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Don’t waive your Home Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling a property, when you employ a Home Inspector to work for you, you expect them to do the best possible job.

A Home Inspection is often seen differently by the home buyer or the home seller.

To the home buyer, the Home Inspection is seen as a sort of insurance policy that an expert has been called in to ensure there is nothing wrong with the home that is being looked at as a future purchase.

To the home seller, it is looked at as an opportunity for the home buyer to find fault with the home so that the price is reduced.

Both of these beliefs are mistakes.

Don't Waive your Home InspectionThe purpose of the Home Buyers inspection is to try to identify anything that will visibly lead to a belief that something is currently wrong with the property that will accelerate a problem down the road, or that is a health or safety issue at the time of the inspection.

Home buyers are wrong because a home inspection is not an insurance that promises nothing will go wrong with the property in the future.  The chances are, it will.

A house, somewhat unbelievably, is almost like a living organism.  It needs to breathe, in the Inspection industry we call this ventilation, it needs to be fed and washed and cared for.  It will age.  All of these together will mean that over time, exposed to unfavourable conditions and neglected it will age quicker than it should.

It is precisely this reason that the Home Sellers are wrong.  The home inspection is not there to get them to reduce their price, or to even “kill a deal”, it is there precisely to identify the issues that are presented by premature ageing.

Unlike a human, premature ageing in a property can be stopped and even reversed with the proper maintenance and timely repairs.  Like your car, regular maintenance can put-off or avoid completely major repairs or even total loss further down the line.

If home sellers were to have a home inspection BEFORE the property was put on the market, they could ensure that the work was completed prior to the listing, ensuring that they could ask top dollar for their property.

A pre-sale home inspection offers something else far more important, peace of mind for the Seller, and the Sellers Realtor, that they have made full disclosure of any defect that does exist, or have gone to whatever lengths needed to eradicate that defect.  The cost of a lawsuit after a sale can be just as devastating, more so than losing a few days before listing and a few hundred dollars on fixing a problem or lowering an asking price slightly.  A pre-sale inspection often speeds up the sale process as it allows the purchaser to employ the same inspector in a “walk-through” inspection at a nominal cost.  This removes any notion of conflict of interest as the Inspector is then contractually bound to both the Home Buyer and Home Seller and is liable to both to do the best possible job.

Choosing the right inspector

Choosing the right Home Inspector

When choosing the right Home Inspector you should look at what you want out of them, and what education and experience they have as well as what influences they might be subjected to.

If you ask your Realtor for a recommendation, you are possibly starting a chain reaction that might have serious implications later on.

Is the Realtor being objective in their recommendations?

Many Brokerages have a preferred vendor list which only allows Home Inspectors who pay them money to be recommended.  These Brokerages present these payments as “advertising charges”.  Some even stop their agents from recommending Home Inspectors who are not on the Preferred list.  This is obviously a conflict of interest and against the code of ethics of both the Realtor and the Home inspector.  If the Realtor you are thinking of using works for a Brokerage that acts in this way, my suggestion is you choose a different Brokerage, in my opinion, they are not serving you, they are serving their bottom line.  Google this for example of this practice:

Is the Home Inspector related to the Realtor in any way?

Whether by family tie, or business association is a Realtor and Home Inspector are related, this is again a conflict of interest.  It does go on, but it is unethical, and even if the Home Inspector does the best possible job if problems occur later on and a lawsuit ensues, this relationship will act as evidence of possible wrong-doing.  If the Realtor does offer you such a choice, you have two choices to make, the first is definitely choose another Home Inspector or your finding, and second, maybe change your Realtor.

Is the Home Inspector Certified?

Master Home Inspector - Radon Inspector - Indoor Air Quality InspectorCandian-Certified Home InspectorIn Ontario as in most provinces across Canada, Home Inspectors do not yet need to be licensed.  They do not need to be Registered, they do not need to be Certified.  Choose one that has voluntarily embarked on a training program. This ensures they have the best skills for the job at hand. It shows they have carried their commitment to education to get either Certified, Registered or where needed licensed.  Ask the Home Inspector of evidence of their education.  Check their background and their Certifications Make sure they are current members of a recognised Home or Property Inspector Association such as The Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors (OntarioACHI), The International Association of Home Inspectors (NACHI) or Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).   Our inspectors are members of both OntarioACHI and NACHI in addition to other professional associations.  They have been trained to the highest certifications possible in these associations in addition to the extra college education to supplement their skills.

