Home Inspector certification, licensing and regulation across Canada...

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The origins of the National Certification Program (NCP) for home inspectors in Canada stretch back to 1997 when a report was issued by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) that uncovered noteworthy inconsistencies in the skill and diligence of home inspectors across the country that still persist today. 

With the support of CMHC, Human Resources and Social Development Canada and the Construction Sector Council, a voluntary national accreditation and certification program was developed by the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in an attempt to help ensure the competency and professionalism of home inspectors. Home inspectors who have met the requirements of this national certification program are designated National Certificate Holders.

Unfortunately we continue to hear the widespread complaints of consumers and other stakeholders more than 10 years later regarding the services of home inspectors, some with designations.

Given growing consumer protests, especially regarding the poor quality of newly built homes, better consumer protection for home buyers is essential.  A Pre-Delivery Inspection Protocol needs to be a priority. more here [...]

John in Port Moody

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Carl Stars
Sutton Group About Town Realty - Burlington, ON

This is a good post and deserves comment. Although I recognize the value of a good home inspecter. Some common sense has to be put on the seller/buyer. I have clients that no longer use home inspecter once they learn the difference between patent and latent defect. But I agree we are very heavily  regulated now to the benefit of the consumer which is good, it certainly cant hurt. I ve met some home inspectors that clearly should not be doing what they are doing for a living. Regulate them for sure.

Nov 27, 2008 11:40 AM #1
John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

Your comment about "some home inspectors clearly should not be" is bang-on Carl! Unfortunately the same can probably be said about some Realtors.

Your point about us now being heavily regulated does help protect the consumer and there needs to be as much regulation for home inspectors.

As a volunteer homeowner advocate I receive many first-hand accounts from buyers who have been failed from supposedly qualified home inspectors.

Patently obvious defects should be easily identified by anyone calling themself an inspector.

An inspector 'worth his salt' can also often find latent defects, especially if they have a full range of proper testing equipment.

Thanks for your comment, and on a side note, I'm an ex-Burlingtonian having moved to the West Coast in 1989. I was just back to visit family in October before heading to Mexico for a vacation.

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