Why do your reports have so many more pictures, as compared to other inspectors. Is it that important?
There are several reasons that I include so many pictures. I had a client who called me upon taking possession of the home that he purchased. He felt that the furniture in the sale was of higher quality than what was there. We were able to look at every room, and could see clearly that the furniture had been exchanged for cheaper furniture. Needless to say, this resulted in a large refund to my client from the seller, so that he could get new furniture.
The seller may damage an item, such as a window, after the inspection, and before you take possession. Without pictures, there would be no recourse for the buyer to state that the home was not in the condition of which they purchased it.
When time is a consideration, most buyers do not spend much time in a home when shopping. They forget what was there, or even confuse items in the home with others that they’ve seen. Being able to fully evaluate a purchase requires you to be able to see what every room looks like.
Do you pay more attention to detail than other inspectors?
Yes, absolutely. My reports are much longer and more detailed and identify all large items of interest, but also smaller items that may be damaged or missing. This is because many homeowners do not have the knowledge, skill, or time to fix smaller items, so they have to pay for them to be fixed. This can be costly.
By including as many items in the report as possible, buyers can better understand what they will encounter upon taking possession, and what repairs they can negotiate.
Also, the software I use allows clients to create a request list directly from the report, which makes negotiation easier.
Why does your training and experience set you apart from your competition?
Home inspectors receive only 50 hours of hands-on training, after just a 6-month online course, then they can be licensed. This means that they were only trained on possibly 10 inspections, before inspecting a home for you.
I worked unpaid for the best inspector in BC, Bob Langfield, for over 2 years. Bob has performed over 6500 inspections in his 20-year career, was a city inspector in Fernie, a general contractor, and supervisor for CANA construction.
My training also includes BCIT’s Part 9 BC Building Code course, InterNACHI certification as a certified professional inspector, and WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) training.
What about warranty and recalls? Do you have an advantage that other inspectors don't?
Yes. I provide warranty services through a third party, who checks your appliance serial numbers against a database to ensure that there is not an active recall. If there is, and they’re less than 10 years old, they’re available for free repair.
You can add or remove appliances, even if you move or buy new ones. They also provide warranties for up to 90 days after the inspection, or 22 days after taking possession, whichever is longer. See my homepage for complete details.
Why do your inspections sometimes take longer than your competition?
Attention to detail. I will identify items that other inspectors don’t bother to tell you. For example, I test all appliances, and also check their condition. A broken part on a refrigerator, for example, is not always easy to fix.
Cracked glass on a stove cook-top can cost over a thousand dollars to replace. Knowing more about the home means that you’re able to negotiate with the seller, to reduce the price you pay for the home, saving thousands.
Shouldn't I just get the cheapest inspector that I can find?
I would never recommend getting the cheapest inspector that you can find, or for that matter, anything that is the cheapest. Inspectors, like cars, for example, have different rates based on their quality.
Saving just one hundred dollars on an inspection could cost you thousands of dollars after your purchase. If I find more defects, you could save thousands by negotiating. I don’t recommend anyone take that chance.