When you move into your home you don’t want any unpleasant surprises, such as a long-forgotten underground fuel storage tank, or a structural flaw in your home’s foundation.

The solution is a home inspection.

Home inspections typically last three hours and about $500, depending on the size of the property. The home inspector examines the roof, siding, foundation, basement, flooring, walls, drainage, electrical, heating and plumbing. The inspector looks for wood rot, mould, insects and fuel storage tanks, lead paint, aluminum, asbestos, knob and tube wiring, and urea formaldehyde foam insulation.

Take care to hire a fully trained, professional home inspector. Interview several and ask if they are members of a trade organization such as the Home Inspectors Association BC and if they have Errors & Omission Insurance.

The inspector will give you an report which detail property conditions. Carefully review the limitations contained in the report since the inspector can only report the condition of what they see.