Home Inspectors in Ontario change qualification system
The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors has decided that it will change its qualification and certification system for home inspectors in Ontario. These changes will, according to the association, create higher-quality inspections and better consumer protection.
In British Columbia, home inspectors have had to be licensed since 2009. Now, home inspectors in Ontario appear to be following suit. The changes are also in anticipation of the possibility of mandatory licensing being introduced next year, which has been recommended by several regulatory bodies in the province.
Home inspectors in Ontario painted in a negative light
Buying a home in Ontario without a home inspection is a bad idea, and without one home buyers can be left dealing with serious problems that weren’t caught before they bought the property. But no one is currently inspecting the inspectors: to quote Mike Holmes in one of his columns, “In a house purchase, every step is regulated in some way by government. Everyone is licensed: the real estate brokers and agents who sell houses, the banks who lend money, the lawyers who oversee the land transfer, the insurers who cover the house, but not home inspectors.”
Membership in the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors is voluntary, and the industry is largely unregulated in Canada with the exception of the new licensing requirements in B.C. – the only province so far to implement them.
Earlier this year, a CBC marketplace story in January followed Holmes and a reporter who hired four separate home inspectors to inspect a home that had glaring signs of being used as a former grow-op (which can pose major fire and health hazards for new owners). All four missed the signs, leading to a call for more regulation of home inspectors in Ontario.