Advice on How to Make That New Home Safer and Less Expensive in the Long Run

Services for Real Estate Pros with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

(TORONTO)---Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®, the largest home inspection company in North America, is offering advice to realtors who may be selling and/or showing homes in markets where housing is currently in great demand. Wonderful for the seller, but some buyers are feeling so pressured to make the deal or lose the home that they are foregoing the traditional contingency of the home inspection. According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, this is the situation in the Greater Toronto Area right now, but other markets are coming back very strongly as well and many buyers are foregoing the important step of getting a home inspection before buying.

            “We understand the competitive nature of supply and demand,” said Dan Steward, president and CEO of Toronto based Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. “Buyers are afraid that if they put in an offer contingent on the outcome of a home inspection, they may lose the home to three or four other bidders who are willing to take the risk of buying the home without that contingency.”         

Steward continued, “If your client really feels the need to go this route, we suggest you tell the buyer to call in a home inspector after closing. If there are minor issues, a home inspector can spot them and the problems can be fixed and eradicated before they become not so minor problems.”

For example, a recent home inspection done by Pillar To Post revealed a crack in the cement floor of a garage attached to an expensive home. While this crack looked very tiny, and could have been easily overlooked by someone without experience, the home inspector later revealed to the buyer that it was there as a result of a giant oak tree next to the garage. The roots were so huge that eventually the entire floor would be broken by the growth of the enormous tree. By removing the tree then, the cost was only a few hundred dollars, but in five years, the inspector said, the entire garage floor would have needed to be jack hammered and then replaced with a newly constructed concrete floor. The cost of that job would be in the thousands.

Here are some tips from Pillar To Post Home Inspectors that can help a new homeowner catch little problems before they become big problems.

  •          Often, insulation is lacking in a home’s attic. A professional can determine if more should be added.
  •          Soot builds up in chimneys quickly, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and posing a fire hazard. A certified chimney sweep should be hired to routinely clean your chimney to prevent buildup.
  •          A loose toilet seat is a sign of a bigger issue than just being uncomfortable—a seat that rocks could indicate that the seal at the base has failed, which can allow water to leak causing significant damage.
  •          The electrical outlets we have are sometimes incapable of handling the large amount of gadgets we now throw at them. Consult a certified electrician to install additional outlets to handle the increased load.
  •          Plants too close to a home’s siding can cause moisture damage and premature wear.
  •          Down spouts that discharge water from a home often release against walls, which can cause the foundation to deteriorate and cause water to enter the basement. Redirect these spouts away from the structure.
  •          Chimneys, ovens or range filters can become clogged, posing a major fire hazard. Check filters for built-up grease, and consult a professional to check the connections to determine if the model needs exterior exhaust.
  •          Seals around kitchen and bathroom sink fixtures can become loose leading to water damage. Examine seals and test and replace if loose.
  •          Roofs don’t last forever. When purchasing a home, consult a professional home inspector to determine both the age and condition of the roof. Even if you already bought the home, it’s good to know what shape of the roof is in right now. Maybe a few minor repairs will make it wear longer.



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Comments (12)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Rhonda Sanderson, welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post.  Active Rain is a place where you can meet, learn from and interact with other professionals.

Mar 16, 2017 10:19 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks so much! Looking forward to working with all the hippest realtors around. 

Mar 17, 2017 08:28 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for the advice Rhonda.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Mar 17, 2017 12:41 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

How kind of you!  Thanks for the welcome. I will try to keep coming up with fresh ideas and commentary!

Mar 17, 2017 08:29 AM
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

Welcome! Great post. Very informative and thorough.

Mar 17, 2017 04:14 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks Foster!

Mar 17, 2017 08:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rhonda Sanderson ,

Welcome to Active Rain! Congratulations on your first informative post and your feature! I just subscribed to your blog.

Mar 17, 2017 04:22 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

How nice to be welcomed by you Dorie. Thank you much.  

Mar 17, 2017 08:33 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Welcome aboard!

Mar 17, 2017 06:04 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks all for being so gracious!

Mar 17, 2017 08:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain! I disagree with waiting until after closing for an inspection. That should really be done prior to purchasing the house. As you indicate, inspectors can definitely find things that need to be addressed.

Mar 17, 2017 06:46 AM
Rhonda Sanderson

It should be I agree. But if you click on the Toronto Star article you will read that it's already happening. Realtors give their clients the best advice for them, but some buyers are just bidding and dropping contingencies so as not to lose the house.  We're just saying if your client insists on that route, advise them to quickly hire an HI after closing to catch things when they are small.  

Mar 17, 2017 08:32 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I wanted to be one of the first to welcome you to ActiveRain but I guess I’ll have to settle for the 8th to welcome you Rhonda Sanderson 

Mar 17, 2017 05:16 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

How sweet Paul.  All welcoming is much appreciated.

Mar 17, 2017 08:12 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rhonda, we are in a very strong market and have seen buyers eliminate the inspection contingency and absolutely discourage this!  Great first post, and Welcome to ActiveRain!  

Mar 17, 2017 05:19 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks Joan: We discourage it too! But alas some are already doing it--so we like to at least offer agents some alternative advice on the topic to protect your clients. 

Mar 17, 2017 08:11 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If a buyer decides not to get a home inspection before closing escrow they certainly should get one immediately after closing. We advise getting one during escrow even if the sale is not contingent on the inspection.

Mar 17, 2017 07:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rhonda welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first blog on this site.

Mar 17, 2017 07:50 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Thanks so much George.

Mar 17, 2017 08:13 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Welcome to the Active Rain community. Congratulations on sharing your first blog.

Mar 17, 2017 10:27 PM