**Ministry Consumer Services:
Although most letters to government services fall on deaf ears, I will attempt to make an area of concern known.
As a retired house builder and former employee of Central (now Canada) Mortgage & Housing, I bring to the inspection field over 45 years experience. Unlike many popular TV shows and over exuberant franchise organizations, my main concern is the consumer. By consumer I am referring to the average young homebuyer and in many instances the first time buyer.
My original foray into the home inspection field was with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors. Frustrated with their money-making attempts at education I found a comfortable position with the InterNACHI association and their modern form of on line education. This was more in line with my past experience with the construction industry.
My number one concern with the Ministry’s attempts at licensing is
Mandatory Errors & Omissions Insurance.
E&O is not required by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, nor the InterNACHI association, nor the Ashi association nor is it required by the Association of Professional Engineers. It should be mandatory for Civil Servants and elected Public Officials, but I digress.
I am retired. I perform approximately 50 to 60 inspections per year. The exorbitant fees charged by HUB and the like ($2,500 / year) will put me out of business! Ergo the industry loses a knowledgeable and dedicated inspector. My replacement? A fast-tracked franchisee or the like.
I accept licensing as a fait a complete. It will happen because the government decrees that it be so.
But please do not mandate compulsory E&O as it will line the pocket books of another big business at the expense of the little guy!
E&O should be a business decision!