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February 17, 2009

House Inspectors – BC gets it, Ontario befuddled

Sometimes, the case law, etc that comes out of British Columbia can be considered, well, a little flakey – la la land stuff.  But, they have come up with something every consumer should be happy to see.  In the Saturday Star (Feb 14), I read a column by Bob Aaron, the resident guru concerning real estate law.  It was titled “Licensed home inspectors make perfect sense“.

The short version – B.C. has enacted legislation that will make it the first province to “license home inspectors in order to protect buyers by ensuring qualified inspections”. 

A good move on B.C.’s part that will go a long way to ensuring the consumer gets professional help when buying a home.  Ontario, on the other hand, has a non-compulsory designation for house inspectors designated RHI.  Basically, anyone who wants to put up a shingle with this on it and takes an online course, can.  Even the industry, it seems, looks down on this and calls the bottom feeders, “cowboys”.  But, it is a step in the right direction.

Now, we all know how heavily the developers contribute to the political machine in Ontario, so having legislation to protect the consumer might be a while coming.  I mean, the Ontario government didn’t like my idea that every homeowner should have the legislated right to hire a house inspector to monitor the construction of their home/investment.  No, they said, that might cost the homeowner money.  Yes, let the homeowner spend thousands on upgrades but god forbid we give them the right to hire a house inspector at their own cost.  You can, of course, buy a home like I did from Mattamy that costs you thousands in repairs or puts your family at risk.  The government and politicians like Kevin Flynn, ensured my right to do that.

I believe that most house inspectors in Ontario would welcome legislation to make them more professional and, would welcome legislation that gave the homeowner the OPTION of hiring a house inspector to monitor the construction of their new home. 

But then, the government doesn’t really understand the concept of: “an ounce of prevention will prevent a pound of cure”.

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