New or old, every home has its imperfections. Some deficiencies can be more serious than others. And since buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people will ever make, it makes good sense to have it inspected by a professional. That is when you should call on the services of a qualified Home Inspector from DSM Property Services.
What is a Home Inspection?

In its simplest terms, a home inspection is a technical analysis of the major systems of a house. These include Roofing, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Insulation, Plumbing and the Interior.

How long does the Inspection take?

A typical inspection should take between two to three hours to complete. This can vary given the current condition of the home, size, and the accessibility of the mechanical systems. Once the inspection is completed, the written report will be emailed to you the same day.

How much lead time is required to book an inspection?

Generally, 72 hours is preferred in order to ensure a time that works best for everyone. However, depending on availability, next day or same day inspections can be accommodated

Ontario Association of Home Inspectors

It is important that you choose your inspection company carefully. The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) is a professional body that overseas its members. To become a member, inspectors are required to stay current by attending continuing education workshops and seminars regularly and adhere to the association's standards of practice and code of conduct. For more information on OAHI, please visit their site.

Why have a Home Inspection performed?

The unknown can be a source of anxiety for any homebuyer. A home inspection is for buyers who want to know the true condition of the house. After deciding that a home is suitable in terms of location, size, interior layout and other lifestyle factors, it is also important to learn about the mechanical features.
A properly written report will identify the condition of the home, any corrective actions that need to be taken, and the time frame the action should take.

Can I follow the Inspector and ask questions as we go?

Absolutely. It is important for you to understand how the house works from a technical standpoint. Our Inspector at DSM Property Services will encourage you to accompany him during the inspection so that he can point key things out about the home to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
By attending the inspection, you are able to see first hand the conditions that will be described in the report. A good inspector will encourage questions and also take time to explain things as you walk through the home. The Inspector can also provide you with maintenance tips on items throughout the home. It is therefore very beneficial for you to attend the inspection.

What is RHI?

RHI stands for Registered Home Inspector. This is the highest level of accreditation in Ontario. These inspectors have achieved the highest level of education requirements as set by OAHI and performed a predetermined number of paid inspections. Inspectors in their first year would require a minimum of 200 paid inspections along with all the educational requirements before being considered for the RHI designation. They must also complete annual educational updates to maintain their designation.