Holmes Inspection

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Holmes Inspection
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Created by Mike Holmes
Michael Quast
Pete Kettlewell
Starring Mike Holmes
Damon Bennett
Narrated by Mike Holmes
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English, French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Executive producer(s) Mike Holmes
Michael Quast
Pete Kettlewell
Running time 60 min.
Original network HGTV Canada
Original release October 1, 2009 – November 17, 2011
Related shows Holmes on Homes , Holmes Makes It Right
External links

Holmes Inspection is a 2009 Canadian home renovation series on HGTV, hosted by general contractor Mike Holmes. It is the third of Holmes' renovation series, following Holmes on Homes and Holmes in New Orleans. The format of the series is similar to those of his previous series Holmes on Homes, where Mike enters a home in need of repair and often finds substandard work. However, unlike Holmes on Homes, whose focus was on substandard work done by fraudulent or poor-quality contractors, the focus of Holmes Inspection is on homeowners who have been victimized solely as a result of poor home inspections. While Holmes Inspection has been fairly popular, some within the home inspection community have criticized the show's presentation of their business. For example, Andrew Christie of Safe Homes Canada has critiqued Holmes Inspection as being more about comedy and exciting made-for-TV type scenes than about the actual work done by home inspectors.[1]

In the United States, the series debuted on HGTV on Sunday, December 19, 2010.

Differences from Holmes on Homes[edit]

Changes from Holmes on Homes include decreased emphasis on Mike Holmes during the construction process, as crew supervisor Damon Bennett (who has held the title since season 6 of Holmes on Homes) takes control of most of the construction activity (deferring to Mike only on major decisions); Damon is also present in front of the camera for meetings with the homeowners (unlike Holmes on Homes, where only Mike appears).

There is also the use of 3D computer-generated imagery to illustrate problems and solutions.

Holmes Inspection is entirely shot in the Greater Toronto area, and only involves homes which were purchased within 18 months. As the series is heavily focused on home inspections gone wrong, only homes with issues not accounted for in a home inspection report done with a home inspection service are considered.


Most of the crew from Holmes on Homes and Holmes in New Orleans return for Holmes Inspection.

  • Damon Bennett is the crew supervisor, having appeared since season 4 of Holmes on Homes but only being elevated to the role of crew supervisor in season 6. He is skilled in many trades, and comes from a long line of bricklayers.
  • Bill Bell, Mike Holmes's uncle, is the truck supervisor, in charge of tools. He has held this position since season 6 of Holmes on Homes.
  • Adam Belanger is the son-in-law of Mike Holmes, having married Mike's eldest daughter Amanda in between series (Amanda herself has been on the production crew since season 2 of Holmes on Homes). He is an expert in operating heavy machinery, and is experienced in landscaping. He has been with the Holmes crew since season 5 of Holmes on Homes.
  • Rob Brown is a new member of the Holmes Inspection crew, debuting in the second season of the series.
  • Nichole Faucher is a new member of the Holmes Inspection crew, debuting in the second season of the series.
  • Mike Holmes, Jr. ("M.J.") is the only son and youngest child of Mike Holmes, who, after graduating from high school in season 4 of Holmes on Homes (but having sporadically appeared in previous seasons), has joined his father's construction crew.
  • Sherry Holmes, Mike Holmes's daughter, joined the construction crew in New Orleans and has been a member for two and a half years.
  • Evan Jatou is a new member of the Holmes Inspection crew, debuting in the second season of the series.
  • Carl "Carlito" Pavlovic has been with the Holmes Crew since season 5 of Holmes on Homes. He is known for his sense of humor and serves as the team's tile expert.

Former crew members[edit]

  • Kate Campbell was a crew member for the first season of Holmes Inspection. She has a lifelong passion for the trades, and acquired her training in Women in Skilled Trades, later joining Holmes on Homes as their second female crew member. She is now part of the crew for another of HGTV's series, Decked Out.


  • Note: All episodes seen in North America have been delayed a season and are shown out of order on this list.

