Selecting An Inspector

how to choose a home inspector

ASTTBC-Certified House and Property Inspectors are licensed to conduct home inspections in BC. Since the provincial licensing requirement became law in 2009, ASTTBC has worked with Consumer Protection BC, CAHPI BC and other key stakeholders to ensure that the consumer confidence in the industry remains strong. We strive to lead by example to protect the public in one of the largest investments that most people ever make.

  • Style of dwelling, , eg. rancher, 2 level basement etc.
  • Approximate square footage of each level.
  • Age of dwelling.
  • The number of suites in the dwelling.
  • Has the home undergone renovations – have you checked if final inspection was passed and documented?
  • Have you read the council minutes if the property is a strata unit?
  • Detail items listed on the seller’s disclosure or strata minutes that require explanation or additional examination as part of the inspection.
Questions to Ask the inspector:
  • Are you certified by ASTTBC and what designation do you hold?
  • What is your government license number?
  • How long have you been in business as a house inspector?
  • Can you provide references from previous clients?
  • What is the format of the report you provide?
  • How long will it take to complete the inspection?
  • What are the arrangements I need to make with the vendor to facilitate the inspection?
  • Do you provide a separate walk through after the inspection or do I accompanying you for the inspection?
  • What does the basic inspection include and are there additional services that can be provided?
  • What are the fees for the basic inspection and for the additional services if required?
You will now be better equipped to compare services, qualifications and fees to other inspectors.

ASTTBC-certified inspectors will provide expert advice about any substantial deficiency in the property based on a visual inspection which is of a magnitude that reasonably can be expected to have some bearing upon the purchasers’ decision regarding whether to purchase the property or whether there is some basis upon which they should negotiate a variation in price.

A thorough comparison of home inspectors’ training and experience can give you peace of mind, providing you with the information you need to make a more informed decision.