The home inspection profession is, for the most part, unregulated by governments. This means anyone can technically call themselves home inspector and practice the profession, but for how long? The Ontario government is currently working on Bill 165, which will regulate all practicing home inspectors in this province.
Although we have no specific date as to when the changes will be made official, this new legislation will bring many upsides to the profession. Minister of Government and Consumer Services Marie-France Lalonde announced that Ontario's intent to introduce Bill 165 would bring about three major changes.
Proper qualifications will be the number one, and only way of entry for those wanting to become inspectors. These qualifications will most likely include two things: accredited training/education and X amount of paid inspection. Here at Urban Studies, we offer accredited training and provide students with step-by-step procedures on how to preform home inspections. We also aid our students in finding work after graduation to help them gain as much experience as possible.
This new legislation will surely bring a general Standards of Practice, Standards for Contracts and Standards for Reports/Disclosures and Home Inspector Performance. In other words, with Bill 165, home inspectors will have a clear set of “rules” or guidelines to follow, to provide the best and most effective service possible. After all, a home is most often an individual’s largest investment; being able to provide clients with a clear understanding of the home’s general condition is crucial.
Lastly, an independent Administrative Authority would administer and enforce the home inspection licensing legislation and associated regulations. In other words, home inspectors would no longer deal with the numerous associations for certification, but would deal directly with the government.
A home inspection is a way for potential homebuyers to seek guidance when in the purchasing phase. Bill 165 would ensure consumers benefit from quality advice, are protected from surprise costs and aware of safety issues before buying a home. This will also create a level playing field for the home inspection industry, preventing inspectors with little or no training from competing with qualified professionals by offering lower rates.