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Older Home Inspection

Older homes offer potential advantages and disadvantages. They are valued for their charm, established landscaping and neighbourhoods. However, an older home may have suffered ill-conceived renovations or no longer meet safety standards. Generally speaking, the older the home, the greater the number of items on the inspectors checklist requiring attention. The DoubleCheck visual inspection will identify deficiencies in a complete and easily understood report. This can be used to evaluate the cost of needed repairs or changes and as evidence in price negotiations.

Example of possible deficiencies that may require attention either by the seller or by you after purchase:

  • Ground fault circuit interrupters. These have been mandatory since 1985. If the property predates this, you should upgrade all bathroom and exterior outlets. (This safety item can be resolved at reasonable cost.)
  • Aluminum wiring. If the home was built between the late 1960s and early 1970s it may contain aluminum wiring. This is an insurance issue and should be checked by a licensed electrical contractor and repaired as required. Retain the original letter of repair from the contractor and obtain a letter from the E.S.A. (Electrcial Safety Authority) for proof of repairs.
  • Plastic dryer exhaust ducting. This is no longer considered safe and should be replaced with metal ducting.

Tip: When buying a property, you should change the locks for all the external doors including the door to the garage from your home and also the car/door key or combination to the garage door opener.

For general guidelines on the inspection process, please see our FAQs section.

Inspect first! To book a DCI inspection online click here; email us at info@doublecheckinspections.ca,

or call 1-613-322-3682.

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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

62029

CE 3

Asbestos

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

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

62039

CE 19

Insulating Your House

62041

CE 22

Your Furnace Filter

62046

CE 25

Carbon Monoxide

62277

CE 26a

Hiring a Contractor

62045

CE 27

Choosing a Dehumidifier

62258

CE 28g

Repairing or Replacing Roof Finishes

62266

CE 28k

Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems

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

62935

CE 39

Buying a Toilet

62896

CE 41C

Water Filters

63134

CE 44

Painting: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

63218

CE 47

Home Maintenance Schedule

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

 

 

 


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