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Building health check

A health check is an evaluation of the physical condition of a building. It consists of a visual inspection of all the components of the interior and exterior. Whether it is a residential or commercial building, the assessment is established following the visit of an expert, who is able to make a diagnosis on each of the elements verified.

Before proceeding with major changes, it is wise to proceed with a health check to avoid unpleasant surprises during the work, but especially to preserve the safety of the premises and its occupants.

A complete report summarizing all components requiring maintenance, repair, refurbishment or replacement is submitted at the end of the mandate.

The health check-up allows you to :

  • To have a better management of the assets;
  • Know the general health of the building;
  • List items that require special attention;
  • Establish priorities for future repair work;
  • Facilitate the budgetary management of maintenance and/or necessary work.

List of elements targeted during a building health check

  • General condition of the premises
  • Land
  • Foundation
  • Outer shell
  • Roofing
  • Doors, windows, skylights and other openings
  • Universal access
  • Garage and other buildings
  • Heating, cooling and mechanical ventilation system
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity

This list applies to both private and common spaces depending on the type of building.

Is it different for a condominium?

Yes, it is slightly different. If it is a condominium, you should instead request a contingency fund study in accordance with Bill 16 of the Société d’habitation du Québec for the inspection of common areas including a report and maintenance booklet. Learn more about this service.

Technical inspection versus health check

The health check has some limitations since it is only a visual check. If you believe that the building has some hidden defects or deficiencies, you should consider a thorough engineering inspection instead. Learn more about this service.