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Home Inspection in Orillia

Do You Need a Home Inspection in Orillia

Do You Need a Home InspectionInvesting in a home inspection is probably the wisest decision a home buyer can make.  For a $350.00 you get a detailed report of the problems, maintenance issues and potential problems your new home may have.  Once you have paid for your new home the chances of getting any money back for unknown problems or faulty systems is not very likely.  You can go to your Realtor but they will just tell you that you should have gotten a home inspection.  Most professional Realty Companies will require you to sign a waiver if you decline a home inspection.

If you are buying an older home you should be prepared for items that are very expensive to repair and are found in a lot of the older homes in Orillia.  Common items I have found during home inspections are:  Vermiculite Insulation  (Asbestos Hazard),  aluminum wiring (some insurance companies will not insure), galvanized plumbing (some insurance companies will not insure), asbestos insulation on older plumbing and heating systems and knob and tube wiring.  Many homes have had the easily visible issues removed but unfortunately sometimes leave hard to reach areas in hope that nobody notices.

Many times I have inspected 40 to 50 year old homes and identified asbestos that was not removed between floors and the home owner was totally unaware that it was even present.  Some sellers are upset that their home inspection did not find some of these issues and now they are stuck dealing with them.  Although a home inspection is only a visible inspection of a property,  all areas should be inspected which will usually identify hazards such as asbestos, aluminum wiring, knob and tube or faults in the homes major systems.

Fluke ScreenThe Orillia Home Inspector offers Free Thermal Imaging scans of your entire home during your home inspection.   Thermal Imaging is useful in finding moisture, missing insulation or electrical hot spots in your home.  Although Thermal Imaging requires a difference in temperature to be the most effective, it can even identify mouse trails in attic when it is extremely cold outside,  moisture and heat loss will show up regardless of external temperature.

WETT Certified for fireplace, wood stove and pellet stoves also allows you to ensure your wood burning appliances are properly installed and in good working condition.  Although the regular fee for a WETT Inspection is $150.00 the Orillia Home Inspector only charges $50 per appliance in conjunction with home inspection.

Having performed over 5,000 home inspections in the past 10 years allows us to offer a 100% Money Back guarantee on all our inspections.   Always remember when buying a home,  CAVEAT  EMPTOR – BUYER BEWARE.

Call Roger at 705-795-8255 or Toll Free at 888-818-8608

Email   roger@napoleon.cc

Understanding Your Home Inspection

Understanding Your Home Inspection

by Orillia Home Inspector

Many Professional Home Inspector’s do not comment of their regions Building Code which is understandable if they have no training in that area. In the Orillia area for instance our local college is pumping out Home Inspector’s with Part 9 courses in Building Envelope and Structure. As far as education in the Building Code this would be equivalent to completing Grade 1 and 2 of Public School, a far cry from graduation. If you don’t know the whole building code then you are unable to determine if the building you are inspecting meets the minimum building requirements set out by the Building Code Act so that leaves the Monkey See, Monkey Do method of education. I personally see the results of this method of training every day and receive countless phone calls from bewildered and scared home sellers wanting clarification on this or that wild statement make during a home inspection by these cowboys armed with a part time diploma and no real practical experience.

The Building Code Act states that: no person shall construct or demolish or cause a building to be constructed or demolished in a municipality unless a permit has been issued therefore by the Chief Building Official. The Building Code Act also defines construct to mean the doing of anything in the erection, installation, extension, material alteration or repair of a building which also includes installation of a building unit fabricated or moved from elsewhere.

Each major phase of construction must be inspected by our Building Officials to make certain the work conforms to the Building Code, the building permit and the approved plans. The mandatory inspections required for your project will be indicated on the permit. Inspections do not happen automatically. It is your responsibility to ensure that either you or your contractor contacts the city to request an inspection at least 24 hours before work proceeds from one inspection stage to the next. Failure to have inspections performed may result in having to uncover and expose work for inspection or the commencement of legal action. Allow 48 hrs notice for an inspection as specified by the building code.

