HouseMaster Home Inspections of Vancouver Island
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YOUR VANCOUVER ISLAND

HOME INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS

MEET YOUR LOCAL HOME INSPECTION TEAM

HouseMaster has been locally owned and proudly serving Vancouver Island with over 18,000 quality home inspections since 2001
Thorough home inspections and quality customer care is what we do best. We are also a proud supporter of BC Children's Hospital.
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 as well as our Buyer Benefits Rewards program. 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 5000 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>
MARK WATTS

INSPECTOR

<p>Mark Watts is an Accredited Home Inspector with the Home Inspectors Association of BC. Mark is also licensed with the BC Consumer Protection Authority. He is a red seal journeyman carpenter with years of experience with home construction and general contracting with in-depth knowledge of all the components of a home. Mark has a strong background in customer service and is also a Certified Pool Operator.</p>
Arranging the inspection was simple and all the people we had contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. The inspection itself was thorough and the report clear. There isn't much more you could ask for for a home inspection!

– David G.
Nanaimo, BC

Consistency with staff. Professional, qualified inspectors, respond always in a timely manner. Reports are prompt and explain everything in detail. You treat your customers like family. All of this goes a long way. Much appreciated

– Donna G.
Lantzville, BC

Our inspector Mark was very friendly, and knowledgeable. He made the inspection process very easy, and made us feel very confident in buying our first home. The ability to see photos, and all of the inspection details online is invaluable! Housemaster was quick to get back to us to book our inspection, and were great to deal with. I highly recommend the company- especially for first time buyers like us.

– Candace H.
Ladysmith, BC

Bernie was very knowledgable about the house we had inspected, and had concrete answers for any questions we had for him. He was very thorough with everything, and gave suggestions for our next steps with issues he found. I would definitely recommend HouseMaster for house inspections in Port Alberni.

– Michael C.
Port Alberni, BC

Thank you, Patrick and HouseMaster, for your thorough inspection and comprehensive report! I was concerned that I could not attend the inspection in person, but Patrick kindly took my call and very patiently answered my questions over the phone. Great customer service! The information in the report is extremely valuable and I feel much more prepared for the years ahead in our new home thanks to HouseMaster.

– Melissa B.
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.