He has a television programme.

He has a huge marketing machine.

He is a self promoter the like of which we haven't seen since the last election.

He has railed for years about home inspectors and their complete lack of competence without evidence or the chance of rebuttal. ( he has been challenged to an "inspect-off" by a Canadian Home Inspector organization, but has refused )

He is Canada's walking talking ( well OK yelling!) expert on everything that has to do with houses; Mike Holmes. And now he is starting both a television show about home inspectors and their multiple sins and at the same time establishing a home inspection franchise system. Despite years of demonstrating that he knows next to nothing about inspecting homes, he is now, in his mind, engaged in reforming the industry. It's brilliant really. A media machine, with a television show or two, feeding clients who hang on his every word, into his home inspection franchises.

I wish I had thought of it first!

However there are a few things that Holmes doesn't seem to understand about home inspections;

1 - An inspector cannot punch holes in walls to see what is going on behind them.

2 - An inspector cannot walk through a house making snap judgments and jumping to quick conclusions

3 - An inspector uses a completely different skill set than a contractor to diagnose problems.

4 - An inspector operates under a recognized Standards of Practice.

5 - An inspector operates under a recognized Code of Ethics.

It will be interesting to see how the "Holmes Inspector" does all of the above and still lives up to the usual "Mike Holmes" hype. And we can be sure that with his new television show providing the ill informed with hyperbole aimed at feeding them into the maw his new home inspection franchises, it is going to be an interesting year.

Comments (3)

Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

Hi George.  Sounds like there will be some interesting times ahead with this new television show.

In my experiences it always seems to be that the ones that proclaim they are the best or make sure you avoid my competitor that does <insert alarm phrase here> are the ones to avoid.

Some times it has to get worse before it can get better.  I hope you have follow-up posts.  I am curious as to what impact this has on the home inspection industry in your area.

Thanks for the info!

Mar 02, 2009 04:04 AM
Kevin Welch
American Bulldog Home Inspection Inc. - Rutland, MA


I am always a little bit leary of the so-called experts, often times their expertise is nothing more than a solid media presence or the willingness to do something like that. Just because someone looks good in front of a camera or sounds good behind a microphone doesn't mean that they know what they are talking about. I have heard a local radio expert advise his listeners that: 1) when insulating a crawl space, make sure that the vapor barrier faces away from the heated space, 2) radon gas is really nothing to be concerned about, 3) lead paint is not hazardous because he is not sick, 4) black mold in the attic is not a problem as long as you don't have to look at it, and 5) your new gas furnace does not need to be vented outside.

And he is supposedly the expert.



Mar 02, 2009 09:54 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Do you have an update on Mr. Holmes and how his television show and home inspection business are booming?

Jun 18, 2009 04:02 PM