Certified Home Inspector (Annapolis Valley, NS) – Professional residential home inspections | 24 hour reports | thorough, courteous and impartial 2017-06-25T01:37:21+00:00
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The Home Inspector

Inspecting as if my mother was buying the home

DEDICATION

Hi, my name is Phil. I want to help you make this important decision a smart and calculated one. Walk and talk with me as I meticulously inspect the home from top to bottom and inside out. Protecting you from major headaches and costly surprises is my driving force.

CREDENTIALS

Training from the most revered educators and an ongoing commitment to continued learning keeps me abreast with the home inspection industry, new inspection tools and technology, and evolving building practices.

EXPERIENCE

Over 17 years of building, renovating, and maintaining unique houses in the Annapolis Valley. I know what works and what will fail over time. I take a holistic approach to inspections; looking at the home as a whole system while understanding its individual components are intimately interconnected.

CERTIFICATION

As a Certified Professional Inspector I adhere to comprehensive standards of practice and ethics. ReHome Inspections is utterly devoted to integrity, honesty, objectivity and courtesy.  My obligation rests solely with you and to impartially represent the best interests of the home itself. I am not influenced or swayed; I work with you and for you, nobody else.

What To Expect

Trust me, your home is as important as mine

What is a home inspection? It’s a professional evaluation of the current condition of a home’s major components. It is a mostly visual and non-invasive inspection of readily accessible areas in order to identify those components which are at (or near to) their end of life, are unsafe or show other signs of deficiency.

What it isn’t. A home inspection is not intended to evaluate design considerations, cosmetic state, code violations and concealed conditions. It is not to be considered as a warranty or insurance policy, nor does it take the place of a professionally administered energy audit or environmental assessment.

Why get one? It is a prudent, and inexpensive, investment to avoid a costly mistake. In comparison to the price of the home it is a minuscule expenditure to assist you in understanding exactly what condition one of the biggest purchases of your life is in. A home inspection can quickly pay for itself by helping you to credibly negotiate for repairs. I often discover hidden/unknown issues that cost many thousands of dollars to repair or replace.

Components included. The major house components observed are: roof, structure, exterior, electrical, plumbing, heating, A/C, ventilation, interior, insulation and vapour barriers. For an in-depth list please read the Standards of Practice.

Excluded. Components that are concealed, not hardwired or built into the structure; such as swimming pools, lawn sprinklers, septic, furniture, and low voltage systems like security/telephone systems.

I follow the comprehensive International Standards Of Practice for Home Inspection – InterNACHI, which defines the scope of the inspection. I also adhere to the International Code Of Ethics. Integrity, honesty, objectivity and courtesy is the foundation of ReHome Inspections.

ROOF roof-covering materials, gutters, eaves, downspouts, vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, all roof penetrations  EXTERIOR wall-covering materials, flashing and trim, exterior doors, adjacent walkways and driveways, stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps, porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports, railings, guards and handrails, eaves, soffits and fascia, windows, vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property  STRUCTURE foundation, basement, crawlspace, structural components  HEATING heating system, location of the thermostat, energy source, heating method  COOLING cooling system, location of the thermostat, cooling method  PLUMBING main water supply shut-off valve, main fuel supply shut-off valve, water heating equipment, the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, interior water supply – including all fixtures and faucets, toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, drain, waste and vent system, drainage sump pumps with accessible floats, water source (public or private?), capacity of the water heating equipment  ELECTRICAL service drop, overhead service conductors and attachment point, service head, gooseneck and drip loops, service mast, service conduit and raceway, electric meter and base, service-entrance conductors, main service disconnect, panelboards and over-current protection devices, service grounding and bonding, switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, arc-fault circuit interrupter, ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles, presence of smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, main service disconnect’s amperage rating, type of wiring observed  FIREPLACE readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys, lintels above the fireplace openings, damper doors, cleanout doors and frames  ATTIC/INSULATION/VENTILATION insulation in unfinished spaces, ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation, mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area, type of insulation, attic R-value  INTERIOR doors and windows, floors, walls and ceilings, stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps, railings, guards and handrails, garage vehicle doors, door openers, door-bell

