HouseMaster Home Inspections of Ottawa
4.84265 stars - based on 618 reviews
613-702-5533

HOME INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS

OF OTTAWA

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Each inspector at HouseMaster of Ottawa knows what it takes to deliver the highest quality home inspection. We provide you with accurate information to help you make informed decisions regarding your new home. It’s what we’ve been doing since 1979, and it is part of what makes us the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection company. It’s easy to see why we are the preferred home inspection partner for real estate industry. Proudly serving the people of the greater Ottawa area and neighbouring communities.

Simply impeccable!! We are first time home buyers and therefore everything is a first for us. So having such great service from HouseMaster was really comforting. Our inspector gave us awesome advice and was confident in answering all our questions. It was a great experience, Friendly and professional! THANK-YOU!

– S. Favretto
Ottawa, Ontario

I wasn't available for the home inspection, so I sent a relative who has 30+ yrs in construction and contracting experience. He mentioned that he had never seen a more professional and skilled home inspector. He was very satisfied with the level of knowledge, work ethic and professionalism this inspector conducted his work with. Was able to detect miniscule problems that most inspectors would miss or not report. Also willing to return and finish the inspection once the snow melts, in order to complete his report.

– N. Hebert
Ottawa, Ontario

I was very impressed with the expertise, knowledge and attention given to all areas of the home by the inspection agent. Ron was very informative, offering helpful hints and recommendations, all with a very friendly attitude/personality.. I have used other inspection agents in the past, and this was by far the most impressive. Ample time was taken with care and concern for all aspects of the home. Thank you Ron for an awesome report which I will keep on file.

– J. Edwards
Ottawa, Ontario

Our experience with HouseMaster was extremely professional and thorough. Ron advised us to participate in the entire process and took the time to explain where necessary. He was very efficient and provided us with a great guide book and report. Ron arranged his schedule to meet our deadlines and was available after the inspection for follow-up and questions. Overall a great experience and we would recommend his service.

– S. Yantha
Ottawa, Ontario

From the moment we met Ron, we knew we had chosen wisely. He was friendly and engaging from the outset. Ron took the time to explain all aspects of the home inspection to us, before he even started! We were exceptionally pleased with the service he provided. He was both thorough and concise. Ron was able to identify several issues with the home, that would have otherwise evaded us (i.e.: a trace amount of aluminum wiring in the house). The PDF file he provided us with that afternoon, has proven to be an invaluable resource for both us and our insurance company. All in all, we had a wonderful experience with Ron! We would highly recommend both him and the HouseMaster's brand, to any prospective home buyers.

– L. Scott & C. Khoury
Ottawa, Ontario

I met Ron Bouwmeester as a result of joining BNI professionally. I liked him as a person so it was easy to call him for a home inspection on the house I was considering purchasing. Once he arrived an got to work, I realized just how deep his knowledge and expertise ran. His assessment was astonishingly thorough. Another home inspector had gone through the home for an estate sale, but Ron Bouwmeester found a number of serious issues and deficiencies which had been totally missed in the previous assessment. It does great things for my peace of mind to know that he's check everything. There won't be any nasty surprises after purchase. He's also informed me that there will be a discount for subsequent inspections; which is helpful. I would recommend Ron Bouwmeester from House Master with absolutely no reservations.

– D. Gilbert
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron is a beauty! He is very thorough and I felt very comfortable to ask him questions and share my concerns. He makes me feel very comfortable because he is honest and straightforward. Very professional! I would definitely recommend him. RD #Beauty

– R. Decoste
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron was extremely thorough, efficient, and polite. He was very meticulous and checked every single aspect of the entire house. In addition, he was very helpful, answered all our questions, did not mind the owners joining him for the entire inspection, and even provided us with names/numbers of people/companies that would be useful to the owners following the inspection. Extremely satisfied with the HouseMaster services and have already recommended them to 3 colleagues moving into the area. Thank you!!

– N. Cote
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron was very professional, punctual and friendly. He explained any concerns he had and sent the report in an extremely timely manner. We got his name from friends, and we were very impressed by his services. As first time home buyers Ron was extremely helpful and reassuring. It made the experience that much easier for us!

– L. Henry
Ottawa, Ontario

The inspection was thorough and the inspector (Ron) was eager to explain in details his findings. His explanations were clear and easy to understand. Finally, even though he was recommended by the real estate agent, we felt that his assessment was objective and professional. Overall, our experience was very positive, easily the best among all my previous experiences with house inspectors. We would certainly consider using the services of this inspector for follow-ups on his inspection. We would obviously also recommend him to anyone buying a house in the Ottawa region.

– N. Audet
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron was very professional and detailed in his inspection. I felt very safe knowing that he's doing his job thoroughly and the inspection report did gave us an opportunity to make smarter purchase decisions. He even took the time to go through the details while I was on site at the home. Providing pictures is an awesome idea.... "a picture is worth a thousand words.." Now that I have a binder (provided by the inspector) and the reports with pictures, this definitely helps me when it comes to small repairs that we'll need to do after the purchase. All in all, I was very pleased with the level of professionalism that was illustrated during and after the home inspection.