Certified Master InspectorMany Home Inspectors have very little training in their respective building code requirements, which can sometimes lead to them giving out misleading information. One item I am constantly hearing from clients is the home inspector who tells prospective buyers that there is a problem with insulation, deck construction or electrical GFCI outlets. What these poorly trained individuals fail to realize is that a building only has to meet the building code requirements of when it was built and not the current code requirements that they have recently learned in their two week home inspectors course. Basically the only time a building has to be updated is when there is a Change of Use or Occupancy or the Building comes under the Retrofit Section of the Fire Code for example. For those persons with little of no training a Building Permit would be required for any renovation or addition to a structure and all the requirements would then be addressed prior to Building Permit being issued. A comment made by a rookie inspector, to one of my clients, that her attic insulation was inadequate was totally misleading as the requirement for her home was only R-19 and he made a statement that it should be R-32 at a minimum. So here we have a situation where this “home inspector” is commenting on insulation which is not based on fact or requirements but rather on his personal opinion based on his limited training. So if you are selling your home and are presented with a list of items the buyers want changed or improved, call your local Professional Home Inspector if you are in doubt about any of the requests. Any Professional Home Inspector will give you Free advice over the phone and you can then protect yourself from needless expenses you may incur from a Poor Home Inspection.

A building permit is required for any new building greater than 10m (108 ft), any addition to an existing building, any material alterations to an existing building which effects: the structural design of the building; mechanical; electrical; plumbing services (no limit on size of building); fire separations; exiting; fire protection systems; and the use of buildings or parts thereof.

If your Building Official finds that some work does not conform to the approved plans, he or she will advise (and, possibly, provide written notice) that the situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, a stop work order may be posted until the problem is resolved. Another inspection may be necessary before work is resumed.

Learn more about Commercial Building Inspections. Stop by Roger Frost’s site where you can find out all about the Orillia Home Inspector and what a Professional Home Inspector can do for you.

 

Century Home Inspections

Century Home Inspections

Real estate buyers cannot seem to get enough good quality Century Homes.  Anytime I am inspecting a fairly well maintained century home it seems that the buyers were just about always in a bidding war with someone else who also wanted the property.  Considering the work and expense usually involved in fixing up one of these older homes, I find it amazing the lure these older homes have on people. Century homes can be a money pit or a beautiful piece of history,  and sometimes  it is hard for the novice home owner to recognize the difference.  Any home that has been around this long has most likely had many renovations over the years and at least some of them were do it yourself type improvements.  It takes a trained eye to spot the differences in workmanship but the end result could be thousands of dollars in repairs if home buyer is not aware of some of the common pitfalls involved in buying a century home.

There are some basic items that usually are an issue in century homes and if the previous owners have not properly dealt with them the home buyers will most likely be shocked to find the amount of work and expense they may be facing.  Common items are structural, asbestos, knob and tube wiring, 60 amp service and galvanized plumbing.

Every foundation on a century home is different.  There were no strict building codes a hundred years ago and everyone built their homes a little different although the concept was basically the same.  Most structures are supported on rock and cement walls.  These old walls will still be standing after we are long gone and are usually in pretty good shape.  Water problems can affect the mortar between stones and if you have any movement you may have to bring in a structural engineer for advice.  If your mortar is deteriorating you can remove loose bits and re-point the stones and even give it a coat  of white wash for more appealing look.  If your wall is bowing or showing other signs of significant movement there may be an issue with expansive soils causing pressure on your foundation wall.  This will require the services of a an experienced foundation contractor and will most likely be an expensive repair.  Some foundations may require a sister wall to be poured to strengthen the existing foundation, this also is a job for an experienced contractor.  Many older homes have a concrete base poured around the existing foundation to add to stability and prevent movement.

 

Asbestos was used as an insulator for heating equipment and plumbing wrap in older homes.  Although it is un-common to still find asbestos still in place in older homes there are areas where it may have been installed and very difficult to remove, so has been left in place.  Service areas between floors is a common place to find left behind asbestos and can be very difficult to remove without replacing piping.  Attics in century homes are common places to find vermiculite insulation.  Any vermiculite manufactured in the Libby Montana mines is contaminated with asbestos.  Asbestos cannot be visually detected in vermiculite and samples have to be sent out to labs for testing.  Depending on amount and size of asbestos presence the cost of removal can be very expensive.  Large amounts require encapsulated workers to have a completed sealed off work area and a decontamination area plus a clean zone.  All asbestos must be properly bagged, tagged and disposed of in specific locations.