Season 1[edit]

Episode Title Air Date Description
1 Soaked October 1, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a townhouse with a mysterious leak in the bathroom, caused by a hole in the bathtub itself. A further glance at the home reveals a dangerous lack of insulation and a basement window drywalled from the inside that is dangerously close to a gas meter.
2 Frigid Floor October 8, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house with a kitchen addition with overloaded electrical circuits and a permeating odour.
3 Abated Breath October 15, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house, where something in the home is threatening the health of the homeowners and their young family.
4 Exhausting the Issue October 22, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house that had been "flipped" (renovated by a previous homeowner for the purpose of selling it at a higher price), but finds that the featured stone fireplace, among other things, is shoddily done.
5 Go with the Flow October 29, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house with two fireplaces, which are hiding a major problem the home inspectors had overlooked.
6 Holding It In November 5, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house on the request of a homeowner who had found mould growing on their children's toys. A further look into their storage closet reveals that it was a room that should have never been closed in.
7 Troubled Waters November 12, 2009 The Holmes Crew visit a house, whose home inspector had missed several glaring problems, and attempts to fix them only made things worse.
8 Full of Surprises November 19, 2009 The Holmes Crew visit a house that was rated "eight out of ten" by a home inspector, but freezing pipes and backed up drains are hiding an "eight out of ten" potential for disaster.
9 No More Down and Out November 26, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house which had seemed okay... until a satellite dish installer discovers that the roof was rotten and the dish could not be installed.
10 Heated Issue December 3, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house with an old rotting ductwork system that must be totally redone.
11 A Hole Lot of History - Part 1 December 10, 2009 The Holmes Crew arrive at an old historical house, where major issues were popping up despite the home inspector's claims that there were none. Most problems were attributed to a hole in the foundation which had been concealed. This episode was previously titled Historical Hell.
12 A Hole Lot of History - Part 2 December 17, 2009
13 Watch Your Step January 7, 2010 The Holmes Crew find themselves at a suburban home which has more house than furniture, due to the problems that have popped up.
14 A Century Ago April 15, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at the request of the homeowners, whose home inspection report stated that only minor do-it-yourself repairs were needed. When the homeowners proceeded to do these fixes, however, it becomes clear that these issues were greatly understated.
15 A Stitch in Time April 22, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house where the home inspector missed signs of obvious neglect that could lead directly to much bigger issues.
16 No Breathing Room April 29, 2010 The Holmes Crew fix a house that was hastily inspected, and find that the house has electrical issues that make it unsafe for the homeowners' children, as well as a roofing problem that causes mould to appear in every wall of the house. This episode was previously titled Wonky Wiring. The episode is dedicated to Robert Graves, one of the roofers whose company regularly appeared on Mike Holmes' series since the beginning of Holmes on Homes, and became the exclusive roofers for the series since the third season therein. Graves had been killed in an auto accident on Ontario Highway 11 north of Barrie, Ontario on September 17, 2009, and this episode was his last appearance on the series prior to his death.
17 New Beginnings May 6, 2010 The Holmes Crew help a policewoman on disability who downsized to a townhouse that she could afford for herself and her daughter.
18 Sump-Thing New May 13, 2010 The Holmes Crew help a couple (victims of a previous bad home inspection) who decided to upgrade to a new house, confident that it would have fewer problems. Once again, the home inspector reported only minor issues, but missed other bigger problems.
19 Acres of Pain May 20, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a dream house built on three acres that has much more serious safety issues than what was mentioned in the home inspection report.
20 Back to the Drawing Board May 27, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house that was negotiated down in price based on the issues raised in the home inspection report. The homeowners put in thousands of dollars and hours into repairs, but they're now discovering things the home inspector missed. This episode was also the last episode of four (two on Holmes on Homes and two in this series) that featured deck builder Paul Lafrance before he began to star in his own HGTV series, Decked Out.
21 Terminated June 3, 2010 The Holmes Crew help a family with asbestos wrapped ducts which the home inspector saw, but said that the house was beautifully renovated so there was no need to disturb them. However, the house hides a serious termite infestation that threatens to compromise the home's integrity.
22 A Load of Trouble - Part 1 June 10, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a house where issues with sloped floors and sticking doors on the second floor are far more serious than reported. After a further series of inspections revealing that portions of the house were caving in or were in danger of doing so, the Holmes crew are forced to gut the house and rebuild it from the ground up. This episode was previously titled Beam Me Up.
23 A Load of Trouble - Part 2 June 17, 2010
24 Headroom Headache June 24, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a home that has problems in the backyard. The home inspector pointed out a few things that needed doing, but downplayed the homeowners' concerns. This episode was previously titled Morale Support.
25 Plumb Unlucky July 1, 2010 The Holmes Crew help a woman who decided to skip the home inspection. Now she has toilets that don't flush, a shower that takes days to drain, some odd wiring and no heat in the kitchen.
26 Heads Up Heating July 8, 2010 The Holmes Crew arrive at a home where the family room and two bedrooms are freezing, and the kitchen windows are leaking water. This episode was previously titled Cold Feet.

