Are you really 39? Check the license!

Home Inspector with EKAN Home Inspection CPBC #69177

As a kid I remember the pre-deluvial Jack Benny TV show where the lead character was a violin playing scrooge who always claimed to be 39, season after season. 

In a similar context, I've seen some agents list the age of a renovated home as the effective year of the reno. This is poor practice and immediately makes one suspect. For example, was some or all of the knob-and-tube wiring replaced. Same goes for insulation, piping and every other hidden system. What about the hazardous material? Was all the asbestos and lead paint removed or just some?

For a pre-1990 renovated house, I would expect to see:

  • For disclosure, list both actual age and date of reno. 
  • For a healthy house environment, have available the HazMat Assessment Report and Clearance Letter, issued before the reno.
  • For a safe house, have available the permits issued during the reno.

The trend, with consumer protection and real estate industry regulations, is towards ever greater disclosure. I would suggest that agents pay special attention when listing renovated properties. Why not be ahead of the curve?


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EKAN Home & Property Inspections

Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, West Vancouver 

Comments (6)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Who was Jack Benny LOL?  A bit before my time :=)  Happy Sunday!

Feb 19, 2017 08:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What "gets" me Eugene Kanciar is a local matter here. After our flood in 2011 we are supposed to disclose if the home was flooded. Of course we do that EXCEPT if the house was tore down and a new one put up then it's OK to say it has not been flooded. This leads people to believe they are purchasing a home that is not in the flood plain although it clearly is.

Feb 19, 2017 08:35 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

For all the young Kristins... How to describe Jack? Think of a home inspector for whom every issue is a big issue and every page in the inspection report counts for $10,000 off the offer. Report issued in black only and absolutely no photos.  

Feb 19, 2017 08:39 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Bob, you bring up a really good point. If you are "not from around here" then an out-of-towner can really misunderstand the product. 

Feb 19, 2017 08:42 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Eugene,

They may have rehabbed the home but what about the foundation and problems that arise from there.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 19, 2017 08:46 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Raymond, "problems that arise" ... rising damp on foundations.

Feb 19, 2017 08:51 AM