Home Inspection Process
Home Inspection Contract
The first step in any inspection is to read and agree on the contract. As a courtesy, we have provided a sample contracthere in PDF format. We have also provide the OAHI Standards of Practicefor home inspection so you can become more familar with the inspection process. Please take your time to read these 2 documents carefully and in their entirety
before submitting an inspection request.
Once you have reviewed and signed the contract, the inspection process can start. If you have questions before, during or after the inspection, please contact your inspector. Payment is required at the end of the inspection. You may pay by cheque or cash only.
Preparing for the Home Inspection
Your inspector will usually be early for the inspection, however unforeseen circumstances may cause delays. Please make sure that the inspector has a telephone number in advance to contact you should such a situation arise. Set aside time to attend the entire inspection.
Come prepared with pen and paper to take notes, as some details beyond the scope of the inspection may not be recorded in the inspection report. Prepare a list of questions. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, including appropriate outdoor clothing.
The Home Inspection Process
Most inspection takes two to three hours, depending upon the size of the property, the defects found and the time taken for consulting and discussion during the inspection process and at the end.
Upon arrival the inspector will introduce himself and give you an overall review of the inspection process. We suggest that you accompany the inspector throughout the inspection/consultation process so that you see the defects discovered. However, you will not be allowed to go on the roof or up the inspector’s ladder, as you are not covered under his insurance.
If you choose to not go outdoors, or are not able to be with the inspector all the time, he can summarize the different portions of the inspection with you as they are recorded in the inspection report.
Discussion is an essential part of the inspection process. Please feel free to ask questions at any time either during or after the inspection. This will assist you in subsequent matters relating to the property whether you are buying, selling or renovating. Remember: This is your one time in with the inspector at this home. Don’t be shy about asking questions and take many notes!
Book a Home Inspection
Located in Ottawa, DoubleCheck Home Inspections provides professional home inspection services for homeowners and businesses across Eastern Ontario.
Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) www.cmhc.ca has a wealth of information on home ownership, some of which is noted below. CMHC is located at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa. You may wish to e-mail or contact them by: telephone at 1-800-688-2642, or by fax at 1-800-245-9274
|Order No.||Series No.||Title from About the House Series|
|62027||CE 2||Measuring Humidity in Your Home|
|62028||CE 2||Combustion Gases in Your Home|
|62030||CE 4||Hydronic Radian Floor Heating|
|62031||CE 5A||Understanding Window Terminology|
|62032||CE 6||Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)|
|60515||CE 7||After the Flood|
|60516||CE 8||Fighting Mold: The Homeowner’s Guide|
|62043||CE 9||Maintaining Your HRV|
|60339||CE 10||Wood Heat Safety in an Emergency|
|62034||CE 13||Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams|
|62035||CE 14||Soot Staining on Carpets|
|62037||CE 17||The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans|
|62038||CE 18||How to Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)|
|62039||CE 19||Insulating Your House|
|62041||CE 22||Your Furnace Filter|
|62046||CE 25||Carbon Monoxide|
|62277||CE 26a||Hiring a Contractor|
|62351||CE 26b||Sample Renovation Contract|
|62045||CE 27||Choosing a Dehumidifier|
|CE 28||The Renovation Project (12 Parts)|
|62246||CE 28a||Assessing the Renovation Project|
|62248||CE 28b||Renovating Your Basement Structural Issues and Soil Conditions|
|62250||CE 28c||Renovating Your Basement Moisture Problems|
|62252||CE 28d||Renovating Your Kitchen|
|62254||CE 28e||Renovating Your Bathroom|
|62256||CE 28f||Window and Door Renovations|
|62258||CE 28g||Repairing or Replacing Roof Finishes|
|62260||CE 28h||Repairing and Replacing Materials Exterior Walls|
|62264||CE 28j||Energy Efficient Retrofit The Building Envelope|
|62266||CE 28k||Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems|
|62268||CE 28L||A New Addition|
|62044||CE 29||Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?|
|63322||CE 30||Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance|
|62839||CE 35||Hiring a Home Inspector|
|64066||CE 38||How to Reduce Chemical Contaminants in Your Home|
|62935||CE 39||Buying a Toilet|
|62896||CE 41C||Water Filters|
|62996||CE 42||Canada’s Construction System|
|63134||CE 44||Painting: Walls, Ceilings and Floors|
|62144||CE 45||Flooring Choices|
|63218||CE 47||Home Maintenance Schedule|
|63227||CE 48||Replacing Your Furnace|
|63495||CE 55||Selecting a Home Builder|
|63637||CE 56||Preventing Falls on Stairs|
|63683||CE 58||The ABCs of Windows|
|63911||CE 59||Should You Test the Air in Your Home for Mold?|
|64092||CE 61||Renovating Your Basement for Livability|
|64949||CE 63||Accessible Housing by Design Ramps|
|64961||CE 64||Accessible Housing by Design Appliances|
|63904||AE2||Reducing Noise in Your Apartment|
|65013||AE3||Dealing with Power Outages|
|65041||AE5||Improving Your Security and Safety|
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also has useful information, some of which is listed following.
- Dwellings: Energy Conservation
- Consumers Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
- Dwellings: Insulation
- Insulation: Heat
- Keeping The Heat In