All Tech Consulting Home Inspections

While we inspect houses of all ages, 

Heritage Homes are our Specialty!

 

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.


While there are some brief courses available, there are no degrees in heritage homes inspections, making actual hands-on experience invaluable.  Inspection of older wiring, heating and plumbing, for example, can only be understood when the inspector has a solid background in heritage buildings.  Understanding the different methods of assembly is also critical in conducting an inspection on a heritage building.

Past renovations and upgrades can sometimes present a particular challenge, as they have often not been done professionally.  While many issues are 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 usually exceed those of a conventional or more modern home.  As an experienced heritage inspector who "packs" a wealth of knowledge, we can prioritize the issues and explain them to you.

A heritage home inspection often takes longer to complete.  You should plan on attending and allow up to four hours of your time. Bring along your notebook and a camera.

Time is taken with the client so that he/she understands 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, takes 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 professional heritage renovator, we bring personal insight into the individuality that every heritage home presents.

What to look for:

  • MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS:

Peeling paint, foundation cracks and any other damage that should be dealt with now to avoid more serious problems in the future.


  • MINOR STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS:

Typical in old homes, this can cover everything from cracked plaster to small movements in the foundation.  While they are not likely to cause the house to fall down, they should be corrected before they become more serious.


  • DRAINAGE AND GRADING PROBLEMS:

Probably the most common problem found.  Installation of new roof gutters and downspouts, digging up the weeping tiles or simply re-grading the surrounding lawn to re-direct the surface water away from the house, can reduce water invasion.


  • INSUFFICIENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:

Common in older homes - undersized services, aluminum wired and knob-and-tub wiring or inadequate/poorly renovated distribution systems.  These may be unsafe and could be an insurance issue.


  • POORLY INSTALLED PLUMBING:

It is also quite common to find creative plumbing in older homes.  Galvanized and cast lines can become an insurance issue.  Repairs can range from simple to very expensive.


  • OLDER/LEAKING ROOF:

Metal shingles are common and have a very long life span compared to asphalt shingles.  On average, an asphalt-shingled roof lasts 15 to 20 years, but if there are multiple layers, the life span will be reduced.


  • OLDER HEATING/COOLING SYSTEMS:

Most older heating/cooling systems are inefficient.  While replacement may seem expensive, the new, more efficient systems will reduce heating and cooling costs substantially. With the price of fuel today, the capital outlay would be recouped in a very short time.


  • POOR VENTILATION:

Excessive moisture from unvented bathrooms and cooking areas can damage plaster, deteriorate windows and cause allergic reactions.  These conditions need to be corrected before the deterioration becomes excessive.

On a more personal note!


For years, Cam has been addressing issues pertaining to heritage homes in his columns for Sun Media, which appear weekly in the Kingston Whig Standard.  The GreenTech-the series column addresses new and advancing technology for today's environmental responsible, energy efficient homes.  On a personal note, Cam and his life partner, Donna Dillman have recently converted a, circa 1894, rural United Church into an energy efficient, sustainable residence.  To read the columns detailing that adventure go to: http://alltechgreenchurch.ca



We appreciate the very thorough informative inspection you did on the property, and I would have no hesitation in recommending you."
Susan O.

Areas serviced include:

Lanark and Lanark Highlands
Perth
Smiths Falls
Carleton Place
Almonte
and areas in and around Lanark County


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