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What We Do

Home Inspections

Full house Inspections are usually done for a buyer and is the most common type of inspection. These are mostly done as a subject to a purchase offer. A full home inspection follows the Standards of Practice as prescribed by the Home Inspectors Association of BC www.HIABC.com

Pre-listing Inspections are for homeowners getting ready to list a home for sale. These inspections still follow the same inspection standards but without all the little details. These inspections focus more on major concerns and safety related items than might affect the sale of a home.

Townhome Inspections are done to the same HIABC inspection standards as a house without looking at the whole complex. The goal in looking at the exterior as well as the unit’s common elements is it gives you a sampling of what the complex should look like without having to inspect the whole complex.

Condo Inspections are done to the same HIABC inspection standards as a house without looking at the whole complex or building. The goal in looking at the unit exterior and some of the building common elements is it gives you a sampling of what the complex should look like without having to inspect the whole complex. Common areas, often looked at during a unit inspection, usually includes the roof, building exteriors and parking garage for salient defects.

Walk-Through Inspections are for homeowners getting ready to list a home for sale. These inspections focus more on major concerns and safety related items than might affect your offer to purchase. Walk-through inspections are usually done for buyers with time constraints, eg. “Offers are going in today”.

Partial Inspections are usually done because of a specific concern or problem. We’re here to help regardless of what the problem is. Give us a call.

Mobile Home Inspections follow the same Standards of Practice as a home inspection. Significant differences exist between a house and a mobile home. The obvious is a mobile home does not have a foundation but is instead supported by cribbing. Give us a call; we’d be happy to explain further.

Insurance Inspections are usually done for an insurance company as part of their diligence in determining insurability of the home and property. Insurance inspections follow a similar format as a full home inspection and as such most, if not all, of your insurers questions with regards to a new policy may be answered with your home inspection report.

Commercial Inspections

Most of our commercial building inspections fall into the categories of

Office, Retail, Multi-family and Light industrial

Depending on the size and needs or our clients these inspections may follow a similar format for an inspection as per above or the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties

Roofing Inspections and Consulting. At Northwood we are also Accepted Inspectors to the Roofing Contractors Association of BC. We specialize in roofing inspections. This inspection and consulting work follows RCABC standards and the RCABC Roofing Practices Manual.

Warrranty Inspections

Builders Warranties. Many builders give you their in house warranty on work they have done for you. This can be a newly constructed house or home or could be a recent renovation or product installation. A builder warranty inspection can help make sure it's right before the end of the warranty.

2 / 5 / 10 New Home Warranty is requirement in BC for new homes. Having these elements inspected prior to the end of the warranty helps to make sure everything is right. If something does need to be addressed our report can be invaluable in having the builder make corrections.

Environmental Testing

Mould Sampling. Finding mould in a building is an indication of a water problem. That water problem may be apparent on its own but if it’s not the only way to find it is sampling. Sampling can help identify a problem and make sure the problem is also sufficiently cleaned up.

Air Quality and Allergen Sampling. Asthma and respiratory ailments can be a major problem. Sampling can help in identifying a problem before it turns into a health risk and make sure remediation and clean up is successful.

Asbestos Sampling. Experience helps us know what materials may contain asbestos. This could be any home built before 1990. Sampling is the only way to positively identify contaminated materials and remediation and clean up.

Water Quality Testing. Water quality can vary greatly including containing contaminants such as arsenic, cryptosporidium, metals and nitrates. And this is just a small list. Testing is the only way to know what you have.

Lead Paint Sampling. Surprisingly, in Canada, a house as young as 1990 could have lead paint on it. If your home is pre-1972 its almost a given. Sampling is the only way to know.

Infrared Camera Reviews

Building Envelope and Roofing Assessments

Sample and systems reviews

Moisture intrusion reviews

Insulation reviews

Management and Litigation Support

Building Owner consultations and assistance

Strata Consultations

Litigation support

Serving Vancouver and Richmond to Mission/Chilliwack

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