I agree with Brett. I find him entertaining and informative. But he has the advantage of a squad of people and the ability to destructively examine.
Its Ok to find out things this way. Good for the homeowner/prospective buyer. It’s just a shame he needs to put down the guy who didn’t have the ethical or legal ability to examine anything other than visually
Anybody can tear something down and then “discover” a problem. Holmes has yet to show where a visual “point in time” inspection revealed any of the things he shows. Holmes always has prior symptomatic descriptions provided by the home owner; disclosure statements from sellers are more often disclaimers. You can perform all kinds of magic in a television performance that is not live, heavily edited, and took several days to produce! His show gives our clients unrealistic expectations (those that don’t know reality tv is anything but).
Home inspectors in a Real Estate Transaction have no lawful ability to do destructive investigation. Neither they nor their client own the property.
He’s a reality TV personality and a buffoon. I watched an episode of his show. I think it was called “Make it Right” or some such B.S. He and his kids tore down a deck that they said “wasn’t built to code” then rebuilt it with another that was obviously not built to code either.
Yes he is blow hard. He is also sadly correct about a percentage of the industry. Online courses and barely passing an exam hardly make up for a hands on construction or maintenance back ground. If you don’t have the background continuous education is even more important so you are not learning at your clients expense. Now for the ones who are about to unload on me there are those that walk thru head down looking only at there precious device. Ok let it begin, L O L
I believe it was Elaine Yong, working for CBC or Global New, got a bee in her bonnet about home inspectors pre 1997. Mike Holmes was renovating homes sort of in Ontario.
Then the citation: [Salgado v. Toth] Imre Toth (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/home-inspector-must-pay-192-000-1.785296), 2009 BCSC 1515 - Docket: S073646 - Registry: Vancouver.
Politicians pick this up and voila, the promotion of regulating home inspections.
Next was Alberta’s booming building industry, due to oil, in early 2000’s and poor building practices with spottier building regulations and blind AHJ that followed. Mike Holmes was gaining attention of journalists, note the link to Elaine Yong, by knocking home inspectors incorrectly, not referring SoP, then voila, the second promotion of provinces regulating home inspections, Alberta.
Along the way of becoming a recognized expert on renovations, to which he is not, and garnishing a TV show, then magazine, or vice versa, Ontario was thinking of letting the first regulation shoe drop. Mike Holmes lobbied for, and got a fast track to create a franchise for his son called, Mike Holmes Inspections.
I never earned my living hanging sheetrock. I think I was a moderately competent home inspector in-spite of that.
No building trade is going to give anyone the breadth of technical, customer service and business knowledge needed to perform a competent home inspection. No matter where a new inspector came from or how long a veteran has been performing inspections, they’re going to be continuously learning on the job.
The key word in your sentence Martin is most. and I don’t even know if I was say most (maybe many). There are to many people coming out of these education factories these days with little to no knowledge of this industry and learn on the job. Depending on the inspector, Holmes could be right but to generalize and just say inspectors is definitely not OK.