 

 

Many century homes had galvanized plumbing installed at one time in their past.  This is a steel pipe which has been covered with a protective coating of zinc. One of the problems with galvanized pipe is that the minerals in the water react with galvanized material and cause scale build up.  Life expectancy of most galvanized pipe is generally considered to be from 50 to 70 years, which becomes a problem if it is still in place in your potential new home.  Some insurance companies will refuse to cover a home containing galvanized plumbing.  Again many people will replace the accessible galvanized plumbing but may leave areas between floors and walls which are hard to access.

Knob and tube wiring is still in use in many older homes and many home owners don’t even know it is in their home.  This is electrical wiring which is run between exposed porcelain insulators and looks a little like a train track as there are two conductors running beside each other.  Most insurance companies will not ensure a home with knob and tube wiring and you will have to get an electrical contractor to replace any found in the home.  Attics are common places where knob and tube was left and even connected to the newer type of Romex cable by either lazy electricians or un-educated home owners.

Many older homes can have a 100 amp panel installed and the listing may even list the property as having a 100 amp service, but this may not always be true.  There are many times where the property owner has installed a 100 amp panel but has not upgraded the service.  Always check the main switch where the service enters the building to ensure that it is not a 50 or 60 amp service that has just had a newer panel board installed.  In Ontario most insurance companies will not insure a home with a 60 amp service and you will be required to upgrade service and sometimes the mast also may require an upgrade.

There are many other issues that potential buyers of century homes may encounter and some maybe very expensive to repair.  Protect yourself and your investment with a professional home inspection which can prevent expensive surprises and allow you to objectively evaluate the property prior to purchase.

 

Typical Orillia Home Defects at Inspections

Typical Orillia Home Defects at Inspections.  Poor grading is a typical landscaping issue which is commonly found during a home inspection. Sidewalks are especially prone to settling and directing water against the foundation of the home. Directing water away from your home should be your number one outside priority. Check all downspouts and other sources of water to ensure that all water is directed away from home.

In my experience roof shingles last on an average of 18 to 20 years on the average home. The south side roof shingles will typically deteriorate first as they are in contact with more sunlight than the remaining sides. Curling of shingles is the first sign that they will require replacement. Although there are many shingles which are advertised as 25 or 30 year shingles, it is unusual to see them last more than a couple of extra years when compared to regular shingles.

Electrical wiring issues is by far the most common problem found in most older homes with a renovated basement. The wiring issues are usually un-supported electrical cables, missing junction boxes and adding circuits to existing breakers in main panel. This is always an indication that the home owner has done the work and a licensed electrician should be called in to inspect and repair all the wiring. I will typically recommend that potential buyers ask for an electrical certificate for home which indicates that all wiring has been inspected and passed by licensed electrician.

Any renovation in your home is required to have a building permit. Part of the building permit process is having plumbing, structure, electrical and insulation inspected by your local building officials or electrical authority. When a renovation is done with out taking out a building permit you run the risk of un-seen problems coming back to haunt you and most likely costing a great deal of money to repair.

Exterior maintenance of your home can prevent thousands of dollars in needless repairs. Caulking seams in window sills and ensuring mortar is still in place on brick window sills can save a lot of repairs for a couple of dollars. Just caulking your asphalt driveway at joint where it meets your garage can prevent separation and sinking of driveway.

Attic insulation is commonly found to have been disturbed by trades people and home owners. When you do work in the attic and compact your blown insulation you should add insulation to ensure even coverage and un-necessary heat loss. Improperly installed pot lights are another commonly found issue which can create a huge energy loss in your home. It is important to install the proper pot light when installing in your insulation. The possibility also exists of starting a fire if not properly installed.

