Home Inspections in Niagara, Hamilton, Halton, GTA – mold, Asbestos and radon inspections across Ontario

Our Services

We are a full-service home and property inspection company. We offer residential and commercial services that cut across all forms of inspection services required by our customers.

From property condition to air quality we provide our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions, whether they are buying, selling or maintaining a property.

Below are some of the services we offer. Don’t see what you are looking for? Call us to discuss your needs. If we can’t help, we’ll know someone who can. You can call us directly here

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Buyers Inspection

Buyers Inspection

If you’re currently looking for a home in the Niagara Peninsula, the Greater Hamilton Area or in the Halton Region, or have found your dream home in one of these locations, a home inspection from Future Proof Property Inspections should be a no brainer. Our Inspections and reports go above and beyond for your protection.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find any real estate-related expert who doesn’t adamantly suggest that you require an inspection prior to purchasing a home, and even in a Seller’s market, where homes seem to sell quicker than they can be listed, buying a home without a Professional Home Inspection could land you in serious financial difficulty after you move in.

Pre-Listing Inspection

Sellers Inspection

A seller’s inspection is initiated by the property owner usually prior to listing the property. It helps the seller to determine what systems and structures of the property need repair. More importantly, it helps the seller and the seller’s agent to accurately represent the home by disclosing damage to prospective buyers (which further helps to curb lawsuits). Damage discovered as a result of a seller’s inspection can either be repaired by the seller (to maintain market value) or used as a negotiating tool by both seller and buyer.

Being used more and more, a seller’s inspection is helping to speed-up the sales process. When sellers can show what damage an inspector found, and how that damage was fixed, the buyer’s confidence may increases enough to move the transaction forward. But, the buyer should always hire an their own inspector to perform another inspection to get a second-opinion.

Warranty Inspection

We can provide a Warranty Inspection that provides 18 months of coverage for a 12 month payment.  The Warranty is supplied by and through Residnetial Warraty Services.   The 18-for-12 offer is subject to an inspection being completed by us.

 

Maintenance Inspection

Also called a “Home Health Check-up”, preventative maintenance inspections are performed usually once per year simply to ensure the integrity of a home’s systems and structure. Because all things have a planned obsolescence period, maintenance inspections help to make the homeowner aware of immediate and upcoming needs for replacement and repair that could save thousands-of-dollars if discovered early-on.

The inspection itself is as thorough as a Buyers Inspection and includes the same high-quality report after the inspection concludes. Maintenance Inspections are especially recommended after your home has endured inclement weather such as strong winds, excessive rain, extended periods of drought, unusual freezing, or blizzard-like conditions.

Construction Phase Inspection

There is usually nothing more frustrating than having to tear down a wall in new construction because you discover that there is a structural issue after the builders have left. Our construction phase inspections monitor the construction of a home or building in various phases so that you, the buyer, have eyes on it….our eyes. We can identify a wide variety of issues with the structure, plumbing, electrical, and other systems and structures associated with new construction. Consider this type of inspection an “insurance policy” against shoddy work and unintentional mistakes ~ because even the best builders make mistakes. After all, they’re only human.

New-construction Pre-delivery Inspection

A New-construction Pre-delivery inspection is an inspection that specifically looks as the cosmetic finishes of the home. New-construction pre-delivery inspections are specifically designed for homes that have never been lived-in.

New homes should not have the wear-and-tear on them that re-sale home may experience. We frequently find, however, contractors associated with the construction may have made mistakes whether by accident or intentionally, such as taking “shortcuts” to finish the job faster or under-budget.

A New-construction pre-delivery inspection provides you with an unbiased review by a professional Home Inspector who can act as an objective and knowledgeable observer on your behalf to identify construction-related, code-related, and installation-related issues with home systems and structures.

Many of the components from a home’s system’s and structure may be newly assembled, but they may also have been sitting in a lumber yard or warehouse for months. Also, even the best contractors make mistakes that could compromise the integrity of the job they do. It just makes sense to be sure!

Unless these defects are identified and recorded prior to taking possession of the home, hostility can arise between the homeowner and the builder. This can turn a small, cosmetic defect that is easy to fix, into a long-term annoyance and unecessary distrust of the builder.

TARION Warranty Period Inspection

Home builders in Ontario are required, by law, to offer a “warranty” on a new home. This warranty has several phases of coverage. The warranty is designed to hold builders liable for covering the costs of repairing systems and structural-related problems, that they are responsible for, during the warranty period.

You’ve heard it before: “It broke just as soon as the warranty expired!”

A TARION warranty period inspection should be performed prior to the expiration of each of the home warranty contract periods to ensure any concerns can be lodged with the Builder and TARION while the warranty is in-force.

