Electrical Information

Aluminum Wiring - Special Precautions

Articles on all facets of aluminum wiring, a must read for anyone contemplating purchasing a home that has aluminum wiring installed. This is recommended reading for home owners in the Barrie and district area who have aluminum wiring installed in their home.

Aluminum Wiring - Information

General article on all facets of aluminum wiring, a must read for anyone contemplating purchasing a home that has aluminum wiring installed. This is recommended reading for home owners in the Barrie and district area who have aluminum wiring installed in their home.

Dangers of Aluminum Wiring - State Farm Article

Article of interest about aluminum wiring and the concerns raised by the State Farm Insurance Company, and their disclaimer at the bottom.

Don't Be Shocked - General Wiring Tips

General information on overheating wires, fuses and aluminum wires.

Common Electrical Problems

General information on Electrical Problems a Homeowner might encounter and should look for.

Powerline and Electrical Information

Information on Power Lines and general electrical guidelines.

The larger and more complex your financial transaction, the more important it is for you to be an informed consumer.  For most people, the purchase or sale of a home is the biggest and most involved business deal of their lifetime.  So no matter which side of the transaction you're on, it makes good sense to be as informed as possible.  That includes knowing as much as you can about the condition of the property so that you can make wise and prudent decisions throughout the entire process.  That is why it is so important to use a Certified Home Inspector, such as Napoleon Home Inspections.

Now, how do you maximize your knowledge about the property's condition?  That's where a professional home inspection can help. A professional home inspection is a complete physical examination of property from top to bottom by an independent third party.  The inspection covers components that are visible and accessible.  This includes structural elements such as foundation, roof, chimneys, walls, windows, doors, insulation, basement, crawlspaces, and attic.

Systems like heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical are also inspected as well as mechanical components such as appliances.  Inspectors also look for evidence of wood-destroying insects such as termites.  Overall, a Certified Home Inspector identifies potential health and safety concerns, both positive and negative conditions of the property and any conditions that might warrant further specialized inspection.

Inspection results are delivered in the form a written report.    Report formats vary and can range from a simple checklist to full narrative or anywhere in between.  Preferably you should receive a comprehensive report, with annotated photos, that details findings.  It should also include a summary that highlights any items of major concern.  When reviewing the inspection report, remember that it is a snapshot in time. This report does not provide a warranty or guarantee for the future.  It only reflects property condition and operation of systems on the day the inspection was performed, not any time beyond that. Napoleon Home Inspections provides a verbal report and your choice of either an email or hard copy report which is one of the best in Barrie area.

Requiring home inspections is pretty much standard practice today for homebuyers. The requirement is usually in the form of a contingency clause in the purchase contract that specifies what happens based on the findings from a home inspection.  Those findings provide buyers with the information needed to make effective decisions about their next actions in their transaction.  Armed with knowledge of present property condition, buyers can better evaluate price, determine what conditions to accept or negotiate remedies for, and make judicious decisions on if/how to move forward with the purchase.

Inspections are not just for buyers though.   If you are a seller, contracting for a pre-sale inspection can be beneficial too.  You get advance, objective information that helps you set a fair price and address any issues that might delay your sale or even result in the transaction falling through.  You get the option to make those repairs before prospective buyers see your home. If you elect not to make repairs, you are able to more accurately disclose any adverse conditions.  All in all, you should find yourself in a better position for fewer contingencies and concessions and a quicker sale.  Keep in mind that even when you have a pre-sale inspection, buyers may still request a professional inspection of their own.

Typically when buyers request the inspection, they are responsible for covering the costs.  Sellers who have a pre-sale inspection done would pay the inspector's fees.  Either way, how much can you expect a professional home inspection to cost?   Inspection fees vary by geographic location and size and feature of the property.  Typically, you might expect to pay $200 to $500 for a professional home inspection. Prices vary however, and it is a good idea to check and compare costs in your area.

In addition to cost, other obvious questions are:  What do you look for when hiring an inspector and where do you look?  Reputation, experience, training, certifications and professional affiliations are important considerations in making your selection for an inspector.   Friends or real estate professionals may refer you to qualified inspectors.  Don't be fooled by the "big name franchises", you may be paying for the advertising costs, not the experience of the inspector. Many people who are new to home inspections want to hit the ground running, so they purchase a "franchise" which gets them immediate listings on the internet, brochures, contact lists and many other items to aid them in their business startup. This is not the "experienced inspector" that their advertising implies.Caveat emptor "let the Buyer Beware"

No matter which party you are in a real estate transaction, contracting for a professional home inspection is a smart move.  With it, you can approach and complete your real estate transaction with the confidence that comes from knowing the good, bad and ugly about current property condition.

Barrie Home Inspections, a Certified Home Inspector , also offers all its clients a 100% money back guarantee if not completely satisfied with your Home Inspection.

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