Exterior chimney flues are often cracked and brick is spalled simply because home owner did not install a rain cap on their chimney.  Water can penetrate small cracks and in the winter season this water freezes and expands causing further cracking.  If left un-checked eventual you will be replacing your whole chimney.  Older masonry chimney caps do not have a drip edge and this allows water to get underneath cap and start penetrating your brick.  It is a wise investment to have your chimney check every year to find cracks before they become expensive repairs.

Buying a Waterfront Property by the Orillia home inspector

Buying a Waterfront Property by the Orillia home inspector.

Cottage living is one of the most popular tourist draws in Orillia Ontario, parts of which have come to be known as cottage country. This term typically refers to the north and south shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario; Muskoka, Ontario; Haliburton, Ontario; and the Kawartha Lakes, Ontario; but has also been used to describe several other Canadian regions. The practice of renting cottages has become widespread in these regions, especially with rising costs and increasing property taxes for waterfront property.

shore line allowance for cottageSome water front cottages have a Shore Road Allowance registered on title. The local municipality has the final say in closure and title issues of the property and road allowances. The Ministry of Natural Resources has established guidelines affecting closure of some roads for the preservation of wildlife and fish habitat. If you want to remove a Shore Road allowance you will be required to make application and are responsible for the costs that are determined by the municipality. The purchasing and closing costs will vary, in some areas it may be substantial.  When there is a Shoreline allowance you have access to the water but cannot control other peoples access and you are not allowed to erect any buildings or structures on it.

Many of the cottage inspections performed over the years have been accessed by boat.  There may be land access which sometimes will be across a neighbors property.  If that is the case you would want to check on any right of ways that maybe in place prior to purchasing.

Septic tanks and systems come in many types and sizes. Ensure you know about your system prior to purchasing and have tank pumped by licensed septic tank installer prior to closing. If your cottage has been expanded check and see if tank and bed have been expanded also.

The Ontario government says if a septic system is properly built, maintained and treated, it is a perfectly acceptable method of dealing with sewage. But many systems are old, have not been regularly and properly pumped out and maintained, are fitted with illegal connections or discharges, or have had substances injected into them that kill the bacteria needed to keep them functioning properly. Some townships are inspecting older systems and owners are required to correct any deficiencies.

Septic systems should be checked to ensure proper permits were taken out for the existing system. Having a professional septic system installer pump out your tank and perform an inspection is always recommended.  Installing a new septic system may cost as much as twenty thousand dollars.

Your realtor will check your cottages water for potability which is a basic test for bacteria.  Many cottages get there water from the lake and this water is not considered fit for drinking.  Most people install a cartridge and UV filter on their systems to remove solids and to kill bacteria.

If buying a Cottage in Barrie, Midland, Orillia, Rama, Brechin, Lagoon City, Severn Falls or in this general area contact the Orillia Home Inspector for a Professional Cottage Inspection. With over 4,000 inspections and as a Certified Building Code Official your investment is in good hands.

 

The Value of a Home Inspection

The Value of a Home Inspection.  Getting your home inspected is one of the most vital steps you can take to ensure your new home is everything you expect a high quality structure, safe for your family, and a compelling long-term investment.

Unfortunately, many people do not fully comprehend the mechanics of a home inspection OR what they are required to do to get the most out of it. A big mistake with this process can result in time intensive and costly repairs. Read more to find out what home inspectors feel are the five biggest mistakes home buyers make during the home inspection.

Avoiding an inspection since the home is “new”

It has been observed that even expert homebuyers sometimes make this costly mistake. Their assumption is that by clearing all local codes and ordinances, a home must be in good shape. However, not all home builders are of equal quality. Some take shortcuts to boost their profits at the expense of the future occupants. It requires a thorough home inspection to identify potential problems with the foundation or structure.

Just because the home has passed its code inspection, do not assume that the builder or the contractors have completed all the necessary work. Your home inspector can detect potential problems and alert you to any potentially costly future work.

