My house is about 14 years old I purchased it about 1.5 years ago and have moved in for about a year. Since I don't know too much about building code plumbing, electric wiring etc. to play safe I get Mike Holmes to inspect it before I sign the sales and purchase agreement. In the past years I had discovered some very fundamental problems which should have been picked up by the inspection.
There are a few things against the home building code which I think a professional home inspector should have noticed
1. There are some stairs that lead from the kitchen to the backyard and the hand rail has some steel bar in between but the width between each bar is too wide and it is dangerous as small kids can get their head stuck between. Luckily there was an order on it and my lawyer picked this up and we had the seller to rectify it before we made the final settlement.
2. The space between the front of the furnaces and the wall is not wide enough less than 2ftx2ft. (This is a requirement by the building code). The guy who came to change my boiler realized this and gave me an order to fix this in a month otherwise Enbridge can suspend my gas supply. It cost me a thousand dollar to turn the furnaces 180 degree.
3. In the living room the outlet for heat is blocked by the floor tile that the previous owner put for the flooring.
4. In the attic there was a spot that has leakage problem but was never mentioned in the inspection report.
All in all very disappointed with the inspection.