YOUR VANCOUVER ISLAND

HOME INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS

MEET YOUR LOCAL HOME INSPECTION TEAM

HouseMaster has been proudly serving Vancouver Island with over 17,000 quality home inspections since 2001
Thorough home inspections and quality customer care is what we do best.
We perform residential pre-purchase and pre-listing home inspections as well as commercial building inspections, infrared inspections, wood stove inspections and indoor air quality/mould sampling. Whether you are buying or selling, an inspection is an important part of the process. As part of your association with our excellent team, you will receive the benefits of all of our professional training, years of experience, available tools and proven systems. You will also gain peace of mind and the knowledge to help you make an informed decision.
We look forward to doing business with you.

PATRICK PRESTON

OWNER/INSPECTOR

<p>Patrick Preston is an accredited home inspector with both the Home Inspectors Association of BC and the National Institute of Building Inspectors as well as licensed with the BC Consumer Protection Authority. He is also a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter and former building contractor with in-depth knowledge of all the components of a home. Patrick is a Certified Level I Thermographer for infrared inspections, a WETT Certified Technician to certify the installation of solid fuel burning appliances, an NRCan Certified Energy Advisor for Eco Energy Audits, a Certified Mould Sample Technician for indoor air quality/mould sampling and a Qualified Commercial Building Inspector. Patrick has personally conducted over 4700 quality inspections on Vancouver Island.&nbsp;</p>
BERNIE MCCARTHY

OWNER/INSPECTOR

<p>Bernie McCarthy is an Accredited Home Inspector with the Home Inspectors Association of BC. Bernie is also licensed with the BC Consumer Protection Authority. He has decades&nbsp;of experience with home renovations and general contracting with in-depth knowledge of all the components of a home. Bernie is a Certified Mould Sample Technician for indoor air quality/mould sampling and also a licensed exterminator. Bernie has personally conducted over 3000 quality inspections on Vancouver Island.&nbsp;</p>
From the first contact, HouseMaster was friendly, efficient and accommodated my timing. Their written report arrived immediately following the inspection and was very thorough, easy to read and understand and set out clearly issues that required immediate attention. I would highly recommend HouseMaster.

– -Bette D.
Parksville BC

My dealings with HouseMaster were professional, friendly and extremely helpful from start to finish. Debbie Rowe was a delight to speak to when I first called the company for information. She was both informative and knowledgeable. Patrick Preston was also a pleasure to do business with. He went out of his way to explain the operational aspects of the various systems he was inspecting.

– -Susan M.
Parksville BC

Right from dealing with Debbie and booking the inspection through to Bernie and his inspection, we found the service to be exceptional, very professional and the people were a real pleasure to deal with. The report was a superb document and assisted us greatly in planning the renovations for our new home. Finally, the price was extremely reasonable considering the time Bernie spent at the house and discussing his inspection findings with us. It was full value for the money. Thank you HouseMasters!

– -Chris U.
Nanoose Bay BC

I have recommended HM to many clients and have been satisfied, as have my clients, each and every time.

– -Todd S.
Nanaimo BC

From the first call to them I experienced friendliness and efficiency. The entire process went extremely smoothly and there was very little I needed to do, as they and their automated tools took care of the rest. I had also requested a phone call directly after the inspection and Patrick Preston got back to me as promised with a friendly informative call. I received all my documents online and found the system efficient and easy to use. Thank you for this wonderful combination of personal customer service and technological efficiency!

– Gail M.
Nanaimo, BC

HouseMaster is always professional, on time, always giving my buyers top professional inspections. Keep on doing what you do best.

– Donna G.
Nanaimo BC

Home inspector Bernie McCarthy is a very competent inspector that I have worked with many times in the past and is very competent and has background & thorough knowledge of the building industry. I have recommended him many times to other co workers and realtors.

– John A.
Mill Bay BC

Setting this up was easy and stress free. The people were excellent! Great service don't change a thing.

– Laura B.
Nanaimo BC

I thought the inspection was really good, thorough and helpful. Bernie was friendly, professional and explained things quite well. He also was available afterward for additional questions I had when I was purchasing insurance and needed to clarify several items. I would definitely use your service again and will recommend you to others. Thanks so much for your assistance.

– Michelle I.
Nanaimo, BC

Patrick was friendly and thorough. Deb was super helpful and friendly. The cloud website was easy to view the results. Thank you so much for the home inspection! Extremely Satisfied!

– -Sandra M
Black Creek BC

You were recommended to me from a Realtor friend who has dealt with your company numerous times and had nothing but good things to pass on to me.The house I was purchasing was a private sale and a the owner was a little difficult to deal with. The process and flexibility you provided me was really wonderful. I had a date booked and had to bump it back because the seller wasn't ready to go and I didn't want to pay for the inspection unless the deal was solid. I really appreciate that flexibility as I'm sure you are very busy. My dad met with the inspector for me the day of inspection and Bernie was very knowledgeable and thorough. The payment process was easy and the report was very detailed and easy to read. Would definitely recommend your company to friends and family. Thank you!

– Cathy P.
Nanaimo, BC

INSPECTION SERVICES

ROOFING
EXTERIOR ELEMENTS
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE
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!

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

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

Water testing services include taking a water sample following accepted protocols with analysis of samples performed by a certified lab. General options include a basic water Potability test for Coliform (bacteria) and other elements such as Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, Acidity (pH). Expanded testing options may include volatile organic compounds (fuels), heavy metals (lead, etc.) or other elements required or recommended by local authorities or common practice such as when a property is located in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills, or other known or suspected local hazards exist.

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.