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Home inspectors

Anyone has experience with Mike Holmes homes inspection? Are they any good?
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Mike holmes is an idiot, why you even trusting his services
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Ignore Engi, this is hyperbole since MH has done an indescribable amount of good for the consumer. There are many excellent home inspectors.
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Few years back when researching which home inspector to use I did research MH and for the most part it seemed it was overpriced... Disclaimer: No idea how they are now.

Ended up going thru several inspectors past few years and I would say that for a knowledgeable home buyer it is not worth it especially if can see roof from different places around the house.

Inspectors can not move anything so they see what you see... granted some use the special cams for hot/cold so that might be worthwhile.

Most it seemed, at least from my limited experience, basically went thru a checklist that you could easily get online and inspect yourself.
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July 13, 2017 to October 25, 2018: BOC raised rates 5 times and MCAP raised its prime rate next day each time.

2020: BOC dropped rates 3 times and MCAP waited and waited to drop its prime rate to include all 3 drops.
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Engi-Nir wrote: Mike holmes is an idiot, why you even trusting his services
Because I rather trust anyone else who don't call others with deragotary remark in public setting without presenting solid factual evidences?
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georvu wrote: Few years back when researching which home inspector to use I did research MH and for the most part it seemed it was overpriced... Disclaimer: No idea how they are now.

Ended up going thru several inspectors past few years and I would say that for a knowledgeable home buyer it is not worth it especially if can see roof from different places around the house.

Inspectors can not move anything so they see what you see... granted some use the special cams for hot/cold so that might be worthwhile.

Most it seemed, at least from my limited experience, basically went thru a checklist that you could easily get online and inspect yourself.
Thanks for your opinion. However, I rather go with a professional home inspector for a large investment. Can anyone recommend anyone that they had good experience with?

Mike Holmes inspection start from $625, $825 & $1125

http://mikeholmesinspections.com/home-inspections
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Last home inspection I had was $400 and it was two guys and they had a heat/thermal cam. Sure there’s always gonna be people who say just do it yourself. Like in automotive....need new brakes? Just do it yourself! Never worked on cars? No problem, just watch YouTube.

Truth is, they can’t be expected to find things they can’t see. But they are able to see enough that it can pinpoint issues that even someone decent at DIY might not. In my case the found some aluminum wiring that needed some work done including an ESA cert which I split the cost with the seller. Easily saved me the cost of inspection. So sometimes more than piece of mind.

Not all inspectors are created equal, that said the costs of those inspections seem high.
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I've used Trinity Home Inspection for 4 of my purchases in the past. Single owner/operator, has a thermal cam. I recommend him. He knows his stuff
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cartfan123 wrote: Last home inspection I had was $400 and it was two guys and they had a heat/thermal cam. Sure there’s always gonna be people who say just do it yourself. Like in automotive....need new brakes? Just do it yourself! Never worked on cars? No problem, just watch YouTube.

Truth is, they can’t be expected to find things they can’t see. But they are able to see enough that it can pinpoint issues that even someone decent at DIY might not. In my case the found some aluminum wiring that needed some work done including an ESA cert which I split the cost with the seller. Easily saved me the cost of inspection. So sometimes more than piece of mind.

Not all inspectors are created equal, that said the costs of those inspections seem high.
anotherbargainhunter wrote: Thanks for your opinion. However, I rather go with a professional home inspector for a large investment. Can anyone recommend anyone that they had good experience with?

Mike Holmes inspection start from $625, $825 & $1125

http://mikeholmesinspections.com/home-inspections
Go by personnel referrals and not MH name. Totally understand want a more knowledgeable opinion... just gotta be sure that person is expert.

The ones I used were ok but nothing great. Suggest someone with a cam. The MH starting plan is probably towards higher end of most inspectors. We paid from around 300-400
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July 13, 2017 to October 25, 2018: BOC raised rates 5 times and MCAP raised its prime rate next day each time.

2020: BOC dropped rates 3 times and MCAP waited and waited to drop its prime rate to include all 3 drops.
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Before hiring a home inspector, make sure they're properly licensed, registered and insured. Ontario recently changed their laws. I'd only look for a Registered Home Inspector (not simply a certified home inspector). There are several organizations that "certify" home inspectors, some with courses that can be done from home.

That being said, I've had one awesome home inspector, and another that was the opposite who came with a fancy infrared camera. Buyer beware - do your research.
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tigger03 wrote: Before hiring a home inspector, make sure they're properly licensed, registered and insured. Ontario recently changed their laws. I'd only look for a Registered Home Inspector (not simply a certified home inspector). There are several organizations that "certify" home inspectors, some with courses that can be done from home.

That being said, I've had one awesome home inspector, and another that was the opposite who came with a fancy infrared camera. Buyer beware - do your research.
Any recommendations?

Do they guarantee their work?
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anotherbargainhunter wrote: Thanks for your opinion. However, I rather go with a professional home inspector for a large investment. Can anyone recommend anyone that they had good experience with?

Mike Holmes inspection start from $625, $825 & $1125

http://mikeholmesinspections.com/home-inspections
That's pretty expensive.
I've paid around $350-400 depending on the size of the home. They typically provide a report, but there are disclaimers saying this report is based off things seen yada yada.
anotherbargainhunter wrote: Any of them guarantee their work?
They stand behind their reports but like I said based on disclaimers no one really guarantees it.
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We hve used Durham home inspections...Darren is a pro with years of experience..his price was reasonable and we left with a wealth of knowledge!
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anotherbargainhunter wrote: Any recommendations?

Do they guarantee their work?
There's no such thing as a 'guarantee of work'. They're insured for Errors and Omissions, but it will be quite the process to go through the motions (lawsuits, etc).

We recommend Michael from Sureview Inspections (http://www.sureviewinspections.com). He came highly recommended by a close friend, and went above and beyond my expectations. The website has more info for prices, expectations, etc.

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