The scheduled governmental licensing and the proposed requirements will certainly decimate the number of home inspectors allowed to operate in the Province of Alberta for a while. However - the temporary reduction in competition might be an opportune time to raise inspection fees to improve the meagre profit margins - and to cover the costs for the dictatorial insurance and bonding requirements.
I am surprised that no one has questioned the two governmental representatives in charge of the exercise in Alberta - why they believe that licensing a few home inspectors will protect the interest of home buyers in their jurisdiction.
How can anyone assume that about **2000 home inspectors **eligible for licensing throughout Canada - will ever be able to protect consumers against the entrenched tricks of the trade of more than **seventy five thousands **real estate sales people operating from coast to coast.
The real dilemma is, that no governmental agency has the “*hutzpa” *to challenge the powerful and influential real estate industry why the majority of property inspection is being carried out these days by preferred home inspectors who come highly recommended by biassed real estate agents.
The majority of lawsuits against home inspectors are actually not being filed because of their negligence or incompetence - but mostly because more and more home inspectors have become too dependent on referrals from real estate agents to make a meagre living - and feel the need to minimize or camouflage observed defects in order not to be blacklisted as a "Deal Breaker" by the powerful real estate fraternity.
The one and only effective approach to protect the interest of Canadian home buyers is to forbid legally that Realtors and their sales force can arrange for home inspections or direct home buyers to their "preferred" home inspectors.**
**RUDOLF REUSSE - **Home Inspector since 1976 - Retired