Does the Inspector have experience in building or fault-diagnosis of any kind?

As previously said, no prior experience is required to be a home inspector.  So choose one that has at least some background in construction, renovation or any form of root-cause analysis whether it be medical, mechanical or logical.  Someone who is capable of seeing something, and then analysing it to see if something else is causing or affected by it is going to be the most attentive inspector.

Our inspectors are.

Is the Home Inspector known as a “Deal Killer”?

If so, then maybe this is the home inspector you want to choose.  While it is true that some inspectors find fault with everything, the vast majority of Certified Inspectors are diligent, accurate and honest in their reporting.  These inspectors may produce the longest reports often exceeding 50-60 pages, but the majority of these reports will be for your information.  These inspectors will normally highlight only material defects and safety issues.  Material defects are anything that would cause the value of a property to be negatively impacted, and safety issues are exactly that.  While a Realtor stands lose many thousands of dollars if a deal goes south, the professional ones realise that having a satisfied client in a secure home is better than employing a bad inspector who either misses issues or deliberately downplays them to assist the realtor to make the deal.

Check out the Home Inspectors References

Most professional Home Inspectors will be proud to show you the references and testimonials they have from prior clients.   The really good ones will not just select the good ones and omit the bad ones.  Our client testimonials are posted automatically to this website, regardless of what people may think, regardless of the rating we get, you get to see them.

Some interesting links you might want to check out are:

Washington Post Report

Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation

After Inspection Support

Our support doesn’t end with the inspection and report. Through our Please Help program, we provide ongoing support to you via chat or email, and via our extensive knowledge base of articles and videos.

Our posts offer simple tips to help you maintain your home, and contain insight and perspective that only a home inspector can bring.

Should any concerns arise, we want to be your first call for support and questions.

Take the apprehension out of moving in

Whether you are a seller trying to convince someone else to buy your home, or you are a buyer wondering if you are going to be hit with hidden costs immediately after moving in, we’ve got you covered.

With EVERY residential Home Inspection, in conjunction with Residential Warranty Services, we put warranties on different aspects of the home that assist with anything that might go wrong after the sale closes.

Check the tabs below to see what is covered.  Oh, and before you check, the majority of these warranties area applied as part of the Home Inspection we perform.

Concierge ServiceRecallChekSewerGardMoldSafe90-Day Warranty5-year Roof Leak warrantyChild Friendly18 month warranty

Let someone else do the work

We register every client that has a Home Inspection with us into the Residential Warranty Services Concierge service.   Thet will provide a service, at your request to help in the setting up of utilities and services and even security at your new home.

Check out the video for more information.

Home Inspection - mold - mould - water damageDid you know that if a manufacturer designs a dangerous product, they MUST recall that item and fix it free of charge!

But they don’t know if you have purchased one of their products, and in all likelihood, you probably don’t check every manufacturer’s website for recall notices.

That’s where RecallChek and your FPPI Home Inspector come in.

As part of your FPPI Home Inspection, we will record the model and the serial number of each appliance that is to be transferred in the sale and records then in the RecallChek database.

If any of the Model Numbers and Serial Numbers match your appliances against the RecallChek database of recalled items, RecallChek will provide you with the information you need to resolve any potential recall issues promptly.

Not only do RecallChek issues a report, separate from the home inspection report, which is emailed directly to you, included as a lifetime service provided free on inspections done by your Inspection company, is a monthly email newsletter, RecallTrak.

This newsletter notifies you of any new recalls on your appliances and offers helpful Monthly Maintenance Minute updates.

 Would you like this services but without one of our Home Inspections?   We are so impressed with this service, we even tell you where to go to get it directly.  Just click the button below.

Home Inspector - RecallChek - recalls

 

Unless you are from the planet Krypton, it is likely you don’t have X-Ray vision.   Unfortunately, nor do our inspectors.

