Teaching Home Inspection

Ian Butzphal

I am currently teaching Residential building Inspections at Vanier College in Montreal. It is with great pleasure to teach and learn from my students, the course keeps me sharp. I have been Inspecting since 2008. I have over 35 years of experience in the construction industry and I continue to learn about the innovations and developments of the trade, that I am so passionate

For several years, I was the Construction Consultant both on and off camera on the hit TV show Debbie Travis’ FACELIFT. My strict standards of quality fit well with the show and were highly appreciated. It was an enjoyable experience.

While trying my hand in the television industry, I continued as a contractor and launched a residential development project in Saint Lazare. I developed a small parcel of land into several private lots with a new road and sanitary system. I personally built my own house on one of these lots. I wanted to challenge myself by building as much of my house as I could by myself. I single-handedly did about ninety percent of the work. When it came time to install the roof, I hired help. You probably can imagine the difficulty and danger in trying to hold and nail 40 foot long roof trusses alone, 25 feet off the ground – on a windy day! Not many home inspectors can say they have built their own homes and even fewer can say they built the street and sanitary system for that house.

completed new home

My skills don’t lie solely in the hands-on aspects of house construction but also with estimating, coordinating tradesman, and materials supply, computer assisted design (CAD) including modifying plans to suit client’s personal needs. I have submitted drawings for approval in many different cities. I continue to increase my knowledge of residential construction through study and training. After many years of working in nearly all aspects of residential construction, I feel uniquely qualified to apply my knowledge to home inspections. I didn’t just read about it, I did it. Are you going to renovate the home you are about to purchase? Let me know as I may have some insight to help you succeed in your renovation project.