I came across this article written by one of our ultimate agents and thought it would be great to share with everyone. In today’s market, keeping in touch with all the tools available and watching for market trends will allow us to educate our clients in any situation. A very interesting option that may be coming to our Toronto Real Estate Market before we know it.
Is it Time to Replace a Home Inspection with a Thermal Imaging Inspection?
Whether you a new first time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner, you are probably aware of the importance of performing a home inspection on any house you buy. With today’s concerns around efficient energy usage, mould issues and insurance company’s penchant for refusing to insure structures with outdated wiring, perhaps it is time to consider a thermal imaging inspection.
Thermal imaging inspections are relatively new to the residential real estate market in Toronto and Mississauga, but they may become a staple of every real estate transaction in the future. A regular home inspection is visual and will not uncover problems that are hidden to the naked eye. Thermal imaging inspections using infra-red thermal imaging equipment will show you what’s going on behind walls that could cause you future problems and expense.
Visually Undetectable Problems Revealed
So, you are a new first time home buyer and you have finally found your dream home. The listing states that the home contained knob and tube wiring but was replaced and the seller is prepared to warranty this. But you have concerns and would like the peace of mind that only certainty brings. After all, even with a warranty from the seller any future discovery of knob and tube wiring, possibly nullifying your home insurance, may require the inconvenience and expense of legal help to remedy the situation. Or the seller may be deceased at the time of discovery, who do you turn to then for a remedy?
A thermal imaging inspection will let you know now if your concerns are valid.
Water Leaks & Heat Loss
Perhaps you have found evidence of a water leak and would like to know where it is coming from, or you would like to uncover the spots in the home where heat loss is occurring. A thermal imaging inspection will reveal these to you.
You may have concerns about health issues related to mould. Thermal imaging will uncover mould that may not be apparent on the surface.
A house is probably the largest financial commitment you will make in your lifetime, why not find out the true condition of a home.
It may not be time to replace a visual inspection with a thermal inspection but you may want to consider doing both. What do you think?
John Lavin is one of our full time realtor with 24 years experience helping buyers and sellers of homes, condominiums and investment properties in Mississauga and Toronto. Please visit his website today if you are in the market for Mississauga Square One Condominiums.