Our approach

What makes us different? / Why are we different?

1. We are fiercely independent

Buyers are wary of the potential conflict of interest between an agent and the three building inspectors that he or she recommends. As professionals, our responsibility is to inform you as to the condition of the house. You can rest assured that we take that responsibility seriously. No house is perfect though. We work well with buyers and brokers to identify and resolve issues.

2. Our inspections are appropriate for your needs

There are many quality levels within the home inspection industry. Firstly, Meredith inspection is a member of the AIBQ, Quebec’s most stringent building inspectors’ organization (Association des Inspecteurs en bâtiments du Québec or Québec Association of Building Inspectors). Secondly, we distinguish the quality of service from other members by investing time and by tailoring our inspections to match your requirements. So, for instance, first-time home buyers receive lengthy explanations. Luxury home buyers may require architectural or contractors’ services. Clients buying in older neighbourhoods should consider main drain and thermal camera inspections. So, at Meredith Inspection, we compete on quality and a full range of professional services, not price. Try a Meredith Inspection. You will see the difference.

L’Association des inspecteurs en bâtiments du Québec (AIBQ)AIBQ membership

 

3. Inspection process

Step 1: The inspection assessment:

The client and the firm review relevant information.

Building information

  • MLS (real estate) listing
  • Vendor statement (declaration du vendeur)
  • Other available documentation (repair bills, previous reports)

Personal requirements

  • Special requirements or health needs
  • Budget for repairs
  • Budget for renovations

Inspection requirements

Step 2: On-site inspection

Time Requirement: 3 to 5 hours
Attendees: Buyer and other interested family members and friends
Inspector and Specialists

Goals of the on-site inspection:

  • To evaluate the conditions of the housing components
  • To show and explain and answer buyers’ questions

Step 3: Report writing

Time requirement: 24 to 48 hours

The report:

  • 30 to 50 pages long (before appendices)
  • All building elements included
  • Descriptions, limitations and recommendations
  • Often 50 or more photographs and illustrations
  • Bucket list for future repairs and improvements

Step 4: Report review

This is a very important step and often neglected. Once the home buyer has read the report, the inspector and buyer review the report by phone to ensure that the buyer is aware of the deficiencies.