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What is a Home Inspection?

Buying a home without getting a proper inspection is taking a risk you may very well regret later.  Buyers must take responsibility to check for minor defects in a home as they may not be protected if they discover problems after closing. The home inspector is a valuable educational resource. He or she can suggest specific tips on how to maintain the home ultimately saving you thousands of dollars in the long term. After all, this is one of the most important decisions you will ever make so why not protect your investment?

But I’m buying a brand new home!

Not all contractors have the same the process of constructing a home.  Sometimes that means “gaps” that could lead to major problems going undetected. Unless you walk the roof, crawl through the attic, pull the breaker panel and know what you are looking for there is a good likelihood that many deficiencies can and will be overlooked. All of these and many more problems (yes even mold) have been detected by inspectors of newly constructed homes.

Essentially, there are a number of different companies that are providing trade services for the builder.  These include masons, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, sheet rockers, roofers, painters etc. These tradespeople are usually on site for only a few days before moving on to the next work site. They are focused on getting the job done and moving on sometimes at the expense of compromising quality.  I have seen brand new roofs in need of repair, shoddy ductwork, poorly fitted windows and yes even mold just to name a few.  Just because it’s new does not mean it’s without its faults.

Yes, you should be able to rely on a new home and its warranty.  However, the fact of the matter is most big problems go undetected….until of course, it’s too late!

The builder will sometimes make a big case for you not needing an inspection…..now really, why do you think this is?

In the end, it’s your decision. You can play it safe and have an inspection or you can always roll the dice!

Building a home?

For similar reasons why it’s wise to have a brand new home inspected also pertains to the construction of the new house. You should always get a home inspection and with new construction, I advise getting two inspections if possible, one before the sheetrock goes up and the second when the home is complete. This is the only time it is appropriate to literally hand over the inspection and tell the builder to fix anything the home inspector found.

Don’t confuse a building inspection with a home inspection. The building inspector is not looking at the quality of the work but checking for code violations which are not the same thing.  Do not be penny wise and dollar foolish. It’s your investment so you would be advised not to listen to the builder if they or their representative are suggesting that it isn’t necessary.

Why choose us?

Home Inspections

First of all,  we would be working for you so you can be sure we are on your side.  Choosing a home inspector should always be a buyers choice to ensure they are working for you and your interests.

We are a privately owned locally based company that takes a great deal of pride in providing detailed home inspections. Our comprehensible report provides our clients with the information they need to make an informed decision.  It also presents an opportunity to ask for repairs and/or request a price reduction from the seller.  With the provided information you can work with your realtor to understand which requests can and should be made. Often when the seller is confronted with the facts your realtor can negotiate a better deal.

Bluenose is committed to helping our clients get the most from their home inspection; that’s why we provide an Inspection Checklist and a thermal scan of the entire home, all at no extra cost.

What is inspected?

Our home inspector offers a variety of inspections all under one roof (excuse the pun).  When the inspection is completed, we will provide you with a complete written report which will include observations and recommendations.  The following is a listing of the areas of the home which are inspected and included in the final report.

  • Roof
  • Gutters & Downspouts
  • Exterior (including retaining walls & property)
  • Basement, Foundation, Crawl Spaces, & Structure
  • Heating
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fireplaces
  • Attic Insulation & Ventilation
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Interior

Please note:  Upon request, we can modify the scope of the inspection to focus on certain areas that you may have concerns about. We are always happy to provide customized service to our clients.

Real Estate agents should consider our Pre-Listing service!

You can trust Bluenose Inspection Services for all of your residential inspection needs. Call today to book your appointment!

902-233-0778

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**Bluenose Home Inspection Services will travel to where you are! Serving all of Halifax (HRM), Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Bedford, Hammonds Plains, Lower Sackville, Lawrencetown, Porter’s Lake, Musquodoboit Harbour (all of the Eastern Shore)  and surrounding areas.