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We typically book 9:00am and 1:00pm time slots but can be flexible so long as the schedule is open. Since spring and fall are typically the busiest times, these seasons will have the least amount of flexibility and booking early is a definite advantage. We are available weekends as well on a case by case basis. [Back to Top]
At Capstone we firmly believe that your time is precious. So in order to get you back to your schedule, we fully summarize the findings on site but email the report to you later the same day. Our goal is do an excellent job on-site so that you can make the best decision possible so that by the time you sit down to read the report, it has almost become redundant! [Back to Top]
During the course of the inspection these are probably the most common questions asked. We can of course provide a benchmark for you to gauge whether the problem we’re seeing is often found, or rarely seen. This will help you judge the nature of the issue and help you decide whether it is something you would be comfortable with moving forward. As far as rating goes, keep in mind that I’m a very different person than you. I’m looking at the condition of the major systems and how they stack up to others I’ve seen. So if that’s how you rate the home, than we are on the same page.
As far as the last question goes: I’d buy any house...if its where I want to be and its the right price. Those sorts of things are better discussed with your agent who can help determine fair market value, proximity to schools, hospitals etc. [Back to Top]
As much as we would love to open up the entire house, rearrange it to make everything easier to see, ask the current homeowner everything they know and have them answer honestly, sadly this only happens on scripted TV. Simply put, neither you nor I, own the home and have to leave it PRECISELY the way we found it. We are also seeing it for the very first time, have absolutely no prior history and can’t predict how its going to be used in the future. Again, this is the nature of the home inspection itself and its up to us (and a little bit you), to gather the visible clues and piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is a functioning home. [Back to Top]
Don’t let my easygoing manner deceive you! As an inspector it is my obligation to deliver the information in an objective and informative manner. We can then have a calm and open dialogue to determine what’s the best course of action for you. It would be all too easy to use inflammatory and colourful language but we’ve found that doing so makes buying the home (already a stressful proposition!) even more so! [Back to Top]
Unfortunately no. We feel its important to stay at arms length from the person doing the work so that there can never be any question of a conflict of interest.
Things to keep in mind though when shopping for a contractor: Always obtain 3 or more quotes for the work and ensure that all parties are quoting on the same scope of work. Be prepared for a wide variation of pricing–sometimes they can vary by 300% or more! Ensure that you get references from your contractor and that you actually follow up with them–there’s nothing better than seeing some prior work. Your contractor should be proud of past work and be more than happy to get you that information. Agree to a hold back of as much of the total as you can. Most contractors like to have a little up front money to start purchasing and to make sure you are committed but you should NEVER EVER pay for a large portion of the project up front. [Back to Top]
This is what is called “the last man in” syndrome. It is human nature to process the last bit of technical information you received and mentally store it above the information received earlier. Combine that with a contractor’s motivation (to make money by working) and sometimes things that we called out as relatively minor, mushroom into vast undertakings. Your best defence against this is to educate yourself as best you can and by all means contact us to discuss particular issues further. If the contractor was working with different information or if conditions have changed, then they may very well be more correct than we were. You can’t guess how many times I’ve heard of a contractor that has “thrown the inspector under a bus” only to get more work that didn’t necessarily need to be done. [Back to Top]
As a Burlington Home Inspector we can easily serve, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Etobicoke, Toronto, St. Catherines, Grimsby, Niagara Falls. We also go as far west as Woodstock, Brantford and as far northwest as Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.