About Sherlook Homes
Home ownership should be a positive experience. Unfortunately, the stress and anxiety of responding to sudden major structural home repairs often leads to undue hardship and escalation of insurance premiums. We are here to help you.
Meet Nick Gomes
I was trained as a Telecommunication Engineer in England and worked with British Telecom, Bell Canada and CIBC. Over the years I assisted in the family home building business, gathering extensive experience, which I am now putting to use as a fully Certified Inspector. I have skills in home decorating such as painting, wallpapering, ceramics, decks, fences, hardwood, windows etc. I am trained and certified by 2 of the finest institutions and a member of two of the latest organizations geared for Professional Inspectors.
Home Inspections for Home Buyers
Inspect The Inspector
Know who you are hiring. Make sure your inspector is certified and knowledgeable. Never be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.
Protect Your Investment
You are about to spend a lot of money on your new home. Spend that extra little bit to make sure your investment is safe, sound and secure.
What Really Matters
The process of buying a home can be very stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the sellers disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of the inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects. An example of this would be structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are not under obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don’t kill your deal over things that don’t matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.
Home Inspections for Home Sellers
Having your home inspected by a certified NACHI home inspector before you list is the recommendation.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.
- It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third-party.
- It helps you to price your home realistically.
- It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so that .
- Defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
- There is no delay in obtaining the Use and Occupancy permit.
- You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if qualified.
- It may encourage the buyer to waive the inspection contingency.
- It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as radon gas or active termite infestation.
- It may relieve prospect’s concerns and suspicions.
- It reduces your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement.
- Alerting you to immediate safety issues before agents and visitors tour your home.
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.