The current situation is severely curbing our everyday marketing, sales and processing of real estate transactions. Buyers, sellers, lenders and everyone in the real estate community is affected.
Fortunately, we have electronic solutions which facilitate a safer environment for everyone involved. The internet is in fact, tailor-made for the pandemic world we’re in right now.
Beyond the obvious need for sanitary practices, the biggest change is limiting the number of attendees at the home inspection. It is more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, protocols are changing daily.
Cost-conscious consumers sometimes find out too late that trying to save money on an inspection can result in an inadequate report. More often homebuyers find that the advertised fees for home inspections don’t always include things like basement apartments and woodstoves.
In response to a flood of inquiries about getting into the home inspection business, we offer the following notes on becoming a Professional Home Inspector, which we hope are helpful in evaluation of this profession as a career objective.
Q: What’s the big hoopla about PEX plumbing?
A: In most cases, it’s much ado about nothing.
Are you selling a house with a central air conditioning system?
Most of us will never buy anything bigger than a house, and we typically find ourselves juggling several different issues when shopping for one. In today's world we're forced to place an ever-increasing emphasis on energy efficiency. Energy consumption levels are directly related to personal comfort, affordability, and to the resale value of the home.
Your home inspection report should be delivered as soon as possible after the inspection. A good inspection report is delivered in an easy-to-read format, ideally including photos detailing areas of interest or concern in your new home.
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?
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.