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Authorization Form

At the beginning of the inspection you will be asked to complete and sign a form requesting an inspection of the premises. Please note that my authorization form does not contain a "limit of liability". Most home inspectors include a limit of liability to protect themselves. I believe that my clients are my most valuable asset. I don't feel the need to protect myself from my clients, I'd rather help them.

Submit Online Authorization Form.

Home Inspections

Standard "Hercule Poirot" Home Inspection

This inspection takes 3 to 4 hours and we encourage you to attend. It conforms to the Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. The report is narrative and includes photos. It will allow you to understand the impact of major deficiencies in the house. I will answer any questions you have simply and directly. Learn More »


New Home "Charlie Chan" Inspection

This is not a typical home inspection, but rather a service we have developed in response to a demand from home buyers in the Calgary area. These investigations involve in depth analyses of work performed by trades. Specific recommendations will include detailed photos. I will reference the Alberta Building Code, Manufacturer's Specifications, and New Home Warranty to reinforce my conclusions.

The job of the general contractor is to hire trades people to do the work, schedule the work, and ensure that the work has been completed properly. The general contractor is responsible for any and all defects in the finished product.

These investigations are generally conducted when home buyers and general contractors cannot agree on resolutions to problems. A third-party opinion from an independent Certified Master Inspector (CMI) can provide the unbiased information necessary to resolve the situation. These can be done at 11 months or immediately after possession. Learn More »


Specialty Inspections

Commercial "Sherlock Holmes" Inspection

A commercial inspection is quite different from a home inspection. The mechanical components are usually different, as is the structure and roofing. I am a certified small commercial inspector and I am insured for that (few are). I have inspected restaurants, garages, small office buildings, small retail buildings and small apartment buildings. Large commercial buildings are handled typically by a team of specialists.

Troubleshooting "Miss Marple" Inspection

This inspection usually deals with a single system which is perceived to have failed, but also covers a variety of circumstances. I am able to inspect work conducted by various trades and report on the quality of the work and even how it compares to Building Code requirements and manufacturer specifications. In some cases, it becomes necessary to take the issue to court. Usually, it doesn’t go that far. I have made court appearances and I have qualified as an Expert Witness in provincial court. My appearances have always been successful.


Licensing

When it was announced that home inspectors were to be licensed by the provincial government in 2011, I believed this was a positive step. It certainly had the potential to be. At the time there were Inspectors with poor or no training operating in our industry. I thought this would be an opportunity to clear these Inspectors out or force them to get proper training.

The government decided to license all Inspectors regardless of their training or qualifications because “they didn’t want to put anyone out of business” . Then the government approved training courses that were clearly inadequate. One of these courses lasts a week. After a week of training you can be licensed by the government to conduct home inspections. I consider this a disservice to the consumer and an insult to my profession.

Before licensing, the consumer only had to ask one question “Are you a member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors?” It was a requirement of this association that proper training had to be acquired, and there were levels to be achieved before a candidate could achieve full membership. If the Inspector was not a member of the Association, it was unlikely that that Inspector was properly trained. The Association is in the process of dismantling, licensing made this inevitable.

Now the consumer has a real problem. The consumer can ask if the Inspector is licensed, but it means very little. As a consumer, you would have to dig deeper and ask what training they received and research what that training entails. These very quick and inexpensive training courses have flooded the market with poorly trained Inspectors. That has negatively affected my business, of course. It has also negatively affected the reputation of the profession, and that is a real problem, most of all, though it has an ongoing negative impact on the consumer. When many of the Inspectors that the consumer has to choose from are poorly trained, many consumers will not get the information they need. This can lead to them making the wrong decision when purchasing their house.


Authorization Form

Before the inspection you will be asked to complete and sign a form requesting an inspection of the premises. Please note that my authorization form does not contain a "limit of liability". Most home inspectors include a limit of liability to protect themselves. I believe that my clients are my most valuable asset. I don't feel the need to protect myself from my clients, I'd rather help them.

Submit Online Authorization Form ».


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Figure out a couple of times that work for you and when you can get access to the house, then call us at (403) 874-2143. We can usually set up a convenient time within 48 hours of your call.



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