“Even after 18 years of experience in the construction business, the first time I sought out a home inspection myself in 2015 I was amazed at all the things the inspector picked up on that I did not. That was the moment I decided to become a home inspector myself.”
Originally, Michael wanted to be a carpenter. “I wanted to do something with wood.” And for the first ten years of his working life, he did work with wood – framing and roofing and other tasks, including pouring (concrete) foundations for his father’s company. “My father was in real estate and construction. I had a real DIY upbringing. He was a practical hands-on guy.”
But Michael wanted to focus on wood, not only in home construction, but also in furniture, and at a biological level. He studied the physics and chemistry of wood. “I’m curious, and I realized I didn’t want to work in a factory.”
With a bachelor of wood construction under his belt, he did his masters thesis on different forces in lightframe walls. The work he did alongside his professor out of the University of New Brunswick actually led to woodframe design changes in the Canadian code. That led to him working as a technical advisor for Nordic, Manufacturer of I-joists, glue- & cross- laminated timber. There, he spent time helping people make sense of faulty building structures.
After moving to Montreal, Michael met Ivan Mose when he had a home inspected, and got inspired to broaden his focus. He liked the end-goal and the nature of inspection work. “It’s a healthy occupation – you’re outside in the sun or rain, walking, crouching, looking, and ultimately trying to help people. The other half of the job is writing the report. It’s really a balanced, professional activity.”
Since becoming an inspector, Michael said he’s discovered he’s especially a fan of attics, where the construction of a building can be seen. “It’s fascinating, especially in an old building, to see the remnants of building components – they leave traces of history, and you get to piece it together—I love that.”