Choosing an Inspector

Here is a list of questions you should ask before choosing an inspector.

Will your inspector be professionally trained?

G.T. Inspections has trained more inspectors than any other groups in Quebec. That said, we have also trained our competitors and currently still do. G.T. Inspections is recognized as the authority in English residential, commercial, industrial and specialized inspections in Quebec. This is always a constant and ongoing process.

Our inspectors must meet rigorous professional and educational requirements. All new inspectors have been rigorously trained with over 200 hours of practical training, including successful completion of three comprehensive written exams, followed by actual on-site inspections. They are required to go through a constant quality control process where reports are reviewed, and have to demonstrate technical professional proficiency. A trial period of three months followed by an acceptation process by our review board is mandatory before we designated him/her a G.T. Inspector.

We are required to be committed to ongoing continuing education in order to achieve and maintain knowledge current technological changes in housing construction and repairs.

We are also proficient in presentation and communications skills. It is one thing to detect defects but it is important to accurately and precisely explain it in terms that you will understand.

Will your inspector be part of an association or be accredited?

Our inspectors are members of different associations:

Will your inspector inspect a house as a system?

Even if your house is composed of many components: structural, roofing, electrical, plumbing, insulation, cooling, etc, they are inter-dependent. Many examples come to mind:

A change in the number of occupants will affect the plumbing system, i.e. septic system, electrical usage, moisture accumulation and heating requirements.

A change in heating system, for example a new furnace will affect the longevity of the chimney, change the amount of air exchange which directly affect the humidity level in the house which could also lead to mold growth.

The installation of a secondary auxiliary heating device, such a wood-stove, involves planning in regards to clearance to combustibles, location in regard to entrances, and combustion air requirements for the appliance.

Insulating the basement can seriously affect the foundation walls, and affect the structure if your house is located in frost susceptible soils. Your foundation is a porous material.

Installing a programmable thermostat could also cause structural concerns by bringing the frost line closer to your foundation.

Will your inspector express an independent opinion and have no conflict of interests?

We believe in giving a neutral, impartial and honest opinion.

We are not affiliated with real estate agents; we receive no commissions or referral fees. Our loyalty is always to the client. An inspector, ideally is always an impartial examiner.

Our inspectors are independent and are not affiliated with any other third parties. Our code of ethics forbids us from soliciting further revenue from the residential inspection. An inspection is simply an accurate observation without soliciting for a secondary source of revenue.

To quote CMHC in regards to the inspection industry:

Under their professional code of ethics, professional home inspectors are not allowed to be associated with any other construction or house related trade. While they may provide you with a personal opinion based on past experience, it is recommended that you obtain three independent quotes from qualified contractors.

Will the inspector you are going to choose give the written report promptly?

Reports can be produced within 24 hours. However, upon request, they can be submitted to the client at the end of the inspection. We use the Carson & Dunlop Home Reference Book. This book is recognized by the industry and explains many details in regards to your purchase. It also helps home buyers understand repairs and maintenance needs of their property.

Will the inspector you are going to choose have many repeat customers?

Our clients trust us to objectively and independently provide them with a comprehensive analysis of the home’s major systems and components. Once you have had our inspection, we expect business to be repeated many times over the years. By positive word-of-mouth referrals, our business has grown without any substantial advertising program.

Should I be present during the inspection?

Education is empowerment, it helps you to know your purchase and eliminate surprises. It is after all, an important investment, and once the client has toured with us, we would hope he/she would know more about the house than the previous owner did. The client may follow the inspector everywhere except onto the roof and into the attic (but you can pop your head up through the access trap if it is safe for you to do so).

Will your inspector give you a complementary second visit after the sale?

We do, on requests, return to the site when asked by the client. We are diligent of our work and care for our clients. More often than not, it is a minor problem, but it is always worth the call.

When can the inspection be done?

We recommend that you make the call as soon as possible. We usually accommodate a demand within 2 to 3 days however we will do everything possible to accommodate a shorter delay if required. We require about an hour of daylight to inspect the outside and roofing surface before moving indoors.

How much does it cost?

There is no standard fee for inspections. Our prices are competitive in regards to the qualifications of our inspectors and our level of service.

Information we will require from you to book your inspection and be quoted a price for the service:

  • Year of construction;
  • Type of house;
  • Size of house: square footage;
  • Type of heating system;
  • Previous usage of the building, if applicable;
  • Planned usage of the building, if applicable;
  • Environmental assessment done or needed;
  • Specialized testing required;
  • Address and the cross street.

How can I pay for my inspection?

G.T. Inspections currently accepts CHEQUE, CASH or CREDIT CARDS (Visa or Mastercard). Sorry, we don’t do the “if I pay cash can I save the taxes?”.

Payment is due at the end of the inspection. For commercial inspections, half of the money is due when we show up onsite and the balance is due when you are given the report 5 to 7 business days after the inspection.