We perform every residential inspection in compliance with the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) and Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). Accordingly, every inspection is performed at the highest level of attention, objectivity and integrity.
For every inspection, we conduct a visual and performance-based examination of (and provide a written report on) the condition of the property’s readily accessible systems. The report, provided as a PDF normally within 24 hours of the onsite evaluation (in point and paragraph form), identifies visible defects and maintenance items, and includes observations, recommendations, photos and illustrations. Please read Redbrick Inspections’ Terms & Conditions for more information.
To help clients better understand the condition of the residence, we invite (and recommend) that the client accompany the inspector during the onsite evaluation.
In a pre-purchase situation, the inspection is performed for the potential purchaser. Redbrick Inspections typically serves the purchaser or an agent in this scenario.
In a pre-listing situation, the inspection is performed for potential purchasers. Redbrick Inspections typically serves the purchaser or an agent in this scenario. Because of market conditions, this service is increasingly popular, as it creates significant efficiencies for both sides of the transaction:
- learn of previously unknown issues that need to be improved or resolved
- experience less disruption during the process, as the pre-listing inspection is most often the only inspection required
- can make an informed decision quickly
- can negotiate the property price based on facts
Our pre-listing report includes a one-page summary of the significant observations and recommendations about the property.
New Home Warranties
Upon the closing of a purchase/sale of a new home in Ontario, the purchaser is typically provided with an Ontario New Home Warranty by Tarion, the organization that is designated to administer and enforce the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and Regulations. The purpose of the warranty is to protect buyers when builders fail to fulfill their warranty obligations.
For example, in a situation where a buyer finds specific defects within one year of the purchase (including certain cosmetic defects) the warranty ensures that repairs will be made. An experienced home inspector can identify or verify these defects or unfinished work. In that situation, Redbrick Inspections‘ report is forwarded to Tarion to arrange repairs of deficiencies.
We recommend that new home purchasers arrange for an inspection at least one month before the warranty expiry date. For more information, please refer to your Tarion Home Owner Information Package, contact Tarion or contact us.
Partial and/or Specific Building Systems
The partial inspection is typically performed when the owner of a residential or commercial building is experiencing specific issues. Redbrick Inspections typically advises the owner in this scenario. We visit the site, identify the source of the problem and then present one or more solutions. In some cases, we may recommend that a specialist be consulted for further evaluation and testing. Some testing may involve intrusive methods.
A condo inspection is similar to the inspection of the interior of a standing home and its various systems. Likewise, the inspection report and delivery are similar. A condo inspection is an evaluation of the unit, including the following components: