Vancouver BC – Home Inspectors Now Official

Licensing at Last

At present anyone can call themselves a home inspector. It is estimated there are 300 – 400 inspectors in British Columbia and while many are knowledgeable and conscientious, others are not.

Government Speak

“A home is the single biggest investment most British Columbians make, but financial risk can be the result of an incorrect or misleading report from an unqualified inspector,” said Minister John van Dongen. “Whether they’re buying their first condo or starter home, dream or retirement home, consumers need to have confidence that the person who is doing the inspection has the qualifications to make a professional assessment.”

Who’s In Charge

The Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA), will register inspectors and will respond to any complaints from consumers.

When

After 31 March 2009, all home inspectors in B.C. will need to be licensed by BPCPA. However, they cannot apply for licenses until after February 27, 2009.

Need an inspector before then, be sure to ask whether they meet government requirements:

  • Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (BC)
  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
  • National Certification Program for Home and Property Inspectors
  • Carry insurance
  • Have had a Criminal record check

More information on licensing is available at Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority.

Need a home inspection or have questions about home inspections email Mike via his site.

Mike Woodbridge

Woodbridge Inspection Inc.

*Mike originally qualified as an architect in England and is now a home and commercial property inspector based in Kitsilano.

**Mike Woodbridge assumes this information is deemed to be correct, but it should not be relied upon without verification.

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Larry

*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to e accurate they are not guaranteed. ** Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

*** This is the first in a serious of posts about home inspections to be provided by Woodbridge Inspections Inc. YatterMatters assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by Mike Woodbridge or Woodbridge Inspections Inc. While believed to be accurate the information is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon without verification.

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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