Mike Holmes' home inspection checklist
Everything you need to know before you buy
- Duration 3:52
- Date Jun 5, 2012
Everything you need to know before you buy
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He's one of the most well known contractors in the country and its hit show Holmes on homes normally helps homeowners with renovations gone wrong but today.
He's tackling a new problem that who inspects.
Usually what the moments -- -- him when he.
I'm gonna make it right.
Sorry about that just previous water damage.
Second immigrants because this is no longer -- -- specialist who -- -- -- -- start the opener to see what's wrong with.
Joining me now Mike Holmes he's the author of the new book the homes inspection.
Good to see you again I wish I had you around when I was building a house and I -- home inspection you might have found some stuff.
Hot anyway let's help some people out today -- and you start with the thermal graphic imaging camera what does that and.
Yeah this camera here it's actually quite as Smart camera is what I can do with this wall and all home inspectors should have it.
It showed different temperature is simply an example my hand on a -- -- pick it up immediately.
-- -- different temperatures on the wall looking for -- -- cold water pipes hot water pipes electrical issues.
-- calling -- with two different temperatures I can see -- like to see all kinds of water infiltration.
It's a home inspector doesn't have this tool as far as I'm concerned he doesn't have the right tools because as a contractor and have a half a million dollars tools to build -- house.
Right she should.
-- to home inspector to have this or can people rent them themselves and I think people can -- -- this is a little sophisticated is about 20000 dollars this camera on a sophisticated geez he really in you have to have a level one the current level one to understand how to use this and get the right information but I would say do you have an IR camera if he says yes think tomorrow.
Great okay good advice now.
You can learn a lot of things from looking at the foundation of a home life -- this just DiMarco but did you pretend your -- -- showing some -- on some outside you know the -- is.
It's app fluorescence what is after essence -- salt but salt that's in the rain.
And it's showing this it means it means of being absorbed into the break and it's running down and minister -- is too much of it -- signs of this home inspectors should say in the report I see a lot of signs of -- fluorescence can be on the inside of it's on the inside of your home it's bleeding through the war coming into the basement chilling water penetration from outside dance.
Right waters always wanted to biggest culprits right it sure and biggest problems because it can create molds.
Which brings us to this piece of sheet rock what are we gonna find out from -- Again another example that have molded you start to see momentum I've really around your windows -- -- your doors anywhere on the ceiling from the attic space inside your house in eight starts to grow.
A lot of people think okay how bad is this I want you to -- we breed approximately 181000.
-- counts of -- every -- -- -- cubic meter of air space outside -- we -- this what we're trying to do is not -- more -- inside the -- the more -- outside and if we do we start to see signs of -- in the -- what we have water penetration coming -- and you wanna pay attention of that because of that -- more than ten square -- you're talking lot of -- you -- bring in the -- to take it out.
And you really don't -- -- bring them your -- Exactly right the other quick point that we want to bring up for homeowners do you have to -- buying a home does the home owner selling.
Have to tell you everything that's wrong with.
In some places -- in some places yes depends on your region what you really wanna knowledge wanna be -- -- that's why I wrote the book you want to know.
What's your buying.
And actually I sort of so many people but just -- -- home inspector at the last minute you wanna find the best home inspector there is before you go check out your house.
Not to mention you might want to actually do it before you sell your house -- Check out the Holmes inspection Mike Holmes thanks so much good to see -- to realize that.