Inspections Are Important


Home and Commercial  Inspections

Peace of mind

Tartan Home Inspections will provide you with a complete understanding of the condition of the house and help you in making an informed decision whether to buy or not. 

Risk vs. Reward 

A professional home inspection will usually cost a few hundred dollars, but it could end up saving you thousands.  Its better to be safe than sorry.  Its far better to spend a few hundred dollars on the home inspection, rather than hoping for the best and ending up with a home you aren't satisfied with. 

Maintenance Tips

Phil has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Use this resource to its fullest, ask questions. We will gladly offer tips, maintenance ideas and advise on repairs.

Structural Issues 

Structural issues can be very expensive to fix, and without the trained eyes of a Home Inspector, its very easy to overlook the problem that will end up costing you more than you planned.  

Safety 

Bypassing a home inspection is a financial gamble but its also a choice that could lead into more serious consequences.  A faulty electrical system that is ignored could easily turn into a fire hazard.  A leaking faucet could turn into hidden mold, causing health problems. 

Negotiating power 

Tartan Home Inspections will provide you with a full detailed report outlining any issues with the home.  With this report, you can negotiate with the seller to either fix any issues or adjust the price accordingly. 

To Buy or NOT To Buy?

 Your home inspection may reveal more problems than you had initially expected. With the knowledge we will provide you, you can make an informed decision.  

Future costs

Knowing the problems that the house has, before buying, will give you a good idea of any costs you may have to deal with in the future. 

Knowledge Is Power 

Many people are electing to own investment properties.  If you are purchasing your first home, having all the information about your future home is important.  The home inspection that we will conduct, will not only provide necessary information, it will also help you with any future home purchases.

WETT Inspections

A WETT inspection is an important part of a home purchase, and an inspection condition should ALWAYS be inserted into an agreement of purchase and sale where the home has a fireplace or a woodstove.

Typically, a WETT inspection is required for cottages and rural properties which contain woodstoves. Many of these stoves are "weekend jobs" where the homeowner bought and installed a woodstove without the involvement of a professional.

Often these do-it-yourself jobs are either not installed properly, or the chimney, walls and roof have not been adequately insulated against the heat of the appliance.

A WETT inspection report details the areas in which the fire-burning installation meets or does not meet the manufacturer's instructions and the appropriate building codes.

A typical building inspection will not be sufficient if the home has a fireplace or woodstove. Unless a home inspector has a WETT certification, a separate inspection of the fireplace by a certified technician is required.

The issue is more than certifying the original installation. The WETT report will also note whether it is still safe to use the fireplace.

If fireplaces are improperly used and maintained, they can be dangerous to the homeowner and could also prevent a buyer from getting home insurance.

An unsafe fireplace may have a buildup of creosote. This flammable substance is hard, dark and crustlike and is produced during incomplete combustion of wood, and when it accumulates inside the fireplace or chimney over time, it can cause a fire.

A complete inspection might involve checking whether the chimney has a cap with wire mesh sides to keep rain, birds, animals, and debris from entering. The outer mortar between the bricks or stone of the chimney will be examined to make sure it is intact. The inspector also looks for cracked tile liners or missing bricks, and dents, rust and missing screws on metal chimneys.

If a wood-burning stove or fireplace is not used and maintained correctly, the results can be disastrous and even fatal.