Vancouver Sun

HOW TO PICK A HOME INSPECTOR

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Virtually anyone can call themselves a home inspector — regardless of whether they have completed any sort of profession­al training. Here are a few things to consider:

Most provinces don’t regulate the industry.

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

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

Research to determine what the designatio­ns really mean.

WORD OF MOUTH KEY

Real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder recommends getting a referral from a friend or family member that you trust.

INSURANCE MATTERS

Some inspectors carry errors and omissions insurance, which can protect the buyer if the inspector is negligent.

LIMITATION­S

Inspectors base their opinions on what they can see in the home.

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