Introduction

Periodically, MD Inspect Plus will send out an email newsletter. 

Topics will vary from maintenance tasks you should perform around your house, details about different systems/components in your house and services offered by MD Inspect Plus.  Not all topics will apply to everybody; however, if there is a topic you would like to see in the future, send us an email.

Something that is becoming more popular in the real estate/inspection world is a pre-listing inspection in which the homeowner has their house inspected before listing it with an agent. Advantages of doing a pre-listing inspection are included in this newsletter.

The next Newsletter will talk about Radon - the new Hot Topic in the real estate/inspection world which is replacing the infamous Pyrite

My business is based on referrals, so if you have a friend or family member thinking about buying a house, please pass along my information.

Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Dan Janidlo PHPI, NCH
MD Inspect Plus Inc.
48 Valois Bay
Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 4B3
514-318-8067


Pre-Listing Inspections

Pre-listing inspections (sometimes referred to as a Seller inspection) are becoming more popular everywhere in North America except Quebec. In many ways, waiting to schedule the inspection until after an offer is accepted is very late in the real estate transaction process for such an important step to take place.  Pre-listing inspections are arranged and paid for by the seller, usually just before the home goes on the market. Seller inspections are a benefit to all parties in a real estate transaction.  They are a win-win-win situation.

Advantages to the Seller:
  • It might alert the seller to any items of immediate concern, such as a serious plumbing, electrical or safety problem.
  • The report can help the seller price the home properly based on its actual condition, not what it should sell for if it was in ideal condition (why price it high just for the buyer to negotiate the price down).
  • The report can help the seller substantiate a higher asking price if problems don't exist or if corrective measures have been taken.
  • The report provides a third-party, unbiased opinion of the property. The report might encourage the buyer to waive the inspection condition.
  • The seller inspection removes any major surprises that can come to light during an inspection that is normally the final step in the real estate process.
  • The deal is less likely to fall apart when a buyer's inspection unexpectedly reveals a last-minute serious problem.
  • The report provides full-disclosure for the seller - a vendor declaration should still be completed.
  • If the home does not sell, the homeowner has a list of things to repair/upgrade in their home.
Advantages to the Home Buyer:
  • The inspection is done already.
  • The buyer may decide to do their own inspection also.
  • The inspection is paid for by the seller.
  • The report provides a more accurate third-party view of the condition of the home prior to making an offer - real estate listings are sometimes incomplete and only highlight the 'good' points of the property. Problems are corrected, or at least acknowledged, prior to making an offer on the home.
  • A seller may decide to have the property re-inspected with an inspector of their choice however the pre-listing inspection should reduce the need for re-negotiations after the second inspection since the second inspector shouldn't find any major issues that aren't already known.
All properties should be inspected, even new construction.  In the current new home construction industry, some/many builders try to cut corners to save money and market their homes for a cheaper price.  Unlike real estate agents or builders, whose job is to market properties, inspectors produce objective reports detailing the real state/condition of the home.  If the property is truly in great shape, the inspection report becomes a pseudo-marketing piece, with the added benefit of having been generated by an impartial party.

If you have a friend, family member, a neighbor or a co-worker who is thinking about selling their home this spring/summer, they should give MD Inspect Plus a call (514-318-8067) to book a pre-listing inspection before the spring rush starts.  A pre-listing inspection can't be performed on a house that is already listed for sale.


Insulation - Do I have enough?

Insulation is generally measured using the term R-value (metric equivalent is RSI). The R-value (RSI) is a measure of the insulation's "thermal resistance," or resistance to heat or cold temperatures traveling through the material. The higher the R-value (RSI), the greater the product's insulating capabilities.

Insulation can be layered to create a greater thermal resistance - even different types of insulation in the different layers. Compressing certain types of insulation can reduce its R-value and some compression occurs naturally over the years - the major cause of compression is people working in the attic and not fixing the insulation when done. Other factors, such as un-insulated areas and the presence or lack of an air barrier (plastic) can also reduce the overall R-values of an installation.

Before replacing or adding insulation, check to see that all openings into the attic are properly sealed (around pot lights, access hatch, skylight shafts, plumbing stacks, etc...). Check all insulation to determine if the material is distributed evenly from wall to wall and maintains a consistent depth.
Minimum R-values are constantly changing (increasing) and below are just some guidelines.

A 1950's home with minimal insulation in the attic is NOT A DEFECT with a house however your inspector will probably recommend adding more insulation in the attic. An older home with no insulation in the basement walls is NOT A DEFECT and in newer homes, the amount will vary depending on the year of construction and the municipality the house is in.

Current Values which are constantly changing.Cellulose Insulation
Attic                    R40+
Exterior Walls      R24.5
Foundation (basemen walls) R17
Over hangs          R29.5
Under Slab          R12.5

Material R-Value per Inch
Fiberglass batt             3.25
Blown Cellulose            3.70
Expanded Polystyrene  4.00
     (spray foam)

What's this?

What do you see in this picture?  Try to identify what you see. 
Hint:  Only used in the winter time.


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