Barrie Home Inspector

Home Selling Tips by Barrie Home Inspector When you have made the decision to Sell your Home you should start thinking about how to ensure you will get the best value for your property.  Mos t home owners become very complacent about the condition of their home and the Curb Appeal it will present potential buyers.  Even if you are not handy around the house the cost of hiring a “handy man” will be negligible compared to the added value to your home. The exterior of your home is very important and having Curb Appeal is paramount to having interested buyers.  If your shingles are curling and require replacing, do it before you list your home for sale.   Potential buyers will just deduct the cost of new shingles if they make an offer.  Try and present your home as well cared for by someone who has Pride in Ownership.  Nothing is worse looking than a Slapped On Coat of Paint on exterior windows which may or may not be an attempt to cover up damage.  A bit of paint and caulking can go a long way to making your home shine. Preparing the Interior   Disassociate Yourself With Your Home Learning how to let go is difficult. You’ve lived in this home for years, and it’s become part of you. However, you’ve got to make that break. Here are a few tips: Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much […]

Thermal Imaging

Commercial Infrared Scans and Commercial Property Inspections by industry experts. Combining infrared thermal technology, along with our proven inspection techniques, allows us to provide our clients an accurate understanding of their future building’s defects. If you are purchasing  a commercial, multi-family, or industrial property and want to protect your investment, call  888-818-8608 for a Free Consultation. Thermal Imaging Simplified?  To keep it simple, Thermal Imaging is the viewing and recording actual surface temperatures, signatures, and anomalies observed at surfaces such as walls, ceilings, floors, pipes, ducts, etc.  It is easier to think of Thermal Imaging as a thermometer with a TV screen attached. The surface temperature is translated into a visual image. Using a high resolution thermal imager (or camera), we can observe and interpret surface temperatures to help determine what is or may be occurring in areas we can’t readily view without destructive evaluations.  All objects emit energy in the form of heat.  Thermal imaging allows us to ‘see’ this energy and interpret our findings or the anomalies observed. Because everything has a surface temperature, infrared thermal imaging technology allows us to ‘see’ the temperature of those surfaces. The images seen are then interpreted and further investigated.  As human beings, we are limited to seeing light only in the visible light spectrumcalled white light. This is the light that bounces off everyday objects whether the light is being emitted by our sun or an artificial source such as a light bulb. The infrared spectrum is otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Without assistance from […]

Commercial Inspections
Certified Master Inspector

The Commercial Building Inspector is committed to providing the best possible service at a price that is un-matched by the competition. We have been providing Professional Commercial and Industrial Building inspection services to the Southern Ontario area for the past nine years. With over 4,000 inspections we are the Premier Commercial and Industrial Inspection Company in Southern Ontario. Our commitment to our customers and their investment ensures your complete satisfaction. Our companies investment in the latest technology ensures our leadership in the investment property inspection field. Our company offers FREE Thermal Imaging as part of our inspection package, which includes electrical and insulation scans. The Commercial Building Inspector  performs inspections of commercial properties for a variety of clients on a wide range of property types. Our inspections range from Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) in accordance to ASTM E 2018 Standards, to inspections tailored to a client’s specific needs. Whether buying of leasing we can inspect your future property to ensure protection of your investment dollars. Experienced inspectors of Plaza’s, Strip Malls, Apartment Buildings and Office Buildings in Toronto, Commercial Inspector, GTA, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Brampton, Oakville,Milton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora, Newmarket, and Bradford. We have an experienced team which will travel to most of Southern On for large apartment buildings or plaza’s. We provide Reliance Letter’s and 20 Year Cost Estimates if required. Our evaluation provides valuable information for the following systems: ●  Structures, Exteriors, Interiors ●  HVAC Cooling and Heating ●  Roof System, related components ●  Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical ●  Insulation, Ventilation ●  Repair […]

Inspection Standards
ASTM Inspection Standards

The Commercial Building inspector conducts all inspections based on the following  Inspection Standards: National Association of Commercial Building Inspectors (NACBI) Code of Ethics Standards of Practice ASTM E2018 – 08 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process No PCA can wholly eliminate the uncertainty regarding the presence of physical deficiencies and the performance of a subject property’s building systems. Preparation of a PCR in accordance with this guide is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, the uncertainty regarding the potential for component or system failure and to reduce the potential that such component or system may not be initially observed. This guide also recognizes the inherent subjective nature of a consultant’s opinions as to such issues as workmanship, quality of original installation, and estimating the RUL of any given component or system. The guide recognizes a consultant’s suggested remedy may be determined under time constraints, formed without the aid of engineering calculations, testing, exploratory probing, the removal or relocation of materials, design, or other technically exhaustive means. Furthermore, there may be other alternative or more appropriate schemes or methods to remedy a physical deficiency. The consultant’s opinions generally are formed without detailed knowledge from those familiar with the component’s or system’s performance. Not Technically Exhaustive—Appropriate due diligence according to this guide is not to be construed as technically exhaustive. There is a point at which the cost of information obtained or the time required to conduct the PCA and prepare the PCR may outweigh the usefulness […]

Commercial Inspection Details

Commercial Inspection Details – Every Commercial Building will have the same basic items of inspection,  which are typically: Roofing Exterior Structure Plumbing Electrical Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning Interior & Insulation Exits Exit & Emergency Ltg Fire Doors fire Doors Specialty Inspection Areas Insulation Although we specifically do not inspect Fire Alarm systems, we do recommend you use Company that signed last inspection tag, we will report on any visual deficiencies or broken items.  During the inspection of Life Safety Equipment we will operate all Emergency Lighting units to ensure they are in operating condition. On larger buildings we will bring in a licensed electrician to inspect main and sub panels.   On smaller units we will remove panel board covers to inspect condition of wiring and to also check for copper or aluminum wiring.  Some insurance companies will not insure buildings with Aluminum Wiring. The objective of our inspections is to provide our clients a written report describing the issues discovered, from the observations made within the inspection, as well as research conducted by the inspector. These items are deemed by the inspector to be of interest to our client to help in the decision making process to either purchase, lease or identify maintenance issues for a commercial property.

Resource Info – Commercial Inspections

All of our property condition assessments use the baseline property condition assessment process as outlined in the ASTM E-2018 standards.   The assessment includes physical deficiencies defined as “the presence of conspicuous defects or material deferred maintenance of a subject property’s material systems, components or equipment observed during the field observer’s walk-through survey. The stands “specifically excludes deficiencies that may be remedied with routine maintenance, miscellaneous minor repairs, normal operating maintenance, etc and excludes minimis conditions that generally do not present material physical deficiencies”.   NOTE: The ASTM standards state the following regarding deviations form the standard: “This guide also recognizes that there are varying levels of property condition assessment and due diligence that can be exercised that are both more and less comprehensive that this guide, and that may be appropriate to meet the objective of the user. Users should consider their requirements, the purpose that the PCA is to serve, and their risk tolerance level before selecting the consultant and the level of due diligence to be exercised by the consultant”. This provision allows you to specify deviations that meet your individual needs and building typ. These deviations would be mutually agreed upon and clearly stated in the engagement documents and final report. These deviation may reduce the scope of the assessment due to financial and/or time constraints or exceed the assessment standards and include dismantling and operation of readily accessible key systems like HVAC, maintenance suggestions, long term replacement schedules and cost to remedy defects with no […]