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EXPERT INSPECTORS

We have over 50 years of combined experience, with over 30,000 home inspections performed in Ottawa and Gatineau, industry-leading accreditation and structural & environmental engineering backgrounds.
Our reputation is among the best in the Ottawa & Gatineau region.

SUPERIOR SERVICE

We carry full errors & omissions and comprehensive liability insurance, and our rates beat many of our competitors.  Our services also include complimentary after-sale support, including free future consultations and follow-up visits, as well as engineering letters for permit applications.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Our inspectors are not only born and raised in Ottawa, but pursued engineering studies in local universities as well.  Their experience, education, and engineering resources provide them with a wealth of knowledge about local geotechnical conditions, known historical issues, and advanced building science.

PREMIUM REPORTS

Our standard fee includes two separate reports.  An instant, onsite report, allows you to immediately make an informed decision and discuss any price negotiations with your agent on-the-spot.  A premium custom-typed narrative report, with full-colour captioned photographs, follows shortly via email.

HOME INSPECTIONS AND OTHER SERVICES

Home Inspections

PRE-PURCHASE HOME INSPECTIONS

We welcome first-time home buyers. Our inspectors appreciate the anxiety new home buyers sometimes feel, and take the time to thoroughly explain all the home’s systems, and their required maintenance.

Military Relocation Home Inspections

GOVERNMENT RELOCATIONS

We’re honoured to have been an authorized Brookfield Relocation Services supplier for decades, having inspected the homes of thousands of members of DND, RCMP, CBSA, and other federal departments.

Pre-Listing Inspections

PRE-LISTING TECHNICAL EVALUATIONS

Pre-listing inspections have gotten more popular, and demonstrate ownership care.  Avoid any surprises during the sale of your home, and have your home pre-inspected prior to listing.

ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES

We provide engineering consulting services to homeowners, contractors, developers, and other home inspectors.  Need an engineer’s letter for a permit application?  Our consulting rates can’t be beat!

Condominium Assessments

CONDOMINIUM ASSESSMENTS

We also provide special services to condominium corporations and non-profit organizations, including reserve fund analysis studies and code compliance inspections for rooming houses.

Tarion Home Inspections

TARION HOME WARRANTY INSPECTIONS

Is your 1 year warranty service coming up?  We’ll perform a complete inspection of the home, ensuring that all warranty issues are identified for your builder.  We’ll even help you fill out your Tarion paperwork!

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOME REPAIRS OR MAINTENANCE? ASK US! ADVICE IS ALWAYS FREE.

Floor Drains – Not just a hole in your basement floor

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Hi folks, I’m a little late this month, and would like to apologize to my loyal readers, as well as thank you all for your emails.  It’s nice to know that my blogs are being [...]

Inadequate Underlay – The common cause of cracked tiles

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Ceramic floors are a common type of flooring that I inspect, and they can be quite beautiful, if done right.  However, it is an unfortunate reality that every once in a while I come across [...]

“My Two Cents” – Some advice may be worth just that!

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Hi all! The other day I was at one of my regular hangouts, the local home renovation store. You know the one, it's huge, has a four letter name, and is “doing it right”.  I [...]

