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Contacted Don regarding a WETT inspection for my fireplace that was requested by my insurance company (just purchased a 40 year old house) He had a last minute cancellation and booked me in quite quickly. Inspection didn't take very long. Provided a WETT report & a CD of the pictures taken. No issues. Inspection went smoothly.
I like it when I can help people in need!!!
It is very important to have a knowledgeable home inspector when it comes to purchasing one's home. When I found a property in the rural part of Durham, Ontario, and after living in a city all of my life, there were new things that I had to be made aware of, when purchasing a country styled home.
When I contacted Don of 'Peace and Mind Home Inspections', I was very pleased with Don's work. Don had even arrived to my property before I had even got there. He already starting working from taking pictures, and checking the outside of the home, before going to the inside of the home for inspection, by the time I arrived to the property.
As a school educator, I know the importance of not only building relations with students, and having up to date lesson plans, a structured base of learning is also very important for the students, just as it is with a detailed report when it comes to home inspections.
Don provided this report to me, as well as providing a CD/DVD copy of all the pictures that he took of the property as well.
The key part of Don's package of materials is a detailed summary page of his findings. I am still using this summary page even today, with the list of items that Don recommended me to do. Some examples of the work that Don suggested, were to have a retaining wall, replacing the oil tank, having the septic tank pumped and inspected, which I have all done.
With regards to building relations, even to this day, when I finally got around to repairing the roof, (which was another item that Don had recommended me to do) Don was kind enough to recommend a few roofers who he trusted to do the work, and I took his first recommendation to me, and the crew did a fine job.
Although, I still have some work to do around the home, it is nice that Don always has told me that he is a phone call away, and when I do contact him from time to time for suggestions of what to do with regards to repair, he is always very helpful.
My only concern, was of no fault to Don, however, was to the previous home owners, for not really taking care of the property that well, and had only wished that they did take the time to do so. However, it is important to know which repairs are needed,
and having a professional such as Don help out the new homeowner is very important.
For those reading this review, please if selling one's home, make it a nice transition for the new homeowners to move in, rather then the new homeowner be faced with quite a few additional costs when it comes to repairs.
That is why it is important to have the peace of mind to do this, when purchasing a resale home, and have the experts like Don help guide you with what needs to be done right away, and what can wait a while.
Thank you Don,
The after inspection services I provide at no additional cost to my clients is what they love about Peace of Mind!!!!!!
First, Don was highly recommended to us. However, we also did our due diligence and google him, to find reviews and read through about 30 impressive statements of his thoroughness, professionalism, and credibility.
Did Don do a good job? Yes. He was beyond thorough, going through every inch of the house, top to bottom, from to back, and clearly and carefully explaining to me and my husband the following: a) what the error was, what the standard is, how to go about fixing it, and general costs associated with each task upgrade.
As new home buyers, we are naturally terrified of buying a lemon. This is what we've been saving for for YEARS, and because of Don, we have a clear, unbiased, realistic assessment of the property, its strengths, as well as the areas in need of fixing. I can now continue with the purchase with the knowledge of what needs to be done to be able to negotiate further, AND with a plan for future renovations for the property.
It should also be noted that Don was prompt, arriving before the scheduled time, and stayed for a solid 3.5 hours, taking extensive notes and photographs of everything in the house. By the end, we had a summary page of crucial issues + a full CD of photos. In less than 12 hours, we had a full, 12-pg report outlining every aspect of his findings with suggestions on how to repair the issue. He's also a pretty funny guy, so that was a nice bonus to a rather stressful time.
would we use him again? You bet your bottom dollar we will. Are home inspections expensive? Yes. But what they offer you is a clear picture of the property, with a tangible plan for renovation next steps or money pitfalls in the future. Also, a few hundred upfront can and WILL save you thousands, or even tens of thousands down the line. As a home buyer, someone who is spending between 600 - 1million +, equip yourself with this knowledge and invest in Don to inspect first.
Final note: for you first time home buyers, every homebuyers website I read clearly and emphatically states that the #1 mistake make is NOT asking for an inspection. If the seller has a good product, they should not fear a 2 or 3 day inspection period. Again, this is likely the BIGGEST purchase of your life. Protect yourself and your future by hiring Don to inspect it.
I love clients who take the time to listen and hear what I have to say.
