Certified Home Inspector (Annapolis Valley, NS) – Professional residential home inspections | 24 hour reports | thorough, courteous, trusted 2017-10-24T01:17:46+00:00
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The Home Inspector

Inspecting as if my mother was buying the home

THOROUGHNESS

My name is Phil. I speak house and am happy to translate for you. Walk and talk with me as I meticulously inspect the home from top to bottom and inside out; hundreds of components are inspected – too many to list here. Protecting you from 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

Hiring the right inspector is critical; a reputable home inspection is one of your primary layers of protection. With over 18 years of building, renovating, and maintaining 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 am held to a high standard and 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 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 routinely discover hidden/unknown issues that save my clients thousands off their original purchase offer.

Components included. The major house components observed are: roof, structure, exterior & landscaping, 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, etc.

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

Informing 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, trusted Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.9 based on 41 reviews
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went the extra mile

★★★★★
5 5 1
Outstanding service that went the extra mile. Great,easy to follow comprehensive report.

The best

★★★★★
5 5 1
The best, most straight forward home inspection we've had, with an extra personal touch.

saved $5000

★★★★★
5 5 1
I enjoyed following Phil through the house as he did his inspection. The thorough inspection revealed unforeseen issues with the roof and helped convince the seller to lower the price by $5,000. Thanks Phil!

above and beyond

★★★★★
5 5 1
Phil was recommended to us by our real estate agent as the best person to thoroughly inspect our potential new home. We immediately knew we made the right choice. From first email to first meeting and throughout the whole process Phil was friendly, clear, and completely reliable. He allowed us to be with him throughout the entire inspection. I had no doubts in his ability when I saw how thoroughly he checked each specific area and he answered all my questions and concerns. He even went above and beyond "just" inspecting and actually had ideas on how to fix, upgrade, or improve things to prevent issues later on. I have never worked with another inspector but I cannot imagine that I would ever choose anyone else in the future. I left the inspection feeling like I understood everything and was prepared for what needed to be done, without being scared, confused, or overwhelmed. I cannot say enough about Phil. I have already decided to have him come back after some of our suggested changes are completed because I trust his opinion and skill on my new investment. A truly great inspector with a great personality and work ethic. A joy to work with him!

prompt, knowledgeable, thorough

★★★★★
5 5 1
Phil was prompt, knowledgeable, and very thorough in his inspection. The report contained photographs to illustrate items to be addressed along with clear explanations. His summation at the end of the actual inspection was succinct and of great help. Yes, we would use him again should the occasion arise.

honest and professional

★★★★★
5 5 1
When I initially contacted Phil his responses were quick, honest and professional. He immediately took the task at hand and made my part in the process easy. His report was thorough and had remedies for the issues that needed to be addressed.

heaps of detail

★★★★★
5 5 1
Phillipp was very thorough. The report went into heaps of detail and had lots of pictures. Would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Phillipp

over and above expectations

★★★★★
5 5 1
Phil was very thorough, his attention to detail was over and above what we expected. As out-of-town buyers, we really appreciated all the photos. Communication was excellent. He answered all our questions and was very accommodating. We also appreciated his suggestions on what should be addressed first, potential costs as well as a list of contractors in the area. We highly recommend him.

excellent job

★★★★★
5 5 1
Phil does an excellent job looking over all that is needed and points out what needs to be fixed first and what can be done later. He treated me well and gives good advice.

Your experience is my highest priority.

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Pricing

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Pre-purchase Inspection (Buyer)

$425+tax
  • 2-3 hour on-site inspection, typically
  • Roof, exterior & landscaping, 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 is truly looking out for your best interests.

A home inspection report should be thorough, informative and easy to read. It shouldn’t leave you scratching your head. My reports are comprehensive, descriptive, organized and media rich. Supplementary to the report you will receive 200+ photos of the home stored in an online album.

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.

download sample/mock report (pdf)

Contact The Inspector

Mom and Dad would be proud you called me

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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.

Inspection Gallery

The good, the bad and the ugly

Don’t leave this ever-important and far-reaching decision to chance! I walk on roofs and leave no crawlspace unexplored. Tall ladders, advanced mobile inspection software, gadgets and a fervor for thoroughness allow me to give you the crucial information you need.