Get a Thorough Coquitlam Home Inspection before Closing that Deal

Get a Thorough Coquitlam Home Inspection before Closing that Deal

Get a Thorough Coquitlam Home Inspection before Closing that Deal

When buying a new home in Coquitlam, people usually get caught up with its exterior and interior appearances more than anything else. While this is not a problem, they must not forget about what lies underneath the home. Just like checking under the hood before buying a car, it’s important to seek thorough Coquitlam home inspection to find any problems that can be fixed before closing the deal.

A typical home inspection will check the condition of the plumbing, heating and cooling system, electrical, walls, floors, ceiling, roof, insulation, windows, doors, foundation and other structural features of the home. This helps the buyer get to know the home that they are buying as well as know of any potential issues that cannot be seen from the outset. A home may look like it’s ready to be moved in, but this can only truly be verified through the inspection.

Buyers should remember to attend the inspection proper and not just leave it to the inspector; this is so that the inspector can explain and answer questions as they go through the home. It’s also is a great way to familiarize with the structure as well as get tips on how to properly maintain the property once they have moved in. In case there any problems are found, buyers have an opportunity to find a solution to it so that it won’t be a problem later on. This can be a simple fix or a re-negotiating of the buying price.

A home inspection will give the buyer peace of mind and let them know that they are getting a good home all-around. It is also gives them knowledge of potential problem areas so that they can have their eye on it and be prepared should it manifest. On the other hand, if the buyer finds the problems too big, like severe structural damage, they have the choice of walking away from the transaction as long as they inform the seller within the timeframe.

Those who are looking to buy a new home should get an expert Coquitlam home inspector from companies like Firstclass Building Inspections. With their help, buyers can claim the home of their dreams without any reservations.



10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections, freshome

How To Get The Most Value Out Of Your Home Inspection, Forbes, June 7, 2013

A Home Inspection in Burnaby is Essential in the Home Buying Process

A Home Inspection in Burnaby is Essential in the Home Buying Process

A Home Inspection in Burnaby is Essential in the Home Buying Process

Purchasing a house is among the biggest investments anyone can make in life. Your home, however, is more than just a financial asset. It is also the place where you get much needed comfort, safety, and security. Before purchasing a home, therefore, you would want to make sure everything about it is in order. A home inspection by Burnaby professionals will help you know what you can expect from a property you’re eyeing to purchase, from all sides and corners. The last thing you would want is to find a problem after you’ve completed the deal, and it’s too late to ask the previous owner to do something about it.

A home inspection involves a detailed assessment of the house from top to bottom, including major mechanical systems, plumbing, electrical components, and the roof. The walls, ceilings, windows, doors, floors, and foundation are also inspected and checked for any current or potential issues.

Fundamental Issues

Among the most fundamental issues a home inspection professional looks for are poor structural design and water leakage. Problems in any or both of these can cost a lot of money to repair or rectify. If you learn about these only after you’ve settled in, the costs would fall on your shoulders. Things like this are what makes home inspections beneficial. Buyers may negotiate for a lower price if the inspection reveals such major problems, or they could ask the seller to get these fixed first before closing the sale.

Structural Design Problems

Structural design problems may happen if the architectural style and building materials don’t match up. This could indicate that improper modifications were done, or simply that the workmanship was substandard. Meanwhile, poor design can also result in water seeping into the walls and living spaces. If the homeowner is unaware of this, it can lead to water intrusion and structural damages down the road.

As the saying goes, “prevention before cure”, and home inspections are instrumental to identifying potential problem areas before they can get worse. Before purchasing the home of your dreams, therefore, make sure to get in touch with a home inspector in Burnaby, such as one from Firstclass Building Inspections, who can give you peace of mind that you’re putting your money in the right place.


Home inspectors protect your purchase, Maple Ridge News, April 2, 2015

Don’t Be Tempted To Waive The Home Inspection When Buying A Home, Realtor

Coquitlam Home Inspection Service Helps Prevent Homebuyer’s Remorse

Coquitlam Home Inspection Service Helps Prevent Homebuyer’s Remorse

Coquitlam Home Inspection Service Helps Prevent Homebuyer’s Remorse

If you’re like most people, a home is the biggest investment you’re going to make in your lifetime. With all that money going into your home purchase, it’s important to be thorough at every step of the way. From saving enough money for the down payment to finally moving in, there’s so much to consider when buying a home, and that includes taking a closer look at a prospective property.