Don did an amazing job with inspecting our new build! He is friendly, reliable and knows his stuff! He provided us CD with pics and a full report on the same day. We definitely have a peace of mind after Don's inspection. I would highly recommend Don to any one looking for an home inspection.
Thank you once again!
You are very welcome Shalvin, it was a pleasure working with you both!
A little overdue but better late than never to tell people about our great experience with Peace of Mind Home Inspections Inc.
We needed an inspection for a house we purchased in Ajax. My husband got in contact with Don for an inspection. Throughout the service he was professional, very thorough, and a friendly person. He was very easy to talk to and answered all of our questions in depth.
I would recommend Don to anyone!
Thank you very much, I love working with people who appreciate what I do for them!!!!
Don from Peace of Mind Inspections was thorough and professional. He arrived on time and immediately started to check the outside and the roof. He recommended that I join him as he went through the house and he explained everything to me that was an issue, what could become an issue and maintenance advice that was easy to understand.
He took the time to explain things to me when I asked questions (and I asked a lot of questions). He had a great sense of humour which made it easy to talk to him and I didn't feel intimidated. He never rushed through a section and made sure that he inspected every last detail.
I read a lot of the reviews before making the choice and I am glad I did. He also gave me a CD with pictures and a detailed report of his findings. I would highly recommend Don at Peace of Mind Home Inspections.
Thanks Shane I'm glad you enjoyed the inspection experience, I like working with clients who appreciate my thoroughness and expertise!!!
Don was professional, thorough and a pleasure to deal with. He took the time to explain, in detail, all of his findings and recommendations for our condo. I would highly recommend his services.
Thanks Shelley and Brian it was
fun working with you and remember to call me back when your renos are completed!!!
Don has been the most thorough Home Inspector I have ever worked
with. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely thorough, providing
highly detailed analysis and information of even the apparently
insignificant areas of the home.
POMHI is the epitome of Client Care, Client Service, Client Satisfaction.
The complete report and CD of everything carefully pointed out, was the
icing on the cake for me.
I encourage everyone buying a home to call Don. Right from the initial
call you are certain to see that you are dealing with a consummate
professional and you will NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Thanks Don, Wouldn't use anyone else. Period! David.
Thank you David it is always a pleasure to work with people who appreciate how hard I work for them, I look at a clients house as if I were buying it for myself!
Don is amazing!!! He's what I call a resourcefull source of information. He knows his job and does it right. I first hired him in 2011 and from then until now he has done inspections for all of my family. Don takes his time and goes over every nook and cranny and gives you valuable advice during the process... and his price is reasonable. I will keep relying on his services until he quits!
Thank you Kathy, you have found out what all of my client know, my services do not end at the end of the inspection, they continually call me for advice and contractor referrals!
Many would be resale home buyers are held back by their fear of surprise home repair costs.
Others are willing to opt for a less than perfect resale home, as long as they know just what they are getting into. An unstable foundation, faulty wiring, or a roof that will soon require replacement can be extremely expensive repairs.
Take away the fear of the unknown and close the deal with Peace of Mind Home Inspections Inc. We help ensure that you can make an informed decision about the largest purchase you may ever make.
Worked as a licensed renovator for 18 years, worked with a master electrician for 4 years, finished at the top of my class at Durham college to become a certified home inspector, passed all the required courses to become Wood Energy Technical Training certified, have performed thousands of home inspections since incorporating in 1995, I have completed 10,000 hours of classroom and field experience and have earned acquired the designation of Certified Master Home Inspector.
Our inspections take at least three hours, with most of our time being spent on the major components of the house:
• Heating and Cooling
We are not afraid to get dirty. If it means going into crawl spaces, attics, under decks or on roof tops in order to help potential buyers discover problems, then we do it.
We don't just look for symptoms, but also the cause of the problem with the home. Everything we find is detailed in our inspection report.
We also encourage that you participate in the inspection with the inspector. It can be an invaluable learning experience.
We also perform Industrial and Commercial Inspections, renovation consultations and new home warranty inspections . Our price list is available on our website.
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We service the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region, Whitby,Ajax,Pickering,Oshawa,Clarington,Stouffville, Uxbridge,Port Perry,Markham,Etobicoke, we also do inspections on out of town properties for an additional fuel and travel surcharge.