A home may well be the largest financial investment you will ever make. A knowledgeable home inspector will help you learn as much as possible about the property before you finalize the purchase at closing. The purchase contract usually requires that the inspection is carried out before a certain date. Usually the cost for any and all inspections and re-inspections are paid by the Buyer. Prices for home inspections can range from $x to $x and depend on the size and type of the property.
Look for a home inspector that is trained and certified by a national organization such as Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) or National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI) and who have errors and omissions insurance. Home Inspectors operating in British Columbia must be licenced through Consumer Protection BC.
Some examples of common inspections are:
- Structural defects – to determine if there are problems with walls, foundations and other structural elements caused by poor construction, drainage and water issues, settlement, soil, earthquakes, fires etc.
- Environmental Hazards – to detect items that can be hazardous to health such as asbestos, lead-based paint, radon gas or any other toxic material.
- Roof – to examine the condition of framing, decking, shingles, etc.
- EMP – Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing – to examine electrical items such as wiring, electrical outlets and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, mechanical items such as hot water tanks, furnaces, and appliances and plumbing items such as sprinkler systems, piping, toilets and bathtubs.
- Pests – to look for signs of rot or damage caused by pests such as rats and termites.
You can find the inspectors that you need in your local phone book, on the internet, or from our preferred suppliers page on our website.
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