Well, yesterday's home inspection was definitely worth the money for the buyers. Before hiring Paul, who is a Licensed Plumber, Master Electrician and Certified Home Inspector, to do the home inspection, all they thought was wrong with the house was a poor paint job and a cracked in one window. By the time we were through we discovered almost $10,000 worth of deficiencies...and some were major ones.
The clients, who are buying a house in Whitby, were aware that there were cracked tiles in the floor of the master ensuite bathroom shower. However, what they didn't know is that by using our moisture meter, we determined that the level of moisture behind the tiles both on the floor AND the wall of the shower, was higher than the meter could read. This indicates a much bigger problem that just replacing a few cracked tiles. This is going to involve ripping out all the tiles in the shower, potentially replacing the concrete base and shower pan liner and then re-tiling the shower.
We also discovered an active leak under another 2nd floor bathroom, and a small hole in the arm of the kitchen faucet which was causing another active leak.
Electrically the house wasn't bad but we did find an exterior GFCI that wasn't functioning and various locations in the basement that had cable going through duct work. Cable in ductwork is ok as long as it is protected from the sharp edges of the metal. This cable wasn't. At any time, the vibrations in the duct could move the cable causing it to rub against the rough, sharp edges of the metal duct. This could wear away the protection insulation on the wire then causing a spark against the bare wire. Definitely a safey code issue!
Overall, the deficiencies that were found are going to be addressed with the sellers and hopefully the buyers will be able to get a reduction in the cost of the house.
This is ample proof to show why you should never buy a house without a home inspection. It is even more important that your inspector be fully qualified. The reason why Multi-Trade Building Services is so busy with inspections is that Paul is a Plumber and an Electrician. He can find problems that the average home inspector (who is usually only trained on a 6 week course--or a correspondence course) will overlook or simply isn't trained enough to find. In a 6 week course, how much time can honestly be spent on the electrical and plumbing systems in the home. Paul has had over 20 years of experience in the fields and therefore catches problems that the average home inspector won't.
If you have any questions or would like to book a home inspections, please call us at 905-999-8524. And remember...you don't have to be buying a home to get one inspected. We can inspect your present home to let you know what deficiencies exist so that you can fix them before they become a major problem.