Choosing a “wrong” home inspector

When choosing a home inspector, you’re actually selecting a professional who is qualified to give your home a top-to-bottom checkup. Therefore, it is vital to go with someone who is knowledgeable, detail-oriented, professional and reliable. First-time buyers often make the mistake of selecting the least expensive home inspection company. Unfortunately, such “low cost” inspectors often lack the resources and experience to thoroughly investigate your future home.

It is important to ask the home inspection company about the licensing, credentials, and experience of the home inspectors who will be inspecting your home.  This is not a decision to be taken lightly!

Not being “present” during the inspection

The  home inspection report will provide you with detailed information about your home, it can never replace  the experience of being a part of the inspection process. The face-to-face interaction inter-action with the home inspector is extremely beneficial since it allows you to ask questions about every aspect of your home as you walk through it.

Ignoring the inspector’s recommendations

Many buyers do not follow-up on the home inspector’s recommendation(s) regarding the property. People may fall in love with the home, and avoid confronting the seller about their concerns. Doing so may result in a very expensive repair, and a bad case of buyer’s remorse. It never fails to amaze me when a seller leaves out an old inspection report how many of the deficiencies are the same and never have been repaired.

It is important to pay attention to the home inspector’s recommendations and solicit a professional estimate of necessary repairs.

Expecting “too much” from the home inspector

Even a professional and experienced home inspector cannot predict the condition of your home in the long-term. The inspector can point out the current problems and potentially identify certain future issues that may eventually arise. Regardless, certain problems are unidentifiable. For example, it is impossible to predict future weather that could impact the quality of the roof.

It is important to remember that a home inspector is hired by to comprehensively review the property in question. The inspector provides you with the report based on the current condition of the home à clairvoyance is not part of the job description!

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Barrie WETT Inspections

Barrie WETT Inspections – Report issued at time of inspection

Roger Frost has been WETT Certified for over 15 years.

Same day WETT Inspections in Barrie area –  48 hrs for other areas.

If your WETT inspection is performed as part of Home Inspection package you will only have to pay $50.00,  also we do not charge a re-inspection fee for most inspection failures.

Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT) is a non-profit training and education association that promotes the safe and effective use of wood burning systems in Canada.  Most insurance companies now require home owners to have a WETT Certified Inspector provide a report on the condition of their wood burning appliance prior to issuing a Home Owners Insurance Policy.

 

Ensure your wood burning system is installed correctly and operating as it should by scheduling a certified WETT inspection through Barrie WETT Inspections. We will ensure that it poses no threat to the safety of your home and family and we can also offer advice on how your system should be properly maintained for safety and efficiency.

Your Barrie WETT Inspection includes checking the following items:

  • Chimney & Cap
  • Chimney Liner or Flue Tiles
  • Smoke  Chamber
  • Wood Stove or Fireplace Damper
  • Firebox & Firebricks/Linings
  • Hearth & Floor Protection
  • Mantle & Clearances to Combustible Walls & Ceilings
  • Heat Shield Construction for Reduced Clearances
  • Proper Flue Pipe Installation & Venting
  • Clearance to Combustible Exterior Items
  • Chimney Foundations & Masonry
  • Overall Condition of the Woodstove, Fireplace and its Chimney

Although your installation might not have one or more of these items,  we are fully trained to inspect any of the above components that pertain to your wood burning appliance.

WETT inspections are now required by most insurance companies. In fact,  homeowners are often asked by their insurance companies to provide them with a WETT Certified Inspection report as part of the condition of insuring their home. Every insurance company has different requirements,  call your insurance company prior to purchasing home to find out exactly what they expect and require from you.  Many homeowners are “blind sided” by the expectations of their insurance company.  We recently had a situation where the wood stove met all the requirements of a WETT Certified Inspection but the Insurance Company had their own policy that they would not insure an Uncertified Wood Stove.

 

WETT inspections offer you more than peace of mind, if wood-burning appliances is part of your home’s features, it is important that these appliances are both installed correctly and inspected by a qualified person.

If you have any questions regarding WETT inspections or installation procedures please call Roger at 705-795-8255

 

For information of reducing clearances to combustibles

Do I Need a WETT Certified Inspection?

