Awareness for property owners, managers and the real estate community
By Alan Carson
Realtors know how stressful buying a home can be. The process can seem confusing and complex, especially for first-time buyers.
A home inspector’s goal is to reduce anxiety, not add to it. The home inspection and report should provide clarity and reassurance.
The best way to make the inspection a positive experience is to properly set the stage so your clients have the right expectations every step along the way.
Winter 2023: A look forward
The combination of Covid-19 and a crazy sellers' market, led by low interest rates and soaring house prices decimated the home inspection profession in Ontario, and across Canada. With homebuyers placing unconditional offers on resale properties, an estimated 85% reduction in demand sent an overwhelming number of professional inspectors out of the business and into retirement or elsewhere.
Furnace and boiler flues, and chimneys are often neglected. Many homeowners presume that the utility company or their fuel supplier is monitoring them, and don't realize this isn't necessarily true until something goes wrong. As a result, bird's nests and other debris sometimes cause soot and gases to drift back into the house, causing a potentially dangerous situation.
* If there'd been a pre-list inspection, he'd still have them in a row.
Don't let vermiculite, or anything else turn your ducks around.
The overall condition of a property didn't always have such a big impact upon a deal however in recent years, especially in major centres across Canada today Realtors are working more closely with home owners, to sell homes quickly while maintaining higher sales prices. The single most effective method applied is Realtors encouraging sellers to get a home inspection before they list their homes for sale.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.