Home Inspection FAQ

  1. What is a home inspection?
  2. Why and when should I have my home inspected?
  3. How do our home inspectors report their findings?
  4. Who are the home inspectors?
  5. Is the inspection agreement with InSpecRes?

  1. What is a home inspection?

    A visual inspection of the mechanical systems of the home to evaluate their condition and identify existing and potential problems. The home systems inspected include the following:
    a) Roofing
    b) Exterior
    c) Structure
    d) Electrical
    e) Heating
    f) Cooling
    g) Insulation and Ventilation
    h) Plumbing
    i) Interior

  2. Why and when should I have my home inspected?

    Why? In a nutshell, for peace of mind. A home inspection will inform the clients of the condition of a home, will identify existing and potential problems. Appropriate recommendations will be passed on to the client permitting them to make informed decisions going forward.

    When? Various scenarios are possible:

    a) Pre-purchase home inspection - The buyer of a resale home should schedule a home inspection prior to closing the deal. With the home inspection report in hand, the client will be able to make informed decisions with the assistance of their real estate agent.

    b) Pre-sale home inspection - The seller of a resale home may want to schedule an inspection prior to listing to know about the home's condition and to be aware of any major problems which may negatively impact on the closing of a sale.

    c) 30-day and 1-year home inspection - The owner of a newly constructed home is required to submit a list of deficiencies to the builder no later than 30 days after occupancy, as part of the TARION requirements. The owner may also submit another list prior to the 1-year anniversary of the home. A home inspection will include a comprehensive list of deficiencies observed which is attached to the client's submission to the builder.

  3. How do our home inspectors report their findings?

    Clients are informed of our findings in 3 complementary steps:

    a) During the inspection, the home inspector is available to verbally answer any of the client's questions. He is able to provide explanations on the various mechanical systems being reviewed.

    b) Immediately after the inspection, the home inspector will debrief the client using photos taken during the inspection thereby visually summarizing the areas of concern associated with issues likely to cost more than $1000 to address and all safety-related issues, regardless of cost implications. The client will leave the home inspection site knowing the major areas of concern that must be dealt with.

    c) Within 24 hours, the client will receive the home inspection report via e-mail. The detailed report will cover all points previously identified during the inspection and will include recommendations as well as photos of the specific observations made by the home inspector.

    Please note: After the client has had a chance to read the report, the inspector will be available to clarify any of the home inspection findings reported.

  4. Who are the home inspectors?

    Jean Laframboise
    OAHI Registered Home Inspector

    Robert Simpson, BCQ
    OAHI Registered Home Inspector
    National Cerificate Holder

  5. Is the inspection agreement with InSpecRes?

    Yes and no. If the home inspector is Jean Laframboise, the inspection agreement is between the client and InSpecRes. However, if the home inspector is Robert Simpson, then the inspection agreement is between the client and Discovery Home Inspections.