Toronto Home/Building Inspection Services:
1. Mold Inspections: Visual and Sampling~Clearance Certificates. Mold will grow and multiply under the right conditions, needing only sufficient moisture (e.g., in the form of very high humidity, condensation, or water from a leaking pipe, etc.), and organic material (e.g., ceiling tile, drywall, paper, or natural fiber carpet padding). Although, I have seen mold spores growing on surfaces such as glass and concrete. These surfaces are not cellulose based, and therefore spores don’t actually absorb nutrient’s from these substrates. They simply wait for food to come to them! Forget about what you hear in the news about the so called TOXIC BLACK MOLD. I have seen red, blue, white, and black mold. The truth is it doesn’t matter what colour it is, or what species it is…mold is bad for your health. Your Toronto Home Inspector can help...call me for a FREE telephone consultation.
Environmental Site Assessments and Due Diligence
Phase I ESA is in Compliance with CSA Standard Z768-01 (R2012)
The purpose of the Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) report as defined in the CSA Z768-01 Standard is to identify actual and potential site contamination through a process of collecting current visually accessible evidence on the site and the reviewing of background documents.
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) determines the environmental condition of a site based on an examination of past and current practices and activities. Phase I ESA may be carried out as a condition of property sale, transfer or financing.
ASTM E2018 - 08 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Property condition assessments (PCAs) are classified as engineering due diligence projects associated with commercial real estate, though engineering work is not part of the assessment and is excluded in the scope of the assessment. Effectively they are more detailed versions of home inspections and have similar value propositions. Often they are done as part of a property transfer and are typically conducted with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.
4."Over see it" This is a new service that 360 Degrees Building Inspections offers for clients that wish to inspect their contractors work.
5. Thermal Imaging: The IR Camera that I use is a Flir B-360. This camera provides razor sharp images that provide me with information that would otherwise have gone undetected.
7. New construction: Phase Inspections. Typical Construction Process
Most home buyers have a lot of questions about the construction of their home: How long will it take to build? What happens when? What does each step involve? When can we visit the site and see our home in progress? When do we have to make final decisions about cabinets, fixtures, flooring, and so on? When do building inspections take place? Will we have a chance to inspect it ourselves before we take possession? Can we hire a professional building inspector?
Phase 1: Pre-construction
Before any construction begins, plans are developed, finalized and submitted to the municipal building permit office for review. Permits are required for all of the of the following work: building, electrical, plumbing, septic system and sewer connection. Don't forget to call Ontario One for a FREE locate of underground services. Ontario One Call (ON1Call) was formed in 1996 to establish a call centre that receives excavation locate requests and notifies registered owners of underground facilities within the vicinity of the dig-site of the planned excavation.
Ontario One...Call Before You Dig
Phase 2: Foundation
Your house is staked out and the land is prepared. The topsoil (top-soil is the builders worst enemy) is removed and piled elsewhere for later use, or sold depending on quantity. Excavation is done, and the footings are formed and poured. Water, electricity, telephone and cable services may be brought in at this time.The foundation walls are erected.
Phase 3: Framing
Exterior walls, interior partitions and the roof are assembled. This usually means erecting a framing skeleton and applying exterior sheeting.
The basement floor is poured. Electrical and plumbing services are roughed in, and ducting for the HVAC system is put in place.
Phase 4: Interior and exterior work
The exterior walls and the roof are insulated, and a vapour barrier is applied. 360 Degrees Building Inspections ensures this work has been done properly, before the drywall is installed. HVAC systems (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) are installed, including fireplaces, if any.
Walls and ceilings are painted, flooring is laid, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets are installed. Plumbing and electrical fixtures are installed, casing, trim, baseboard is applied, and interior doors are hung.
Phase 5: Completion to hand-over
Your builder and crew are busy completing the final touches and cleaning up. You will be asked to do a walk-through of your home with the builder. Any last-minute touch-ups will be done or not. On the date of possession, you will be handed the keys. The final inspection is crucial. This is your chance to document all deficiencies. Most builders representatives are qualified, and have a good eye to detect visible defects, however, an unbiased third party inspection from your Toronto Home Inspector will guarantee all defects and deficiencies are found.
9. I now offer Radon Gas testing. What is Radon Gas? Radon is a gas produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks that occurs naturally in the environment. You can't see, smell or taste radon. The Canadian guideline for radon in indoor air was revised in 2007.
10. Deck, balconies, or porch Inspections: split or rotting wood, loose or missing nails, screws, or anchors where the structure is attached to the building, missing/damaged, or loose support beams and planking, and wobbly/loose handrails or guardrails
Experts agree that the main sources of injuries are failures of the connection between the deck ledger and house band joist and railing related accidents. I am particularly concerned with the method used to attach the deck to the house ..
11. Concrete moisture testing:
Moisture meters should NEVER be used to make the final determination as to whether or not a concrete slab is dry enough for a flooring installation.
I use the Rapid RH® Method. Rapid RH® Complies with ~ASTM F2170~there is no better way to determine concrete moisture content. Call for pricing
360 Degrees Building Inspections describes what I do best. Don't invest in a property unless you know all the facts. You can Trust me to give you an honest assessment for a potential purchase.
In choosing the right inspector don't let the cost of the inspection be the determining factor. You may be quoted as low as $199 for a home inspection. These low cost inspections are usually offered by inspectors that are both inexperienced and under equipped, who also rush through multiple inspections a day. A professional home inspection takes work, a lot of work. In my opinion, what really matters is not the cost of a Home Inspection, rather the Quality of a Home Inspection. I have been in the Construction Industry for 32 years, and I am knowledgeable with all aspects of building science. I have also attended George Brown College, with related building science courses.
My Home Inspection fees start from $450.00.
I will alert you to:
- Anything that might interfere with your ability to finance, occupy and/or insure the home.
- Safety hazards such as serious problems with electrical issues that could harm either life or property
- Things that lead to major defects, for example a small roof leak that can lead to major interior damage
- Major defects such as structural failures that could also cause moisture intrusion issues, ultimately leading to mold issues
- Most repairs will burden homebuyers, especially first time buyers. As a courtesy, I can offer you (upon request) cost estimates for most repairs or upgrades. This will help with your decision making process. (Please note: I do not perform the work, this is simply an on-site estimate for your information)
It is clear to me that the cost of a Home/Mold/Commercial Building Inspection is relative to experience, and services included.
Recipient of the
2007 Canadian Home Inspector of the year award from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors