Choosing a Qualified Home Inspector

When choosing a home inspector, it’s difficult to get a sense for how thorough they will actually be on site. For example, in the home inspection industry today, it appears as though many of the companies are nowexcluding entry into attic spaces. The truth is, most inspectors do not fully enter and inspect attic spaces, and most do not climb a ladder to the roof during winter.

They say the reason for this relates to the possibility of falling through the ceiling, or causing damage at the underside of ceiling joist or truss chord fasteners. We do not agree. After literally thousands of inspections, we have fallen through only one ceiling assembly, and that was because the homeowner removed the support from under the joist beside the attic access. Excluding that one very painful experience, our record indicates thousands of attics traveled through with zero damage!

The real reason other home inspectors refuse to perform such a thorough inspection is less about safety and more about comfort. Anyone who knows what a ‘crawlspace’ is knows they are sometimes nasty, spider-filled places. But that’s exactly what a thorough home inspection is all about. Through the years we’ve seen it all but we don’t shy away from the dirty jobs.

Unless it is necessary to literally ‘swim’ through the insulation, we will investigate the entire attic. If it is possible to kneel and crawl over the ceiling joists or truss members, we will do so.

Peeking one’s head inside the crawlspace and sniffing the air does not constitute a thorough inspection. Sometimes wood members are darkened and moldy-looking, but they are found – when prodded with a knife – to be sound and stable. Other times, the joists (for example) may look quite clean and stable, but when prodded, they fall apart like sponge toffee.

A ‘visual’ inspection is not practical at crawlspaces and old house basements. The structural members require a hands-on, prodding-type investigation.

Every Safe Homes Canada inspection includes a comprehensive investigation at every single structural element. We guarantee it!

When paying a home inspector, or any service provider, hard-earned money to do a job, the job has to be carried out with enthusiasm and a commitment to doing the most through job possible. That’s what we do, and it’s why we feel we’re the best in Ontario.


  • " We have had five home inspections done over the course of our home-ownership history, and our last three home inspections were done by Andrew Christie. In November 2016, we had our third home inspection experience with Andrew Christie, and once again he did not disappoint. Andrew's exemplary forthrightness, professionalism, attention to detail and integrity are unparalleled. I strongly encourage you to accompany Andrew as he completes your home inspection as it is a pleasurable and invaluable learning experience. Andrew takes the time to tell you what he sees (the good and the bad), explain to you in layman terms what he is seeing, and, as required, will tell you what level of concern you should have, and propose a remedy(ies) to the concern. If you are unable to accompany Andrew as he inspects, you need not be concerned as his written report is very detailed and well-written. The most impressive piece to us is the fact that after the inspection is done and Andrew is paid, Andrew tells you that he is available to you should you have any questions or concerns regarding the home he has inspected for you, and Andrew is true to his word. In our last home, we called Andrew a year after he had done the home inspection with some general inquiries, and he actually attended our home to assist us with our inquiries - at no additional charge. How rare to find a professional like Andrew who provides this level of service and a sincere, genuine caring for his clients. "

    5 Stars
    Pat DiSaverio