Vancouver Condo Inspections


Research Previous Repairs & Strata Meetings

We encourage you to read and forward us the minutes of the Strata council meeting and the current Depreciation of the Building. Highlight any references to water and moisture problems. We then find out how these problems were dealt with. Were further investigations carried out beyond identifying one specific problem? Were there any inspections carried out for the strata council or the property management company and are these reports available for perusal? If repairs were performed what assurance is there that they were properly done? Are there any planned major expenditures for the building?


Condo Designs and Building Structure Should Be Reviewed

Some buildings are more prone to leak than others. One of the most significant design features is the absence of adequate roof overhangs to protect the walls from rain. Exterior condo walls are especially prone to water contact as many level units often have little to no overhang protection from the elements. It’s important to check how the building will deal with water shedding in Vancouver’s traditionally wet climate.

Deck and balcony design are important. Decks and balconies which rely on small drains which are prone to plug, decks over living areas, “solid” railing designs, balconies which slope toward the building are more likely to result in leaks. Buildings with open walkways and stairwells are vulnerable to leakage and rot damage. Earth-filled planters in contact with the walls of ground floor units are potential problem areas.

Previous Repairs Can Be an Area of Concern

Is there visual evidence of exterior wall patching? Has caulking been installed in some areas and not in others? We check the wall penetrations on the walls most exposed to the weather. If the building has a stucco-covered exterior have any water-resistant coatings been applied subsequent to the original construction? The presence of any of these items will raise a red flag.

Observe & report on warranty details

Examine what items are covered and for how long. Is there a warranty against water penetration? How long does it last? What assurance is there that the builder will still be around to make the repairs? If the building is not new, what time, if any, is left on the warranty? If repairs have been carried out are they covered by a warranty?

Every Condo Should Be Subject To Professional Home Inspections Before Purchase

If you’re considering to buy a condo make your offer to purchase subject to a professional condo inspection. We’re a part of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (BC) CAHPI. We will go through the condo unit and building with you. The process should take 2 to 3 hours and will include a user-friendly HomeGauge generated report of our findings. Be aware that condo inspections are visual inspections and do not involve drilling or cutting holes. We will provide an opinion on the probability of problems based on the design features present. We may also identify previous repairs, but leaks may go undetected if there are no visible signs present. We’ll make recommendations to you as necessary based on our findings.



  • Roofing System
  • Structural Components
  • Foundation & Crawl Spaces
  • Basement
  • Grading & Drainage
  • Interior (doors, windows, floors, walls, ceilings, stairs)
  • Exterior (doors, windows, siding)
  • Deck
  • Garage & Carport
  • Electrical System
  • Heating System
  • Plumbing System
  • Air Conditioning system
  • Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation
  • Fireplaces

Thermal imaging is utilized in tandem with a moisture meter and other helpful tools as necessary to qualify suspected issues that are difficult to confirm with a visual examination alone.

Proudly Serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland,BC since 2005

Vancouver Home Inspections offers knowledgeable and courteous home inspection services that will reveal the condition of each readily accessible section of your prospective home, from the foundation all the way to the roof. Contact us today to request an inspection.

We’re able to schedule appointments 7 days a week.