PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Purchasing a property is probably the most important investment of your life. It is often an emotional decision. It is most important during this transaction to proceed in a vigilant and rational way. It is necessary to proceed with caution to prevent any regrets later. A property inspection, or pre-purchase inspection is an important step prior to purchasing a property. Its objective is to identify major defects and risks which can reduce value, pleasure and usage to the future occupants.
A residential inspection will allow the cautious buyer to evaluate the physical condition of the prospective purchase. To purchase a property without surprises or hidden costs, a thorough inspection is a MUST!
Whether it be a pre-purchase, pre-sale or any other type of inspection for a house, a condo, a duplex or any multi-family dwelling, InspecTech Outaouais building inspectors are certified experts and can thoroughly and accurately inspect your property.
An inspection takes approximately two to three hours to accomplish. Our client is invited
to participate so that he can interact with the inspector as the inspection progresses. A written report is provided to the client with photos, either in person or via e-mail within 48 hours after the completion of the inspection. The client can also receive a copy of the report and all accompanying coloured photos on USB key for a minimal fee.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
According to its mission statement, its vision and values, Inspectech Outaouais puts the health, security and protection of its clients first.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT & VALUES
In every instance, we aim to perform a residential inspection following the standards and policies and code of ethics of InterNACHI. We conduct our inspections in a secure way, with respect, integrity and ethically while protecting our client and his/her investment. This objective is realised by divulging to the clients any irregularities visually apparent following normal wear and tear or caused by faulty construction and bring forward recommendations and suggestions as to repairs required.
Inspectech Outaouais affirms its leadership in building inspection by constantly keeping the potential buyer or seller in mind at all times. This is our way of proving that our organization and its partners is worthy of your trust.
At InspecTech Outaouais, we aim to reveal the actual state of the residence to be inspected, identify any irregularities visually apparent due to regular wear and tear or sometimes caused by faulty construction. It also provides for a detailed list of items to be repaired prior to the sale or purchase of the property. Our inspections are directed by Mr. David Carle, Building Inspector and Expert, recognized for his professionalism and dedication. The inspector will perform a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process. The advised client can then proceed with an informed decision regarding the said property. A detailed report with supporting photos is remitted to the client within 48 hours after the physical inspection of the building has been conducted by the Certified Inspector.
Every inspection is performed according to the standards and policy practices of InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) and consists in a visual examination of the physical state of all systems and its composites:
Roof: the roof-covering materials; the gutters; the downspouts; the vents; flashing; skylights; chimney and other roof penetrations and general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.
Attic: insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.
Exterior: the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim, all exterior doors, adjacent walkways and driveways, stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps, porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports, railings, guards and handrails, the eaves, soffits and fascia, a representative number of windows including vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.
Doors, Windows & Interior: a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; floors, walls and ceilings; stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; railings, guards and handrails; and garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.
Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure: the foundation, the basement, the crawlspace and structural components.
Plumbing: the main water supply shut-off valve; the main fuel supply shut-off valve; the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; all toilets for proper operation by flushing; all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; the drain, waste and vent system; and drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
Electricity: the service drop; the overhead service conductors and attachment point; the service head, gooseneck and drip loops; the service mast, service conduit and raceway; the electric meter and base; service-entrance conductors; the main service disconnect; panel boards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses); service grounding and bonding; a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible; all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible;
Fireplace: readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys; lintels above the fireplace openings; damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and cleanout doors and frames.
Major Systems using the normal operating controls: the heating system, the cooling system, central air conditioning, water heater, ventilation system etc.,
Security Features: smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and stairs.
WHAT TYPE OF INSPECTION DO YOU NEED?
A Pre-Purchase inspection is an essential
step when purchasing your future property. Not only does it allow you to find out the actual condition of the property, it also shows which immediate repairs are necessary but equally what is to be done in future years to maintain the property in top condition.
Pre-Delivery inspection is performed to identify the work that remains to be done by the builder. The Inspection Report can incite the builder to finalize his work following the guidelines set forth in his contract and to have it done before the property is delivered to the new owner.
A Pre-Sale inspection allows you to know the actual state of the property you are selling and inspires and gives confidence to potential buyers. More and more smart home sellers are choosing to have their home inspected by a certified inspector before putting it up for sale. This can make the home a more attractive property for potential buyers by giving them better peace of mind about a property before even writing an offer on it. Besides added peace of mind for buyers, having a Pre-Sale inspection will make the negotiation process much easier for all parties involved.
A Maintenance inspection is done for the current owner and need only happen every five years or so. The homeowner is usually right there with the inspector for the maintenance inspection. This report will help to prioritize a home improvement list, and to hopefully find out about small problems before they turn into big ones. This type of inspection also gives homeowners a chance to have a professional home inspector answer questions with a completely unbiased viewpoint and provide tips for regular maintenance. This type of inspection equally allows the owners to budget for possible future expenses.