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The Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA) of British Columbia now requires home inspectors in the province to be licensed. The regulations require that: “an inspector meet the recognized standards of an association of home inspectors.”1

They have approved three home inspector organizations:

CAHPI: (www.cahpi.bc.ca) “The inspectors shall report on those systems and components inspected which, in the professional opinion of the inspector, are significantly deficient or are at the end of their service lives.” Click here to read more.

BCIPI: (www.bcipi.net) “The inspection is a visual inspection performed by direct observation of existing conditions at the time of inspection. The inspection is not technically exhaustive and therefore may not be inclusive of all defects.” “The inspector will NOT comment on life expectancy of a system or component” and is not required to “observe and report on any evidence of WATER PENETRATION, condensation or mould”. Click here to read more.

CanNACHI: (www.cannachi.org) “The inspector shall report on those systems and components inspected which, in the professional opinion of the inspector, are significantly deficient, or are near the end of their service lives.” and: “are NOT required to determine compliance with codes”. Click here to read more.

In our opinion, these standards are designed to protect the inspector, not the home buyer. The house inspection standards are not a guarantee of a thorough and detailed inspection. These standards are the minimum.

Inspections are about reducing risk when buying a home. Minimum standards only provide minimum risk management. Why settle for that?

We feel that is a critical to have a good understanding of what to expect from your house.

Source
1. Consumer Protection BC, "Home Inspections in BC - What Consumers Should Know", January 8, 2010.