New Alberta home inspection regulations


**New Alberta home inspection regulations come into effect Sept. 1 **

With files from Tony Tighe, Global Calgary : Monday, August 29, 2011 5:42 PM

[URL=“”] Home inspector Darcy McGregor goes over his inspection report with potential homebuyer Derek Cook.
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CALGARY – Darcy McGregor has been a home inspector for the past 26 years.
He’s been trained and registered with the Canadian Association and teaches home inspection courses at SAIT.
For years, he’s lobbied for provincial qualification standards – this September, he’ll finally see that wish come true.
“Before, anybody could be a home inspector and many people tried that, usually without any training. They didn’t last very long,” says McGregor.
“At the bottom where people come in they have to spend some time and some money and learn how to be a professional.”
In May, the Alberta government introduced new rules that require home inspectors to be licensed and follow set standards to help protect Albertans when buying a home.
To qualify for a licence under the new Home Inspection Business Regulation, inspectors must successfully complete training from an educational institution approved by the province as well as pass a test inspection.
Inspectors must also carry $1-million error and omission insurance to cover mistakes and negligence and post a $10,000 security bond to cover losses.
Not all home inspectors are happy with the new regulations. Darrel Geislinger, who runs a small home inspection company in Edmonton, says the slow real estate market has hurt business and he can’t afford to meet the new rules.
“Time will tell right? I’m crossing my fingers and making sure it’s not going to be the end of my business.”
Service Alberta Minister Heather Klimchuk says anyone who can’t meet training qualifications can apply for a conditional licence until March 2013 but says she wants to be flexible.
“If there’s any hardship or issues, we need to hear from those home inspectors and that’s why we’re giving time for home inspectors to get the credentials, then ge the home inspectors up so it’s not onerous for them,” says Klimchuk.
Higher standards will increase the cost of a home inspection for buyers.
Darcy McGregor expects the cost will rise by around 10 per cent but prospective buyers should know it’s worth it.
“If you’re looking at a half-million or million dollar purchase, what’s a few extra hundred dollars to make sure the job’s done right?”
The province says it decided to go ahead with the regulations following widespread support from Albertans during public consultations.
Service Alberta will investigate any complaint it receive about a home inspector who has violated the new regulation. If found guilty, the inspector can be suspended and their licence may be revoked; they may also face a fine of up to $100,000 and two years in jail.
The regulations come into effect September 1st.

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Just one year and Ontario will follow. :smiley:

Not what I hear… Do you have info you can share or is it just a gut feeling… Roy

Gut feeling!:smiley:
LET US SEE HOW THE 1ST YEAR HI DIPLOMA WORKS OUT and how hard the enemy fights back to convince the government we are not a recognized association of professional HIs in Ontario.:frowning:

