First Year Inspection


After living in the house for close to a year, you should be familiar with how most of the major systems are functioning. However, it is possible to overlook hidden deficiencies.

Carry out the first year inspection before the end of the 12-month period or the builder may void the warranty if you report deficiencies after the scheduled end of contract. If you did not have a pre-delivery inspection, then we strongly suggest a first-year inspection. Within the first 30 days is a critical time for your new home inspection. Your builder will possibly supply a walk through inspection showing you some of the ins and outs of your new home. Some items your builder will finds will be fixed up and some will not be found. We at DoubleCheck Home Inspections Ottawa have found numerous construction deficiencies visually and also with the use of Infrared themograpy. It is in your interest to hire an experienced independent DoubleCheck inspector to find out as much as possible about your new home in the first 30 days so the builder can be notified of these problems.

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. Also please see our information regarding Thermographic Inspections.

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Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) 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


CE 2

Measuring Humidity in Your Home


CE 2

Combustion Gases in Your Home


CE 13

Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams


CE 17

The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans


CE 19

Insulating Your House


CE 22

Your Furnace Filter


CE 25

Carbon Monoxide


CE 27

Choosing a Dehumidifier


CE 28k

Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems


CE 29

Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?


CE 35

Hiring a Home Inspector


CE 47

Home Maintenance Schedule


CE 56

Preventing Falls on Stairs


CE 58

The ABCs of Windows


CE 61

Renovating Your Basement for Livability



Dealing with Power Outages



Fire Safety



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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