So what if a water line or sewer line breaks after you move-in?

Obviously, we can’t see that as part of a Home Inspection and without a crystal ball we can’t predict such a problem.

A collapsed sewer pipe is one of the most serious problems that can happen down in your sewer main line, and only professional sewer pipe repair can fix the problem.

Although it happens after years of strenuous wear and tear, usually in older pipes, the actual sewer pipe collapse happens suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere.

leaks, flood, water damage

Water line breaks can be equally sudden, disastrous and expensive.

The results can be disastrous, and from a homeowner’s perspective, it’s unpredictable.

So we provide a warranty from Residential Warranty Services that covers water main and sewer collapses to and from your home for up to $4,000.

And yes…..it’s part of our service to you.

Want to know more?   Just click the button below.

Home Inspection Sewer warranty

mold inspectionMould can grow wherever conditions are right.  Maybe at the time of your Home Inspection the conditions wern’t right, or the mould had been cleaned up or it was just hidden.

You move in and you notice a nasty smell and find some mould.  What then?

No problem.  If mould is found in your home, that was not present at the time of the inspection, you are covered for remediation for up to $2,000.

And yes, it’s provided as part of our service to you and supplied through Residential Warranty Services.

Get the details by clicking the button below.

Home Inspection Mold Warranty

3-Months is a long time in Real-estate.   A lot can go wrong.  You’ve found the home you want, you’ve done your due diligence and had your home inspection.  You move in and BAM!  something breaks.

Now on top of all the other costs, you’ve got to come up with the funds to fix or replace something that was working fine at the inspection.

Let us help.  As part of our inspection, we will place a 90-day limited warranty that covers repairs to items our Home Inspectors found to be in good working condition at the inspection.  And there is no deductible required of you!

 

 

 

Check-out the video to see what you get.

 

 

 

Already got your 90-day warranty from us?  Be sure to validate it here by clicking the button below.

Home Inspection 90-day warranty

home inspection - ceiling leaksRoofs don’t last forever.  That said if they leak they don’t necessarily need to be completley renewed (or re-covered).  Most roofs can be repaired time and time again before having to go to the high expense of recovering.   But each of these repairs costs.

So, as part of a Home Inspection from FPPI, we will put a 5-year protection warranty on the roof of the home we inspect.

So for a period of 5 years following the inspection, the Residential Warranty Services Platinum Roof Protection Plan will protect against new leaks in the roof of the inspected home.  After deductible, repair costs are covered up to $3,000 over the life of the plan.

Learn more by clicking the button below.

roof warranty

If you think moving home can be a nightmare for you, think about your children.

We are child-friendly at Future Proof Property Inspections (we have to be we’ve got plenty of our own) so we go out of our way to make sure your home is Monster Free.

Ask your inspector and he will provide each of your children with a Monster Free certificate to assure them we’ve checked everywhere in the home and haven’t found any monsters.

Had a Home Inspection from someone else and having problems getting your little ones to believe there’s nothing under the bed?

Because it’s you, you can open our certificate below, fill in your child’s name and date of inspection, download and print it out for them to keep safe.

It’s not the same as a real monster free inspection from one of our Monster handlers, but it might just be the next best thing.

With Residential Warranty Services and Future Proof Property Inspections, you are simply covered.

The Simple Warranty by Residential Warranty Services represents the broadest coverage available in the market today. All options are included, no known preexisting conditions and we offer a “Best coverage” guarantee. In fact, if you are ever denied coverage for a claim that can be verified eligible by any other policy we will either cover it or give you 100% of your premiums back. Pricing is based on a simple square footage system, and you’ll never experience any upcharges.

What more, if your home is inspected by FPPI, the warranty is for 18 months for the 12 month cost.

 

Don't just take our word for it

Unlike other service companies who pay for referrals on the usual public sites, all of our clients get the opportunity to make comments about us directly on the cloud service we use for reporting.  This means they are real clients of ours.  We can’t edit their responses in any way, so what you see is what they write, good or bad.

We take the comments made by our clients very seriously, as they are an indication of how we are performing.

Check them out for yourself by clicking the box below.