Meet James

I have known James for many years, he is honest, knowledgeable, will leave no stone unturned, and is extremely personable.

- Carolyn  - Realtor from Vancouver

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James Bell, AHI - Owner, Inspector, Author

Meet James - Founder, Author, Inspector, and College Instructor

James is an accomplished and experienced Home Inspector. Some of his qualifications include:

  • Accredited Home Inspector (AHI) with the Home Inspectors Association BC (HIA-BC)
  • Author of 7 Books on Home Inspection
  • Faculty Instructor for the Ashton College Home Inspector Training Program
  • Graduate of the Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program
  • Graduate of the CDW Engineering Commercial Building Inspection Training Program
  • BC Home Inspector License Holder #58333
  • Accredited home inspector trainer and evaluator for Consumer Protection BC.

James’ Bio

James Bell (AHI, BComm) is an accomplished entrepreneur, business leader, and home inspector with over 2,000 home inspections experience with his firm, Solid State Inspections Inc. James is a recognized industry author with numerous articles in trade publications and regular guest work in newspapers and radio. He has published 7 home inspection books, including the series ‘A Home Inspectors Guide to’, which focuses on practical home inspector techniques which he references in his teaching at Ashton College. 

James is a licensed BC home inspector and an Accredited Home Inspector (AHI) with the Home Inspectors Association of BC. He is also an accredited home inspection field trainer and evaluator for Consumer Protection BC. In addition to his home inspection credentials, James has 15 years of head office marketing experience in the consumer electronics and e-commerce industries, including RadioShack, Intertan, Future Shop, and Best Buy brands in Canada.

James has numerous academic credentials, including a Degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Finance from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Carson Dunlop home inspection program and CDW Commercial Inspection program.

James the Entrepreneur Inspector

James' earliest goal was to be an electrician and his first hands-on construction experience started when he was 18 years old working on major job sites installing outdoor signs and specialty electrical equipment. He rounded out his hands-on knowledge of construction and developed his passion for homes by buying and renovating a successive number of houses over many years.

James realized in the course of buying and selling homes that while most Home Inspectors were very knowledgable, too many of them did not have the ability to communicate their knowledge to clients. James made it a passion of his to become as knowledgeable as possible about homes and to bring his personality and communication strengths to the Home Inspection industry. 

James founded Solid State Inspections in 2009 and has always been a hands-on inspector and a trainer at Solid State Inspections. He has personally led the company through exciting growth which has delivered thousands of home inspections to clients from nearly half a dozen excellent Solid State inspectors.

James the Author

James is passionate about teaching home buyers and other inspectors about home inspections and in 2012, James completed his first book, Home Inspection Lessons in which James shares his experience starting, marketing, and operating Solid State Inspections Inc. 

James continues to be very active in technical writing for the Home Inspection industry and is a regular guest in news and radio. James has published hundreds of articles on homes and home inspection and has written a total of 7 books on the home inspection industry.

James is passionate about helping his clients know their home is safe and solid.

Call James today at 604-722-1227 or email

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Client Reviews

I just want to say thank you so much.  You put mind very nervous mind to ease during my inspection.  As a new home buyer it was very important that I was given some assurance that I was making a good choice.  James was extremely thorough and professional in all aspects of the inspection.  I will be sure to recommend your company to all my friends in the future. Thank you for the great service on my condo inspection. Cheers a happy customer

- Tracy R. - Condo Inspection in Surrey

James, thank you for a very thorough and informative inspection today. My realtor commented that it was one if the BEST inspections she's seen. 

- A. Usherwood - House Inspection Surrey

James was recommended to us.  He is  very knowledge and professional. He explained everything  and was very thorough.  I would definitely recommend him!

- Alex & Rita A. - Home Inspection

We have recently purchased our third home and James was the best Home Inspector that we have ever used! (I wished we used him in our previous home inspections). He was on time (in fact he was early), friendly and professional. He was able to answer all of questions and was very thorough. Speaking with him for a minutes and you will realize that he is very knowledgeable - he will raise concerns where there needs to be, yet give you reassurance for the little small things that you are nervous about. I would totally recommend him to all our family and friends!

- Yolanda D. via

Super thorough inspection today with @SolidStateHome - my buyers are pleased! #portmoody

- Maureen Seguin Realtor® - House Inspection in North Vancouver via Twitter

HIGHLY RECOMMEND James Bell and his company, Solid State Inspections Inc., for your next home inspection!! Amazingly thorough work, with fully descriptive, pictorial reports. James addressed and completely answered each one of my concerns. Thank you, James, we will be back. "When in doubt, don't throw it out before you call Solid State

- Kathy M - House Inspection in Aldergrove

Thanks James. We are very impressed with the thoroughness of the inspection.

- Marc Tremblay - House Inspection in Abbotsford

Thanks again for your amazing services! I will definitely use you again in the future.

- Nathalie Schipper - Condo Inspection in Vancouver

My clients and I were very impressed with the job you did and Stephanie and I will not hesitate to refer you again in the future. 

- Kate Pelzer The Mint Group - Townhouse Inspection in Delta

Thanks Solid State Inspections Inc. for the inspection today! Tons of info and very helpful answers to my client!

Lindsey Ulaszonek - Condo Inspection in Vancouver

James, thank you very much for doing a thorough job and for being flexible!

- Saqib S - House Inspection in Coquitlam

Thanks again for taking the time to walk us through the structural design of our house.

- Shane & Stephanie - House Inspection in Coquitlam

Thanks for doing the inspection. The buyers love the property and felt really educated on the long term plan you outlined. Thanks again for another job well done!

- Norm Hiller from Remax Central - House Inspection in Langley

Thanks for the inspection. We thought it was very thorough and detailed and explained very clearly. I'll definitely recommend you.

- Vic - New House Construction in Surrey

Your knowledge and experience are great. Thank you for your service.

- Rebecca - Townhouse Inspection in Richmond

Thank you so much for doing our house inspection. It meant a lot to us to 'breath easier' knowing we had full confidence and trust in your character and ability.

-Chris and Krista - House Inspection in Coquitlam

James did our inspection on the weekend and he is top notch. I highly recommend him! He gave us a full report instantly and we are going into the purchase with our eyes wide open! Thanks James!

- Colin - House Inspection in Port Coquitlam

Solid State performs a thorough inspection with special attention to detail to ensure safety in your home. I would strongly recommend them as they are client focused and very professional.

- Chad & Katrina - House Inspection in Abbotsford

I just wanted to write and say thank you for yesterday, your knowledge and professionalism was more than reassuring for us to have all the information we needed to make this purchase.

- Mike - Townhouse Inspection in Vancouver

I have known James for many years, he is honest, knowledgeable, will leave no stone unturned, and is extremely personable.

- Carolyn from Vancouver

It has been great working with you! We appreciate all you do, and as you do it so well.

- Team Leo -RE/MAX Coquitlam 

I was very happy with your last inspection.

- Ryan in Vancouver

My clients are pleased with your work and the detailed walk-thru and explanation.

- Jimmy in Port Moody