As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, protocols are changing daily.
It was Brighton, UK in the summer of 1987. The framed needlepoint notice above the seaside B&B throne read "And now, wash your hands!" Fast-forward thirty-three years and the illuminated signs on Hwy 401 in southern Ontario say the same thing. "Wash your hands."
There is no question that if you've been infected by the novel coronavirus or have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, you should not leave your home unless directed otherwise. If you have no symptoms or reason to believe you’ve been exposed, you don’t have to lock yourself in your home... however health authorities are advising us to practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus, primarily by avoiding contact and working from home if we can.
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.
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In April 2017 after decades of debate among home inspectors and our scattered professional associations, the Ontario government passed The Home Inspection Act to establish minimum standards for inspection, as well as qualifications for inspectors.
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.
Although architectural details, wall and floor coverings, modern conveniences and many other factors are important in the buying decision, the focus of this home inspection is on the structural and mechanical condition of the property.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.