Although it is natural to get excited about the process, never let your emotions cloud your judgment. When assessing a property for sale in BC’s Lower Mainland, for instance, be sure to seek the services of unbiased home inspectors in Coquitlam. You might miss a critical detail about a property’s roof, foundation, HVAC system, electrical system, or plumbing system on your own, but a reputable inspector can ensure these aspects are properly assessed and detailed in an inspection report. Many homebuyers who have skipped this important phase later regretted their decision.

In the province of Ontario, a Realty Times article recently reported about homebuyer’s remorse. According to the article, the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) conducted a survey on the topic and discovered that 41 percent of homeowners and 45 percent of first-time buyers in Ontario admit they would have done something differently if given the chance to buy their homes all over again. One of the top buyer regrets was not having a home inspection performed.

These numbers are a telling reminder that knowing more about your purchase can lead to fewer long-term regrets. For this reason, you need to have a good grasp of the real estate transaction process. Be aware of your needs and wants, know how much you can afford, read and understand all contracts and documents before signing, and most of all, have the home inspected.

A home inspection is the best way for you to learn about every nook and cranny of the home, thereby helping you arrive at a well-informed and realistic decision. A reputable inspector from a trusted Coquitlam home inspection firm like Firstclass Building Inspections (FBI) Ltd. can guide you through the process and point out any issues that need to be addressed. This ensures that you not only avoid homebuyer’s remorse, but also know the steps toward becoming a satisfied homeowner when the time comes.




To avoid home-buyers’ regret, do your homework, The Globe and Mail

Home Inspection in Burnaby: Why It is Important Before Sealing a Deal

Home Inspection in Burnaby

Home Inspection in Burnaby: Why It is Important Before Sealing a Deal

Buying a new house is exciting, along with the thoughts of starting fresh in a new neighborhood, particularly in a fast-growing and dynamic place as Burnaby. Before signing on that sales deed, however, it is important to first get a home inspection by Burnaby professionals. Even though everything looks good when you first visit a home for sale, there could still be looming issues concerning the plumbing, electrical wiring, and the foundation and structure, which could become evident only after you have moved in.

The home inspector will inspect the property from the foundation to the roof to evaluate its current condition. The inspector will then move on to the various systems, such as heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical, to determine if there are any trouble areas. The cost of the inspection would vary depending on the size of the home and its location. Keep in mind, however, that this extra cost will pay dividends later on, especially if the inspector finds anything problematic. Preventive measures can be taken on any potential issues before it can get worse, and the costs of repair increase.

The need for an inspection does not diminish even for newly-constructed homes. Thorough Burnaby home inspections are necessary because hidden problems may show up later on when the builder warranty has expired. In many cases, homeowners encounter problems after the first year or two in a newly-built home, often related to construction. Common construction defects include improper or unsecured wiring, improper grading of the soil around the house, deficiencies in the roof, missing fire blocking, and so forth. These could get worse and cause other problems if not found right away.

It is generally a good idea for homeowners to do an inspection of their own first before contacting a home inspector. Look around for anything that is bothersome or does not seem right. These can be brought up later on when the home inspectors come to the property. They can take a closer look at these areas of concern, and see if it is going to be a problem.

Whether buying an older home that has been occupied in the past, or one that’s been recently built, you can’t go wrong with a home inspection. Companies such as Firstclass Building Inspections who are highly experienced in home inspections would know where to look and what to watch out for. The process can only take a few hours, but may save you a lifetime of worries.

(Source: Buying a Home? Don’t Skip the Inspection, US News Money, March 10, 2015)



Blog 1 NightmareIn July of 2003, I was contacted by a potential Client about performing a home inspection for him. One of the subjects was that he would still have to be satisfied with the home upon the completion of a professional home inspection. After spending a few minutes on the phone, my Client chose to engage my services.

I always recommend that my Clients join me throughout the whole process of inspecting the house. I feel that it is well worth a buyer’s time to spend 3 hours or more with me while I go around the whole house – even if it means taking time off work. That way, a Client can see all the conditions with his own eyes, and have plenty of time to ask all the questions he wants. The time to find out about any concerns is BEFORE one buys the house, and not after one moves in. It’s kind of too late then.

I met my Client in front of the house at the agreed time. He informed me that since he was an engineer, and had thought about doing the inspection himself and not hiring a professional Home Inspector. But engineers are all specialized, such as Civic, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, etc. and he preferred to trust a qualified Home Inspector. It’s a good thing he did.

