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Buying a Home in British Columbia: A Consumer Protection Guide

This guide provides practical information to help consumers make informed decisions about their home purchases. It takes readers through the home-buying process, suggests questions to ask, and gives information about where to get help.


Options for Resolving Construction Disputes

This general information guide is useful for people involved in residential construction disputes. A dispute can involve homeowners, strata councils, a municipality, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and warranty providers.


Home Warranty Insurance

Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia (brochure)

This brochure includes tips to help homebuyers and homeowners of newly built homes understand the basics of home warranty insurance as well as their rights and responsibilities.


Guide to Home Warranty Insurance in British Columbia

This 2013 guide provides prospective homebuyers and homeowners of newly built homes with information on warranty insurance. The guide describes how the home warranty insurance system works, what home warranty insurance covers, how to get the most out of your insurance, what to do if you discover a possible defect, and where to get more information.


Residential Construction Performance Guide (for new homes covered by home warranty insurance)

An invaluable reference tool for licensed residential builders and homeowners with home warranty insurance. Learn how new homes should perform and which defects — including design, labour or materials — are covered under home warranty insurance in B.C.


Owner Builder

Preparing for the Owner Builder Authorization Exam: Study guide

The guide answers commonly asked questions, explains how to schedule an exam, where you can take the exam, what you need to bring to the exam, and more.


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Research Library

Visit the Research Centre Library for more information on guides including:

  • Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes
  • Maintenance Guides
  • Residential Design and Construction Guides

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