Surprisingly, anyone can 'set up shop' and offer to inspect your home. Home inspection franchises are available for entrepreneurs who want to get into the business. A carpenter, electrician or plumber, while they have excellent knowledge of their trade, may lack an integrated understanding of the other systems in a house.
By using a certified inspector, you know your inspector has training that covers all the things you need to have checked out. A certified inspector is also knowledgeable in building code requirements for your area.
Just as it makes sense to have an inspector check out your dream home before you buy, it makes sense to use an inspector who has had his/her qualifications to do the job checked out by an independent body.
As of March 31, 2009, the Solicitor General announced that all persons offering house inspection services in BC must be licensed. For more information on what is required to receive a license in BC please visit the Consumer Protection BC website. ASTTBC is one of the approved Associations.
Global TV News clip on Licensing of Home Inspectors.
ASTTBC-PI talks with Mark Forsythe, host of the CBC radio show Almanac regarding a new requirement for all home inspectors in BC to be licensed as of March 31, 2009. The interview identified that ASTTBC-PI inspectors certified by ASTTBC have the highest training qualifications in BC for home inspectors and why the public still need to be vigilant when choosing their inspector. “ASTTBC-PI did a great job of portraying the new licensing model, need for the consumer to remain vigilant when selecting an inspector, and in looking to ASTTBC-PI inspectors as the highest qualified in BC” said John Leech, ASTTBC Executive Director. “I encourage our 9,500 members and other partners to look first for the CPI, CHI or CHI(P) professional designations when selecting a house inspector. You can rely on ASTTBC’s high standards and the professional integrity of our members”.
It is important to make the right decision when engaging an inspector... a Certified House Inspector (CHI) or Certified Property Inspector (CPI) is required to meet and comply with rigorous and comprehensive professional standards. These professionals have a high standard for education, training and experience, must abide by a Code of Ethics and be held professionally accountable for their services. CHI and CPI inspectors fall within the most stringent and comprehensive professional regulations of the organizations offering house and property certification.