Service Area

Helping homebuyers in the greater Annapolis Valley +

Digby County

Mavilette, Meteghan, Saulnierville, Church Point, Weymouth, Plympton, Barton, Conway, Jordantown, Digby, Culloden, Smith’s Cove, Bear River …

Annapolis County

Cornwallis, Clementsport, Lequille, Annapolis Royal, Port Royal, Granville, Bridgetown, Lawrencetown, Middleton, Margaretsville, Nictaux, Albany, Wilmot …

Kings County

Kingston, Greenwood, Aylesford, Berwick, Cambridge, Coldbrook, Kentville, Aldershot, Centreville, Canning, Port Williams, New Minas, Wolfville, Gaspereau, Grand Pre …

Also serving Yarmouth County, Queens County, Lunenburg County and Hants County

Reviews

Certified Home Inspector (Annapolis Valley, NS) - Professional residential home inspections | 24 hour reports | thorough, courteous and impartial Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 26 reviews
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Job well done!!

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5 5 1
We had a great experience with Phil as we accompanied him while he did our house inspection. We would highly recommend him. We were so pleased with his great report too. Just a tip for insurance purposes, get Phil to do your inspection first because all the questions about pipes, wiring etc that the insurance company asked was all in Phil's report. We were very pleased with reHome Inspection. Thanks Phil for a job well done!!

Couldn't ask for more!

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5 5 1
Thorough, knowledgeable, detail oriented and professional. Couldn't ask for more! Thanks, Phil!

Thorough and professional

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5 5 1
Had an inspection done when I purchased my home in April. Phil was extremely thorough and professional. The inspection report was fantastic and very informative! Highly recommend to anyone needing a home inspection.

Professional and courteous

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5 5 1
Phil you were very professional and courteous in explaining things to me, as I am a first time home buyer. You also gave me lot of inputs on house maintenance. Thank you very much.

Professional and thorough

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5 5 1
The inspector, Phil, was there on time. He explained to me verbally, the major things that needed to be considered, and also the minor things. All my questions that I had were answered. The report was professional and thorough. Part of his service was that any follow up questions after the report were welcome. And yes, I did correspond afterwords and Phil answered.

Incredibly thorough

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5 5 1
Great Job! Philipp was incredibly thorough, checked all important aspects of the home including the not fun to check things like: the roof, and attic, under deck areas etc. As well as pointed important safety and mechanical considerations which could easily be overlooked during the busy time of purchasing Our home. He was on time, friendly, and easily surpassed Our expectations of a home inspection! Thanks again. Don and Nancy.

Honoured to recommend

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5 5 1
Very thorough, covered anything and everything, making the decision to purchase the home very easy. Thanks very much for your prompt attention to our request. We will be honored to recommend you to anyone we know who needs your services.

Excellent service

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5 5 1
Phil of ReHome Inspections did a presale inspection report on my 160 year old house in Bear River on Sunday. I am so pleased with the excellent service that he provided including both pre and post the inspection. The process was outlined clearly and the report is very detailed which I appreciate. I did an inspection on the same house when I purchased the house a few years ago and this report AND service is far superior in every way. I have already referred ReHome to other people in the community. Highly recommend the services of ReHome.

Smooth and painless

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5 5 1
Hired ReHome Inspections to look after the home inspection and water testing for a recently purchased home. Phil was very knowledgeable and thorough as he went through the home. He was able to answer all questions and his pleasant personality made the entire process smooth and painless. I would recommend hiring Phil from ReHome Inspections to anyone looking at purchasing a home in the Annapolis Valley area.

