Property Inspection is a crucial step in any real estate transaction. Whether you are buying an off plan or resale property, you’ll need to have an independent, unbiased property inspection that provides building condition audit and assessment.
GTA INSPECTORS are a team of professional engineers and a certified professional inspector, with the highest international accreditation and extensive experience in the area of residential and commercial property inspection in Canada and the Middle East.
We typically serve clients that are key stakeholders in a typical real estate transaction. From real estate investors and developers to property buyers and sellers, landlords, tenants, commercial property owners, real estate agents, and owners’ associations. We have been partnering with most Canadian real estate brokers over the years.
The main aim is to protect the interest of our clients and make sure that the property they are purchasing is delivered in the perfect condition. Therefore, our team will inspect and analyze the property and provide the client with a comprehensive, yet user friendly report on the physical condition of the property at the time of inspection. Although we report every and each fault in the property, we give special focus on the material defects that will pose a safety risk to occupants and/or affect the financial value of the property. Examples would be a reverse polarity in an electrical socket (fire and shock hazard), or a significant crack in the foundation, respectively. We also give our professional judgment if the issue needing repair, replacements, or an immediate attention. We use state of the art inspection reporting tool that is very illustrative, easy to navigate and understand, while conforming with the local RERA requirements.
With that in mind, and if you are embarking on buying your dream property, please make sure you do not buy blindly. There is a lot at risk and we can help. You need to make sure the property is in the condition that you expect. No surprises.
Get a clear understanding of the true condition of the property by calling GTA INSPECTORS today.
Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building's skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for cooler areas. The resulting images help the auditor determine whether insulation is needed. They also serve as a quality control tool, to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly. For more on how infrared imaging works, check out our Energy Saver 101 infographic on home energy audits.
A thermographic inspection is either an interior or exterior survey. The energy auditor decides which method would give the best results under certain weather conditions. Interior scans are more common, because warm air escaping from a building does not always move through the walls in a straight line. Heat loss detected in one area of the outside wall might originate at some other location on the inside of the wall. Also, it is harder to detect temperature differences on the outside surface of the building during windy weather. Because of this difficulty, interior surveys are generally more accurate because they benefit from reduced air movement.
Thermographic scans are also commonly used with a blower door test running. The blower door helps exaggerate air leaking through defects in the building shell. Such air leaks appear as black streaks in the infrared camera's viewfinder.
Thermography uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. This technology has a number of applications. Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components. Thermograms of mechanical systems can detect the heat created by excessive friction. Energy auditors use thermography as a tool to help detect heat losses and air leakage in building envelopes.
Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go. Because wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation, thermographic scans of roofs can often detect roof leaks.
In addition to using thermography during an energy assessment, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is usually accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings.
1) What is a home inspection and/or 'snagging'?
A home inspection/snagging is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. 'Snagging' and home inspection refer to the same service, with the former being UK terminology and the latter used in North America. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues. Inspections are often performed during a real estate transaction but may be done anytime.
A home inspection is:
Absolutely. We encourage clients to attend. The inspection is a personalized course in home-ownership.
3) Do you tell us whether to buy the house?
No, we provide you with the knowledge to make an informed decision. We understand that the condition of the home is one of many critical pieces of the puzzle when buying a property.
4) How long does a home inspection take?
An average sized, straightforward home takes two hours plus or minus 30 minutes. Older, larger and more complex homes take longer.
The report writing process is typically about the same length of time as the inspection. Reports are sent to you the same day as the inspection.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.