When it comes to dealing with such things as leaking pipes, mold or bug infestations, or even loose shingles and similar problems, no one is really safe. It does not really matter where you live, you need to protect yourself and not to worry! You would not have any problem calling on a home inspector company to help you out.
There is no excuse. Almost every city has home inspection companies that are easy to find and their expertise are top notch. Don't for a minute think that you can detect these kinds of problems on your own. You may be able to find some of them because of your careful examinations but many of these problems are often deep seeded and require experts to get rid of them.
Just think of it like this: You would have to spend oodles of time looking for these problems whereas a home inspection company knows exactly what to look for and why? Because it is their job to do this. You can certainly sleep better at night knowing that your home has had a thorough checkup after one of these companies has paid a visit.
So what kinds of problems do these companies look for and what kinds of problems can they detect? Among other things, leaky pipes, sagging shingles, faulty roofs, bad insulation, bug and mold infestations, and so much more.
The thing is this. You may think that after all, you are either about to buy a home that is free of problems or about to sell your home to someone else and that your home is safe and sound from problems. Why take the risk? Why not spend that extra time and money to ensure that you are on the right track? Why look for trouble or open up yourself to unwanted surprises? That is, unpleasant and unexpected surprises? Live in Alberta?
Best to leave it to the experts instead of trying to be a do it yourselfer. You may think that you could save money and time yourself by trying to do it on your own but at the end of the day you would lose much more by taking this path. In addition, the worst thing that you could do is to depend on friends and family to help. This will not work for you.