While homeowners may require inspection of a woodburning stove, fireplace or furnace for personal safety and insurance purposes, increasing numbers of WETT Certified individuals are declining to provide this service for a variety of reasons.
You’re a Realtor and shortly after closing, your buyer calls to tell you the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was just at their door demanding to inspect the new basement wiring…
(NC) When you buy a pre-construction house or condominium unit, you and your builder agree to a date by which you’ll be able to move in. For most homes, this date is referred to as the closing date. For others such as high-rise condominiums, it is known as the occupancy date.
(NC) One of the biggest sources of confusion among owners of newly built homes is their warranty coverage.
Knob and tube, aka “open wiring” or “K&T”, was installed in most homes up to 1950.
Q: What’s the big hoopla about PEX plumbing?
A: In most cases, it’s much ado about nothing.
“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.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.