How to Choose A Hamilton Home Inspector ( RHI ) ( CMI )

//How to Choose A Hamilton Home Inspector ( RHI ) ( CMI )
How to Choose A Hamilton Home Inspector ( RHI ) ( CMI ) 2018-06-17T15:49:35-04:00

When it comes down to it, picking which Hamilton home inspector to hire can be a difficult decision. Hamilton housing is very diverse, comprised of many homes built prior to 1970, BLT’s home inspector work load is approximately 75 % urban and rurals homes built prior to 1970. There are quite a few of us around, and we all have our own experience and advantages. When deciding, take these two key items into account:

#1 – Written Reports

This is a big deal. If your Hamilton home inspector doesn’t provide formal, written reports accompanied by digital photos then you have no real idea what you need to take action on. A few quick comments handwritten on a notepad with stock responses isn’t enough.

A written home inspection report should encompass three basic areas:

  • Overview – A detailed picture of the house on the day of the inspection, itemizing all the major components and their condition.
  • Maintenance Items – A listing of items in need of normal maintenance or attention. This list will allow you to be pro-active in your approach to home maintenance, and hopefully, minimize your risk of being blind-sided by an unexpected expense you could have been saving for, if you had known about it.
  • Major Repair Items – This is any home defect with the potential to present a significant expense to you, in the near term. These items should be clearly identified.

#2 – Home Inspector Credentials ( RHI ) ( CMI )

Home inspectors aren’t required by law to be licensed by any industry body, mostly because there isn’t one universal certifying authority. Having a Registered Home Inspector, a designation granted by the Ontario Association of Home Inspections under the assent from the government of Ontario is crucial. A Certified Master Inspector must have 1000 CEUs, continuing education credits, a combination of home inspections and education. A Registered Home Inspector has their education, experience and reports verified by a board of their peers, this is the only organization that performs this task, so you know the RHI is qualified to perform your home inspection. Make sure you know who you’re hiring, ensure your inspector has experience with the age of the home you are going to purchase.

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.
JC Hu
JC Hu
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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