Inspector’s Corner2023-11-29T21:01:05+00:00

The Home Inspector’s Corner

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Eric Parent and Marc Parent are among Ottawa's best home inspectors

Over 60 Years of Home Inspection Experience!

With over 28,000 home inspections performed in the Ottawa and Gatineau region since 1982, Eric and Marc Parent bring over 60 years of combined experience as full-time home inspectors. We’ve inspected homes, cottages, condos, restaurants, retail stores, shopping malls, automotive service stations, even a private airfield! With backgrounds and a wealth of experience in structural and environmental engineering consulting, we have the knowledge and experience to diagnose even the most complex issues with local buildings, from advanced geotechnical problems, hydrostatic overpressure, to simple beam deflections. As a teacher at heart, Eric loves to spread his knowledge. Combining this attribute with his adequate writing skills, Eric publishes articles on various topics related to home repairs, maintenance, and the home inspection industry. If you have a suggestion for a topic, or simply have a question which needs answering, please contact us anytime. We’re always happy to help.

  • Foundation cracks are commonly found during home inspections

Basement Flooding: Part One – Cracked Concrete Foundations

Cracks in concrete foundations are commonly found during home inspections! As the snow is now beginning to fall, and will soon collect on our lots, I chose to make my next series of articles about one of the most dreaded events for a homeowner, which is basement flooding. In over 25 years of home inspections in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas, I’ve probably ...

November 29th, 2023|
  • Not a home inspection, but a raccoon emergency!

It’s Not Always Home Inspections

Home inspections can sometimes bring surprises After having been a full-time home inspector for over two decades, not much surprises me anymore. In a way, you could say that I’ve pretty much seen it all. However, every once in a while, I get that rare surprise. Although the vast majority of my work consists of home inspections and commercial building inspections, I do ...

December 30th, 2022|
  • Condominium apartment home inspection

Condominium Home Inspections

Do you need a home inspection for a condominium apartment? This is a question I get asked a lot. Is it worth getting a home inspection done on a condominium apartment? The short answer is: yes. Don't just take my word for it, the folks from RATESDOTCA also agree in their Pro Post: Yes, You Do Need a Condo Home Inspection. This usually brings ...

December 26th, 2022|

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Eric Parent is a home inspector in Ottawa and Gatineau
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