Ask the Home Inspector
Steve Ott is a Registered Home Inspector and a member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (www.oahi.com) and a full-time Home Inspector by trade. Steve is the sole owner and operator of Ottawa Valley Home Inspections Ltd (www.ovhi.ca) which provides home & septic system inspection services throughout the valley and Ottawa area.
Did you know that unlike a plumber or electrician, the home inspection industry in Ontario is not regulated? So, what does this mean to the consumer? It means that anyone can go out with a flashlight and a business card and say that they’re a home inspector. Thus, to ensure that one is getting an HI that is a professional, they should check up on their credentials before hiring them. What one should check is that the HI is a member of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors because the OAHI is the only professional association recognized by the provincial government. And the OAHI requires all members to keep up their education and to maintain their professional standings annually.
Ask questions such as how long have they been in business? Is it their sole occupation or do they do other work (quite common)? How long does a typical home inspection take? It should be around 3 hours. What kind of report will they receive? It should be electronic or written, not verbal. Ask questions and be comfortable with who you are hiring. In addition, any OAHI inspector can be looked up on www.oahi.com to see if they are a current member in good standing.
If you have any questions please feel free to email them to Steve Ott at email@example.com.
I have personally used Steve on many of our investment property home inspections, and many of my clients have also used him, with great satisfaction. He isn’t a “Mike Holmes Drama Queen” who tells you that the light bulb is burned so you are going to have to rewire the entire house (OK – a dramatic example, but those HGTV Home Inspection shows are also dramatic)! He offers sound, practical advice, and is often able to offer suggestions of how to remedy a situation or who to turn to for advice. If you decide to engage the services of Steve, let him know I sent you!