– L. Nguyen
Ottawa, Ontario

I found our inspector to be knowledgeable and well experienced with all the mechanics of a house. Ron had great certification and is well equipped with tools exceeding what most home inspectors offer. Our inspection was thorough and completed with a comprehensive report delivered the same day. This service is greatly appreciated when dealing with swift timelines in real estate transactions.

– K. Osgoode
Ottawa, Ontario

Extremely professional and thorough - your inspector took every opportunity to answer my questions and detail his observations. I feel he went beyond what was strictly necessary in providing me with follow-up information and answering questions after the completion of the physical inspection.

– P. Pappin
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron really knows his stuff. He is straightforward, thorough, and was happy to answer any questions we had. We were very happy with our inspection!

– H. Bisaillon
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron is very personable and up to date with the latest tools and gadgets used in the inspection process. I like the guarantee piece. He understands the urgency in getting the report to the client and the realtor with condition due dates looming. He is very professional and not opposed to going on the roof, in the attic etc. Great experience, as usual.

– D. Hurren, Realtor
Ottawa, Ontario

Our inspector was very professional, and thorough. All questions were answered and included in the resulting report. We very much appreciated the thermal imagining with accompanying pictures in the report. We are confident in the information provided on our prospective home purchase. Any small inconsistencies and flaws that were noted were also given recommendations and potential estimated costs to fix. Thank you for your expertise. We would absolutely recommend HouseMaster inspections to our friends and family.

– A & C Lacelle
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron is knowledgeable and brings his Building Science background to the table. He is also very personable, and shares his knowledge in a way that is easy to understand. I've heard that he is thorough, and he truly is. I have already recommended him twice in less than 24 hours after I saw his work.

– S. Sicoli (Realtor)
Ottawa, Ontario

We were given prompt, exceptionally professional and friendly services. The report was returned in a timely manner and was very detailed.

– J. Cameron
Ottawa, Ontario

Ron was friendly and very efficient. He explained everything very well in advance of the appointment and followed through on his commitment (arrived to location on time, conducted a thorough inspection and provided the report within the promised deadline). The report itself is very well laid out with detail and supporting pictures / videos where required. The information will be most helpful!

– S. Blaszczyk
Ottawa, Ontario

I was really impressed with the professionalism of the home inspector and he was very thorough. He explained everything to me in clear manner and answered all of my questions. The inspector provided me with a completed report within the same day which was wonderful.

– K. Lacene
Ottawa, Ontario

INSPECTION SERVICES

ROOFING
EXTERIOR ELEMENTS
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE
KITCHEN
HEATING SYSTEM
COOLING SYSTEM
ELECTRICAL
PLUMBING
ROOFING

What we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damaged, or missing components. Watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is what we inspect: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We assess the elements for proper construction and function; looking for damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration or functional concerns. Watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

What we inspect: visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other structural concerns. Windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. Watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

What we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and major structural components. Visible, accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or defects. We look for water penetration at below grade areas. Watch us in action!

KITCHEN

What we inspect: Plumbing fixtures and built-in appliances. We check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies.  Watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

What we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs, smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. Watch us in action!

PLUMBING

What we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Also includes inspection of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures; tubs, showers, toilets, and operation to assess flow, drainage and leakage. Water heating components will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RADON SCREENING
MOLD SCREENING
COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
WETT INSPECTIONS (Canada)
THERMAL IMAGING
RADON SCREENING

A short-term test is performed to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of radon gas pursuant to local regulations or practices for real estate transactions. Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive byproduct of natural soil decay known to increase the risk of cancer in those exposed.

MOLD SCREENING

Screening includes: air and/or surface (bulk) sampling to determine presence of elevated levels of mold spores or verify presence of a mold growth.  Includes one air sample in one interior area and one outdoor control sample, with surface sampling of random or requested suspect mold growths. Processed by a qualified lab to determine results.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspections include: inspection of the visible and readily accessible areas of the roof, structure, mechanical and electric components of the public areas of a building, as well as all or representative individual dwelling or office/store units, as requested by the client.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

This inspection involves: a review of the condition of the exterior and interior components of a home and the systems. Includes review of the roof, flashings, insulation issues, heating and air conditioning units, grading, the proper function of appliances and plumbing, electric components, smoke alarms for deferred maintenance and recommended action. 

WETT INSPECTIONS (Canada)

A WETT inspection is an inspection of solid-fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves and other appliances conducted by an inspector trained and certified through programs conducted by the Wood Energy Technology Transfer, Inc. Includes inspection of all readily visible components of wood-burning fireplaces and appliances and connected chimneys to determine whether code compliant, installed correctly, properly maintained and safe. WETT inspections are often required in Canada in order to obtain homeowner insurance.

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging services make use of an infrared imaging camera that can detect the thermal energy (heat) emitted from an object. Thermal imaging measurements indicate temperature differentials that may help diagnose a myriad of potential concerns in a home or building such as heat loss or gain and waste leakage.