Oakville Homes

April 14, 2009

House Inspectors – How do you find them?

So, you’re in the market to buy a new home from Mattamy or another builder and you realize this will be one of the largest investments you will ever make. You’ve done the research and found a builder that seems to have a good reputation (at least through the ads and JP Powers) and you’ve looked over the glossy brochures that not only promise the world but, have the exact floorplan you need to ensure an enjoyable existance in your new shangri-la.

But this dream ends up being destroyed by builder indiffence to poor quality and illegal construction and you know Obama and Harper won’t bail you out on this one.

For a re-sale you have the accepted practice of hiring a house inspector to take a look at your potential palace and ascertain whether it will be the house from hell or, your future castle.  In terms of a new house, builders aren’t too happy to have a professional help you protect your investment.  They may let you have one attend the PDI with you but, that is optional.  You may or may not be able to have this safety put into your purchase agreement.  And, to ask that a house inspector be given access during construction in order to monitor various stages of construction is damn near impossible.  The government supports your having a PDI but how do you check framing, wiring, insulation etc when the house is finished.  Yes, I know, they sometimes let you do a frame visit but, in the grand scheme of things, how many of you are qualified to understand whether or not things are what they should be at that stage.  Most aren’t and even those so-called handymen aren’t up to snuff either.

No, you should force the issue of a house inspector for your own interest.  If they say no, then ask why and reconsider your investment of a lifetime with them.  Even Mattamy, 3rd time award winner with their pal J.D. Powers has problems – and illegal methods of selling homes.

I suggest you research a house inspector.  Do not take a recommendation from a builder or real estate agent on a house inspector.  That is obvious.  No, look towards referrals by trusted friends who have utilized the services of a house inspector and can show you what they did.  Get other referrals as well and if you want another place to check, go to the following associations and see what is in your area.

Buying a new house is like buying a condom.  Can you afford the failure rate?


American Society of Home Inspectors

Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Ontario Association of Home Inspectors



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  1. […] Original post by oakvillehomes […]

    Pingback by House Inspectors - How do you find them? · Real-Estate.ExplainedOnline.Net — April 14, 2009 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  2. That’s not a fiar comment or a wise idea to tell people not to accept the recommendation of a real estate agent in re a house inspector. Often, an agent is an excellent source of referrals to professionals, perhaps far more so than the professional associations to which those professionals belong. After all, to be a house inspector requires cutting a cheque and a few other minimal requirements – what does their association know about them?

    Ask a Realtor for a recommendation and ask why he recommends that inspector, and ask for references, and speak to the inspector and be prepared with a few questions beyond price, and really listen.

    Yes, I am a Realtor, and I always tell my clients that the inspector I recommend will vary depending on the house, that each inspector I recommend has caused buyers not to buy because of issues discovered, but, perhaps more importantly, the inspector is not an alarmist.

    Comment by mymilton — April 21, 2009 @ 7:53 am | Reply

  3. I am not the only one who has advised this. I actually find that even house inspectors don’t want the recommendation necessarily. But, there is nothing wrong with a realtor giving a buyer a listing of house inspectors in the area to assist and letting them chose. Lets face it, a realtor can’t be seen as favouring anyone who could either recommend a purchase, use scare tactics or say a sale should’nt happen. It is an ethical question. But, providing a list of house inspectors shows no favourtism by the realtor and is a public service. With Mattamy, their own sales people (realtor?) were not only selling the houses but buying them and driving prices up. Is that ethical? They speculated and their purchases lowered supply and therefore demand and prices went up. It really is like a lawyer looking after the buyer and seller. It was allowed up until recently and they found the chance of conflict of interest too great to allow. I believe the house inspector associations see this the same way. Appreciate your comment and yes, having a friend as a realtor, I do believe in their professionalism and taking their advice.

    Comment by Lance Naismith — April 21, 2009 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

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