Let’s take a moment to consider the merits of WETT Inspections – and highlight an easier approach Sellers and their Realtors can take when it comes to selling a home with a wood stove or a fireplace, or any other solid fuel heating installation.
A Short Note About Code Compliance…
“WETT Inspection” refers to the inspection of any wood-burning system in a home. A WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) certified professional assesses the system to determine whether it meets minimum requirements established by the applicable Code… The Canadian Standard Association (CSA) document “CSA B-365” or a CSA Approved Manufacturer’s Installation Instruction in the case of a certified free-standing appliance, or the applicable Building or Construction Code in effect at the time of construction of a masonry fireplace.
HOME INSPECTIONS: “A kettle of fish”
Any procedures beyond a Level 1 (strictly visual) inspection are outside the Scope and Limitations of a Buyer’s home inspection – even if the attending home inspector is WETT certified. During a Buyer’s inspection, the home inspector is not in a position to disassemble or disrupt the Seller’s property. This limitation sometimes results in the Seller of a property being asked upon completion of the home inspection, to provide the Buyer with a Letter of Compliance (often mistakenly referred to as a WETT Certificate.)
So, when should the WETT inspection be performed?
Much like having a septic system inspected and the tank pumped out, or the pumping rate of a private water well verified, if a Seller has a paid service invoice from a WETT certified professional, or a Letter of Compliance in hand at the time the property is listed for sale, there will be no need for further inspection – and no need for the time and trouble of writing amendments, or dealing with any other undertakings as a result of a Buyer’s home inspection.
A Seller who pays in advance for a WETT inspection will be further ahead than one who has to renegotiate as a result of a Buyer’s home inspection, or any subsequent wood-heating inspection.
WETT certified service professionals can be easily located at the Wood Energry Technology Transfer website www.wettinc.ca Sellers and Realtors should look for individuals who are listed as “technicians, installers or chimney sweeps.” These are the people with the tools and expertise, who are ready to clean and prepare wood burning installations for a trouble-free sale!