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Pricing

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Pre-purchase Inspection (Buyer)

$425+tax
  • 2-3 hour on-site inspection, typically
  • Roof, exterior, structure, electrical, plumbing, heating and A/C, interior, insulation, ventilation
  • Detailed digital report within 24 hours
  • Online photo/video album (200+ photos)
  • First-time homebuyer friendly
  • Lifelong post-inspection support

Also offering:

Pre-listing inspections (for sellers):

This type of inspection is performed for a pro-active home seller that is motivated to sell. As a seller, such an inspection will give you the opportunity to correct deficiencies and recommendations and better prepare the home for a quick and hassle free sale. Providing prospective buyers with a pre-listing inspection report and receipts of repairs made can go a long way to avoid 11th hour negotiations and makes for a smoother process for everyone involved. ($375, report delivery within 48 hours)


Informal walk-through:

For some buyers an informal walk-through may suffice. This is a lower-cost alternative but does not offer the same level of thoroughness. This should not be considered as an inspection, rather, it is a brief visual tour of the home. There are no special tools used, no ladders, no photos and no report. I walk, point and talk while you follow, ask questions and take notes. ($250, typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours)

When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better. ~ John Ruskin

  • Outbuildings (ie, detached garage): $50 min
  • Water quality testing for bacterial presence : $65
  • Home is larger than 4000 square feet: $100
  • Mileage surcharge may apply
  • Registered, and fully insured, Home Inspector with Brookfield GRS (Global Relocation Services). Service area covering Weymouth, Digby County and heading east to Kentville, Kings County.

Sample Home Inspection Report

Paper checklists are dead!

The days of obsolete, hard to decipher and uninformative paper checklists are over! Choose a technology savvy certified inspector that stays current with the industry and is truly looking out for your best interests.

A home inspection report should be informative, thorough and easy to read. Pertinent information should be easy to find at a glance. My reports are comprehensive, descriptive and media rich. View 200+ photos and videos of your home stored in a private online album accessible via the report. Filled with illustrations and links that lead to a wealth of data covering items listed.

Navigate the report quickly and intuitively via the home system tabs (roofing, exterior, structure, electrical, heating, insulation, plumbing, interior) at the top of each page. Each system is further broken down into a description and suggested recommendations.

download sample/mock report (pdf)

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Home Inspection FAQs

When do you call a home inspector? 2017-05-07T00:52:15+00:00

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

The home is only 3 years old, do I really need an inspection? 2017-05-07T00:52:44+00:00

Absolutely! A new home does not mean that everything is working perfectly.  Many things can be built incorrectly and could cause premature failure of other components.  A new home is not built like a new car on an assembly line; many local tradesmen are involved in building a new home and the quality of workmanship can vary greatly. The sooner you spot the issues the better. A home inspection is highly recommended prior to a home purchase, new or old.

Should I come along? 2017-05-07T00:52:54+00:00

By all means, in fact, we encourage you to. This is a great opportunity to learn about your new home and ask questions. This also makes reading the final report easier since you were there witnessing the findings first hand. Keep in mind, for insurance reasons, I will have to ask you to refrain from following me onto the roof and inside the attic.

Can’t I do my own inspection? 2017-05-07T00:53:01+00:00

This is not recommended, unless of course you are a home inspector. Certified inspectors are specially trained to inspect all major components of a home.  Consider a home inspector like a family doctor, we are knowledgeable about the whole package but may not necessarily be specialists in any one specific field. There is a good chance a thorough home inspection done by a qualified professional would uncover a host of issues you may have missed.

Asbestos and aluminum wiring and Kitec plumbing??? 2017-05-17T13:20:30+00:00

Check out the Resources section (below) for information on these.

Will you provide cost estimates for repairs? 2017-05-17T13:21:17+00:00

The cost estimates I do provide are as a courtesy only and are just to give you an idea of what it may cost to repair or replace. When I give estimates they are broad 100% ranges, such as, it may cost between $3000 – $6000 to replace the roof.  It is recommended to obtain estimates from at least three qualified contractors before you finalize your budgeting for repair work.  For actual repair cost estimates check out the handy document under the Resources section below.