[RIGHT]Hiring a Home Inspector
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[FONT=Arial,Arial]Hiring a Home Inspector [/FONT]
[FONT=Franklin Gothic Demi,Franklin Gothic Demi]This publication is intended to provide general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.
[/FONT]Buying a home is the largest investment most consumers will ever make. Before buying, you should know what condition the home is in [FONT=Arial,Arial]and what repairs might be needed. Hiring a qualified home inspector to [/FONT]examine a home can help you to make an informed decision about its condition. Some homeowners also have their place inspected so they [FONT=Arial,Arial]can get any defects fixed under their new home warranty before it runs [/FONT]out.
The home inspector’s role is to tell you the physical condition of the home. The inspector should walk through the home with you and point out any problems. This normally takes at least two hours. The inspector must give you a contract before the inspection and a written report after an inspection.
The inspector must not damage the home during the inspection unless the owner agrees in writing to allow an invasive inspection. If the inspector causes damage during the inspection and the seller has not agreed, the inspector must pay for the damage. For example, this means that the inspector usually can’t drill holes to look inside walls, ceilings or behind tiling. An inspector can look for signs that there might be problems with a home and suggest any areas that should be looked at by an expert. For example, mould and wiring behind walls usually cannot be seen directly, but there might be other signals that a trained eye would notice. Before starting the home inspection, the inspector must give you a copy of the signed contract that includes a list of what will and won’t be inspected.
[/FONT]The home inspector’s role is to tell you the physical condition of the home.
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You and your inspector should also ask the seller and the realtor if there are any problems with the home. The seller and realtor must answer you honestly and not hide any problems that they know about.
Under Alberta’s *[FONT=Arial,Arial]Fair Trading Act [/FONT]*an inspector must disclose information honestly and openly, and deal with you fairly. The [FONT=Arial,Arial]Home Inspection Business Regulation [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]sets out specific rules for home inspectors [/FONT]and home inspection businesses. All inspectors must have completed a minimum level of education. The regulation also sets out the requirements for home inspection contracts and for the inspection report that the inspector provides to the consumer.
Home inspection businesses must have:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• a licence from the Government of Alberta,
• a bond or other form of security, and
• errors and omissions insurance.
[/FONT]Home inspectors who are working for an inspection business must have a licence. To have a licence, a home inspector must:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• be employed by a home inspection business, and
• be a Registered Home Inspector (RHI) or Certified Master Inspector (CMI), or
• have a degree, diploma, or certificate in home [/FONT]inspection from an approved school, and pass a test inspection by a CMI from the International [FONT=Arial,Arial]Association of Certified Home Inspectors Alberta, [/FONT]or a RHI from the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors, or
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]hold an approved home inspection designation from an approved industry association, or
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]a licence from an approved regulatory body.
Home inspectors who are close to getting these [FONT=Arial,Arial]qualifications may work with a conditional licence.

[FONT=Arial,Arial]Finding an inspector [/FONT]
Talk to friends or others you know who have used a [FONT=Arial,Arial]home inspector. Ask if they were satisfied. Did the [/FONT]home inspector identify problems with the house? Sometimes your realtor will recommend a list of home inspectors.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Another way to find a home inspector is to contact [/FONT]home inspector associations for a list of members. Ask what an inspector must do to become a [FONT=Arial,Arial]member. Does the association require members to have special training, qualifications, education [/FONT]or experience? Ask what the association will do if you have a complaint about one of their members. [FONT=Arial,Arial]You will find the names and information about three [/FONT]home inspection associations on page 8. Some home inspectors do not belong to any of these organizations. Hiring a Home Inspector [FONT=Arial,Arial]3 [/FONT]
What to ask before you hire any home inspector
Make sure you ask the following questions, even if the home inspector you are considering is highly recommended by a person you trust:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]1. Licence[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Does the inspector have a licence? All home [/FONT]inspectors and home inspection businesses in Alberta must have a licence and show it to you when asked. Note that a licence does not mean [FONT=Arial,Arial]the Government of Alberta recommends a particular [/FONT]inspector or business.
Check the Service Alberta website to see if a business is licensed. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call the [FONT=Arial,Arial]Consumer Contact Centre [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]at (780) 427-4088 (Edmonton) or toll free in Alberta 1-877-427-4088 for this information.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]2. Education, training, qualification and experience[/FONT]

Ask the home inspector about his or her educational background, years of experience, courses taken, and [FONT=Arial,Arial]qualifications. Many inspectors have a background in [/FONT]the construction trades. Has the inspector taken any continuing education courses to keep up with new construction materials and requirements?
[FONT=Arial,Arial]3. Knowledge of the Building Code[/FONT]
Ask the inspector if he or she knows and understands the Alberta Building Code and the way it has changed over time. An old home will meet the code in the year it is built; however, new homes will have to meet today’s building code.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]4. Conflict of interest[/FONT]
Is the inspector being paid to inspect the home by anyone other than you? For example, if the inspector has received a fee from the realtor, your [FONT=Arial,Arial]bank or mortgage broker, there would be a conflict of [/FONT]interest. The inspector is not allowed to carry out an [FONT=Arial,Arial]inspection where there is a conflict of interest.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]5. References[/FONT]