Season 2[edit]

Episode Title Air Date Description
1 Little House, Big Trouble January 6, 2011 A woman's small home needs more work than she imagined.
2 Backyard Blues January 13, 2011 Newlyweds struggle to repair the things missed by an inspector.
3 Cold Welcome January 20, 2011 New issues threaten a family's safety.
4 Failing Grade January 27, 2011 A single mother is misled about a leaky basement and roof.
5 Ducts in a Row February 3, 2011 Heating and venting issues were missed during a house inspection.
6 Pane-full Truth February 10, 2011 A home inspector advises a man to paint and caulk basement windows.
7 Down the Drain February 17, 2011 New parents learn that their backyard floods in the rain and their bedrooms are too cold.
8 Pump Up the Heat February 24, 2011 Homeowners need to act without a home inspection.
9 Cold Front March 3, 2011 A home is filled with squirrels.
10 Rail Against the Deck March 10, 2011 After the rushed sale of their home, a family is eager to move into a new home.
11 Path of Destruction March 17, 2011 Elena and Guilia just chose a home as close to the city centre as possible.
12 Something Stinks March 24, 2011 After discovering a foul odor in their home, a couple wonder what the home inspector missed.
13 Cozying It Up March 31, 2011 A home inspection does not turn up leaks, electrical issues and potential health hazards.
14 Looks Are Deceiving - Part 1 September 1, 2011 Jennifer and Paul's inspector may have missed some big problems.
15 Looks Are Deceiving - Part 2 September 1, 2011 A family who needs more space finds a home with more problems.
16 Getting Hosed September 8, 2011 A family did not read their home inspection report before their closing.
17 Moisture Madness September 15, 2011 Kristen and Grant spent the top of their budget to buy a downtown storefront property that had been beautifully renovated. Happy with the sparkling kitchen and bath, they were blind to signs of trouble.
18 Through The Roof September 22, 2011 A couple wants to upgrade to a new home.
19 Stacked Against Us September 29, 2011 Frozen pipes, cracked walls and leaking prove an inspection missed issues.
20 Attic Dealbreaker October 6, 2011 A couple allows a family friend to do their home inspection.
21 Bigger Not Better October 13, 2011 Mitzi and Cory's big suburban house.
22 Trouble Overhead October 20, 2011 A renovated bungalow has issues.
23 Minor Finds, Major Fixes October 27, 2011 A woman and her son search for a smaller home.
24 Bigger Bungle November 3, 2011 After trading up for a larger bungalow, a couple learns renovations could put them over-budget.
25 Below Grade November 10, 2011 In the rush to find a home, an inspector missed many issues.
26 Steamed November 17, 2011 A blended family has their townhouse inspected.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christie, Andrew. "Response to Mike Holmes Home Inspection Show". youtube.com. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Holmes in New Orleans
Mike Holmes series
Succeeded by
Best of Holmes on Homes