All houses have stories to tell and heritage homes speak volumes. It takes a certain insight to see into the past. It is written in the structure, carved in the beams and displayed in the architecture of the home.
There are no degrees in heritage home inspections. While there are some brief courses available,; actual hands on experience is invaluable. Understanding the different methods of assembly is critical in conducting an inspection on a heritage residence.
Inspection of older wiring, heating and plumbing can only be understood if the inspector has years of hands on experience. Renovations and upgrades can sometimes present a particular challenge, as they are often not done professionally. While many issues are usually obvious and have been reflected in the price of the home, understanding the dimensions of the issue is important.
Repair costs of a heritage home are usually higher than a more modern home. As an experienced heritage inspector who "packs" a wealth of knowledge, Cam can usually prioritize the issues and explain them to you.
For years, Cam has been writing a weekly column for the Kingston Whig Standard and other Sun Media papers. Throughout this time he has addressed a number of issues pertaining to heritage homes.
See the heritage section in "Ask The Inspector" to read some of the articles written in the past few years. As well, for the past eight years he has written Green-Tech; the series. This column is based upon new and advancing technology for today's environmentally responsible, energy efficient homes. On a personal note, Cam and his life partner, Donna, have turned a rural church, circa 1894, into a sustainable residence. Read Cam's column in the Kingston Whig and/or check in at http://www.alltechgreenchurch.ca a web-site developed to detail the adventure.
A heritage home inspection often takes longer to complete. You should plan on attending and allow up to 4 hours of your time. Bring along your notebook and camera.
Time is taken with the client so that they understand the dynamics of the building, the options available and the best method to arrive at the necessary repairs and maintenance that are always found in a heritage home. Special attention to the wiring, heating and plumbing is necessary for you to meet the ever-changing insurance requirements. Understanding insulation, ventilation and roof coverings of yesteryear, take a particular expertise. Heritage buildings are truly individual when it comes to the life span of a roof covering. Metal roof coverings can be deceiving, the "tin shingles" can have widely varied life expectancies and a knowledgeable heritage inspector will evaluate the condition and maintenance required.
The skills of our forefathers were as varied as the designs of the homes. As a former professional heritage renovator, Cam brings personal insight into the individuality that every heritage home represents.
"We appreciate the very thorough informative inspection you did on the property, and I would have no hesitation in recommending you." - Susan O.