In my EKAN home inspection business areas of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, many of the pre-1970’s homes have had major renovations. Whenever I encounter a reno and especially an addition to or extension of the floor area, I always encourage my clients to visit the municipal offices and do some data mining.
It’s important to know that the renovation was done in compliance to code requirements and with a competent contractor. The municipality will have on-file the following permits: building, electrical, plumbing, heating, drainage and sprinklers. In addition, there should be building plans available.
The knowledge gained from the above data review may not make-or-break any deal, but it can provide a buyer with risk considerations of future issues (such as latent defects or faults) that could not have been discovered by a reasonably thorough inspection before the sale.