Most homebuyers are told that getting a home inspection is one of the wisest decisions they can make as a buyer, and that going without one can be a very costly mistake. And yes, this is true. A home inspection is a very smart investment. But what most homebuyers don’t know is that home inspectors aren’t regulated. In fact, anyone can be a home inspector in Ontario.
While the government started looking into the issue three years ago with panels, reports and recommendations, but nothing has happened in an official regulating capacity yet. However, Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong recently introduced a private member’s bill called Licensed Home Inspectors Act, 2016.
The purpose of this bill is to create an administrative authority that would regulate the industry. So we could be one step closer to regulating home inspectors in Ontario, but in the meantime, homeowners need to ensure they do their research and find a home inspector with quality references.