• Are all home inspectors licensed?

    No. Although provincial licensing requirements are anticipated within the year, currently, home inspectors in Ontario do not require a license and membership to the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) is voluntary. That makes it very important to ensure that your inspector has the qualifications and expertise to inspect your home. OAHI has strict standards for inspection and ethics that are important to SVHI. Richard is a certified inspector and a member of OAHI. To learn more about OAHI, visit their website at www.OAHI.com.

  • Is there formal training for home inspectors?

    Yes. Carson Dunlop provides an extensive ten-part, ten-semester certificate program through community colleges. Richard completed his certification through Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario.

  • Do I have to attend the inspection?

    No. While SVHI always welcomes and encourages clients to attend the inspection, it is not required. If you are unable to attend or can only partially attend the inspection, you will still receive the full report and a follow-up conversation with the inspector to provide you with opportunities for questions and clarification.

  • If I have the report, what are the benefits to attending the inspection in person?

    It is beneficial to attend the inspection in person in order to see first-hand any items that will appear in the report and to get an understanding of what they mean to your buying decision. For example, a hole in the drywall in the kitchen could be considered cosmetic, but a hole in the drywall between the garage and living space would be considered an action item for quick repair. By seeing and experiencing the inspection first hand, you will have a greater understanding of the importance of recommended actions.

  • Are you qualified to make any of the repairs or improvements recommended in the inspection report?

    Although Richard is certainly handy – considering himself a “do-it-righter”, he specializes in inspection only. He is able to recommend qualified and experienced repair people that live up to his standards of “What would Mike Holmes say?” and that adhere to the regulations of the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA www.tssa.org).

  • What is a home inspection?

    Although there are many different approaches to home inspection, Solid Value Home Inspections are industry-leading visual inspections of the major systems and components of a house. To learn more, visit www.OAHI.com.

  • Do I need a home inspection?

    No. You can complete your real estate transaction without an inspection; however, to ensure that you know everything about your home or your home purchase, a home inspection is highly recommended. For example, home inspections were inspired by the idea of having a used car checked out by a mechanic before purchasing it. And a used car is relatively inexpensive compared to a house. Just like with a used car, it is considered best practice to have your house inspected before making an investment.

  • Why are so many photos taken during an inspection, but only a few appear on the report?

    Your inspector will photograph as many aspects of the home as possible during the inspection. Although all photos are kept on file for future reference or questions, only photos that impact or support findings will be provided in the report.

  • How is the report useful after the inspection?

    The SVHI inspection report contains a wealth of information that is useful after the inspection is complete. For example, the report contains information on emergency shut-offs for gas, water, and electricity as well as indications of items you may want to monitor. The inspection report can also be used to keep a record of any maintenance completed for the home.

  • Why wouldn’t I get a tradesperson to complete the inspection?

    While it is certainly possible to have a tradesperson complete a home inspection, it is difficult to find a tradesperson that is trained in every system and component of your home. For example, similarly to the way a doctor will make a specific recommendation for a patient based on symptoms identified from an overall inspection, an OAHI member inspector will make a specific recommendation for a home based on symptoms identified from an overall inspection. Then, like your general practitioner would refer you to a specialist, an OAHI member inspector would recommend specialized technicians to meet your needs. An OAHI member inspector can help you make informed decisions for your home based on overall expertise.

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If you have questions or concerns. Richard is always available to help.