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Pillar To Post – Taking care of your home inspection – with your health and safety in mind

At Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, the health and safety of our customers is our highest priority. During this time, local requirements may require our office to close temporarily but we will be back helping you and your clients as soon as it is safe to do so. If we are able to remain open, we will continue to provide a best-in-class home inspection that helps clients turn a house into a home.

In response to the public health situation related to coronavirus (COVID-19), our inspectors are taking steps to help ensure health and safety.

Our Promise:

  1. If you or your clients do not feel comfortable attending the inspection, we will deliver the report and/or review the report by phone.
  2. We will reschedule the inspection if the inspector is showing signs of illness.
  3. We will clean our hands thoroughly prior to and during the inspection.
  4. We will keep a safe distance, not shaking hands or elbow bumping.
  5. Whenever possible, we will wipe down doorknobs, faucet handles and work surfaces.
  6. We will take all other prudent steps to protect our home inspectors, Realtors, our clients and homeowners from the spread of COVID-19.

Now more than ever, we consider the home to be a sanctuary and trusted place where you and your clients should feel comfortable, and we appreciate your trust during this challenging time. We will continue our mission of ensuring confident home ownership with a particular focus on the health and safety of all of our customers.

Thank you for your continued business, and we will keep you up to date should our operating status change.

WHY SHOULD YOU GET A PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION?

A pre-listing home inspection can uncover previously unknown problems – major and minor – allowing your sellers the opportunity to make repairs, updates or replacements as needed or as they wish.

By addressing issues before the home goes on the market, you can list a home with greater confidence about its condition. This can mean cleaner offers and a smoother transaction for both parties. And a home in better condition will normally sell for more than one with problems that could have been corrected.

Homes that are already on the market can be at a disadvantage if problems are revealed during a subsequent home inspection. Issues that you and the seller were previously unaware of could keep a property from selling at its highest potential price, when it’s too late to address them.

The Pillar To Post Home Inspection includes a comprehensive report, complete with photos, printed on-site so there’s no waiting for results. With this valuable information in hand, your sellers can decide on next steps prior to listing. In the end, having well-informed sellers and buyers will work to everyone’s advantage, including yours.

How Much Will Repairs and Upgrades Cost? Get the Answers!

During the process of buying or selling a home, your clients often learn about recommended or required repairs and upgrades. This can happen as a result of the home inspection, or you may make suggestions based on your knowledge of the local market and comparable homes. Of course, the first thing your clients want to know is, “How much will that cost?”

The Pillar To Post Construction and Remodeling Estimates Cost Guide puts this information at your fingertips. It provides estimated cost ranges for the repair and/or replacement of major systems and components in a home including heating and cooling, roofing, plumbing, electrical and much more. It also includes general guidelines for the life expectancies of those systems. This information can help your clients make informed decisions when they’re considering home repairs or improvements and is valued by buyers and sellers alike.

For complimentary copies of our newly updated Cost Guide, please contact your local Pillar To Post Home Inspector or download it here.

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CARBON MONOXIDE: A DEADLY DANGER!

Here in the middle of winter, it’s worthwhile to address a potential hazard caused by fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, water heaters and stoves: carbon monoxide (CO). These items are designed to vent CO to the outside, but harmful interior levels of CO can result from incomplete combustion, improper installation, or blockages, leaks or cracks in the venting systems. Very high levels of CO can lead to incapacitation or death, with victims sometimes never having been aware they were being poisoned.

Homeowners can take action against potential carbon monoxide poisoning by taking the following steps:

  • Never use a gas stove or oven to heat the home, even temporarily.
  • Have all fuel-burning appliances professionally inspected annually.
  • These appliances include gas stoves and ovens, furnaces and heaters, fireplaces, water heaters and gas clothes dryers.
  • All such devices should be properly installed and vented to the outside.
  • If repairs are necessary, have them performed by a qualified technician.
  • Do not start a vehicle in a closed garage, or idle the engine in the garage even when the garage door is open.
  • Never use gasoline-powered generators or charcoal grills indoors.
  • Install a CO detector (either battery operated, hard wired or plug-in) and learn what to do if the alarm activates.
  • If anyone in the home experiences fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, or confusion, everyone should leave immediately and seek medical attention. If no symptoms are felt, open doors and windows immediately and shut off all fuel-burning devices that may be potential sources of CO.
  • Installation of working CO detectors in residential properties is now required by law in most Canadian provinces.

Stay safe and enjoy the comfort of home this winter and all year long.