Saskatoon Mortgage Broker shares article – Buyer beware: Things to keep in mind when choosing a home inspector

The Canadian Press – April 4, 2016


Most provinces don’t regulate the industry

Only British Columbia and Alberta currently have legislation in place requiring home inspectors to be licensed, while Ontario says it’s planning to introduce regulations this year.

While there are myriad designations out there that home inspectors can obtain, the educational requirements to obtain those designations can vary widely, even in B.C. where inspectors are licensed.

Experts recommend doing some research to determine what the various designations really mean — and what sort of training is required to obtain them.

Word of mouth is key

Real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder recommends getting a referral from a friend or family member that you trust — rather than from one of the real estate agents that stands to benefit from the sale.

Inspectors who get referral business from real estate agents could be hesitant to point out the flaws in a home so as not to risk that business, Weisleder says.

“If a home inspector becomes known for finding too many problems with a house, it’s very possible they may not get too many referrals from realtors,” he says.

Insurance matters

Some, but not all, inspectors carry errors and omissions insurance, which can protect the buyer if the inspector is negligent.

Experts recommend asking to see the home inspector’s proof of insurance.

Keep limitations in mind

Home inspectors base their opinions on what they can readily see within the home.

An inspector cannot see through walls or underneath floors.

As such, there are some issues that could slip under the radar of even a highly experienced and well trained inspector.

Experts say it’s important to keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase a home.


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