The CAN-CSA A-770-16 Inspection Standard

It is the home inspector's responsibility to provide you with the facts so that you can make an informed decision.  An inspection is a thorough, non-invasive, visual examination of a home's structural integrity, functionality and safety of the essential systems in accordance with The CAN-CSA A-770-16 Home Inspection Standard.  This unbiased review will educate you to any existing and potential areas of concern and is highly recommended. Please call our office for current pricing.


We use the CSA A-770-16 Standard - the most complete home inspection standard in North America - we will analyze the home using the required equipment as stated in the standard. 

In the event that additional review is needed, we carry the following advanced testing equipment, which can be requested at a small additional charge. 

  1. A)Thermal Imaging Camera: this camera is used to evaluate temperature differentials that can detect water, energy loss and internal deterioration not visible to the human eye. 
  2. B)Electronic Circuit Analyser: this electrical analyser detects volt load, impedance, false grounds and other areas without disturbing sensitive loads, such as computers.
  3. C)Electrical Breaker Circuit Locator: In instances where the panel is not correctly identified, this tester permits an inspector to detect which breakers are supplying designated plugs and lights.
  4. D)Video Borescope Inspection Monitor: a 1 metre gooseneck camera used for investigating inside openings and areas of wood frame that are difficult to access.
  5. E)Bacharach Gas Detector:  used to source out dangerous gas leakage in furnaces, water heaters and gas connections.
  6. F)Infrared Thermometer: used to confirm and detect temperature differences in forced air heating systems at the heat source point.
  7. G)Microwave Leakage Monitor: with the increased use of microwaves, this detector checks on any harmful microwave leakage from the emanating from it.
  8. H)ExTech C02 IAQ Monitor: used for “sick building syndrome” as an initial -stage one - investigative detector for air quality issues.
  9. I)  Ampro Carbon Monoxide Detector: used to detect the presence of excess carbon monoxide in a home and to produce readings of CO levels.
  10. J)  TES Clamp Multimeter: used for testing the proper load on electric furnaces and other line-load supply electrical testing.
  11. K)Wagner Microwave Concrete Tester: used for establishing the level of dampness in accessible concrete.
  12. L)Etekt Low E Coatings Detector: used to establish the integrity and overall effectiveness of Low E coatings in energy efficient windows.

An inspection will show you how the operational systems work and how to maintain your new home.  This is valuable information, whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned homeowner.

What to expect from your Buyer's Home Inspection:

1) The following components will be reviewed:

  • Foundation
  • Exterior
  • Roof
  • Grading
  • Framing
  • Basements and Crawl Spaces
  • Attic Areas

2) Operation of the home's mechanical systems, as appropriate:

  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Systems

3) Interior review of:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Walls
  • Room by room review

What a Home Inspection does not cover:

Please note that inspection of the following is not included:

  • Wells
  • Underground Municipal Supplies, ie Sewage or Gas lines
  • Swimming Pools
  • Septic Systems
  • Spas
  • Air Quality

Attendance at the Home Inspection:

We strongly advise that you attend the inspection.  It is an excellent opportunity for you to take advantage of our experience and expertise and to learn about the maintenance requirements, safety issues and general information about the systems in the house.  Also, by being present, you will have a better understanding of any concerns that arise during the visual presentation, as well as of the report that follows the inspection.

How long does the Home Inspection take?:

Because the new standard, done correctly, takes over 4 hours to complete, we send a team of two inspectors, allowing us to complete the inspection in 2 to 3 hours, depending upon the condition, the age and the size of the home.  Come prepared with any questions you want to discuss and you may want to bring along a pen and paper.

A Home Inspection is not:

  • An insurance policy  -  against future failures of the home's systems.  No one can be absolute when predicting life spans.
  • A building code inspection  -  depending upon the age of the home, the building codes will have changed.  A municipal building inspector conducts the code compliance inspections.
  • An air quality exam   -  it is not part of the scope of the inspection. When there is question of air quality, professionals in this discipline can be recommended.
  • An appraisal, which is a document that provides an estimate of a property's market value or is an opinion of whether you should or should not buy the home.
  • A new home warranty.
  • An opinion on what is beyond the walls.  No one has x-ray vision.  The inspector cannot comment on something that cannot be seen.  (See 'Thermal Imaging' on the drop down menu bar under 'Inspections' for information on use of the Thermal Imaging Camera.)

The Home Inspection Report:

  • You will receive your report by email, usually within 24 hours of your inspection and often within 12 hours.
  • After you have received the report, if you have questions about the inspection, please feel free to email us.



Smiths Falls

Carleton Place


(Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville)

Calabogie, Plevna, and area.

(Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville)

as well as Ottawa and surrounding areas 

(Arnprior, Carp, Kanata, Nepean, Vanier, etc)

along with Kingston and area.