WETT Inspection Regulations

 

 

 

 

Wood Energy Technology Transfer – WETT

Wood Energy Technology Transfer – WETT

(WETT Inc.) is a non-profit training and educational association (www.wettinc.ca).

WETT Certified Technician

Over 15 years experience

Through its administrative designate, WETT Inc. functions as the national registrar of the WETT program. In carrying out its mandate to promote increased safety and effectiveness, WETT Inc. maintains the Wood Energy Technical Training program (WETT).
Until recently, the scope of work performed in the inspection or evaluation of a fireplace, stove or other venting system was generally up to the discretion of the chimney service technician. Professional service technicians now have an industry standard that removes much of that “discretion.” The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has addressed the minimum chimney inspection standards in its latest publication (NFPA 211) concerning home heating appliances.

Inspections are now classified as Level 1 , Level 2 or Level 3 . Each level of inspection covers specific items depending on the individual appliance and venting system. Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level.

Level 1 Inspections

If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your

Level 1 WETT Inspection for Insurance

Level 1 WETT Certified

system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level 2 Inspections

A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended.

A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection.

A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations.

There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.

Level 3 Inspections

A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system.

 

The type of inspection most insurance companies are looking for is a visual inspection that must be conducted by a WETT Certified professional to determine if there is evidence of any potential problems with the installation of the wood-burning appliance or with the installation of the chimney. Of course, the assumption is the wood-burning appliance has been safety certified and therefore, the installation is compliant with the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Your WETT inspection is conducted according to the protocols established by WETT and includes:

  • Assessing the condition of the appliance, chimney, and flue pipe;
  • Checking for proper appliance and chimney installation and venting;
  • Verifying clearances around the appliance, flue pipe and visible chimney components; and,
  • Assessing hearth and floor protection.

Results will be discussed upon completion of the inspection and a WETT inspection report will be provided.

With over 15 years experience as a WETT Certified Technician we provide services to WETT Certified InspectionsAlliston, Angus, Barrie, Bradford, Cookstown, Creemore, Everett, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia, Penetang, Ramara, Stayer and all of Simcoe County.

Call Roger at 705-795-8255 or

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Your Home Inspection – Barrie Home Inspector

Your home inspection is a visual examination of the house and property which may Barrie House Inspectoraffect use or condition of the home.  This is a very thorough examination of the inside and out of, including structure and all the homes systems.  Our detailed inspection includes overview pictures or exterior and interior of home and includes pictures of any deficiencies found.

The Barrie Home Inspector’s clients are always impressed with the detailed nature of their report.  They also like the detailed review at the property where everything is explained and revisiting items that require maintenance or replacement is reassuring for potential home buyers.  As a Certified Building Code Official and Certified Master Inspector, our expertise is available to the client throughout and even after the home inspection is completed.

Free Thermal Imaging is included with every home inspection.  Infrared cameras allows FREE Thermal Imaging the home inspector to find missing insulation, hidden moisture or electrical hot spots.  Checking your home with a professional grade moisture detector and a thermal imaging camera allow us to find many areas of concern that other’s may miss.

Many rural homes will have a secondary heat source, such as fireplace, woodstove, pellet stove or outside boiler.  The Barrie Home inspector has been WETT Certified for over 15 years and will provide a WETT Inspection for $50.00 when conducted as part of home inspection package.  The Site Basic WETT inspection is a visual inspection conducted to meet insurance company requirements.

We also inspect Commercial Properties with many years’ experience in evaluating Plaza’s, strip malls, combined residential and commercial properties and apartment commercial property inspectionsbuildings.  The Barrie Home inspector covers most of Southern Ontario and has inspected commercial properties as far away as New Brunswick.  We have provided commercial property assessments on Plaza’s valued over $30 million dollars, Aircraft Hangers, Industrial Manufacturing and Multiple Church structures.

We are so confident is our knowledge and experience we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee of all our inspections for a period of 30 days after you take possession of our home.  Whether you want a “Risk Free” home inspection or simply “Peace of Mind”, contact the Barrie Home Inspector for your next purchase.

 

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