Ontario Raising Standards for Home Inspectors

Ontario raising standards for home inspectorsBack in 2011, we reported about the lax standards for home inspectors in Canada and stipulated that only British Columbia and Alberta required all home inspectors to be licensed before being able to perform home inspections.

Well now it seems that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty wants to put in place minimum qualifications for home inspectors in Ontario as well.

Considering that the average cost of a home inspection ranges from $350 to $600 in Ontario, it is only fair that a homebuyer gets their money’s worth when making such a major purchase. A standard home inspection usually reports on the topical parts of a home: the condition of the roof, structure, foundation, drainage, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, walls, doors and electrical system.

Currently, just about anyone can offer home inspection services in Ontario, although they are not allowed to call themselves registered home inspectors unless they are registered members of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors. But to the unwary consumer, this may spell trouble in the long run if they don’t do their homework.

“This is great news for homebuyers in Ontario, as it ensures that they are getting the most information about the home they plan to buy and this will help to minimize surprises,” says Martin Rygiel, real estate expert and Director at the ComFree Network.

For now, the province of Ontario plans to work with industry partners to explore minimum qualifications that would aim to increase transparency, ensure a minimum standard of training, improve home inspection consistency, and improve consumer protection.

What has your experience with home inspectors been like? Do you agree that every home inspector should be licensed in order to practice? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: News.Ontario.ca


  1. Carol says:

    I realize that the buyer pays for the report but when this report cost the seller a sell they should have the right to see this report or at least the agent to verify that the information provided to the buyer is correct.. I have seen reports that have reported very incorrect information, scarring the buyer away.

  2. You don’t have to belong to oahi to be called a licensed home inspector. I am a certified home inspector of InterNachi and have been trained by Carson Dunlop and certified. I have been an inspector for several years and seen a lot of wannabee inspectors. Its about time they step in and do something. Finally justice will be done and removed the untrained and in experienced people from the field and give us real home inspectors justice. And therefore giving home owners a true home inspection rather than a quick glance from someone who has no idea as to what they are doing.

  3. Dennis says:

    It’s about time that this is happening. I always wondered why home inspectors had it so easy. I even think they should be held accountable for mistakes to some extent.

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