Ask the inspector to give you the names and phone numbers of at least three recent customers, then ask those customers for their comments. Would they [FONT=Arial,Arial]recommend that inspector? Another way to find out [/FONT]about a home inspector is to call your local Better Business Bureau to check the business complaint history. If there were complaints, how did the business deal with them? Phone numbers for the Better Business Bureaus are on page 8. [FONT=Arial,Arial]4 [/FONT]
Once you have chosen an inspector he or she must give you a home inspection contract. Read the contract carefully and make sure you understand it before you sign.
The home inspection contract must:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• be in writing,
• be legible,
• include your name and address,
• include from the home inspection business:
• [/FONT]the name of the home inspection business,
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]its licence number,
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• business address (including street address),
• telephone number and (if applicable) the fax [/FONT]number, and
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]email address.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]If the inspection is to be contracted out to a different home inspection business, the contract must also give the name and licence number of that business and you will be asked to initial that part of the contract.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• give the name and licence number of the home [/FONT]inspector doing the inspection,
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• give the address of the home to be inspected,
• state the date of the contract,
• state the date on which the inspection is to occur, [/FONT]and
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• indicate when you will receive the completed [/FONT]home inspection report.
All of the items below must be listed in the contract for inspection, unless you agree otherwise by initialing those items that will not be inspected:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• Roofing
• [/FONT]Flashing and chimney
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• Exterior including lot grading
• [/FONT]Walkways
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• Driveways
• [/FONT]Retaining walls
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]Patios and decks
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]Structure
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• Electrical
• [/FONT]Heating
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]Heat pumps and cooling
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]Insulation
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• [/FONT]Plumbing
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Attached garages or carports are included in the inspection. Other outbuildings or structures not attached to the home are only included in an [FONT=Arial,Arial]inspection if they are specified in the contract.
[/FONT]If the home inspection does not include the inspection of mould or asbestos, the contract must include a statement, initialled by the consumer, indicating that fact.
Make sure everything you want to have inspected is listed in the contract. Talk to your inspector about adding anything else that you want inspected. The home inspector is responsible for inspecting only what is listed in the contract.
The contract must not state that the liability of the inspector or the business is limited, or say that you only have a certain time to make a claim against the home inspection business or home inspector.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]The inspection will be non-invasive (that is, will not damage the property) unless the owner agrees in [/FONT]writing to allow an invasive inspection.
Once you have read and understood the contract, you and the inspector will sign it and each will get a copy.
A home inspection report must:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• be in writing,
• be legible,
• provide information about the condition of all the [/FONT]parts of the home included in the contract, and
[FONT=Arial,Arial]• be given to you on or before the date stated in [/FONT]the contract.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]The contents of the report are confidential and the [/FONT]inspector or inspection business must not disclose them unless you agree, there is a serious health and safety risk, or there is another legal reason.
The home inspector or the home inspection business is not allowed to give you an estimate of the cost of [FONT=Arial,Arial]any repair or improvement identified by the home inspection. To fix defects identified by the home inspector and determine the cost, contact qualified [/FONT]trades people.
Make sure everything you want to have inspected is listed in the contract. [FONT=Arial,Arial]6 [/FONT]
[/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]1. If a home inspector or home inspection business is recommended by friends or others:
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]Were they satisfied?
2. If you contact industry associations to find a home inspector:
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]What are the inspector’s qualifications, education, training and experience?
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]What is required to be a member of the association?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]How does the association handle a consumer complaint?
3. Ask the home inspector:
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]Does he or she have a licence from the Government of Alberta? Ask to see it.
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]What is their education, training, qualification and experience?
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]What is their knowledge of the Alberta Building Code?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]Is there a conflict of interest?
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Can they provide at least three references?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Is the inspector getting a referral fee from anyone?
4. Check the references.Hiring a Home Inspector [FONT=Arial,Arial]7 [/FONT]
5. Read the contract:
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Is it in writing?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Is it legible?
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Does the contract contain:
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]your name and address,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]the home inspection business name, licence number, business address,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]the name and licence number of the home inspector,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]the date of contract,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]the date of inspection,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]the address of the home to be inspected,
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]a list of the things to be inspected?
6. Ask about items that are not on the home inspectors list of things to be inspected.
[FONT=Arial,Arial]7. Home inspection report:
[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Is it in writing?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT]Is it legible?
[FONT=Wingdings 2,Wingdings 2] [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]Does it cover the condition of the things to be inspected as listed in the contract?
8. Does the homeowner and realtor know about any problems with the home? [/FONT]
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For information about the *[FONT=Arial,Arial]Fair Trading Act [/FONT]*or home inspector licences, contact:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Consumer Contact Centre: [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]In Edmonton (780) 427-4088 Toll-free in Alberta 1-877-427-4088 [/FONT]
For complaint history of home inspection businesses, contact:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]In Edmonton: (780) 482-2341 Toll-free: 1-800-232-7298 [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta and East Kootenays [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]In Calgary: (403) 517-4222 Toll-free: 1-800-661-4464 [/FONT]
For information to help buyers and sellers, contact:
[FONT=Arial,Arial]The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) [/FONT][FONT=Arial,Arial]See RECA’s Property Inspection Request form at

