Ted is a very knowledgeable expert in home inspection. I consider it a blessing that he was referred to me. He is absolutely a one of a kind professional who has exposed how the industry cares more about rubber stamps of approval rather than really estimating the deficiencies in a house.
The real estate situation in Vancouver has turned those of us who are desperate to own a home into fools who will rush into buying without knowing the responsibilities of home ownership. Let me break it down for all of you: Spend hundreds to save thousands.
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Wow most home-buyers hire me for the reasons you have described but till now have never been so blatant. Yes everyone wants the sale to complete including the home-buyer, there's nothing wrong with that except if you don't know what this house is going to cost you in the next year and beyond it could impact your lifestyle quite dramatically. The entrusted responsibility of the home inspector (not me) is to maneuver around these player (real estate agents, homeowner, etc.) influences and present the home in a favorable light, paving the way to a smooth subject removal. Yes everything can be fixed; your real estate agent can get your roof fixed for $150 or the blocked sewer pipe for $250. Real estate agents have a list of service providers who can rush in to put Band-Aids on any home inspector’s discoveries. Real estate agents like to think they save people money when in fact quick fixes only fix the realtor's bottom line by greasing the skids to a successful sale. Remember both agents stand to lose if the house doesn't sell, getting paid sooner is always preferable to getting paid later.
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