Did you know that, by law, when you hire a home inspector, your home inspection contract must contain specific information? Keep reading to learn more.
First of all, it’s important to know that, in BC, home inspectors are required to be licensed by Consumer Protection BC and have to follow certain laws. To learn more about BC’s home inspection sector, explore our website.
When getting a home inspection, you’ll want to make sure your contract includes specific information that’s required by law. Here are three pieces of information your contract must include (for the comprehensive list, check out this section of the Regulation):
1. Whether or not your inspector will look for mould and asbestos
The mere thought of mould and asbestos can strike fear in any homebuyer’s heart, and it can sometimes be difficult to identify potential problems. By including this information in the contract, you can decide whether or not you may need to call in a secondary specialist to look for these kinds of issues.
2. What will be covered in the home inspection
Your contract will state exactly what is covered in the home inspection – make sure you read this section carefully to make sure no important areas are missed! It’s also important to know your contract is not allowed to exclude garages or carports (regardless as to whether or not they’re attached to the home). It’s a good idea to have a conversation with your home inspector about what is included so you have a solid understanding about what will be inspected.
3. That your inspection is non-invasive (or, if invasive, the procedures that will be used)
Usually, a home inspection is a non-invasive (visual) inspection. When you think about it, this makes sense: how would you like a bunch of holes poked in a home you were trying to sell? Because home inspections are typically non-invasive, it’s important to understand there are limitations as to what your home inspector can check and see.
Remember, buying a home is a large investment and it’s important to get all of the information you can prior to making the purchase. Getting a home inspection is a good way to help you make an informed decision. For more information about your home inspection rights and responsibilities, explore our website.