Welcome to Bluewater Home Inspection
Buying a house is a fun, thrilling, and sometimes stressful time for most home buyers. Not knowing all the facts about a potential property purchase can have lasting effects for years to come and end up costing you, the buyer, thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs.
Would you purchase a vehicle without first having it inspected by a certified mechanic? Of course not. Then why gamble with the largest investment that most people will probably ever make? That’s exactly what you are doing by not getting a pre-purchase home inspection performed by an experienced, properly trained and Registered/ Certified home inspector.
The professionals at Bluewater Home Inspection, all who have been inspecting homes for more than twenty years, can alleviate some of the stresses involved with purchasing a new house. We offer a comprehensive inspection of all facets of the property. We also encourage all potential homebuyers to accompany us on the inspection so that we may answer any questions you have relating to your future property. The inspector will take the time to explain any concerns about the property and will educate you on what maintenance is required to keep your new home in pristine condition. By attending the inspection you will gain the maximum benefit of the entire inspection process.
During and after the home inspection is complete, the inspector will provide you a verbal explanation of any deficiencies found on the property. A clear and concise written copy of the report is prepared and electronically delivered, usually within one or two business days. Our written reports are not a checklist type report, which are cluttered and difficult to read. A report from Bluewater Home Inspection is a comprehensive, easy-to-read report with pictures and visual diagrams to explain conditions found in the house. We also try to explain probable causes of any deficiencies.
Why You Need a Home Inspection
If you're buying a house, you need a Home Inspection. Here's why:
You'll learn things about the condition of the house that you won't find out any other way. A good home inspection will determine the condition of every major system of the house, top to bottom, inside and out. A good inspection report will detail these conditions clearly, in plain, everyday English. You'll know the house you're buying before you buy it.
Let's say you're buying a $200,000 house. Let's say the inspection costs $ 400. That's only 1/5 of one percent of the cost of the house! A home inspection is literally the deal of a lifetime. If the inspection reveals nothing terribly wrong with the house, you've bought some pretty inexpensive peace of mind. If the inspection finds serious problems, your $ 400 could end up saving you thousands.
WHY A HOME INSPECTION?
A Bluewater home inspection will arm you with the first-hand knowledge needed so you can confidently make the correct decision on your next property purchase.
- Real Estate Pre-Purchase Inspections
- Pre-Listing and Renovation Inspections
- Prompt, Professional Service
- Homes and Cottages
- Residential and Commercial Inspections
- More than 20,000 inspections performed since 1992
- All inspections conform to, or exceed, the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
- Home Inspection is our only business. We do not perform repairs or renovations, nor do we refer clients to specific contractors although we will provide a list of various local tradespersons if asked.
- Our report is typically a fairly lengthy narrative report, supported by photographs, videotapes, and technical data sheets as required. Reports are normally in the client’s hands within 24 to 48 hours of the inspection.*
- 3 to 4 hours spent, on average, at inspection site
- Cost ranges from $350 to $600 (Average is $400)
- Inspection covers Roof, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning, Insulation, Plumbing, Interior & more
- Partial or Specific Inspections and/or Written Opinions are available
- "Value Engineering" services available
- Two inspectors involved with most inspections.
- Home Energy Labelling and Advice
*If necessary, we can prepare an onsite checklist report, but due to the limitations and inferiority of this type of report, we do not promote this practice. An on-site hand-written summary is available if requested!
REASONS FOR A HOME INSPECTION
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and electromechanical systems of a home. It describes the components and identifies areas in need of attention.
Most home inspections are done as an integral part of the home-purchase process. Increasing numbers of home buyers are finding that an inspection is a good way of learning about their new home as well as discovering any undisclosed defects.
Inspections can also be done prior to listing a home for sale. Correcting defects and having components properly maintained can make a home attractive to buyers.
Finally, many homes are inspected on a routine basis to make sure everything is in good condition. Roofs, attics, and crawlspaces are difficult and sometimes impossible to check on one’s own.
How to Choose a Company
Okay, you're probably thinking, "It's Bluewater Home Inspection website. Everything they say about choosing an inspection company will just be sales talk, telling me to hire them."
Well, we could try that, but we know our customers are smart enough to see right through that. If you want to see self-serving, smell-to-high-heaven, home-inspection websites, you can surf the web and find lots of them. Be sure to read about their "guarantees" and thoroughly check out their "awards" and their "certifications". When you get fed up, just click back here....we'll be waiting for you!
Okay, here are the facts: You want a locally-owned-and-operated inspection company that has been in business for a long time. (26 years) You want advice from someone who has built, ripped apart, and renovated houses, not just someone who has studied them in books and pictures. Nothing beats experience !!! You want someone who has attained at least one valid Canadian accreditation (RHI, NHI) which is actually earned and bestowed by a federally recognized professional Canadian body (CAHPI or NHICC).
Here comes the self-serving part: You want a custom-written, plain-English, narrative report that deals with your house, not some canned report that lets the inspector fill in the blanks or tick off the right answer. We say avoid companies that use the words, checklist, book, or the impressive-sounding matrix to describe their report. As far as we know, we're the only company in Lambton County that gives every client a custom-written narrative report prepared by professional inspectors with at least twenty years’ experience.
If you want to compare inspection companies, look at how long the business has been in existence, and ask how many years of home inspecting experience your home inspector has. That will get you behind the curtain of the marketing hype and let you have a look at the people who'll inspect your house. Feel free to read a sample report and/or inspection agreement. Just e-mail us or call us at 519-383-1083 and we will be happy to send you either, or both.
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Our Services Includes: Home Energy Audit | Thermal Imaging | Commercial Inspections | Residential Inspections | Annual Maintenance Inspection
We offer services to clients across Sarnia, Petrolia, Corunna, Newbury, Watford, Wallacetown, Komoka, Strathroy, Lambton Shores, Grand Bend, Park Hill, and Alvinston, Ontario.