*The following is a personal opinion and in no way related to any affiliation I have with any company, association or other agency.
I actually performed an inspection according to the CSA standards. 5 Bedroom house, 3 full & 3 half bathrooms, 6 other rooms including a Kitchen plus a part finished basement and walk-up attic. The property stands in grounds of 27,300 sq. ft. Semi-rural with two sanitary sewer outlets.
17 hours start to finish including report writing!
There goes the neighbourhood!
No-one is going to pay for an inspection that takes that long! Realtors are not going to sit for an inspection like this! The cost on an inspection like this is too much for the market to bear.
The consumer is going to suffer.
If the MGCS adopt this standard for regulation, then they are saying they actually don’t want to have people have home inspections.
The standards of practice that exist at present are tried and tested. They provide sufficient protection for the consumer and the inspector, in a balanced way. They only need to be re-written in such away that they are easier to digest for the consumer.
This whole process has, in my opinion, been a total waste of time and money, to produce a secretive document that does nothing other than provide those on the CSA panel with ammunition to demand more money from inspectors for the courses they have no doubt already developed on the back of the advance information they have.
All you have to do is look at the actual participants. They are mainly from a single organisation, and all have supplemented their HI income by providing training.
While I have great respect for one member of the panel, who has himself publicly come out against these standards, for the rest, I see them as doing no more than feathering their own nests at the expense of the rest of us, and the consumer.