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OTTAWA HOME INSPECTORS

Marc Parent has been a full-time Ottawa home inspector since 1982, and Eric Parent began training as a home inspector in 2000.  The two of them have therefore conducted nearly 24,000 home inspections in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions over the past three decades.  Their vast experience, structural and environmental engineering backgrounds, industry-leading credentials and excellent reputations, places them among the best home inspectors in the region. Their expertise assures clients they’re in good hands, with a home inspector who can protect them from serious financial hardship. They are fluently bilingual, and can provide a range of services in home and commercial building inspections. As the senior engineer on the team, Marc also provides structural engineering consulting services through our sister-company: M.E. Parent & Assoc Inc.

OUR STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

Our home inspections are done according to the standards and protocols of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), and to the methodology gained from our extensive experience and knowledge, accumulated from our studies and experience in structural and environmental engineering, building science, and from decades as a home inspector, also performing commercial building inspections, within the Ottawa-Gatineau region.  Our standards of practice, set forth by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), can be downloaded by clicking here.  A preliminary home inspection report is provided instantly, on-site, and a custom-written narrative report, complete with captioned colour photos, is emailed to the client within 24-48 hours of the inspection.  The narrative deluxe home inspection report can also be delivered same day on request.

Our Reports   

WE GO BEYOND THE CALL OF A HOME INSPECTOR

Our services don’t end when the home inspection report is delivered.  We offer value-added services such as complimentary consultation visits and telephone/email support, for as long as you own your home.  Consider us as not being your home inspector, but your personal building science consultant. For most people, the purchase of a home is the largest investment they will make in their lives.  We always keep this in mind when conducting a home inspection, taking the necessary care to ensure that no aspect of the home is over-looked, and our client can complete their purchase with all the facts and issues at hand.  Our engineering background, extensive experience, and superior track record assures our clients that they are receiving a home inspector who is among the best in the Ottawa region, who can demonstrate the utmost competency and expertise.

What We Do   

ACCREDITATIONS AND VALUED PARTNERS

OTTAWA’S PREMIERE HOME INSPECTION TEAM

Eric Parent

ERIC PARENT

PRESIDENT, SR. INSPECTOR

Having grown up with a father who’s spent much of his time on construction and renovation projects of various homes and buildings, Eric learned many aspects of home repairs and renovations.  By his early teens, he had already aquired skills and knowledge in plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall, concrete, HVAC, and more.  These skills were exercised and honed throughout his teenage years and early twenties while he worked on various renovation and home repair jobs.

Eric has taken courses in construction technology, and is currently studying Civil Engineering at Carleton University, with the goal of eventually earning a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Structural Engineering.  After having completed two years of on-the-job training, between 2001 and 2003, under the guidance of his father, Eric began conducting inspections on his own.  Since then he has conducted the inspections of several thousands of buildings ranging from condominium apartments and single-family homes, to multi-unit apartment buildings and lakefront cottages.

His straight-to-the-point style has been appreciated by his clients.  He treats every inspection with the care and diligence that he would expect from his inspector, should he be the client.  Throughout the thousands of inspections completed over the past decade, Eric has maintained a sharp eye and rarely ever had a dissatisfied customer.

Eric believes in the value of knowledge, and the importance of being an educated homeowner.  He spends much time during the inspection informing the client on the home’s systems and their maintenance.  A teacher at heart, he loves to teach people new things, and therefore takes the time to not only explain the systems and their care and operation to the client, but also goes deeper into the technology and theory behind it, so the client can leave with a thorough understanding of the home’s many systems.

Marc Parent

MARC PARENT

ENGINEERING CONSULTANT, SR. INSPECTOR

Marc Parent is a professional civil engineer, licensed in the province of Ontario, who graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 1970, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of London, in London, England, in 1972.  He is also a Registered Home Inspector in Ontario and carries out home inspection services on a full-time basis.  He has completed over 22,000 inspections in the past 32 years.

Prior to becoming a full-time home inspector, Marc worked with various civil engineering-related organizations on a multitude of projects.  Some of his work includes a three-year post, designing and supervising the expansion of the sewage treatment facilities at the Green Creek Pollution Control Centre in Ottawa, an eight-year post in the research division of the CMHC, various smaller projects with the consulting engineering firm of Buchan, Lawton, Parent Ltd., and assisting in the marketing of the new Canadian Centre for Materials in Construction at the National Research Council’s Ottawa Campus, on Montreal Road.

Due to his extensive experience and engineering background, Marc occasionally conducts follow-up inspections and engineering consultations for other home inspectors in the region.  “In recent years I’ve been doing more and more complicated and specialized jobs.  They tend to call me in when there’s an issue which requires further investigation.”  Marc has therefore built a reputation as being one of the most knowledgeable and experienced inspectors in the region.

Marc continues to maintain our original company, M.E. Parent & Assoc Inc., which provided our home inspection and engineering consulting services until 2009 when the home inspections were moved to the new Parent Inspections Inc. name.  Today, Marc continues to provide home inspections on a full-time basis, under Parent Inspections Inc, while also providing engineering consultations under M.E. Parent & Assoc Inc.

CHRISTINE JOINER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE, REPORT WRITER

Christine has been with the company from day one.  A vital member of our team, Christine handles the day-to-day administrative duties of the company.  Usually the first point of contact for our clients, agents, and our other valued partners, she is always happy to greet you and is always quick to respond to email inquiries when they come in.

Christine’s pleasant and cheerful personality is one that our long-term partners have come to appreciate.  She always greets callers with a friendly hello, and is always ready to do what is needed to assist our clients and agents with whatever information or documentation they may need.

Christine’s skills in Microsoft Word are also utilized, as she has been preparing Marc’s reports for several decades.  As field notes, photographs, and dictations arrive in her inbox, she is quick to tackle the report, with the goal of delivering it to our client’s inbox with as little delay as possible.

Fluently bilingual, and extremely well versed in French terminology in the construction and building science field, Christine also prepares all Francophone reports, for both Marc and Eric Parent.  Our Francophone clientele has come to appreciate the precise and meticulous grammar of our French-language reports.

Christine stands by to answer your questions.  Call her today, and she will happily schedule an inspection for you, or provide you with any additional information you may need.  For more advanced, technical questions, she will quickly forward your inquiry on to one of our senior inspectors, who will immediately respond to you from the field or from within their offices.

“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 un gros merci 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

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