Yes, we are in Canada. This is the country where we clean the snow off the windshield in the morning so we can safely navigate the road and then clean the bug splats off the windshield in the afternoon. And this same weather affects our houses.
I received a frantic phone call in regard to a sale that was going south fast. The house was vacant and upon an inspection just prior to closing the purchasers had discovered “water was flooding into the basement”.
While many reporting systems do have diagrams on house components or construction, primarily we need to convey the information about this house that is in front of us right now.
The most common phrase I hear when I am done an inspection is: “Wow! This covers far more than I thought.” Or: This is far more thorough than my last inspection.”
Over 5 years ago I joined the Disciplinary and Professional Practices (DPPC) of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors. (OAHI). I joined this Committee as I felt this is where I would see the Good, The Bad, and definitely the UGLY. Due to circumstances, I became the Chair of this Committee and have been in this position since.
Recently we have seen a couple of extreme weather issues that have affected us, not to mention the never ending winter. On June 18, a news item popped up that said all the ice was finally gone off the Great Lakes. A nice reminder of a winter we would rather forget. Meteorologists are saying we are going to continue to have further extremes in weather patterns, and not to just…
Some people think that inspecting the attic is not important. While it is usually the last item to be checked, this is not to minimize the importance of inspecting it, it is simply my pattern of travel through a house.