Oakville Homes

October 19, 2011

Mike Holmes brings out the problems – scary when you think about it.

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Mike Holmes.

Kind of a household name now.  The MAN to go to with the house problem(s).

I watched a few of his shows lately – I do find the problems he uncovers interesting, and noticed he really took a hit on the House Inspectors.  Yes, he tore apart the builders and renovators but it seemed every house inspector who did the initial job was unprofessional.  I know the world isn’t perfect but I hope his comments don’t cause people to turn away from house inspectors.

One point they don’t mention, but is quite obvious, is that Holmes has the LUXURY of being able to spot a problem and then dissect the house to find the cause.  Most house inspectors don’t have that option.  And, if they spot a problem but can’t really prove it, they may be reluctant to place such an observation in their report, have someone destroy a wall and, find nothing.  Potential lawsuit there.

Even builders will not listen to an observation.  I observed in my house that the front bay window did not have insulation.  The Mattamy rep told me that they would open it up but if it had insulation I’d pay the freight for the repair.  Something I could not financially afford at the time.  Later, when window repairs were necessary due to shoddy window installation, I found out I was right.  Lately the original window installers have been busy in the area and are distancing themselves from the original installers. Hmmm…..

So, make sure you hire a PROFESSIONAL HOUSE INSPECTOR and get references from people you know.  Even in the forums I lurk in I have seen good recommendations for house inspectors and, they participate and give good advice.  Look for them.

But, one thing is sure.  Holmes has shown a need for someone to check up on the builders.  In a re-sale, you have the right to have a house inspector written into the purchase agreement.  If they don’t agree, you can back out.  Try that with a builder.  Mattamy has even banned one inspector and makes others sign a form to stay quiet during a PDI.  Lot of help that is.

Holmes did a bit on a 7-year-old home and it had problems.  We know he did a show on a Mattamy and it had problems.  He doesn’t name the builders or renovators but, those in the area can certainly recognize the models and see what the issues are and compare with their own house.

But, it is too late once the walls are up.  Major reno time then – just watch Holmes’ show to see just how much work is needed.  And, the real sore point is that you already paid to have a good house and now have to pay to fix what they did wrong.  Having a house inspector monitor construction would alleviate most problems or, future problems on re-sales.  Imagine buying some of these new houses, Mattamy or otherwise, now that you know they weren’t perfect to begin with.  Some people prefer re-sales as they think the issues are corrected but now we know – not all are.

I’m watching another Holmes show – the one about the addition.  It is scary that this can happen and, you can’t depend on a building inspector to really help you.  Yes, they charge you for the permit but, you’re on your own when it comes to quality.  In my case, the building inspector passed a furnace wired to the house next door.  Town of Oakville quality I guess.

All I can say is, keep watching the Holmes shows and get an education on what can happen.  It will help you to determine if your house inspector is up to snuff.  It would be nice if the industry was licenced and I know those who are professionals would like to see some certification.

And, for changing the law to protect you.  Don’t count on it.  Remember, our politicians get most of their donations from the building industry (contractors, developers and real estate).

Your voice is way down there.

Me, I got the bully boys from Mattamy who tried to deal with me.  They did look buff in their Mattamy T-Shirts.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.

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