WHY ARE WE A TOP RATED OTTAWA HOME INSPECTION SERVICE?
Schedule Up-to 4 hours for your home inspection (In some cases, Up-to 6 hours for larger homes) + additional hours on your report with delivery the same day guaranteed.
We answer the phone directly for our clients so you get the home inspector, not an answering service.
Walk every roof we can safely access and crawl through all accessible crawlspaces and attics to provide a thorough home inspection report.
Punctual, professional and thoroughly honest while working to set reasonable expectations and educating our clients about the home they are purchasing.
Investment in high end products and the latest technology to improve the quality of our home inspection. (We have thermal imaging, moisture meter, digital measuring tape, several ladders of various heights, a dedicated service vehicle, and many other exciting things).
Work behind the scenes on several policy implementations that protect our clients, such as sending emails to the selling parties with instructions on how to have the house prepared prior to the home inspection.
Provide ways to tighten up For Sale By Owner transactions to protect our client and improve the overall home inspection experience.
Online invoicing so clients can pay for their home inspection from anywhere in the country.
Access to directly schedule home inspection Ottawa and surrounding areas online so that there is rarely a complication with scheduling or access to the property.
We’ve all heard about the importance of getting a home inspection done. But what exactly is a home inspection?
A home inspection determines the condition of a property, typically conducted close to a purchase offer. An inspection is done when buyers are serious about an offer; they have been pre-approved and have made a conditional offer on the result of a home inspection. In other words, you don't inspect every house you are interested in.
What happens in a home inspection?
The best way to explain a home inspection is to walk you through a typical inspection
The home inspector will meet with the buyer and their agent, if they have one, at the prospective home. By the way, this isn’t the time to show friends and family the home as you will want to follow the inspector around the home. All of your attention should be focused on the inspection. You can ask questions and take notes as you go, but the information will be compiled for you in a comprehensive report at the end of the inspection.
Once the inspection starts, the inspector will walk through each house system. The first thing we do is look at the roof. I know I said that you should follow the inspector but rest assured, following them onto the roof is an exception. I often see people breathing a sigh of relief! Being rescued from the roof by the fire department is not an ideal way to introduce yourself to the neighbors.
When we are on the roof, we ask two important questions:
1. Is the system doing its job?
2. Is the system near the end of its life?
The roof is doing its job if there are no water leaks but it still may be very old. An asphalt shingle roof lasts about 15 years. If yours were 14 years old, it would be nice to know that it was on its last legs!
The next thing we look at is the structure. We step back from the house to take in the big picture. Here is a tip: many structural problems are quite evident, even to the untrained eye, if you step back far enough. When you look at the houses, take a moment to step across the street. For example, if the house is leaning, you have a problem.
Next, we look for evidence of water seepage into the basement. Most basement dampness problems are the result of surface water in the form of rain or melting snow from the roof or from the ground around the house. It’s interesting to note that damp basements are the number one problem with houses in Ontario, whether brand new or 100 years old.
Once we’ve inspected the outside, we head into the house, starting with the basement. This is where we look at the systems in the house, such as electrical, heating, plumbing, and so on. For each system, we determine whether it’s performing its intended function and we determine if the system is near the end of its life.
Once we finish with the heart of each system, we trace it up through the house. We do this because the newest part of these systems are usually in the basement. In older homes, the systems get older as you go up through the house. Take the plumbing system, for example. You may have new copper pipes in the basement, but there may be old galvanized steel pipes on the second or third floor. It’s easy to run pipes through basements or on the first floor, but is much more difficult to get new pipes up to a second or third floor.
We conclude the inspection in the attic, where we look for appropriate insulation and ventilation and evidence of water leakage.
We are finished with the basic home inspection, but we are not finished the job. At the end of the inspection, we document all of the conditions that we identified in a comprehensive inspection report that we provide to you (same-day).
How do you find a good home inspector?
I'd like to say the only way to find a good home inspector is to hire us at Smart Home Inspections, but there are many excellent home inspectors in our area. Ontario does not require a home inspector to be certified and have minimum education/ training, but it is always a good idea to hire an expert who holds a proper home inspection training from an accredited source. Carson Dunlop is the only ASHI-endorsed Home Inspection training program.
All of our Smart Home Inspectors have graduated the Carson Dunlop program and have completed supervised field training from the most experienced inspectors in the industry.
Consult your networks, use word of mouth referrals and check Google reviews, if available.
What comes next after receiving a Home Inspection Report?
This is the most critical step, in my opinion, where your home inspector should help you to manage the information contained within your report. Information provided is only as valuable as how it is put to action. That’s why we organize and setup a full suite of tools that are designed to help you manage your new home. For example, we compile an electronic binder that contains property-specific information and tell you when service is due on particular components via automated email. This binder can be transferred to the next home owner in the event you wish to sell your home.