Back 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.