New requirements for BC home inspectors | www.rebgv.org

The provincial government is working to develop a common standard for all home inspectors by 2017.

“We have developed a new approach that will make home inspectors more accountable and ensure consumers know what to expect from a home inspector,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing.

As of Sept. 1, 2016

  • home inspection contracts must describe in advance what's covered in an inspection
  • contractual terms that limit home inspectors’ liability will be prohibited
  • home inspectors must adhere to new business record keeping requirements
  • home inspectors must carry professional and general liability insurance

The BC government will also

  • review the qualifications required to perform home inspections
  • develop more rigorous training and examination requirements for anyone planning to become a home inspector.

The new requirements are the result of a three-year provincial government consultation. This included input as well as research and consultation with home inspector associations and home inspectors, Consumer Protection BC, and other stakeholders including REALTORS®.

Did you know?

  • in 2009, BC became the first jurisdiction in Canada to require licensing of home inspectors
  • BC and Alberta are the only provinces that regulate home inspectors in Canada. Ontario is considering doing so
  • there are approximately 483 licensed home inspectors in BC

Fees

Fees typically range between $400 and $900 for attached properties and may be more single family homes. The size and complexity of the inspection determines the cost. Some inspectors may have surcharges for a crawlspace, basement suite, age of home, mileage, etc.

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