Post # 1
Does anyone watch these shows? Did it affect your home purchase or at least what to look for before purchasing and what to look for in an inspector?
I’m not a regular watcher, but have caught some when nothing better is on. I think I might be more interested as I get closer to consider purchasing and will check out any tips he has online!
Post # 3
Fiance and I love to watch his shows. He’s pretty cool.
Post # 4
He is very thorough.. but he also is a bit over the top because it’s a show. Most people are not going to rip apart their whole house the way he does on the show, only if there is a serious problem. I find that some of the stuff he does tends to scare people more than anything.
A good home inspector will find the problems and will tell you which problems are serious, what needs replacing, what could take a few more years of wear etc.
Also, don’t let your agent/realtor pick your inspector! They can recommend one to you but don’t feel obligated to go with that person. I have a great guy that does most of my inspections and my clients love him because he is great at explaining everything!
I just checked out the prices on Holmes Inspection. OMFG. Is he leaving gold nuggets around the house??? I get that he’s a TV personality but my guy does thermal imaging at no extra cost and for half that price!
Post # 5
Hes toolish (no pun intended) and his personality is grating but I caught a few episodes this past weekend because nothing else was on. Alot of his clients are pretty stupid though, too.
Post # 6
I LOVE Mike Holmes so much … and have for quite a few years. We’re trying to figure a way to get him down to FL to help take down two walls in our house. Nothing is wrong with them we just KNOW he does things right
Post # 7
Our home was in Holmes magazine last Fall as they featured new home build’s and high efficiency hot water tank’s and furnaces! Basically it was photo’s of our basement, our furnace and water tank! Was funny when all the photog equipment was brought in for “them”, ha!
I LOVE watching Holmes on Homes, and Holmes Inspection. I ran into Damon and the rest of the crew once and they seem super awesome! I think even though the shows definitely have their made for TV moments, the awareness they provide for people is fantastic, I know I have learned a lot!!
The Holmes Inspection building inspection prices are nutty. When we had our PDI on our place we looked at pricing them out and I just counldn’t do it for the name!!
Darling Husband and I are applying to be on “Leave it to Bryan” on HGTV…..between Mike, Bryan and Scott McGilvary….love HGTV!
Post # 8
@Ms. Martian: It may also depend on the area he’s in. I know I’m not in Canada, but we paid $300 or $400 for our home inspection…. I’ve talked to others that paid less, and some that paid more in this area.
I like watching the show, as does Darling Husband, but he is over the top. Some things people would never know about if they didn’t rip something apart.
We went around our house and checked the basics that we were worried about, but also had the inspector. He caught some of the random things (like doors rubbing, garbage disposer on the way out, the venting by the roof popped out, and some other misc. things).
Post # 9
My SO and I have seen most episodes. My SO is very knowledgable on the home repairs etc and we watch together because we plan on having a few fixer-uppers in our life.
Post # 10
@snoie: I agree it does depends on that area however the company lists the prices as the same across 3 provinces. I live/work in one of the more expensive areas and it’s crazy to me that his company charges $925! Most home inspectors for a home that’s under 2500 sq ft charge around 300-400 in this area. I get $50-100 here and there but he’s charging more than double!
Post # 11
@Ms. Martian: I sgree about it being over the top, but at least it gets people thinking about the quality of a house or work of a contractor before forking over the dough. I never looked at the websites before.
Post # 12
His show definitely made a difference in our home buying experience. I used to think you just had to accept whatever was wrong with a home when buying it, but when we made our offer I was saavy enough to include a clause where the sellers had to fix a major crack in the ceiling and wall before closing. Even though it was a co-op apartment and no inspection is needed, I still brought in an inspector just so I would know if there were any major issues and what needed fixing. His report was awesome. It was extremely thorough adn really helped us understand what we were in for. Luckily nothing major needed work other than the crack (which turned out to be water damage), but it’s nice to know ahead of time all the things that need fixing.
We basically took his report, made a list in order of importance and tackled things one at a time. Our super took care of most of it, but other things were really small like replacing lightbulbs.
My inspection cost $325, but that is a NYC price.
Post # 13
The first time I watched his show, I almost cried because I wanted him to come to the house I own in another so bad. A bad inspector (regaled by my realtor, by the way) will make your life miserable. I personally have owned several houses, and inspections in three different states cost about $400 (which may be rolled into the mortgage itself or be paid with certain closing costs by the seller) across the board. My FH, not involved in any of these other houses, is also dealing with similar issues now. We intend on bringing in our own people next time (it will have to be on top of a home inspector, if we don’t trust him/her, since it’s required). Luckily, we have family members in building and general contracting, but I’m ready to throw down whatever it costs to have each expert say, “The plumbing looks good,” “The electric looks good,” “The roof looks good,” etc. I’m over the good ol’ boys club of home inspectors and realtors.
Post # 14
I love Mike Holmes and am so glad I got an inspection when I bought my house. I feel terrible for some of those couples on there.
Post # 15
Ha, my husband and I started watching his shows *after* we had gone firm on our house … not a good idea I must say lol, makes for paranoia.
Post # 16
I LOVE him! He used to come to the college I attended but I never got to meet him. One day when I was going to school I saw (and followed) his struck-or what I assume was his truck-but I was running late for class so I had to give up my chase lol.
We paid $500 for our home inspection and that was on a small house. Sounds like I paid a lot compared to some. Our first inspection was $500 but when we received the results of that inspection we backed out of the home purchase. We found another house and had the same guy do the inspection and he gave us a “deal” by only charging $400 or $450 I can’t remember. Oh well, its money well spent IMO.