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Mon, Apr 28th - 6:07AM

I was heading out to do a home inspection the other morning and a lady from Barrie phoned me asking questions about her roof. She actually paged me, left a voice mail and called my cell twice while I was in the shower. She was pretty upset, seems she had just had her roof re-shingled and another roofer stopped by to tell her that her roofer had a bad name and did shoddy work. He even got her on the roof and showed her where there had been no Ice Shield installed. The only thing he didn't mention to her is that you don't need Ice Shied under your shingles over a un-heated garage.  This roofer also pointed out that her roofer had not replaced her valley's, and had just painted her old ones. The City of Barrie had stopped by and checked the roofers permit and business license while he was working.

Mike Holmes, from Holmes on Homes, empatically states, when hiring a renovator, roofer or home inspector it is imperative that you ask questions before you hire them. You should ask for references, and then call to check them. He also stresses that you ask them what their experience is and background. This is the most important, especially with colleges pumping out "graduates" for any trade or business that can support a class. Trusting one of your most valuable assets to some "factory worker" with a 4 to 6 week course is just asking for trouble. When the economy is booming, anybody can throw a fold up ladder into their little volkswagen and show up at your door portraying themselves as a professional; protect yourself and your investment, ask questions!

Home inspection professionals will have no hesitation in providing you with their background, experience and training. Another sure way to ensure you are not being led down the garden path is to simply check the age of their web site or ask to see a copy of their Business License. One client called me for an inspection after the first inspector had his wife answering his "business phone" while she was on the bus and he was off working at his regular job.

Building permits, this is another area where Mike Holmes has some good advice.  If the home your buying has had major renovations then there should have been a building permit issued by the local building department. The building permit tells you that plans were submitted and approved and the required inspections were carried out during the renovation. This means all the hidden wiring, plumbing and heating that is behind walls, under floors and generally invisible, has been inspected by a professional. Some cities like Barrie even require a building permit for a hot tub.  When purchasing a home that has been renovated you should ask for a copy of the building permit and this will assure you that the structure and services were correctly installed.

Remember, when hiring tradespeople or home inspectors, CAVEAT EMPTOR, Buyer Beware!

Barrie Home Inspections

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