“Thanks Eric. The report is one of the most comprehensive that I’ve received. I also appreciate you taking the time to write an interim summary for us in the mean time. I’ll have the additional report printed, filled out scanned and send back as soon as I can – Monday may be my earliest opportunity as I’m travelling at this time. Thanks again. Sorry to hear about Marc, I hope he has a quick recovery.”
JONATHAN J. - RELOCATION CLIENT, JUNE 2015
“We were extremely pleased with the service we received. We were amazed to the fact that not only did you accurately predict the problem, but identified it despite any visible indications. It’s like you have x-ray vision.”
ANDREA J. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, AUGUST 2014
“Thank you Eric for being able to do my inspection on such short notice. I received your report and I love it. I was really impressed with how knowledgeable you are and how you were able to correctly diagnose the cause of all the problems with the house.”
KATHERINE Z. - PRE-RENO INSPECTION CLIENT, OCTOBER 2012
“Hi Eric; You are THE MAN! We can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done. The results of this test save us over $5,000 on top of fantastic rates you’ve given us on your work. I know that you had nothing to do with the asbestos results, nevertheless you will forever be remembered as Eric; The Man Who Saved Me More Than Five Grand. We will certainly come to you first whenever your variety of services are required, and refer anyone we hear of to you.”
STEVEN K. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2013
“Hi Eric, I was impressed with how much you knew. I didn’t tell you but I am a licensed electrician and you definitely have a good grasp of the field, as well as all other fields. I am satisfied and would definitely recommend you to family and friends. Sincerely, Eric L******”
ERIC L. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, JANUARY 2014
“We were very pleased to have Eric Parent perform a home inspection last week for our 40-year old townhouse. Eric is such a great guy, polite and relaxed – his confidence put us at ease. Eric’s thorough knowledge and experience was evident as we toured the house. The formal report is thoroughly detailed and easily comprehensible. Eric’s offer to perform a follow-up visit/report at no extra charge once repairs have been effected is most appreciated! We would not hesitate to recommend Parent & Assoc Inc.!”
JUUDY G. - PRE-RENO INSPECTION CLIENT, MARCH 2016
“Excellent service, from start to finish. They handled a schedule conflict graciously and efficiently. Eric was vastly knowledgable, and more than that, was able to explain things in a way I could easily understand (I’m a first time home buyer, this was my first experience with a home inspection but not my partner’s). He did a thorough inspection and took his time. Not once did it feel rushed or like we skipped something. Every question we asked was met with an informed and confident response. He even followed up after we didn’t take the house. We’ll definitely be calling him for the next one. Thumbs up.”
GAELYN - FIRST-TIME BUYER, JUNE 2014
“I recently bought my first home and had Marc come out to inspect. He was thorough, answered all my questions and was reasonably priced. Provided detailed summary by email within 48hours. Would definitely recommend their services.”
ELIZABETH - FIRST-TIME BUYER, OCTOBER 2012
“Un gros merci! Excellent service encore une fois!” (“A big thank you! Excellent service once again!”)
ALAIN B. - REPEAT CLIENT, MARCH 2012
“Hi Marc, Just wanted to send you my thanks for your detailed report. Not only am I now much better informed as a home owner, but your information resulted in a reduction of the final price that was more than 10 times the cost of your services – so your report was truly worth every penny and more! Thank you very much.”
FIONA J. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, DECEMBER 2013
“Acknowledging receipt of this very thorough report. I very much appreciate the opportunity to learn about old homes, house structure and tips on maintenance provided by Marc Parent while I quietly followed him around and asked a few questions. If I have any questions, I will follow up as per his invitation.”
MICHAEL K. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, MAY 2013
“I was extremely happy with the inspection and the service you provided. We did not go through with the purchase as we felt that substantial expenditures were required and we were not prepared to pay for them. When we find the ‘right’ one we will again call on your services. Thank you.”
PAUL O. - INVESTMENT PROPERTY BUYER, MARCH 2014
“Dear Sir, i would like thank you for your impressive report”
ABDUL H. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2012
“Hello Marc, We feel very happy to have you as our inspector because of your expertise and experience. I forgot to ask you two minor issues in the house: Do you think where is the place for us to install a wooden fireplace? We love to have a one installed inside a wall, but the house didn’t have that design, The kitchen has no place prepared for dishwasher. Where do you think is a good place to squeeze a dishwasher in? Thank you”
XIAOHONG Y. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2011
“Nous sommes tres satisfaits de nos visites, merci encore!” (“We are very satisfied with our visits. Thank you again!”)
MATHIEU L. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, SEPTEMBER 2013
“Bonjour – Nous avons ete satisfaits de vos services et vous avez bien repondu a nos attentes.” (“Hello – We are satisfied with your services and you have responded well to our expectations.”)
SEBASTIEN P. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2013
“Hi Marc, The offer of purchase of the house on which you did an inspection was dropped as it became too complicated to negotiate a convenient price, however the inspection done in August by your son was informative and sound which finally abled me to purchase the home at **** ********. Thank you for your assistance and sound expert opinion.”
ROLANDE P. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, AUGUST 2013
“Thank you for the follow-up. We are very happy about are purchase and we did enjoy your greatful service.”
ANGELE L. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2013
“We were very satisfied with your home inspection. The purchase of Foxborough went well as did our sale of our house on Glenfern Ave. several months later. We are enjoying our new home very much.”
JOE S. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, JANUARY 2013
“Dear Mr. Parent, We are certainly happy with the service you provided to us. The owner did install the drain trap in the basement and we purchased the house. We have a question, however. The insurance company wants to know when the wiring in the house was replaced by the current one. Is this something you could help us to determine? Was there a sticker on the electrical panel perhaps? If not, what would be common practice to get that information?” (We assisted her in obtaining that information)
CORA C. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, MARCH 2014
“Hi Christine, Marc did a home inspection for us few weeks ago and we were impressed by his knowledge and style of inspection.”
SAFI A. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, AUGUST 2013
“My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. Don’t worry about the delay, it was no problem at all. The home inspection and the report were extremely thorough and well done, I want to thank you for all your hard work, we were all really impressed with the report.” – (We recently experienced a great loss in our family, causing his report to be delayed by a couple of days.)
KURTIS B. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, OCTOBER 2012
“Hello, Everything went well with the purchase, and we are very happy in the house. We appreciate the help from you guys.”
CRAIG L. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, JANUARY 2013
“Hello Marc, Hope you are well, I recently referred clients ******* and ***** ********* at Colliston Cres. They were very happy with your services. Thank you for taking great care of them both. I will need some more of your business cards/pamphlets.”
RALPH Y. - REAL ESTATE AGENT ON BEHALF OF CLIENTS, JUNE 2014
“Good morning, I would like to thank to Mr. Parent for his time to inspect our house. The report is extremely detailed and we learned a lot from him to improve the safety of the house. I found your contact information from our real-estate lawyer, Mr. ******* ** *****. He gave your contact information and he said he heard really good feedback from your inspections. Thank you again,”
ERHAN D. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, MAY 2014
“Bonjour M.Parent, Je tiens a vous remercier pour votre bon travail. J’aimerais aussi vous dire que ce fut un plaisir de travailler avec vous. Votre professionnalisme et votre collaboration a ete tres apprecie. Bien a vous,” – (“Hello Mr. Parent, I thank you for your good work. I would also like to tell you that it was a pleasure working with you. Your professionalism and your collaboration was very much appreciated. All the best to you.”)
DENIS P. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, NOVEMBER 2014
“Hello Marc, It was a pleasure meeting you on February 21 for the building inspection. Thank you for your thorough, insightful observations and report.”
RON M. - PRE-PURCHASE CLIENT, FEBRUARY 2015