Inspection Philosophy: Why Hire SENWI?

We take the guesswork out of the equation

At Senwi House Inspections we believe in protecting the consumer. We want to provide you with as much information as possible before you make your home purchase. We're not judgemental but impartial. We neither love nor hate the property. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision.

The process of buying a home can be stressful. Many homes have latent defects that the vendor either did not know about or in rare cases tried to conceal. A home inspection is usually recommended to provide you peace of mind but can often have the opposite effect if the inspector does not adequately explain the reported defects.

At SENWI, our inspectors sit down with you and explain the defects in as much detail as required for you to understand the problem. We will provide you unbiased information to help you make a logical as opposed to an emotional decision. We will be able to provide recommendations on how to address the problem and, by removing the unknowns from the situation, will help you lower your stress. Many defects can be addressed with very little investment of money or time if caught early. For those defects that do represent a significant cost to address, you can work with your Realtor to see if the asking price for the home takes into account this defect. If it does not, ask the Realtor to work on reducing the vendor’s price to compensate. Remember inspectors and their reports do not “kill deals”. We just provide information. We do not create it. Our inspector will never “Fail” the dwelling. What kills a deal is the buyer’s unwillingness or inability to address the defects found by the inspector. In some cases, walking away may represent the best option for the buyer.

Is any home perfect?

At the same time it is important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything identified in the inspection report. No home is perfect, and it is important for the buyer to be reasonable in their demands for a vendor to address found issues. As long as the dwelling is not brand new, there will always be components in the house at various stages of their life cycle. It is not reasonable to expect everything to be brand new, and normal wear and tear on components throughout the dwelling is acceptable and expected. This is where you need to work closely with your Realtor who should be providing you a summary of similar properties for sale in the area. The properties listed should all have similar parameters and be broken down into a per sq. ft. cost so that you can compare apples to apples. For example, if the inspection report identifies that the roof is at the end of its service life and in need of replacement and you see that the sq. ft. cost is above the market average, it may then be appropriate to ask the vendor to compensate for the worn out roof. But if the pricing is below the market pricing, then the vendor most likely has already accounted for the expenditure of replacing the roof and it would not be appropriate to ask for a further discount (or at least to expect it).