If you are looking for a Fernie home or property inspection, a Cranbrook home inspection, a Kimberley home inspection, an Invermere home inspection, or a commercial building inspection, contact us. We serve the entire Elk Valley and East Kootenay area.
When you see your dream home you will know it, but chances are you can't tell if the structure is sound, if the electrical system is up-to-date, or if the roof will last through the winter. With a real estate inspection, let us help you make an informed decision about one of the most significant investments of your life.
Home inspectors must be knowledgeable about all aspects of
residential building systems and their operation.
They must be able to recognize and report on non-performance and a
potential for failure.
Our reports identify conditions in your home that are or could become big problems.
We document and recommend where to find these conditions, the proper actions to take and the proper way to repair them.
All inspections include limited infrared scans
$275 for an apartment style condo
$325 for a mobile home or a townhome
$400 for a attached / detached single family home
Travel fee of 45 cents/km applies outside of the Cranbrook / Kimberley Area
Is there any safety concerns regarding the structure of your home?
Is the roofing material new? Is it worn? Will it last?
Does the furnace / air conditioning need replacement?
Are there any safety issues with the electrical panel or wiring?
Is there enough insulation in the attic? What type is it?
Is there evidence of water infiltration in the basement? Why is it
leaking and how do I fix it?
Eric has over 25 years experience as a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter, and is a Power Engineer.
He knows how the systems in your home should work, and he knows
the proper repairs and maintenance for these systems.
This knowledge will save you money!
East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. proudly serves the entire Elk Valley and East Kootenay.
Including Fernie, Sparwood, Hosmer, Elkford, Elko, Jaffrey, Wardiner, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Invermere , Windermere, Fairmount Hot Springs, Radium Hot Springs, Moyie, Kitchener, Erickson, Wyndell, Creston and more.
Our inspection services include
pre purchase inspections,
new home inspections,
commercial building inspections,
home warranty inspections,
individual component inspections,
pre listing inspections, log home Inspection
Infrared Thermal Imaging Scans
Infrared is the preferred tool in our tool box. It can help us inspect your electrical, mechanical (HVAC), insulation, roofing, foundation and more.
Infrared Thermal Imaging may help us diagnose different conditions in a home that may not visible unless detected with infrared technology.
Eric McKay of East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. is a CMI (Certified Master Inspector), a CMHI (Certified Master Home Home Inspector), an Infrared Certified Inspector, and a Commercial Building Inspector.
He has over 25 years experience as a Journeyman Carpenter ticket # K-03-074154, and a 4th Class Power Engineer with Technical Safety BC.
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and, yes, different pricing. One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires work -- a lot of work. Ultimately, a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s own effort. If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort. This, I promise you
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
There may be a time that you find something wrong with the house, and you may be upset or disappointed with your home inspection.
Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house. They cannot be be discovered during the few hours of a home inspection. For example, some shower stalls leak when people are in the shower, but do not leak by simply turning on the tap. Some roofs and basements only leak when certain conditions exist. Some problems will only be discovered when carpets are lifted, furniture is moved or finishes are removed.
These problems may have existed at the time of the inspection but there were no clues to their existence. Our inspections are based on the past performance of the house. If there are no clues to a problem, a home inspector won't find it.
Some say we are inconsistent because our reports identify some minor problems but not others. The minor problems that are identified were discovered while looking for more significant problems. We note them simply as a courtesy. The intent of the inspection is not to find the $200 problems; it is to find the $2000 problems. These are the things that affect people's decisions to purchase.
The main source of dissatisfaction with home inspectors comes from comments made by contractors. Contractors' opinions often differ from ours. Don't be suprised when three different roofers all say the roof needs replacement when we said that, with minor repairs, the roof will last a few more years.
While our advice represents the most prudent thing to do, many contractors are reluctant to undertake these repairs. This is because of the "Last One In Syndrome". The contractor fears that the last person to work on the roof will get blamed if the roof leaks, regardless of whose fault it is. Consequently, there is an understandable reluctance to do a minor repair with high liabiliy when the entire house could be reroofed for more money and reduce the likelihood of a call back.
There is more to the "Last One In Syndrome". It suggests that it is human nature for homeowners to believe the last bit of "expert" advice they receive, even if it is contrary to previous advice. As home inspectors, we unfortunately find ourselves in the position of "first one in" and consequently it is our advice that is often misbelieved.
Contactors say, "I can't believe you had this house inspected, and they didn't find this problem." There are several reasons for these apparent oversights:
1. It's impossible for contractors to know what the circumstances were when the inspection was performed.
2. When the problem manifests itself, it is very easy to have 20/20 hindsight. Anybody can say that the basement is wet when there is two inches of water on the floor. Predicting the problem is a different story.
3. If we spent a half hour under a kitchen sink or 45 minutes disassembling the furnace, we'd find more problems too. Unfortunately, the inspection would take several days and would cost considerably more.
4. It is difficult for homeowners to remember the circumstances in the house at the time of the inspection. Homeowners seldom remember that it was snowing, there was storage everywhere in the basement or that the furnace could not be turned on because the air conditioning was operating, etc.
5. We are generalists. The heating contractor may indeed have more heating expertise than we do. This is because we are expected to have heating expertise, plumbing expertise, electrical expertise, etc.
6. Problems often become apparent when carpets or plaster are removed, when fixtures or cabinets are pulled out, and so on. A home inspection is a visual examination. We don't perform any invasive or destructive tests.
In conclusion, a home inspection is designed to better your odds. It is not designed to eliminate all risk. For that reason, a home inspection should not be considered an insurance policy. The premium that an insurance company would have to charge for a policy with no deductible, no limit and an indefinite policy period would be considerably more than the fee we charge. It would also not include the value added by the inspection.
We hope this is food for thought.
To get a free quote, or if you have questions or special requests, just drop us a line. We look forward to serving you!
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