Has anybody come across that Holmes on Homes show? It's a contractor (I
think he's in Toronto) who takes on homes with botched construction /
repair / redo jobs.
I always thought, in general, that there was more regulation in Canada
than in the US. One of the recurring points is that most home inspectors
aren't worth much. All the shows are on houses with debacles, but it
still makes you wonder.
He is good guy in my book. When area was hit with big flood in 100 years
before last year, he came out and volunteered to fix one badly damaged
Most problems occur for folks trying to save some money when renovating
house or building a new house. There are bad trade people, real crooks.
But if one buys a new home it comes with a 5 year warranty government
backed by law. If builder goes out of business in that 5 year period,
government takes care of the problem. They have pulled fund annually
collected from legit builders. In my case I had 5 houses built over the
years by a German fella. I could do any thing with shake of our hands
with him as long as he understand what I wanted. Previous houses all
sold to first buyer came around. On one house I got more than asking
price. Unique custom features and excellent workmanship counts a lot.
That guy is now retired. Moved down South, to Phoenix area.
Mike Holmes is a stand up guy, I have learned alot from his program, He and I have very similar moto, His' Lets make it right, and Mine 5 more mins make a good job a great job, He has saved many people >S and made it right.
Thank you Holmes on Homes
I used to watch Holmes all the time but with cable bill creep (+$220/mo), I had to trim back the programming package level.
If/when Amazon offers Holmes Ala-carte on Instant Video, I'll resume watching.
> It's a contractor (I think he's in Toronto) who takes on homes with botched construction / repair / redo jobs.
> One of the recurring points is that most home inspectors aren't worth much.
In our area, anyone can pay a $50/yr license fee and call themselves a Home Inspector.
If I couldn't hire Holmes, a prospective home would be inspected by a competent licensed electrician, plumber, HVAC, and maybe a structural engineer.
> All the shows are on houses with debacles, but it still makes you wonder.
The typical homeowner gets 3 bids and awards the contract to the cheapest bidder. Is it any wonder that there are so many crappy houses?
Yes, people have to learn to look at the entire package. Skill and
experience are a part of the bid, not just price. Often, the best value
cost a bit more up front.
Planning is an ongoing thing too. When disaster strikes, don't get out
the Yellow Pages. As a homeowner, you should have been keeping your
eyes and ears open all along. You'd notice what plumber or electrician
or roofer the neighbor used and asked how his work was.
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