Types of Inspections

Purchasing a used house is usually the most expensive undertaking a prospective buyer will make during a lifetime.
Pre-Purchase or Pre-Listing Home Inspections
Pre-Purchase Inspections are recommended by CMHC to provide the prospective buyer with enough information about the structure so that they can make an informed decision. Major areas that are inspected include:
  • Roofing
  • Exterior
  • Structure
  • Interior
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical

The entire house, inside and out, is visually inspected to identify deficiencies in all the areas listed above.

Some of the items commonly found include (but are not limited to) old oil tanks, ungrounded wiring, knob and tube or aluminum wiring, lead supply pipe, old furnaces, questionable structure, foundation cracks, water infiltration issues, etc.

New Home Pre-Delivery Inspections (PDI)
Many new houses are not always all they are cut out to be and many builders representatives will whisk a new owner through the house and point out minimal issues or paint blemishes etc. Then at the end of the whirlwind tour they will ask you to sign off on your purchase.
Do you know what you are looking for when you go through the house above and beyond paint color and tile patterns? Do you know your rights and are you prepared to sign off on your new house without professional advice?
Are you aware of your rights under the Ontario New Home Warranty Program? Having a home inspector with you is your right and a service provided by Ottawa Valley Home Inspections.
Renovation Deficiency Inspections
Have you had or are you planning to do any renovations to your existing house as opposed to purchasing? Have you found a quality contractor with good references?
Many renovators are home handymen with spare time on their hands. All renovations should have a written contract that specifies materials and time frames. CMHC has some great links for homeowners who want to do some renovations to their homes.
Do you know what to look for during or after major renovations? Was a permit taken out? Were the plans adhered to? Were the listed materials actually used? These any many questions a concerned homeowner should be asking and another area where a professional home inspector can help you out.
One year Warranty Inspection
Another item that is strongly recommended by the Ontario New Home Warranty Program is to get a one year inspection on your new house. Foundation settlement, heating and cooling issues, water infiltration and others are all items that a professional home inspector can detect for you prior to the one year problems list that you submit to your builder.
The Ontario New Home Warranty Program was created to protect you so make sure you take advantage of it!