June 26, 2024 in Outstanding Inspector

Carson Dunlop’s Outstanding Inspector : Walter Collodel

The Outstanding Inspector is a prestigious award given to home inspectors who exemplify excellence in their field. This award recognizes inspectors who consistently deliver thorough, accurate, and dependable home inspections, showcasing their commitment to excellence and superior customer service. We believe in setting the highest standards, and this award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of those who truly excel in their field.

Walter Collodel

RHI, P. Eng.

Meet our outstanding inspector, Walter Collodel! 
Walter is a P.Eng with a sharp eye for detail. His calm demeanour and 18 years of experience make him one of our most popular inspectors. He combines his engineering expertise with years of inspection experience, often travelling across the GTA to meet the needs of agents.

Walter is known for his thoughtful approach, helping both Sellers and Buyers understand the process and feel at ease. He often tackles large, complex homes that most of us can only imagine—20,000 square feet doesn’t faze him. In his free time, he enjoys contributing to community theatre productions in the West End.

Walter’s Hobbies and Passions

Food: Walter enjoys cooking, eating, and experimenting with different flavour combinations.
Woodworking and Furniture Restoration: Walter spends a lot of time in the shop making and restoring different items.
Music: Walter loves 60s psychedelia and garage rock.

What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
The importance of basic maintenance. Cleaning the gutters, checking the downspouts, and keeping window wells clean. Always try and keep water away from the house. Water is a big potential issue with foundations and basements. We always have to make sure that water is moving away from the foundations.

Why did you become a home inspector?

I like construction, I like doing things with my hands, and I really like the theoretical aspect of construction and home building. This was a good opportunity to get my hands dirty doing the work, but I don’t necessarily have to build anything. I also get to talk to people about their purchases and educate them. There’s lot’s of education involved with this job, I enjoy that part of it too.

Why do you think education is such a big part of what you do?
Clients fall into a bunch of different categories. We have people who are very seasoned owners, they understand 90%- 100% of what I’m talking about. But then you get a lot of particularly first-time home buyers who come from an environment where they’re living in a condominium, someone else takes care of everything, or they’re coming from Mom and Dad’s place where Dad always took care of everything. When you take that step to become a homeowner you have to really understand everything that’s involved with the house, and I try to impress that on my clients as well, especially the first-time homeowners, where they’ve never cleaned a gutter, they’ve never done a lot of yard maintenance or caulked windows or things like that. So I talk about maintenance a lot during my inspections with first-time homebuyers.

Why do you think inspections are important for sellers?
It exposes everything about the house, even the things that sellers may not even want to know about, or in a lot of cases, they don’t know about it because they’ve never thought about it, since they don’t do maintenance. But it lays everything bare, warts and all, this is what the house is. For the most part, most houses are in fairly good condition. We point out areas where some of the maintenance has been negligent over the years, or things could have been done a little bit better. It gives the sellers an opportunity to do a little bit of cleanup as well so it’s not an issue by the time someone looks at the house and wants to make an offer on it.

What are some of the most important lessons you have learned throughout your career?

The importance of listening to people- get to know the client and understand what they expect from the house. If their expectations are in alignment with what reality is going to be for a particular house because every house is going to be a little different. Some places will be very hands-off and turnkey and you just move in. Some places you’re going to need to do renovations, you’re going to need to correct things that haven’t been done properly. And other places, sometimes you just run into a place that’s very intricate technically. When I talk about hands-on in that sense, you’re going to have to understand how the boilers work with the floor heating systems and the air handlers and everything like that. A lot of HVAC sort of concerns. I like to talk to everyone about how these systems work and how they’re going to affect the ability of the house to make their life happy. Dry, safe and warm. We all want our house to be dry, safe and warm, and people have to understand how to do that.

Book an inspection with Walter today!

See what our clients have to say about Walter

“Fabulous service and Walter was very thorough and easily answered all my client’s questions. He is so knowledgeable and a great communicator.”
RLP Real Estate Services
“I have no hesitation in recommending Walter to anyone in need of a home inspection. His unparalleled knowledge, dedication, and commitment to excellence make him the clear choice for this critical service. I am confident that you will be just as impressed with his work as I have been over the years.”
“Walter is our first choice of inspectors. He has an eagle's eye and a wealth of knowledge. He is always calm and provides solutions when problems are encountered. He is a clear communicator.”
Sotheby's International Realty
“Walter was extremely thorough inspection of our soon to be home. He was so patient with all of our questions and covered everything he possibly could.”
“Walter was great, process was smooth, I felt the inspection was thorough. Had an interaction with the manager, Leo, that was fantastic. Inspection report was detailed too.”
“Walter was amazing. Very thorough and thoughtful with what he told us through the process. Did not sound alarms but walked us through everything very calmly.”