In the past week I have found two bathroom GFI’s that where either wired wrong, or where faulty; in both cases the receptacle was live and there was no protection from electric shock/electrocution. This type of failure is quite common in exterior receptacles. These type of failure can lead to loss of life, therefore test monthly.
You may have two devices that should be tested on a monthly bases. Every house should have Ground Fault Current Interrupter(s), (GFCI or GFI) in the bathroom(s) and exterior outlet(s), and in newer homes they may also be found in your kitchen and laundry room. The other device, an Arch Fault Current Interrupter (AFCI) will be used to protect the bedroom receptacles in newer homes.
15A GFI – Most often found in bathrooms, laundry room or outside outlets
20A GFI (“T” slot)- Used in newer homes when outlet is within 1.5 m of sink.
The propose of a GFI is to protect you from an electrical shock, a fuse or standard circuit breaker will not protect you from possible electrocution. In order to ensure that GFI is working properly it is recommended that it be tested monthly using the “Test” button on the device, ideally you will have a light or other device plugged into the GFI to ensure power is truly off. Once you have determined that the GFI is working, you can depress the “RESET” button. Most GFI’s are installed in the wall receptacles, however they may also be found in the breaker panel (see below).
AFCI – Used to protect bedroom outlets in newer homes.
Arch Fault Current Interrupters (AFCIs) are always found in the breaker panel. There propose is to detect arching between the two wires in the circuit. If the arching goes undetected there is a high probability of a fire. This special breaker(s) found in the panel will a have a “TEST” button that should be tested monthly. When you depress the test button the breaker handle will jump to the centre (tripped) position; to reset the breaker move the handle to the “Off” position and then back to the “On” position. Note: You test a GFCI breaker the same way.
If you have any questions about this article or any other issues around your house please contact me at email@example.com or post on Final Say Home Inspection page.
With the rise in multiple, no conditions, offers occurring in the Durham region there is a need for a pre-offer inspection that would better prepare the buyer in making that offer. The multiple offer situations may be great for the sellers, but it puts potential buyers at a great disadvantage.
There is no doubt that a full pre-purchase inspection is the best way to go, however I understand that market conditions may not allow that condition to be included in the offer and that some buyers do not feel they can afford to pay for a full inspection on a house they may not get.
Therefore I am now offering a pre-offer inspections starting at $125.00 going up to $200.00, depending on size of home and details required. There is a verbal review at the end of walk-through, however there is no written report provided. Time requirements would run from one to two hours in the home.
Following the pre-offer inspection by Final Say Home Inspections the buyer will have a better understanding of the condition of the major components of the home and:
• Allows the buyer to make an informed decision and avoid costly mistakes.
• Eliminates many of the “surprises” associated with buying a house without any type of inspection.
Real estate agents often see home inspectors as “the deal breakers”; that is not my job and I would be doing a disservice to you, my client, if my actions during a home inspection caused you to walk away from a house that you desire for no sensible reason.
Under-qualified inspectors may overstate /over emphases the issues in the house due to their lack of experience in residential construction and renovations. A two week training package from a franchise organization or taking un-proctored examinations on the internet does not create a qualified home inspector. With my extensive background in home construction and renovations, and specialize training in inspection, I understand the issues, can put them in the proper prospective and ensure that you receive a balanced explanation of the issue and its ramification.
The alarmist inspector (glass half full personality) sees all issues as major problems. They cannot, will not differentiate between a minor maintenance issue and a major structural problem. They can quickly overwhelm you and can easily cause you to walk away from a perfectly good deal, where the house may only need routine maintenance or minor work. An important part of my job is to provide a balanced explanation of the issue so that you understand and can put the issues in the proper prospective.
Permit me to serve you and provide a positive experience for you; so that you can make an informed decision, base on facts, with regards to the house you wish to buy, and a decision that you will be glad you made for years to come.
