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Pre-Renovation Inspection

renovation inspection ottawaWhat do you want to achieve with your renovation? Can you remove that wall? The pre-renovation inspection is an opportunity to consult with an objective professional who has the technical background to foresee problems and offer best approaches. The inspector will review just those parts of your home affected by the renovation. He will then prepare a list of items to consider before and during the renovation.

This report will include a logical schedule and work plan for carrying out the renovation. This must include a clearly defined scope of work. Defining exactly what you want, within the confines of your budget is critical to maintaining the quality of the project. Hiring a registered architect or certified architectural technologist to help you with the design and prepare drawings will guarantee that your plans are up to current building codes and will be accepted for a building permit. Without all of these elements, the possibility of scope creep and schedule and cost overruns are greatly enhanced.

Depending upon the size and type of renovation, most construction projects will need the expertise of a structural engineer and general contractor. When modifications occur to an existing or older home, it is not unusual to find unforeseen problems that will need to be addressed during the course of the renovation. A contingency fund of 10 to 20% (and could be greater for older homes) should be kept in reserve for this purpose. The older the home, the greater the likelihood that problems may arise. For this reason alone, it’s important to have qualified bonded professionals do the work and ensure a successful outcome to your renovation.

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Inspect first! Located in Ottawa, DoubleCheck Home Inspections provides renovation inspections for homeowners and businesses across Eastern Ontario.

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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

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 ABC’s 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

65050

AE4

Fire Safety

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

 

 


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