pipes and water damage.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.