East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd.
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Inspection Services


East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd.
uses

Infrared Thermal Imaging  technology on all home inspections.

This service is included in your inspection fee  whether you are selling your home, or buying a new home.
  
  
Our Inspection Services Include

  Free Consulting Services

We offer free consulting for your home for as long as you own it.

Pre Listing Inspection Services 

 

   With your inspection you can get a    sign like this one on the left.
 With this sign in your yard, it may help sell your home
at a maximum listing price.
If you fix the major conditions and/or safety issues, you can get the second sign on the right.
 
 Move In Certified homes have been pre-inspected by InterNACHI certified inspectors and the sellers confirm that there are no major systems in need of immediate repair or replacement and no known safety hazards.

                             
                       Pre Purchase Inspection Services



When you are buying a home, the professionals at East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. can take some of the stress out of it.

Yes, buying a home can be stressful. Knowing how your prospective home works, or doesn't work, could be important information.

A home inspection can give you the information you need in making such an important decision.

Your Inspection comes with free consulting for as long as you own your home.

All this can take some stress out of buying a home, so you can worry about things like the neighborhood, or where the schools are, etc.


            Home Warranty Inspection Services

Your 1st year Home Warranty covers:

Defects in materials and workmanship are covered by your warranty for the first year you are in your new home.

We will inspect your home just before your 1st year home warranty expires to see if there are any deficiencies with the materials or workmanship.


Your 2nd year Home Warranty in your new home covers defects in:

Delivery and distribution systems for gas, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Exterior cladding, caulking, windows, and doors that cause damage to your new home.
Your 2nd Year warranty also provides coverage for non-compliance with the building code.
 
Before your 2nd year Home Warranty expires we will inspect your home for defects in
all of the systems and components described above.


Your 5th year Home Warranty covers defects in: 

Building Envelope
Your new home is covered for defects in the building envelope for five years, including water penetration that causes material damage to the building.

We will inspect your home before your 5th year warrant expires. If there are problems with your building envelope, or water infiltration, an inspection may find it.

Your 10th year Home Warranty covers defects in:

Structural Defects
You are covered for major structural defects in your new home for ten years, including defects for material and labour that result in a failure of the load-bearing structure. Your warranty also covers structural damage that makes your home unfit to live in. The maximum protection available to you is $200,000.


We will inspect the structure of your home before your  10 year new home warranty expires.

Please make sure to Call National Home Warranty at 1-800-243-8807
to confirm your builder has registered your home.


                                   Progress Inspection Services

When do you pay your contractor?
If you have hired a contactor for a big or small job, we are able to tell you how far along they are and if you should pay them their installment.

             
             New Home Inspection Services

When you are buying a new home, and are not sure if the contractor built your home right, we can inspect your new home to see if it is up to code or if it should have final occupation status.
 
      Individual Component Inspection Services

We will inspect your roof or your electrical. Your plumbing or your heating system.

You choose one or more of your homes systems or components, and we will inspect them,  and provide you with a professional, non biased report. 

At East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. we take great pride in being able to offer inspections of your homes individual components.


               Insurance Inspection Services

Maybe your insurance company wants your electrical or plumbing inspected before they will insure you.

Also,

If you have an insurance claim on your home, before you sign off,  let us inspect it.

We can tell you if proper methods and / or materials were used in repairing your home.


               Log Home Inspection Services

Log homes are very different from conventional homes. We are always thorough while inspecting log homes, and only practice our proven inspection methods  for every log home.


              Green Home Inspection Services

There are alot of products on the market today that claim to be green. There are also alot of products that are green components for your home.

We are able to inspect your green home and it's components as to how it was built.

Whether it is a straw bale home or a geo thermal heating system, we can help.


      Commercial Building Inspection Services

At East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. we only use a team of professionals to inspect commercial Properties.
 
That's right. A team of professionals.

I am able to inspect your commercial property alone.  

But if I bring along an electrician, a plumber, and a heating/cooling technician specialist, I am able to give you accurate evaluations of the systems and components of your commercial property.
 
Because my team of professionals are also contractors,  projected repair or maintenance costs that will be right on the money. 

This way you will know how much it will cost to have your commercial building the way you want it.


            Infrared Thermal Imaging Services

If you think your home is drafty and want to know how to improve your insulation without tearing your whole house apart, infrared will show you where your insulation deficiencies are.
Infrared will show us where improvements to your plumbing, heating and cooling systems can be made.

It will also show defects in the structure of your home and it may indicate troubled electrical before it turns into a big problem, like a fire.

We offer flat roof scans to see what part of the roof needs to be repaired.
 
Why repair the whole roof if it does not need it?

 

East Kootenay Home Inspections Ltd. performs each inspection by the standards of practice.



The Standards of Practice for CanNACHI

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                            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 surprised 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 liability 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.


                                                     




                                  

     Certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors   $10,000 Honor Guarantee, Backed by InterNACHI 

   

 

 

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