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Home Inspection
Address:
80 Glenrose Ave Toronto , ON M4T1K6
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York Associates

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Reviews for York Associates

Oct 13, 2013, Thornhill

10

My home inspection from Alex was nothing short of amazing. He spent over 6 hours going up and down the house, crawling through crawlspaces, climbing on to the roof. He removed electrical panels to examine wiring, and inspected every potentially water damaged spot with a moisture meter. He had a very detailed answer to every single question I came up with (and there were quite a few). The most impressive aspect of working with Alex was his willingness to teach on top of his detailed inspection. He had information on how to maintain the AC unit, and the furnace. He pointed out amongst the neighbors' roofs what a professional job looks like compared to an amateur one. When there was an issue, instead of just quoting an approximate price to repair it, he also showed the impact on other parts of the house and explained the trade-offs regarding fixing it, which made me much more confident in the purchase and my ability to maintain the house going forward with minimal surprises. Alex is absolutely the guy to come to when you need a home inspection done, especially on an older house.

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$525.00

Sep 27, 2013, THORNHILL

10

A home inspection by Alex Welsh is unlike any other home inspection. His background as an engineer gives him the expertise to delve into areas other inspectors are neither qualified nor mandated to investigate. He recently helped us troubleshoot a mysterious odor which was preventing us from moving into our 3 year old condominium. He spoke with me on the phone at 7pm for half an hour and again the next morning, telling me he was up all night working on the problem. I don't know many people who would be that generous with their time. It was something of an emergency because our moving day was 2 days away, and Alex responded accordingly, coming over that very afternoon. He was detailed in his questions and thorough in his investigation. After he had finished his inspection, he gave both an oral and printed report with clearly detailed observations and recommendations, followed up by an email with photos he had taken. We had spent a lot of money on so-called experts which we could have saved had I only thought of calling Alex first. My suggestion to anyone looking for the very best in home inspection services.....call Alex first.

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$350.00

May 29, 2013, TORONTO

10

Alex (pronouced Alec for those in the know) Welsh of York Associates is the most incredible inspector in the GTA, in my opinion. He is so thorough, it makes real estate agents quake in their boots. (Agents will also complain about the length of the inspection because they have to sit around personally and wait while the work is being done, but on completion mine said Alex would be the guy he would call for HIS next purchase!). So bottom line, if you're investing in buying a house, you owe it to yourself to have a proper inspection done. The previous time, we used one of the major inspection companies, who took all of 1.5 hours to breeze through the house with a bunch of disclaimers. Alex, on the other hand, patiently removes all panels (electrical, crawlspace etc.) to see what's behind. He runs all of the systems to check safety and operation. He found things like a coolant leak on an air conditioner, a weak membrane hiding beneath a gravel roof, even a faulty safety switch on a garage door opener. He also posesses excellent judgement on the many unusual situations he encounters on a job, especially for very old homes and even new builds. Last but not least, Alex gives you a killer report on the house, with photos documenting all the issues, recommended follow-ups, highly relevant links to handy references with more information and preventive maintenance, and finally his famour 'contractor list' of guys that have proven themselves to his clients over the years on everything from buried oil tank investigations to drain plumbing and flat roof replacements. As some of these companies handle very specialized requests, it's a great supplement to what you might find on Homestars. We also found Alex accessible for the inevitable tricky situations that come up post-purchase - he even remembers the details of the house (photographic memory). So overall, he's a fantastic ally for home owners from start to finish!

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Approximate cost of services:
$1,200.00

Mar 05, 2013, Richmond Hill

10

We’ve used Alex services twice in the last 5 years and we would call him again if the time comes with no hesitation. In the second year inspection Alex went above and beyond to help us have the issues found solved in our favor. The support documents and guidance provided by Alex, even a few months after the inspection, were instrumental to have the builder agree to fix it. Jan and he have a sound knowledge of what they do and both are very customer focused.

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$450.00

Feb 01, 2013, Toronto

10

Alex Welsh inspected our house before we purchased it several years ago. We were very pleased with his recommendations, which we followed closely with subsequent improvements and repairs. Recently, after experiencing a disaster with a roofer working on our small 12’ x 12’ rear flat roof, we contacted Alex. We expected him to conduct a formal inspection but he generously helped us out free of charge. This is not something I would have expected, and I hope that by writing this I am not encouraging others to expect it, but I just want to share my awareness that Alex is a kind and generous man, to be trusted. I have complete confidence in his knowledge, advice, and professionalism. Sheila, Toronto

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Nov 18, 2012, Toronto

10

Alex met us on time and spent over 5 hours going through our potential new home with extreme care. He explained everything as he went and then produced a report on the spot which he went over in detail, but was very careful to highlight "immediate concerns" versus long term concerns. He is very pleasant and thorough. He also sent us a digital copy of the report with pictures for our future review/reference. He never rushed and also made the process enjoyable for us. Yes, it costs a bit more than the average inspection and yes, it takes longer than average, BUT this is a HUGE investment and better to go in with eyes open! No surprises to be had with our new home! Plus having the amazingly thorough digital and paper copies are fantastic.

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$480.00

Oct 24, 2011, Toronto

10

Alex was great, very thorough and gave great advice. I would recommend his services. In addition to the report he was willing to help with follow-up information, ultimately allowing my Realtor to negotiate the property price down.

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$490.00

Dec 02, 2010, Toronto

10

He was recommended to us by two friends as 'the best in the city' and he was great. Very thorough inspection, very professional, and also very approachable, a good teacher - he explained things as he went through the house and provided valuable tips on how to repair and/or maintain things as well. Also he has helped us figure some things out after the inspection. He also took *many* photos and made these available to us online (not sure if this is standard for inspections?) - this has been very helpful as well. Service over the phone and email from the office was also very helpful and professional. Definitely would recommend them to a friend.

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$500.00

May 23, 2010

10

Alex is a extremely professional home inspector. Our new home is approaching the end of the 2nd-year warranty. We heard that whatever builders or the inspectors from Tarion may have bias. Therefore we decided to hire an good independent home inspector. During the 6-hour inspection, Alex applied his expertise to do the best interest for us. He checked everything very carefully. Besides he inspected the roof with a long ladder while some inspectors only use binoculars. Furthermore, he has excellent communication skills. English is our second languge. But we understood everything that he explained because he was very patient and used layman language. At the end of the inspection, he provided us a comprehensive report with nine sections, including exterior, roofing, structural components, electrical system, plumbing, heating, cooling, interior, insulation/ventilation. He pointed out major or minor issues for each section. The next day, he emailed us all photos taken during the inspection. These photos are very helpful to remind us what specific items need to be concerned. After the inspection, when we had questions and emailed him, he replied with detail explaination and useful support documents or links. In a word, Alex is an excellent inspector. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a good inspector.

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$546.00

Jan 27, 2010, Toronto

10

We are first time home buyers and Alex made us feel so much better about our new purchase. After a very thorough home inspection, he spent an hour debriefing us on what exactly he found, including vermiculite in the attic (something another buyer's inspector didn't find). He was very patient with our questions, and we learned a tonne from his debrief. The report he produced was thorough and easy to read, and the photos he sent us later were excellent. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone.

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