Oakville Homes

January 11, 2010

CBC Marketplace – good advice on hiring a house inspector


If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know that I stress the hiring of a house inspector, regardless of  the builder – Mattamy or otherwise.  I just use Mattamy as I can personally tell you the truth on just how bad they are – no matter what advertising you read nor awards you see pinned up on their wall.

But, like everything, one must be careful and do their research.  CBC Marketplace has been on the warpath concerning less than desirable home construction, former grow-ops being sold and about home inspectors.   A visit to their website will produce some advice on what to look for when hiring a house inspector.  It is good advice and a stop at the link will show some good comments as well.

I have some other irons in the fire but just waiting for some confirming replies to my requests.

I copy the home inspector here for your information:

What kind of experience do they have? If the inspector doesn’t have much of an answer, that’s a big red flag. Experience and the right kind of training is key, since even if someone is an engineer, it doesn’t mean they are qualified to inspect a home.  

Can they provide references? A large, satisfied client base is always a good sign. Get as many as possible from the inspector and call them all.
Are they independent? A home inspector is there to offer an unbiased assessment, and shouldn’t be part of any construction or homebuilder group or offer repair services themselves.

What kind of equipment do they use? A pen and paper are simply not enough. Do they bring binoculars, a ladder, or an infrared camera? A thorough inspection includes hard-to-reach places like the roof and chimney.

Can you follow them around during the inspection? A good inspector will encourage you to take part and will clearly communicate any serious problems, and not bury them in a checklist.

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  1. bet he’d be scared to do an audit of what’s gone on in his backyard

    Comment by Mike Holmes lives in Halton — January 19, 2010 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  2. Friday Jan 8 | CBC News

    Home inspectors not finding grow-op clues: Marketplace

    Houses can be left with damage after being used as grow-ops.


    Several homeowners have been shocked to discover their newly purchased homes hosted grow-ops, despite the fact they paid for a pre-sale inspection, a Marketplace investigation has learned.


    Related Topix: Canada, Entertainment, Television

    Comment by Holmes on Homes News — January 19, 2010 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  3. This only reinforces that you do your research when buying a home, hiring a lawyer, real estate agent or a house inspector. Sometimes, as in my case with Mattamy, you don’t get what you paid for.

    Comment by LN — January 19, 2010 @ 9:56 am | Reply

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