The 31-year-old home itself was in good condition. It had a near-new roof. There were 200 amps of power coming to the home, instead of the normal 100 amps. The plumbing and heating were adequate. When I entered the crawl space, there were no major cracks in the foundation or previous water entry. The owners had just spent thousands upgrading the interiors. Overall it looked like a solid, square, well-built house to most people. HOWEVER, the home was located on a bank located at the rear of the property. And the patio slab at the rear had settled abnormally.

The Standards of Practice of the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors (CAHPI) state, among other things, that an inspector must declare all items of the Standards which were not inspected, and a reason why. For some reason, I wasn’t comfortable with the looks of the patio. And I could not give a qualified opinion on the bank. Therefore, I recommended that my Client engage the services of a professional to fully evaluate the rear of the property.

He took my advice, and hired a Soils Engineer. The Engineer produced a report which stated that the soil was sandy, and recommended that a retention system should be installed to prevent the house foundation from moving. The approximate cost for this would be $110,000.00. If this was not done, he could not guarantee the future performance of both the house foundation and structure.

For that reason, my Client chose not to purchase the property. He was likely concerned about what might happen to the house (with his family in it) the next time there was a heavy downpour of rain. The house went back for sale on the market again.


Would you assume that the house looks great, and it doesn’t NEED an inspection?

Or, would you hire the cheaper inspector to save $25.00 – who would say everything is fine, so far? Might those not be some of the biggest mistakes which could affect both you and your family in your whole lifetime?



Blog 2 Why GetOne of the most important areas of which homeowners should be aware is the electrical system. If there is bad plumbing, there might be a little leak. But if there is bad wiring, there might be a little fire or shock, and they may not be just little ones.

I opened an electrical panel once and found that the conductors connected to four separate breakers were melted. The insulation was burnt right off. What caused that? How much will it cost to repair? The Standards of Practice of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI – BC) state that we must recommend further evaluation on any conditions which we cannot fully evaluate in the course of a professional home inspection.

This is similar to the medical practice. If you go to a doctor for a checkup and he finds something wrong with your heart, what does he do? He sends you to a cardiologist for further tests and evaluation, to determine the corrective options. In the case of that electrical panel, I had to do the same thing. The solution may cost as little as $100.00 to replace four breakers. However it could cost as much as $20,000.00 to re-wire the whole house. This is something you definitely would want to know BEFORE purchasing a house. You would not know about this problem without a home inspection.

Another potential electrical hazard besides a fire is the potential to get a shock. In fact this deficiency could even lead to a fatality if the conditions are serious enough. I once found a home where someone (likely a home owner) wanted to install a garburator on the sink. The conductor going to it was non-metallic sheathed cable (NMS). Current standards require the wire to be protected from possible physical damage. This means that armoured cable (Bx) should have been used. If a child innocently uses a pair of scissors to try to cut that wire, there could be a severe shock could occur.

The installer of this garburator then ran the wiring on the outside of the house all the way to the electrical panel. This wiring was also exposed. The proper service for exterior use is either rubber-sheathed armoured cable (Tech cable) or wire placed inside conduit. When the installer reached the electrical panel, he found that it was full. There were no more breaker slots remaining which he could use for the wire. So the installer inserted (tapped) the wire into the MAIN DISCONNECT breaker.

In this case, as is usual, there was a 100 ampere breaker in the house. That means there were 100 amps of power going to a fixture which was attached to the kitchen sink! Most people know that water and electricity are a bad combination. Any kind of short circuit would have energized the sink and faucets with 100 amps of power. I did not even touch the sink or fixtures in my inspection. I notified the seller of this potentially fatal situation for his safety. He did not even know about it. He had purchased the house nine months previously, without having a home inspection performed. He stated in the Disclosure Statement that, to his knowledge, there was nothing wrong with the electrical system.

Of course, he had all the wiring corrected immediately for his own safety. So this major problem was not present when the purchasers moved in. As in buying a car (e.g. transmission), the most important items are not readily seen.   An inspection of the electrical system in a house can prevent a serious injury or even death.



Blog 3 Own HouseA seller is legally obliged to complete a “Disclosure Statement” when listing a house for sale. He must reveal any significant deficiencies of which he is already aware at that time. Many purchasers put a lot of credulity into this Statement, when regarding the house and property. However, this cannot be necessarily trusted. The seller may not even be aware of a significant problem in the house. Here are a couple of examples:

I inspected a house with a 16 year old furnace. It looked fairly clean and responded to all normal operating controls upon start-up. It looked like it was running properly, with heated air going to all of the rooms in the house. One inspection procedure which I perform, if possible, is to remove the burner cover for the combustion chamber. I can then insert a mirror inside the furnace and bounce my flashlight off it to look at the heat exchanger. In this particular furnace I discovered two large cracks approximately five inches long in separate areas if the exchanger. This can allow the exhaust flue gases to become mixed with the house supply air, which is then distributed throughout all the rooms. Upon further evaluation by a heating specialist, it was determined that it was necessary to have the furnace be immediately replaced. This was required to correct the safety of the current occupants of the house.

