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Home Inspections explained. The Niagara Real Estate Show

July 18, 2020

Welcome to this episode of The Niagara Real Estate Show with Rob Golfi, Phil Golfi and Tim Denis NEWSTALK 610 CKTB with Rob Golfi and Tim Denis.

Rob Golfi remembers as a kid that his parents didn’t get air conditioning until he was probably 10 years old. Those were the old days. I remember growing up on a Britannia Crescent in Niagara Falls and I had this friend across the street from my parents’ home. My friend got air conditioning. They were always the first to have everything and it was so cool to be able to go over their to enjoy their air conditioning. In those days, it was probably easy to sell a house without air conditioning because most homes didn’t have it.

Today’s special guest is David Furry is from AmericaSpec Home Inspections. And Rob, give us a little bit of background on what David does. We are so thankful to be able to have access to David Furry and he has been in the business for a long time. We are thrilled to have him as part of our home buying team and he is one of our preferred vendors that we refer to during the home buying process for our clients. He’s here today on the Niagara Real Estate show to share with our listeners his wealth of knowledge in terms of Home Inspections. I always recommend David Furry to our home buyers. What goes into becoming a home inspector?

It’s not just a matter of saying – I know about air conditioning and HVAC – so I’m going to become a home inspector. It’s not quite that simple as that.

Home Inspectors have to know a lot about a lot of different things, but they don’t necessarily need to be a specialist in each trade. There is ongoing training. There’s always something that you have to learn. Essentially there are some good college courses that you can take through Niagara college, Mohawk College or even Humber college and the courses will take a few years to complete. There are also some good online Home Inspection courses. Through The Home Inspection Associations – Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors there are always courses online for continuing education.

Houses are made up of many systems,  so you really have to have a broad range and understanding of how things fit together. As you get into these many home systems, you are starting to look at different decades when the homes were built, because each decade has its own little a thing that was unique.

There was a time when that homes did not have air conditioners. It was a real luxury if you’ve got air conditioning.

The biggest change in the home inspection industry is that insurance companies are driving a lot of changes in home construction. So for instance, more homes now have waterproofing membranes or they’ll insist that there’s a sump pump put in. people are very concerned with managing the moisture around the home. Insurance companies do not want to pay out for these types of issues. There are also some changes on the electrical side with some new type of safety devices. These new electrical safety devices are all great, but they are going to add to the cost of the home.

A third item to consider is the amount of insulation and energy performance items that go into a home. But yeah, primarily moisture management seems to be the biggest change I’ve seen in the last few years and, and how we manage the moisture around the home.

Who pays for a home inspection? For people who are just getting into the real estate industry right now or maybe buying a home for the first time or selling it for the first time…. who pays for the home inspection? It’s always the buyer who pays for the inspection of the home however there are some sellers that have done what’s called a pre-list inspection.

Listen above for more information on Home Inspections on this episode of  The Niagara Real Estate Show. July 18, 2020

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