HOW TO PICK A HOME INSPECTOR
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.
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Real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder recommends getting a referral from a friend or family member that you trust.
Some inspectors carry errors and omissions insurance, which can protect the buyer if the inspector is negligent.
Inspectors base their opinions on what they can see in the home.