PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTIONS

BPS prelisting inspections are arranged and paid for by the home owner, usually just before the home goes on the market. This inspection does not replace the requirement of the potential buyer from doing their own inspection.

However, our certified inspector will generate a detailed report on the condition of your property with benefits that include:

  • Scheduling of the inspection at your convenience.

  • Highlighting items of immediate concern.

  • The report can help you set a realistic price with your real estate agent whether or not problems exist.

  • The inspection may reveal problems ahead of time, which:

    • Might make the home show better.

    • Gives you the time to make repairs and shop for competitive contractors.

    • Allow you to attach repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report.

    • Removes over-inflated buyer-procured estimates from the negotiation table.

  • The report may also alert the seller to any immediate safety issues found, before agents and visitors tour the home.

  • The deal may be less likely to fall apart, the way they often do, when a buyer’s inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute problem.

 

Areas of focus

 

  • Roofing

  • Exterior

  • Structure

  • Insulation & Ventilation

  • Electrical

  • Heating & Cooling

  • Plumbing

  • Interior

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 519-771-9874

 

 

EIGHT TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASON

Each season your home combats a barage from the elements. By conducting seasonal maintenance you can avoid costly repairs that usually arise from neglect. Start these helpful tips now, save money and get a jump on the upcoming season.

When we conduct maintenance inspections we focus on eight areas. Each of these areas is where home owners must focus to prepare for seasonal changes:

  •       Roofing

  •       Exterior

  •       Structure

  •       Insulation & Ventilation

  •       Electrical

  •       Heating & Cooling

  •       Plumbing

  •       Interior

1.)   ROOFING-Check your roof/gutters/downspouts:

Clear debris from gutters and examine downspouts for damage.  Make sure downspout extensions are connected and are directing water away from the foundation. Look for lifting shingles or damaged or missing flashing around your chimney or skylights. These may require repair to prevent water penetration.

2.)   EXTERIOR– Examine the grounds of your property:

 Walk around your house have a look at the foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation, any cracks wider than ¼ of an inch need to be monitored. If it grows call in a professional to investigate. Check walkways for cracks and loose pavers. Fix walkway and entry way areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping hazard.

 3.)   STRUCTURE-Check out your basement:

Where applicable check basement foundation for signs of water penetration.  Examine any wood beams, columns, joists for deterioration and any evidence of insects and or rodents.

4.)   INSULATION & VENTILATION-What’s in the attic?

Check your attic how is your insulation? Are there bare spots or signs of water penetration? You may need to top up or add more insulation to those spots.  This is a great place to save money on heating and cooling costs, and to see early signs of roofing issues.

5.)   ELECTRICAL-It could be shocking!

Regularly check for damaged or compromised equipment. This includes cracked sockets or plugs, burn marks on leads and outlets. If you use extension cords or power bars, check that there’s a tight connection between the plugs and the sockets. Cheap power bars only last a few years and the connections inside them get soft, so you want to make sure those connections remain firm, or you’ll risk overheating and fire.

6.)   HEATING & COOLING-Change your filters:

 If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.  Clean air filters will keep your family healthier.

 7.)   PLUMBING– Are there any leaky faucets or toilets?  

Examine faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Many times these leaky faucets simply require a cartridge or a washer be replaced. This is another money saver which can stop your money from going down the drain. Examine your toilets, if you have a toilet that is constantly running it may also only require an easy fix, such as a flapper replacement.

 8.)   INTERIOR– Check windows and doors:

The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.  Go through your home and open windows and doors, to ensure the seal, caulking and weather stripping around the frame is in good condition. Think of adding insulation kits or drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

Use these eight tips to help you get a jump start on your seasonal home maintenance. These tips can help save you money but most of all keep your family safe. Your home is your biggest investment a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to maintaining or increasing the value of this investment.

Home Inspections-A purchasers best friend!

It is mind blowing how some people spend hundreds of thousands on purchasing a home but struggle to pay a nomimal fee for a home inspection. This story is a great example for why you should insist on getting a home inspection performed before you finalize that deal.

Mice infest Winnipeg woman’s $1M house she just bought – http://ca.news.yahoo.com/winnipeg-womans-1m-house-infested-mice-015050120.html

A Winnipeg woman says she was shocked to find the $1-million house she recently bought has a mouse infestation so severe, that she has to pay big money to have all the insulation ripped out.

Carrie Forsythe said that after she took possession of the south Winnipeg home in September, she started opening up the walls to renovate it.

That was when she discovered her 5,000-square-foot house was a massive mouse nest, she told CBC News.

“All you see is just feces and urine, just puddles and piles,” Forsythe said.

“The whole vapour barrier is just filled with this nest.”

Forsythe said that for health reasons, she will have to spend at least tens of thousands of dollars to have the mess cleaned up properly.

Every centimetre of drywall has been torn out so that exterminators can remove all the soiled material, and disinfect the building studs and other areas where there was mouse activity.

The house will then have to be reinsulated, and the vapour barrier and drywall will have to be replaced.

“Now I have a shell, which I love, and it will be clean. But someone’s got to help me,” Forsythe said.

CBC News went on an independent tour of Forsythe’s home with Abell Pest Control’s Shaun Jeffrey, who said the mouse infestation is the worst he has ever seen.

“Oh my God … this is years, years in the making. This is not new,” he observed.

Both Jeffrey and the CBC News crew had to wear respirators while walking around the gutted house.

Jeffrey said the insulation on every level of the house contains mouse feces and urine, and all of it must be removed.

He estimated it would have taken about five years for the infestation to reach this state.

Forsythe said that after she bought the home in May, the previous owner and his family were still living there until she took over possession in September.

Forsythe said she did not get the home inspected before purchasing it, but she did go in with contractors, engineers and architects several times before the handover and no one noticed anything wrong.

Now, she said she will likely have to sue the previous owner.

The previous homeowner told CBC News he did not know anything about a mouse problem, adding that he would have never sold the house if he did.

Forsythe believes he had to have known, but Jeffrey said it is possible the previous owner may not have seen mice in the house, which was constructed with thick walls and thick insulation.

A spokesperson for the Manitoba Real Estate Association says the issue will likely have to be settled in court.

The association is urging all homebuyers to get an inspection done before making their purchases.

Ari Marantz, a certified home inspector in Winnipeg, said a proper inspection might have caught the mouse problem, although it is not normally on the checklist.

A home inspector would have seen red flags suggesting a mouse infestation, and a followup might have identified the problem further, Marantz said.

Marantz said a mouse infestation of this magnitude is rare in Winnipeg, but it occurs more frequently in rural areas.

Forsythe’s house is located just outside the Perimeter Highway, on the outskirts of the city.

CBC – Mon, 5 Nov, 2012