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The Home Inspection 2017-03-17T02:53:44+00:00

Old Foundation

OTTAWA HOME INSPECTIONS

Our home inspections are done according to the standard protocol of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and to other methodology gained from past experience and knowledge.  A summary inspection report is provided onsite, and a detailed custom narrative report follows shortly by email. We remain available after the inspection to answer any questions, or to further explain the functioning of any system, or to go over any particular defect in more detail.  We also provide free consultation visits, guidance or advice on any issues that may come up throughout the ownership of the home.

WE ARE FLUENTLY BILINGUAL!

Both the inspection and the report can be carried out in either French or English.

A COMPLETE HOME INSPECTION, TOP TO BOTTOM

  • FOUNDATIONS

    Poured Concrete, Site-Mixed Concrete, Concrete Block, Stone & Mortar, Rubble-Mixed, Pressure-Treated Wood, Pile Foundations, Grade Beams

  • SUPPORT STRUCTURE

    Steel Posts & Beams, LVL Beams, Built-Up Wood Beams, Masonry Columns, Timber Beams & Columns, Load-Bearing Walls, Concrete Pad Footings

  • FRAMING STRUCTURE

    Engineered & Traditional Floor Joists, LVL Headers, Subflooring, Balloon Framing, Platform Framing, Engineered Trusses, Site-Built Trusses, Rafters, Roof Sheathing

  • PLUMBING

    Municipal Water Services, Lead Services, Well Pumps & Pressure Tanks, Distribution Piping, Waste & Vent Piping, Water Heaters, Fixtures and Faucets, Humidification, Floor Drains, Storm & Sanitary Sumps, Oil Tanks, Boilers & Hydronic Systems

  • ELECTRICAL

    Services and Masts, Fuse and Breaker Panels, Copper & Aluminum Wiring, Knob-and-Tube Wiring, Interior & Exterior Lighting, Receptacles, Junction Boxes, GFCI and AFCI Protection

  • HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

    Gas, Oil & Electric Furnaces, Ground-Loop Heat Pumps (Geothermal Systems), Filters & Air Cleaners, Supply and Return Ducting, Baseboard Electric Heaters, In-Floor Radiant Heating, Flues, Vents & Draft Hoods, Gas & Wood-Burning Fireplaces, Air Conditioning Condensers

  • INTERIOR

    Floors, Walls & Ceiling Finishing, Stairs and Railings, Counters and Cabinets, Doors and Windows, Shower & Tub Surrounds, Garages, Automatic Closures, Fire Separations (Party Walls), Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • INSULATION & VENTILATION

    Attic Insulation, Attic Ventilation, Basement Insulation, Crawl Space Ventilation, Exterior Walls, Thermal Breaks, Weepers, Stove Hoods & Ventilators, Air Exchangers (HRVs), Dryer Vents

  • EXTERIOR

    Brick & Stone Veneer, Vinyl & Metal Siding, Wood & Canexel Siding, Stucco (Traditional & EIFS), Soffits and Fasciae, Chimneys (Exterior), Doors & Windows, Garage Doors, Flat & Pitched Roofs, Roof Drainage & Eavestroughs, Porches, Decks & Balconies, Retaining Walls, Driveways, Window Wells, Landscaping & Drainage

THINK YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR HOUSE?

Home Inspection Puppy

FOLLOW YOUR INSPECTOR AROUND

The homebuyer is encouraged to be present during the entire inspection and ask as many questions as they wish.  Our inspectors are always pleased to answer all questions.  Being present during the inspection also provides an opportunity for the homebuyer to learn more about the operation and maintenance of their home, since our inspectors will explain the functioning of the home’s many systems, along with their proper care and maintenance.  Major defects are sometimes uncovered, however this is a rare occurrence.  Any deficiencies, major or minor, are fully explained to allow the homebuyer to make an informed decision and plan for any necessary repairs or maintenance over the years.

Many clients are reluctant to ask questions, as they are afraid to appear unintelligent.  The truth is, everyone is an expert in their own field.  We always say: “There is no such thing as a stupid question!”, and regardless, we will never judge you.

WE OFFER MANY SERVICES

Pre-Listing Inspections

EXPERT WITNESSING

ENGINEERING CONSULTING

Home Inspections

HOME INSPECTIONS

Military Relocation Home Inspections

GOVERNMENT RELOCATIONS

CONDOMINIUM ASSESSMENTS

HOME WARRANTY INSPECTIONS

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

Need advice for an upcoming reno? Having problems obtaining a permit? Not certain about a contractor’s recommendation? We will happily advise you and work with you to find a solution that meets your needs.  Email, Skype, and telephone consultations are always free, whether you are a client or not, and free consultation visits remain available for our clients.