The inspection uncovered some issues, now what? 2017-04-16T19:23:11+00:00

Deficiencies, from minor to major, are frequently found. You should know that just because issues were discovered the onus does not automatically fall on the seller to fix it. You, the buyer, may choose to negotiate for the repairs as part of the final agreement. If the seller does not agree to manage the repairs you will have to handle it yourself or terminate the contract. However, now that you have a detailed home inspection report at your disposal you have a great bargaining tool to help with your possible negotiations.

Can the home fail the inspection? 2017-04-16T19:23:17+00:00

The home inspection is intended to show you what requires attention with the home. There is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ given. The final purchasing decision is with you, we simply help you make an informed and confident decision by portraying the current condition of the home.

Resources

THE SAFE HOME BOOK (200+ page pdf)
home maintenance book (100+ page pdf)
NSREC – Practical Guide for Sellers
NSREC – Practical Guide for Buyers
Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp.
NS Well Log Database
NS Well Water Results Interpretation
What Really Matters – Video
Vermiculite Insulation
aluminum wiring
Repair cost estimates
kitec plumbing
asbestos
civic sign suppliers
NS GOV’T GUIDE FOR SEPTIC SYSTEMS
recalls and safety alerts database
UFFI – Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation
InterNACHI – Standards of Pratice
InterNACHI – Code of Ethics
Interactive NS Radon Map
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CONTRACTOR DIRECTORY (200+ LISTINGS)
REALTOR DIRECTORY (120+ LISTINGS)

Tips For Homebuyers

Before you sign the dotted line …

  • Visit the home in the rain. Even if you can’t get permission to enter the home on short notice, observe the exterior. Are the gutters and downspouts diverting water away from the home? What does the grading look like? Does the driveway slope away from the garage? How about the dirt road to the home – what does it look like in the rain?
  • Walk the neighborhood. Don’t just drive around in your car. Get out and walk it.
  • Don’t rely solely on the seller’s disclosure. Sellers are under no obligation to disclose problems they don’t know about – and how could they? For that reason, many sellers don’t want to know what is wrong with their house. Hire a certified home inspector to verify what the seller claims in the seller’s disclosure.
  • Ask your seller about any disturbing noises or foul odours. Is there a business nearby that creates emissions? Is the home under an airport route? Is there a train track nearby? How about horse stalls or commercial agriculture? Talk to the neighbours to find out. Visit the home in the middle of a business day. If possible, also park outside the home at night with your car windows rolled down to find out how busy or noisy the area is during the time when it should be most peaceful.
  • Ask to see the utility bills. If you’re moving into a larger home, expect your utility bills to be higher. I can show you areas of improvement to help reduce energy consumption and lower those bills.
  • Make sure the inspection addendum in your purchase agreement gives you the ability to back out of the deal if I find something horribly wrong. It should also require that your full deposit be returned to you if you decide not to buy the home because of something revealed in the inspection report.
  • Remember that everything is negotiable. Don’t be afraid to ask for anything when you make an offer on a home. Perhaps you want a certain closing date. Ask for that. Perhaps you want certain repairs made. Ask for them. Perhaps you want help with the closing costs. Ask for it. Perhaps you want the seller to leave the drapes or the couch. Ask for them to be left with the home. Don’t be shy. Buying a home is a business deal, and negotiating is a normal part of any business deal. And, of course, never assume that any personal property (such as appliances, curtain rods, swing sets, the dog house, etc.) will be left behind if you haven’t agreed in writing that they’re included as part of the sale.
  • Pay a little extra for a knowledgeable and certified inspector. Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected. You’ve been recently crunching the numbers – shopping for a mortgage, adding up closing costs, and negotiating offers – and trying to get the best deals. The least expensive inspector is not the best deal. Do yourself a favour and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve so that you can make a confident decision with peace of mind.
  • Remember that no home is perfect, not even a new one. Don’t make the mistake of not getting a home inspection on a newly constructed home. Houses aren’t created like new cars on an assembly line. Each home is hand-built by a variety of different tradesmen.

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