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Almost everyone will have their potential new home inspected before they commit to buy it.  And because there is no such thing as the perfect house, defects are usually encountered during this process.  Sometimes the defects are so problematic that the buyer invokes their inspection clause, and walks away.  This is a waste of time and energy for the buyer, the seller and the real estate professionals on both sides!  What if there was a way to get the issues out in the open before they became negotiating nightmares?

                   The benefits of a PRE-LISTING CONSULTATION:

1.  The seller gets an objective opinion on the true condition of the home, and there       are no last minute surprises.

2.  There is no such thing as the perfect house and a good inspection will hi-lite areas      where improvements are needed.

3.  If there are issues raised that need further evaluation, this can be done before the      house is listed, rather than in the middle of a potentially high stress negotiation.

4.  Sellers can make improvements, reflect the condition in the listing price, or simply      disclose the findings as they see fit--the benefit is that they now have OPTIONS!

5.  Deals are less likely to fall through, resulting in happy buyers, happy sellers and     a real estate agent who doesn’t have to try to bring two unhappy people to a     negotiating table.                    

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Pre-purchase Home Inspection

Covering 9 major systems and hundreds of items, this NON-INVASIVE and VISUAL inspection helps you to judge if the house you are about to buy is the house for you.  Major systems include:

The report will identify major and minor concerns and provide some cost estimations to give you a sense of it’s severity.  We can also give you a sense of when the repairs are needed–whether it be before you move in, immediately after, or if you have some time to get settled in first.  All reports will be emailed to you the same day often before 5pm.

(NOTE: this depends on the scheduling and homes assessed during the day–please let your inspector know if you have a particular timing concern)

We encourage (and insist if we can be so bold!) that every purchaser attend the full inspection.  The home inspection is as much an educational experience as a purchasing decision and we like nothing better than to give you as much information as you can hold about your prospective house!  There are no such things as dumb questions and its easier to answer when we are both looking at the same thing!

Please remember however, that there are no such things as perfect houses!  You must always be prepared for something minor or major and make an effort to keep things in perspective.  We will try and help you in this regard but please arrive with an open mind and a willingness to learn!

Click HERE For the Inspection STANDARDS OF PRACTICE    

Click HERE for a sample inspection REPORT

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Every homeowner has them at some point: The mysterious “what-the-heck-is-doing-that?” kind of problem.  If you call in a contractor, the old adage “letting the fox into the henhouse” springs to mind.  Why not call in someone who knows houses and how their parts interact BEFORE calling the contractor?  This way you can speak knowledgeably about the issue and get a sense if someone is giving you a bit of a snow job.  

Please feel free to open things up and make things as accessible as possible prior to our arrival.  The more we can see the better we can investigate.  Please note that we are not licensed contractors and are not in the business of removing walls, opening floors, ceilings etc.  If you want a small bit of drywall opened, that’s one thing, but removing the lower third of your basement perimeter drywall, is completely another...

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Pre-Listing Consultation
Problem Investigations
Inspector Education and Training

So you are thinking of becoming a home inspector?  You’ve taken all the courses, passed all the exams but haven’t got a clue what to say or how to DO an inspection? Here’s how it works:

You find a suitable home and ensure that we have several hours of time at the property.  We arrive and take you through a mock inspection of the property.  You will learn how to initiate the inspection, keep the client focused on the task at hand , proceed through the property in a repeatable and logical format, relate your findings to the client in a clear and concise way and wrap up the inspection.  We can then discuss how the report would be written based on what we’ve seen.   

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As a Burlington Home Inspector we can easily serve, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Etobicoke, Toronto, St. Catherines, Grimsby, Niagara Falls.  We also go as far west as Woodstock, Brantford and as far northwest as Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph.

Thermal Imaging (also known as infrared or thermography)

Regardless of the terminology you use, this tool allows you to “see” heat and corresponding heat loss.  By viewing light that is invisible to the naked eye, we can easily see cold spots on walls that may indicate problems ranging from uneven or missing insulation, to a water leak through the foundation or from a tub .  

We can detect breaks in under-floor or in-ceiling heating coils, and can see air loss around windows and doors.  You paid good money to heat up that air, why not target your air sealing efforts and keep it where it belongs!

The camera can also spot hot spots in electrical wiring, giving you a heads up that something is headed for a failure, or worse–a fire!

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Radon Testing

Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in the environment. It is produced by the decay of radioactive elements found in soil, rock and water. Radon is invisible, odourless and tasteless and emits ionizing radiation.  When confined inside a residence, it can accumulate to levels that are considered hazardous to your health

So how do you know if you have radon gas? What levels are considered acceptable? What do you do if you have higher levels than what you’re comfortable with?…There are a lot of questions regarding radon gas and in all honesty not all the answers are undisputed facts.  What we at Capstone try to do, is present a balanced view of the issue and give you a starting point to base your future decisions on.  See our blog entry on the subject to get more details.

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How Radon enters and exits a typical home