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ILNRE: Ted Neufeld Talks About The Changing Landscape Of Home Inspections In The Niagara Market

July 25, 2016 | Posted by: Steve Dainard


Steve Dainard speaks with Ted Neufeld, a home inspector in the Niagara region and owner of Cornerstone Home Services. Ted has 10 years of home inspection experience with over 5000 homes inspected. He started in heavy construction and moved into home inspection because he loved the work and knew it was something he could do until retirement.

Ted services areas in:

  • Fort Erie, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Caledonia, and Dunnville

Why is pre-listing is good in a hot market? 

  • A pre-listing is a home inspection initiated by the seller before listing the house
  • Speeds up the process
  • Great way to get top offers, buyers want the process to be as simple as possible
  • You can give it to prospective buyers as a sign of good faith

Is there a typical house in the Niagara region?

  • It’s a good mix of new and old
  • Any house under 5 years of age will usually not get an inspection
  • Older homes may have old materials that insurers want to have removed

How to get started in home inspection

  • Get accredited with an organisation like the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI)
  • Ontario might be moving forward to join Alberta and BC with tougher regulations on home inspectors so getting RHI ( registered home inspector) designation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors will be important
  • RHI are persons who have completed all qualifications requirements set by the OAHI
  • Get experience on construction sites

Infrared Cameras

  • Biggest technology to come out in the industry in the past 5 years
  • Detects anything temperature related
  • Finds moisture, missing insulation, electrical concerns, and some foundation issues

What 3 things would you advise when looking for a home inspector?

  • Someone with part of an organisation with the RHI designation
  • Experience on job and construction sites
  • Someone you can work with


Tel: 905-984-0078

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