If you fail to register the concerns within the timeframes set out by the Ontario New-Home Warranty Plan Act, you become fully responsible for the repair costs on your own.

A TARION Warranty period inspection will allow you to take full-advantage of the warranty’s benefits which can save you from paying out-of-pocket for repairs that may otherwise have been the fault of the builder.

The few-hundred dollars you pay for a TARION Warranty period inspection could very-well save you from having to hand-over thousands (or tens-of-thousands) of dollars for future repairs and new systems that were damaged before the warranty expiration!

Light Commercial Inspection

Business operators, commercial property managers, and commercial real estate buyers have to deal with damage and defects just like homeowners. After all, many of the systems that are in a home exist in a commercial building, too. We provide thorough inspection services for light commercial buildings such as retail stores, restaurants, government offices, and storage buildings. Every inspection includes a detailed report that covers a visual and non-invasive inspection of plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating and air systems, structural systems, and more.

Our inspectors are trained to inspect most types of commercial building structures. Size is not an issue. We can handle the smallest offices up to warehouse-sized spaces.

Each Commercial Inspection is unique and is priced according to the scope of the physical inspection, the type of report required and the use the building and report are going to be put to. A quick verbal consultation, usually on the phone and a small scoping inspection is sufficient to accurately price each of these engagements.

5-point Insurance Inspection

A “five-point” inspection focuses only on five areas of interest in a home, thus the name. It is used to validate an older home’s condition prior to a lender authorizing the release of funds. The concern for lenders is that certain systems and structures of the home may be approaching (or have exceeded) their service life. In such cases, a five-point inspection helps lenders to validate whether they will, or will not, release funds to the buyer.

The five areas of interest are:

  • Roof
  • Foundation
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
  • Electrical service feeds and panels
  • Plumbing connections and fixtures

This style of inspection IS NOT AVAILABLE to residential clients.  It DOES NOT provide the security afforded by an Inspection carried out to the CAN/CSA A770-16 Home Inspection Standard and is designed solely for Insurers, Lenders and Commercial Clients who have extra skills in analysis the reports for their particular needs.

Finance Drawdown Inspection

Finance Drawdown inspections are a way for the banks to verify completion percentages on construction projects. When a project is started the lender requires verification of the completion of the different “phases” or percentages of the project. This allows the lender to make a decision on when, and how much money, to release to the contractor(s).

Lenders cannot personally travel to every construction site and take pictures to verify that the completion claimed is correct. The lenders will contract with an company to administer the draw process.

Finance Drawdown inspections are are used on major commercial and small residential projects

Ancillary services are those services that are provided as additional to a regular Residential or Commercial Inspection.   They are not considered part of the inspection, and must be covered by a separate agreement and scope of work.  They frequently require a different standard of practice.

Radon Measurement Inspection

More information can be found on radon and our services on our sister site RadonFind

Mould Assessment

Mould Assessment

Mould contamination can destroy property and deteriorate health. A mould assessment can determine if red flags exist and if further testing is recommended to determine the presence, and type, of mould. Remediation and clearances can be done to eliminate and prevent future infestations.

Keep in mind that mold identification and removal is specialized work that requires special training and testing equipment. Lab work is also required in most cases in order to make an accurate assessment of strain infestations. Not just any inspector is capable of providing this service considering toxic it can be.

More information can be found on mould and other indoor air qualitiy concerns and our services on our sister site IAQAlert

  • EPA on Mold
  • NAHB Mold Resource Center
  • WebMD – Impact of Household Mold
  • Mold Identification on InspectaPedia
Asbestos Inspection

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Energy Loss Detection Assessment

Professional energy loss detection assessments generally go into great detail.  The assessor will perform a room-by-room examination of the property, as well as an examination of past utility bills.  Some energy assessments will include a blower door test although recent practices rely on thermographic imaging, moisture meter detection and smoke pen air gap detection.

Preparing for an Energy Loss Detection Assessment

Before the inspector visits your house, make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of the property’s yearly energy bills. (Your utility can get these for you.) The Inspectoor will use this information to establish what to look for during the assessment.

The inspectors will first examine the exterior of the property to determine the size of the house and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows). The inspector will then analyze the occupants’ behavior:

  • What is the useage pattern of the property?
  • What are the average thermostat settings for summer and winter?
  • How many people occupy the building?
  • What is the use profile of each of the rooms/subdivision in the property?

Your answers may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your property’s energy consumption. We recommend you walk through the property with your inspector, and ask questions.

Inspectors may use a variety of equipment to detect sources of energy loss, such as blower doors, infrared cameras, furnace efficiency meters, and surface thermometers, smoke pens, anenometers and humidity meters.