Home Inspection Ottawa


Pre-delivery Inspection (P.D.I.)

Before you accept delivery of your new home, it is essential to carry out a pre-delivery (PDI) or pre-purchase home inspection. By inspecting the property and having the builder or seller agree to a list of deficiencies before taking occupancie, you protect yourself from claims for damage. For example, the builder might try to blame any damage you find on you or the moving company, thereby refusing liability for repairs. You also have the evidence you require to ensure that the property is delivered as advertised.

DoubleCheck Home Inspection Ottawa provides professional home inspection services for homeowners and businesses across the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario.

Best Time for New Home 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 Inspection Ottawa have found numerous construction deficiencies visually. 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.

Save Money on Home Repairs with Warranties

See www.tarion.ca for examples of typical construction performance guidelines. This site sets out what the builder will fix and how they will fix it. It also establishes the builder’s new home warranty. Builders warranties generally have 1-, 2- and 7-year milestones. Items such as the roof and furnace will have limited warranties. We suggest contacting manufacturers to find out what that warranties cover and for how long. (For example, roof shingles usually have a warranty of 15 to 25 years; for furnaces, 5 to 10 years is normal, depending upon servicing and maintenance.)

DCI Tip: Where the manufacturer’s warranty exceeds the builder’s limited warranty, we recommend negotiating extending component warranties to the full duration of the manufacturers warranty.

Information on Home Ownership

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
62031 CE 5A Understanding Window Terminology
62032 CE 6 Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)
62043 CE 9 Maintaining Your HRV
62034 CE 13 Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams
62037 CE 17 The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
62041 CE 22 Your Furnace Filter
62046 CE 25 Carbon Monoxide
62045 CE 27 Choosing a Dehumidifier
62266 CE 28k Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems
62044 CE 29 Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?
62839 CE 35 Hiring a Home Inspector
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
64092 CE 61 Renovating Your Basement for Livability
65013 AE3 Dealing with Power Outages
65050 AE4 Fire 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