Home Inspections: Your Responsibilities as A Consumer
You have decided to buy a home and will be using the services of a home inspector. This is a very exciting time for many people which is why you want to slow down a little and make sure you are also making educated choices.
While many people want to know their rights as a consumer, it’s equally important to be aware of your responsibilities. Here are some things to know about your responsibilities around home inspections:
- In British Columbia all home inspectors are required to be licensed with Consumer Protection BC. Check to make sure your home inspector is licensed by using our online licence search.
- Ask which designated association the home inspector is associated with. Contact the association and ask about their home inspection criteria and certification requirements. This will also help you to know what to expect from your home inspection.
- Check our website for any enforcement actions taken against the home inspector.
- Always receive a minimum of three estimates in writing regarding suggested repairs.
- Know that your Real Estate agent is not required to be present during the inspection nor are they entitled to a copy of the home inspection report.
- Request a walkthrough and verbal summary of the report asking for a detailed explanation if needed.
- Ensure you receive and keep a copy of your home inspection and all transactions.
- Keep copies of all transactions.
If you have a concern or complaint, contact the association the home inspector is a member of to attempt to remedy the situation.
For more information about home inspector licensing requirements in BC please contact Consumer Protection BC toll free at 1-888-564-9963, via email at
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