Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Minimum Qualifications For Home Inspectors


Mike Holmes says this will be good for homebuyers

Monday, October 01, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff

Mandatory minimum qualifications for home inspectors in Ontario appear to be on the way.
This fall the province will be working with home inspector associations, consumers, the real estate sector and other industry stakeholders to formulate standards.

As things stand now, anyone can offer home inspection services.
But only registered members of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors can call themselves a registered home inspector.
Establishing minimum qualifications will increase transparency, set a minimum standard of training, improve consistency in home inspections and protect consumers, according to a government news release.

"This has been a long time coming " says Mike Holmes, host of Holmes on Homes. "B.C. and Alberta are already on it. Now it’s Ontario’s turn. And I want to see the rest of Canada get behind this and push for higher standards. Homeowners should get what they pay for – a home inspection that protects their investment."
Home inspection costs in Ontario range from $350 to $600.
Locally, Sault College offers a two-year home inspection program.

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