The home inspector’s role is to inform you about the house and property’s condition observed at the time of the inspection. They will tell you if something is not working properly, needs to be changed or is unsafe. You will also be informed if any repairs are needed, and maybe even identify where there were problems in the past.
A home inspection is a visual inspection an should include a visual assessment of at least the following:
Doors and Windows
Roof and Exterior Walls
Plumbing and Electrical Systems (where visible)
Heating and Air Conditioning systems
Ceilings, walls and Floors
Insulation (where visible)
The lot, including drainage away from buildings, slopes and natural vegetation
Overall opinion of structural integrity of the buildings
Common areas (in the case of condominium/strata or co-operative)
It’s important to find a knowledgeable, experienced and competent home inspector. In BC a “licensed home inspector” means they are registered as a home inspector in the province, it does not mean they have taken any courses, passed any tests, or that they have even inspected homes. So, look for a home inspector who belongs to a provincial or nation industry association, holds an accreditation that demonstrates training and experience, provides inspection reports, carries insurance, provides references and has strong experience with the type of home to be inspected.