Home inspection in Ontario is an unregulated industry that leaves the homeowner/buyer vulnerable to unqualified / unlicensed home inspectors.
Saturday, April 13 was a busy day with OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) that started with the morning education sessions. There was a great presentation on the ongoing drive by OAHI to have home inspectors in Ontario licensed, so far only British Columbia and Alberta have licensing requirements for home inspectors. Until Ontario implements licensing requirements it is a buyer beware situation in Ontario; a person with no background or training in residential construction/renovation and no training in home inspection can call themselves a home inspector. This must stop, call your MPP or voice your opinion to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
The afternoon was dedicated to the OAHI AGM. This was a very productive meeting with many improvements made to the OAHI organization. One change that I would like to mention is that OAHI adopted the CAPHI (Canadian Association of Property and Home Inspectors)” Standards of Practice”. This new SOP was develop for Canadian home inspectors and will be reviewed/updated every two years.
I am proud to be a member of OAHI and CAPHI, and will continue to support their effort in making the home inspection industry better for the home owners, sellers and buyers. Please share this with your friends, and with their help we can bring a licensing program to Ontario. We need licensed home inspectors.
Paul, Great job on the inspection-you covered it ALL! Thanks so much for your services – Pleasure meeting you as well! As first-time home buyers, we learned a great deal about the structure of our prospective home, and this certainly made us more confident throughout the purchasing process.
On the advice of my real estate agent, I recently contacted Final Say Home Inspections to arrange for a pre-listing inspection of my century-old home. I was made aware of some major problems that would either have to be addressed prior to listing, or taken into account during the negotiations with prospective buyers. What was most helpful, however, was the way Paul explained how many building code infractions could be easily and inexpensively addressed. His pragmatic approach stressed the ways I could reduce the number of prospective issues that might be of concern to buyers; many of the solutions he detailed were within my ability as an average ‘do-it-yourself’ homeowner. I am now much more confident that my agent and I will be equipped to prepare an informed marketing strategy for this property and I have no doubt that I will be in a more advantageous bargaining position as a result. Highly recommended!
Paul, Thank you so much. The report looks great and is very professional and easy to read. We enjoyed meeting you and will refer you to anyone who needs a home inspection in the future.
Marty & Kelly
I recently purchased a new home and I had Paul do my home inspection. He certainly done a complete inspection of my home and I was grateful to have him as my inspector.
The work was done in about three hours and to my surprise there were a several things to repair. I would certainly recommend him as a person that could look after your home.
Paul did an extremely thorough and accurate assessment of my new home. He took the time to explain the ins and outs of the inspection and completed his assessment in a timely manner while answering all questions I had regarding my home.
I highly recommend Paul to anybody who plans to have their new or used home inspected.
I just wanted to thank you again for the pre-purchase inspection you did for me this pass Tuesday. I was very impressed by how thorough you were, as well as your knowledge, expertise, professionalism and overall pleasant personality. Your services will definitely be on top of my recommendation list to family and friends.
All the best
M. Munroe, Ajax
Sep 22, 2014, Toronto
After our offer was accepted, I was recommended by a friend to contact Paul Christensen a home inspector from Final Say Home Inspection. Although Paul was slightly outside of my area, without hesitation he made himself readily available to work with me on my new home in Scarborough. I felt Paul was extremely knowledgeable, thorough and very easy to work with. He took time to go over potential hazards that may or may not occur if certain issues weren’t addressed accordingly. He walked me through the house and helped me understand things I would not have known otherwise. Paul captures inconsistencies and deficiencies with photos and takes his time to explain in detail the areas that need to be fixed or re-visited. Afterwards incorporates all notes and pictures in a report. When asking him questions he was very honest with his responses. I highly recommend Paul Christensen of Final Say Home Inspection to inspect your home. You will feel confident about your decision and will be completely satisfied with Paul’s services. He is everything that a great home inspector should be – friendly, approachable, and most importantly clearly passionate about what he does.