Older homes offer potential advantages and disadvantages. They are valued for their charm, established landscaping and neighbourhoods. However, an older home may have suffered ill-conceived renovations or no longer meet safety standards. Generally speaking, the older the home, the greater the number of items on the inspectors checklist requiring attention. The DoubleCheck visual inspection will identify deficiencies in a complete and easily understood report. This can be used to evaluate the cost of needed repairs or changes and as evidence in price negotiations.
Example of possible deficiencies that may require attention either by the seller or by you after purchase:
- Ground fault circuit interrupters. These have been mandatory since 1985. If the property predates this, you should upgrade all bathroom and exterior outlets. (This safety item can be resolved at reasonable cost.)
- Aluminum wiring. If the home was built between the late 1960s and early 1970s it may contain aluminum wiring. This is an insurance issue and should be checked by a licensed electrical contractor and repaired as required. Retain the original letter of repair from the contractor and obtain a letter from the E.S.A. (Electrcial Safety Authority) for proof of repairs.
- Plastic dryer exhaust ducting. This is no longer considered safe and should be replaced with metal ducting.