Oakville Homes

February 11, 2011

Inspection News – good resource to understand house inspection issues

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Forewarned is forearmed.

Before you go out and buy that dreamhome, most people check out the builder via the internet (blogs, forums, ads, etc), people they know living in homes built by the same builder or, just cruising about looking at the various models in different stages of construction.  For those fully knowledgeable in house construction, this isn’t a tough task.  For those less knowledgeable, it can be scary and daunting but, there are resources for you.

You know I have promoted hiring a professional house inspector for new and old houses alike.  You’ll notice that I constantly stress PROFESSIONAL.  Like any other trade there are good and bad inspectors and there are some that might not be totally in your corner.  To ensure you get one that will be your inspector, check out the forums for recommendations and also look at the credentials they offer.

You might also want to see the kinds of things that interest them.  Things that they are looking for and will report on.  Of course, for a little light reading, you can puruse the Building Code for your jurisdiction but, I am sure you have better things to do with your time – like reading my blog. 🙂

I have found one potential resource at Inspection News.  This is a site designed for house inspectors to share information and knowledge and homeowners are invited to participate.  It is asked that homeowners post a question in the appropriate section  titled: “Questions from Home Owners, Home Buyers and DIY”.  But you are free to view the entire site, once you register.  And that includes viewing the pictures of various problems and we know a picture is worth a thousand words.

Try out the link and you just might find a solution to that problem bugging you.  As well, it will give you some knowledge and increase your relationship with the house inspector you hire.  One caveat though – this is a site that covers many jurisdictions.  A solution in one area might not be legal in another.  Check before you try something.

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