Why an Inspection?
It all starts with a Certified House or Property Inspector
Real Estate – whether a house, condo, mobile home, or commercial building—represents a significant investment. Whether you are buying or selling real estate, an inspection by an ASTTBC professionally certified inspector will provide you with a comprehensive report on the condition of the building’s key systems.
Media coverage of ‘leaky condos’ in BC has created uncertainty in the minds of homebuyers and investors alike. A common concern is: “Is the property I want to buy going to surprise me with unexpected costly repairs?” A house and property inspection addresses this concern.
Hiring an ASTTBC-Certified inspector can identify potentially expensive repairs in advance. A professional inspector can give you an expert opinion on the soundness of a building and the systems in it, before you commit to the final purchase. An inspection is an investment that pays huge dividends in peace of mind.
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.
HOME INSPECTION SERVICE
What is it, and how does it work.
The home inspection service evolved as an industry in the 1990’s from a need for professional advice on the condition of a dwelling prior to its purchase. This was a giant step away from the concept of “Buyer Beware” into the age of consumer awareness. Consumer awareness escalated with the “leaky condo syndrome” drawing attention to apartment and townhouse complexes requiring massive costly repairs due to water penetration. The result is a growing demand for highly trained individuals with a depth of knowledge in all components related to residential construction and a keen interest in protecting their client.
Government licensing regulations mandated that all those providing a home inspection service to the public for a fee must be licensed. This meant each individual had to be licensed not just the owner of the business; in essences each individual was responsible for his or her results.
As a result the industry has become high risk in that the home inspector is responsible for reporting all deficiencies from a visual inspection. This is not an easy task nor is this responsibility taken lightly. The risk involved is offset by the rewards, here are a few examples:
Gratification from sharing experience and knowledge that clients can rely on.
Pride of business ownership.
Opportunity to continue education and personal growth.
Individuals entering this industry should align themselves with an organization dedicated to protecting consumers through Professional Designations protected by Government Legislation creating longevity to their business.