[FONT=Arial,Arial]Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI), Alberta Chapter [/FONT]FONT=Arial,Arial 248-6893 Toll Free: (800) 351-9993
[FONT=Arial,Arial]Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (CanNACHI) [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Arial]1-888-434-1970 [/FONT]
**[FONT=Arial,Arial]International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), Alberta Chapter [/FONT]**
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[/FONT]A current version of this and other consumer tipsheets are available at the Service Alberta website Most public libraries have Internet access if you don’t have access at home.
If you need more copies of this tipsheet, you have permission to photocopy.

I offer inspections like those that are required by this law for $2,850. So far, no one has selected that type of inspection. They choose the $400 inspection, instead. How much are you guys getting for this unlimited warranty on the entire house that you are required to provide (as the licensed business)?

Hi All InterNachi Alberta Members. If you Need to get your insurance in place contact me asap at 780-732-8627 or 780-938-7795. I have great rates and pay plans avialable. Bond pricing for members is 1 year $125.00, 2year $225.00 and 3Year $300. Can get the bond witin 24hours of recieving application and payment. E & O insurance can have pricing within 24 hours and Proff of insuracne 24 haours after acceptance of terms and payment recieved. We have stream,lined our system to make it easy, accesible and afordable. To the members already insured through Auqa thank you for your business and we look forward to helping out all Alberta members.

Chuck McKenna CAIB

To Get the applications visit, Applications on front page

The disappointing part of this whole process is, the standards have not been raised at all. A cab driver could become a home inspector in no time, and still have no idea what a building is all about. But by golly, he will be licensed by the gov.
I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised. A reality TV show star in considered Canada’s foremost expert on houses … and a huge chunk of the population(including gov) bought it, hook, line, and sinker.

Licensing generally lowers overall standards in comparison to what was upheld by the free market. This is true everywhere licensing of home inspectors is adopted.

Many confuse “higher standards” with “higher overhead” as if they mean the same thing.

As of Sept 1 all HI’s in Alberta will no longer be independent. The law now forces them to be employees.
The HI must meet government approved training but the owner of the HI business does not have to have any qualifications of any kind.
What if the real estate agents decided to buy a HI business licence?
They then hire a bunch of rookie HI’s that have just graduated from an approved government school, got their HI licence and than have to work under the supervision of totally untrained bosses.
Far fetched? Not realy. We have a multi national department store selling home inspections.

We have focused on the qualifications required by the HI to get a licence but the qualifications required to get a business licence are non existent.
Anyone that has the money can buy a HI business licence.
This can lead to all kinds of problems for the Inspector. What is he going to do when the boss orders him to do a soft inspection or find another job. The HI will lose his licence if he is not employed by a licenced business.
He then has to find another job and reapply for a renewal of his licence.

Sorry to say but the feeling I have is we Have a dogs breakfast here .
This is not going to work the way it is set up .
I think big changes are needed … Roy

Thanks to all for keeping us up to date , Much appreciated