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Structurally Sound Inc.

Home Inspections


What qualifications should I look for in an inspector?

You should look for someone who is a qualified member of a professional home inspection association. This ensures that, regardless of their previous specialized work experience, the have the technical training critical to inspecting all aspects of a building structure and its components. O.A.H.I is the only body of home inspectors recognized by the Ontario government and provides the training curriculum critical to performing thorough home inspections.

What’s the difference between Certified, Licensed and RHI?

There are no such designations as Certified and Licensed in Ontario. They sound good, but the inspectors who use these titles are usually not members of any association and, consequently, you cannot verify their credentials. RHI stands for Registered Home Inspector. This is the highest level of accreditation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). Inspectors must perform a predetermined number of paid inspections, usually a minimum of 200 in their first year, along with all the educational requirements before being considered for the RHI designation. As with all associations, inspectors must also complete annual educational updates to maintain their designation.

Should an inspector be a professional engineer?

NO — Professional engineers, much like tradespersons, usually have extensive training in a specific discipline of engineering such as Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, etc., to name a few. Despite the specialized training, that knowledge has no relevance to inspecting a house. A Home Inspector must have good general knowledge of all aspects of a home which can only be gained through a specific home inspection training curriculum. Similarly, experience & training in a specific construction trade as the only qualifications falls far short of being a qualified home inspector.

How does an inspector keep his skills current? 

O.A.H.I requires members to complete a minimum amount of continued education every 2 years to keep current with changes in building science and enhancements to related regulations. If not part of a professional home inspection organization, investigate your home inspector’s training discipline. 

How long does the inspection take?

Approximately 2.5-3 hours for the average home. If you are quoted for an inspection that will take 2 hours or less, chances are the job will not be as thorough and detailed as it should be. Also, it should only be performed during the hours when natural light is available, so beware of inspections booked outside of that time.

What should I ask a prospective inspector?

Click here for a list of appropriate questions to ask when interviewing inspector.

What should I expect to get at the inspection?

During the inspection, your Structurally Sound inspector will not only discuss observed defects, but will also share several tips along the way to help you understand how to maintain a healthy & safe home. At the end of the inspection, you will receive your Home Structure Report - 200 pages of inspection findings , illustrations and preventative maintenance reference material 

What about post-inspection consultation?

Not a problem - we provide LIFE-TIME CONSULTATION for as long as you remain in the home.

Do I need to be there during the inspection?

No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. But I highly recommend that you be present. It is a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the greatest benefit from the Home Inspection. If you are present, you can ask me questions directly and I can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. I feel that you will be able to best understand the finished report, and get the most benefit from it, by having been there during the inspection

When will I get my report?

After the inspection, I will review my findings and discuss the report with you in person. I will then provide you with a high quality and detailed Home Structure Report report - which will be completed and presented to you at the end of the inspection. A hard copy can be provided upon request. The Home Structure Report will include color photographs, making it easy for you to see and remember any defects that we found. My contact information will always be available in the report, if you have questions immediately following the home inspection, or in the months after. 

Will you fix the problems you find during the inspection?

No. The code of ethics that I adhere to prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the current condition of the home. Please refer to the OAHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics qualified home inspectors must follow.

I’m safe hiring from a franchise, right?

Not necessarily. You want to know that you can check on someone’s qualifications. You can’t necessarily do that with a franchise. We’ve already said if they aren’t members of an association, you can’t verify their credentials. Companies cannot be members of any association, only individuals. That means if the inspector they want to send to you is not a member, you are in the same boat as with other non-Association members: you just don’t know. Also, because the inspection pie has to be cut into more slices with a franchise, they tend to attract only the very junior inspectors who are looking to gain experience.