Learn how a home inspector works his way through the home and figures out what needs to be fixed to maintain home safety.
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Interviewer: What is RHI?
Interviewee: RHI is Registered Home Inspector. That means that I have been granted the permission to use that title and no other home inspector unless they have gone trough the same process can be a Registered Home inspector.
Interviewer: So really you go trough a criteria program?
Interviewee: That is right, we do have exams. We have standards of practice, code of ethics and members of the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors.
Interviewer: Interesting. Now when drove up here to this home and get out of your vehicle. Was there anything unusual you saw at the home?
Interviewee: The first thing I notice was the roof.
Interviewer: Already you notice about of the roof.
Interviewee: I have notice the roof and they have potential problems with that roof. As we discus at the street shoulder, there is a problem with roofing and the problem is with the way the shingles were installed, they were actually installed upside down. This, which is at the bottom now is meant to be top and the top of course is a hang around place.
Interviewer: Yes, exactly what we suspected. I wonder if possibly if the homeowner might have installed this them selves?
Interviewee: Think undoubtedly installed by the home owner without benefit of reading the instruction shown. One of the important parts of the inspections is the electrical service. This is them main distribution panel and something I have notice, the certificate of inspection beside it. It gives a date of when it was inspected.
Interviewer: And it was inspected in August, 11-1972, giving the date, the size of the panel and also who the inspector was.
Interviewee: Some of the things we are looking for inside the electrical panel are the size service entrance conductor, the grounding system and the compatibility of the branch circuits with the wires and with breakers that are protecting them, many signs of amateur unprofessional workmanship.
Interviewer: We certainly do not want to indicate that the home owner can not do work themselves around the home. Because folks if you are planning on doing any electrical work, always buy the electrical code simplified book. It is available to your local building supply store. It is a red in colored book. As well as any work that you have done, always have them inspected by the local inspection department via permit.
Interviewee: Yes, absolutely. One thing I did notice related to the electrical system is the lack of a smoke alarm in the house.
Interviewer: Oh boy, nothing at all. Well I think that as well as a carbon monoxide text and the basic monitor.
Interviewee: Yes, a carbon monoxide monitor is an excellent idea.