Searching for the Perfect Home

//Searching for the Perfect Home
Searching for the Perfect Home 2018-06-17T18:06:08-04:00


When you consider the life cycle of every component of a home, the estimated annual cost of normal maintenance is 1% of the value of the home. One year you may replace the furnace, a few years later you replace the roof. In addition to unexpected repairs you average 1% a year. This rule, is a very good estimator and can be applied to very expensive and inexpensive homes. The home inspection service does not give quotes or estimates regarding replacement or repairs due to the simple fact that costs vary due to seasonal timing, contractor and other variables.


The home inspection check list will spell out the systems and components that are inspected during a typical home inspection service. A home is made up of cosmetics, structure, roof, exterior envelope and systems, the systems are components such as heating, plumbing, electrical and cooling. All components eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Each component has it’s own life cycle and homes tend to settle into a maintenance cycle, we will call normal maintenance. The home inspector during his home inspection service will advise the client and indicate in his report what items require normal maintenance that he/she can repair themselves and what items require a qualified person for repair or replace.

Over the course of many years finding the perfect house is not really in the hands of the home inspector, but, his client. The client may like the house despite its’ faults, but, not the surrounding area and vise verse. The job of the inspector is to point out areas or items of concern that his client may not recognize that could influence his critical decision.


Surface prep and paint quality are the most important determinants of a paints life expectancy. UV rays, high humidity indoors and outdoors can affect life span, therefore, they should be inspected and maintained regularly.


Decks are exposed to a wide range of conditions, regular inspection of the structure, fastening connections and the building materials is required to maintain a safe usable space.


Steel and wood doors with the proper maintenance will last a life time, however, the weather stripping  should be inspected periodically to ensure the door has a proper seal to prevent incoming drafts and the escape of house air.


Remember that faulty, damaged or overloaded circuits are the major cause of electrical fires, GFI’s do have a life span. Regular inspection and replacement of old or damaged components is necessary.


Foundations whether concrete, block or stone can last a life time if they are properly installed. However, cracks from external forces does happen and the result is water seepage into the basement area. Efflorescence, peeling paint are some indicators of water or moisture problems.


Theses are mechanical systems and the life span is related to regular maintenance, usage and repair costs.


Roofing life span has many variables, quality of underlay, quality and type of shingle, exposure to UV, weather conditions, attic ventilation and contractor’s installation. Flashings can last as long as the roof cover, but, usually the fasteners and/or sealants are the problem, regular inspection and repairs are required before water damage occurs.


Windows can last a life time with proper maintenance, especially wood frames which are subjected to weather conditions, however, energy efficiency is now a prime consideration for change, caulking should be inspected regularly.

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Corey McLaughlin
Corey McLaughlin
17:04 07 Aug 19
Bruce did a wonderful and attentive home inspection of my dads home. We had a home inspection by the previous owner that was only 3 years old and Bruce identified many issues the other home inspector missed. We have peeled the house back to the framing and as Bruce predicted there were no issues where he said there would be no issues. If you want a trusted home inspector who provides fast and easy to understand notes then this is the company to hire!
S Kerr
S Kerr
12:11 06 May 19
Bruce was a pleasure to work with as we did the inspection for our new home. He encouraged us to accompany him through the home, pointing out details that would later be a part of our report (which we received the same day). The report we received was highly detailed, clear, and easy to understand. I have know Bruce for a number of years, and his integrity and experience are extremely valuable in what he does. He not only looks at the home, but at the environment in the area we were buying in and was able to point out things to watch out for in the future (e.g. underground streams, bedrock. Many thanks!
Karen Sifton
Karen Sifton
00:08 22 Mar 19
Bruce was so easy to deal with. He provided a thorough inspection and report was prepared and in my hands within 24 hours. He is very approachable, knowledgeable and flexible with appointment times. I highly recommend him
Matt Galvin
Matt Galvin
13:05 04 Mar 19
Bruce arrived at least 10 minutes before the appointment, and spent the time starting to look around. He was informative during the inspection, and the report after was detailed and easy to understand. He followed up a few days after, as well as a few weeks after asking if there were any other questions. I would recommend Bruce to anyone looking for a home inspection
Cameron Hubling
Cameron Hubling
16:22 28 Feb 19
Bruce did a fantastic job of a home inspection on a house we purchased for our son. He was very professional and provided a detailed report which we were able to use to have the house price reduced to correct some issues. I was truly impressed with the quick turnaround with the report which we needed in a couple of days for the final offer. I would highly recommend him.
Noella Peterson
Noella Peterson
19:35 26 Feb 19
We hired Bruce to assist us with completing our 1 year Tarion new home warranty list. He was very thorough and identified a few items that we would not have found on our own. He also gave us some maintenance tips for our home.
Donna Kresak
Donna Kresak
22:07 08 Sep 18
I contacted BLT Home Inspections on a referral from another professional home inspector who was not able to do the work for me on the day I needed the job done. I was looking for efficient, punctual and thorough reporting with keen observations and professional advice that I could trust. I was not disappointed. Bruce was right on time, and ready to work. He was pleasant and polite , respectful of the property and took needed time to examine all aspects of the livable area of the home according to his business contract. He answered all my questions well and pointed out areas of recommendation both on site and soon after through a straightforward report. His report was complete and included pictures with pointers as reference. I am very happy with the results of his work and would definitely recommend BLT Home Inspection Services. Excellent job!
14:22 29 Oct 17
Bruce has been great. Will highly recommend him.
Sanjit Katoch
Sanjit Katoch
19:23 13 Oct 16
Bruce completed two of our inspections, before we moved into our home, we truly appreciated the thoroughness of his report and the details he covered, and the advice presented in the report! Would definitely recommend him to family and friends!!
Julie P
Julie P
01:11 15 Jul 16
We are very happy with our inspection report from Bruce. He was punctual, thorough and included lots of pictures with recommended timelines for repair. With details from his report we were able to have the sellers agree to repair a problem before closing. A problem we probably would've missed and had to pay thousands for down the line. I would recommend BLT to family and friends.
Lynn Domenici
Lynn Domenici
15:46 23 Apr 16
Bruce more than exceeded our expectations of a home inspector. He reflected a high level of knowledge in his field. He was punctual and had the time management skills and ability to meet our deadline on time. We would not hesitate to recommend BLT Home Inspections to any of our friends.
John G
John G
22:41 20 Apr 16
Bruce did a great job with our home inspection. I work in the home and property management business and I've seen many issues that arise in the home. I felt that Bruce was spot on with his identification of the status of items on the home inspection checklist. His report was very well written and packed with great, well explained images. I will use his report as my list of 'things to do' as soon as we take possession of the home.
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