In another case I was checking the operation of a water heater. The tank was in newer condition and there was a draft diverter at the top. This is supposed to aid the exhaust gases up the flue to exit the house. When holding a lighter to the bottom of the flue, if the flame is drawn in towards the diverter it indicates proper upward drafting of the exhaust gases. In this case, the air at the top of the water tank blew my lighter out. In fact, the backdrafting even blew out my lighter flame when it was held 12 inches away from the diverter. There were hardly any, or no, exhaust gases leaving the interior of the house. Upon further investigation, I found that someone had cut a hole in the return air plenum for the furnace. This hole was sucking the air out of the furnace room where the water tank was, causing the water tank to backdraft its exhaust gases into the house.

One of the by-products of natural gas combustion can be CARBON MONOXIDE. In both these examples there were conditions which could have been fatal under certain circumstances. The owners of both houses had no idea of the danger they were in. In the second house, the owners had just recently paid to have the furnace serviced. It was that serviceman who cut the hole in the return air ducting, creating a major problem which had not ever been previously present. It is for this reason that one should hire only a Gasfitter who is “Class A” certified to do any similar work on gas-fired appliances. I will be giving more information about Carbon Monoxide in the next edition of this brochure.

One lesson here is that it is unwise to rely solely upon a “Disclosure Statement”. Neither owner knew anything of these problems. They stated that to the best of their knowledge, there was nothing wrong with these systems. And neither of them was lying about any conditions in the house. Could you be the person who bought one of those houses? If that had been the case, you could have been making one of the biggest mistakes which could affect both you and your family in your whole lifetime?

The solution to avoiding major possible disasters like this is to hire a qualified, professional Home Inspector. I am hired several times a year by people who plan to sell their house. I perform a “Pre-Listing Inspection” which is identical to a Pre-Purchase inspection. That way, the owners have a chance to address or correct any significant problems in advance. This may help any offer to purchase from potential buyers to proceed more smoothly without unforeseen major problems.

In fact, the above information indicates that it would be very prudent to hire an inspector EVEN IF YOU OWN YOUR OWN HOUSE and have been living in it for years. It is very rare that I inspect a home and find no conditions which MUST BE CORRECTED.   I am quite certain that I would find conditions in your own house which would also require correction. This is because those items could be significantly deficient, unsafe, or not functioning properly. If you would like to take the ultimate precautions toward safety in your own home, it would be wise to contact me at any time at the phone number listed below.

Certified Home Inspector

Steve Beliveau – Certified Home Inspector

FBI LTD – Firstclass Home Inspections

FBI LTD – Firstclass Home Inspections

Steve Beliveau has been a Certified Home Inspector, registered with the (CAHPI) in the Lower Mainland since 1992. As the 3rd registered home inspector in BC, he was the COO and Partner of Inspect International Home Inspections for 18 years and is now the sole proprietor of FBI Ltd – First Class Home Inspections


Prior to entering into the Home Inspection Industry due to a back injury, Steve worked in building construction, including home building, concrete installation (including Sky Train), land development, road building and home renovations. Steve’s diverse previous experience created an excellent base for him to expand into home, building and property inspections.


Steve graduated from university degree in English, a discipline that has served him well in both written and spoken communication involving all parties that he serves and associates with in his business. It is a definite asset to be able to deliver his message in a clear and concise matter that will be understood by any of his clients.Steve is also fluent in French.


Steve is a Certified Home Inspector in both the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI)and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Mr. Beliveau was awarded the 3rd CAHPI Certification in the Province of BC in 1993. He has served on the Executive of the provincial association. ASHI is the parent association that was formed in the US in the 1970’s and laid the foundation for the Canadian association.

Consumer Protection of BC

Consumer Protection BC provides information about home inspection licensing in BC to consumers and businesses.You can also find information about locating a licensed home inspector and seeking further information about home inspector qualifications in the Help For Consumers section of the Consumer Protection BC site here.

Common Household Defects and Deficiencies

Common Household Defects and Deficiencies


Household Defects and Deficiencies

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