fact sheet: buying a home

home inspections

Homes are a very expensive purchase or investment in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley real estate market. The purchase of a house, condo or townhome is generally the biggest financial transaction in a person's lifetime. That is why it is so important to perform due diligence around the physical aspects of the home you are considering buying. A home inspection is a thorough examination of a home's condition, typically performed by a professional home inspector, before a home is purchased. 

It is highly recommended that home buyers get a home inspection performed before buying a home for several reasons:

  • Identify potential issues: A home inspection can identify potential issues with a home that may not be visible to the naked eye. This can include things like structural problems, electrical and plumbing issues, roof damage, and more. Identifying these issues early on can help home buyers make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase the home.
  • Negotiate repairs: If issues are found during the home inspection, the home buyer can negotiate with the seller to have repairs made before the sale is finalized. This can save the buyer money and ensure that the home is in good condition before they move in.
  • Plan for future maintenance: A home inspection report can also provide valuable information about the age and condition of various components of the home, such as the roof, HVAC system, and appliances. This can help the home buyer plan for future maintenance and repairs.
  • Ensure safety: A home inspection can also identify safety hazards in the home, such as mold, radon, or carbon monoxide. These hazards can be invisible and dangerous, so identifying them early on can help ensure the safety of the home's occupants.
  • Peace of mind: Finally, a home inspection can provide peace of mind for home buyers. Knowing that a professional has thoroughly examined the home can help buyers feel confident in their decision to purchase the home.


In summary, a home inspection is a valuable investment for home buyers, as it can help identify potential issues, negotiate repairs, plan for future maintenance, ensure safety, and provide peace of mind.

For more detailed information about home inspections in B.C. and to find a professional home inspector, visit The Home Inspectors Association of BC or watch their introduction video below:

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