Renovation Inspection

The past decade has seen the demand for home renovation services explode across the country. This increase has helped propagate a number of under-qualified renovation companies to meet consumer demand. The quality of the home improvements then often fall victim to a lack of code (Safety) compliant work, chain saw carpentry, demands for faster completion and a lack of skilled labour. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of reputable and qualified companies out there to meet your needs, but there are bad apples in every bunch.

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Planning for a home renovation can be fun and exciting, as you get ready to turn your visions and ideas into reality. At the same time it is wise to give some thought to the “what ifs”—what if something goes wrong during the project? How much money will I lose? Is it safe for my family? Often consumers find out too late that their dream renovation is about to become their biggest headache. Disputes with builders and municipal officials are not what you envisioned as part of the process.

The municipal inspector barely has enough time to ensure building codes are being followed, he certainly doesn’t have the time nor the mandate to ensure your contractor is providing quality work that coincides with the agreed upon plans. You will usually find this out too late as well. Usually when something goes wrong after they have your money. Then you discover that trying to rectify the matter is an uphill battle.

So how do consumers avoid poorly completed renovations? Don't sign any contract until your lawyer has read it over for you. Seriously consider hiring a NACHI Certified Private Home Inspector to check out your home renovation project progress during construction (if you do, have your lawyer include it as a clause in your contract). Careful research, investigation and planning are required in the decision making process. One invaluable source of information is at www.hiringacontractor.com The Canadian Homebuilders Association (CHBA) has some excellent tips for consumers as does the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and include a Professional Home Inspector in your renovation process.

When you include a Professional NACHI Certified Home Inspector in your renovation process, you are providing yourself with a critical, trained eye to verify you are getting what you paid for in renovations. I like to think of it as a “pre-insurance” policy against future failure and defects. My post-renovation inspection report can also be shared with your insurance provider as independent confirmation that the work was completed as planned. Home Select Inspections Inc can provide you with this peace of mind. I will ensure that the renovations meet the specifications you agreed to, and the construction methods used are consistent with industry standards. Safety for you and your family is of primary concern to me and I'm sure to you as well.

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