Home Inspectors
Consumer tips about home inspections in BC

{Feb. 22, 2013}, VICTORIA, BC - Purchasing a home is a large investment for many British Columbians and it is important for consumers to familiarize themselves with all the activities related to buying a house so they can make an informed decision. Many people get a home inspection done as part of their home buying decision.

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2012 Home Inspector Fee Notice

Consumer Protection BC regulates BC home inspectors operating within BC or who offer home inspection services to BC consumers. This includes licensing home inspectors, ensuring that licensees comply with the home inspection laws in BC, and responding to complaints about the BC home inspection industry. This notice   licence fees for home inspectors effective May 1, 2012. There has been one fee increase ($100 to $150) for licensed BC home inspectors since the introduction of licensing in April, 2009. After an industry consultation in the fall of 2011, a new fee schedule was approved by the Board of Directors of Consumer Protection BC in November, 2011. With this notice, we are providing a copy of the new 2012 Fee Schedule for home inspectors that will take effect May 1, 2012.

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New Web Portal Launched for Home Inspections

{January 17, 2012} VICTORIA BC – Consumer Protection BC is very pleased to announce the launch of www.homeinspectionrightsbc.ca, which links to our new home inspections industry portal. This new website portal, which co-exists with our larger Consumer Protection BC website, provides timely and relevant information for both consumers and licensed home inspectors. You can now find all of our information in one location!

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New Policy To Publish Enforcement Actions

{October 14, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has implemented a new policy to publically share information about our licensing and enforcement actions.

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New Administrative Penalty Policy

{July 5, 2011} VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection BC is informing our licensed industries of a new policy on the use of financial sanctions, referred to as administrative penalties, for licensed businesses that fail an inspection.

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Results of BC Home Inspector Insurance Survey

{May 24, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC is releasing the results of a recent survey we conducted of licensed BC home inspectors in regards to their insurance requirements.

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Fraud Prevention Month Case Studies

What would you do?  Throughout the month of March we have been sharing our “What Would You Do?” columns to raise consumer awareness during Fraud Prevention Month. Each of our consumer case studies begin with a specific consumer situation, continues with how we might handle such a situation and ends with tips for consumers.

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New Home Inspector Association Designated in BC

 

{February 10, 2011} - VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has approved the Sarnia Ontario based National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC) as an association appropriate to assess the qualifications of home inspectors applying for licenses under the BC Home Inspector Licensing Regulation.

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New Licensing Fees in Effect as of January

{September 24, 2010} VICTORIA, BC – After conducting industry consultations, Consumer Protection BC is adjusting the licence fees for several of our licensed industries and occupations.   The new fees will come into effect on January 1, 2011.

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We want to hear about your consumer issues!

{August 23, 2010}  VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection  BC wants to hear about the issues of BC consumers.  We have just posted a consumer survey on our website that gives members of the public the opportunity to share their experiences with us.

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Consumer Protection BC Wants YOU - Deadline Extended!

{July 12, 2010} VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection BC is seeking industry members and consumers to serve on our industry advisory groups.

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Consumer Protection BC Approves CanNachi to Credential BC Home Inspectors

{February 5, 2010} - VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has approved the Alliston Ontario based Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Inc. (CanNACHI) as an association appropriate to assess the qualifications of home inspectors applying for licenses under the BC Home Inspector Licensing Regulation.

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Home Inspections in BC - What Consumers Should Know

Please note that an update has been made to this release. Please click here for a current list of the designated associations.


{January 8, 2010} VICTORIA, BC - Buying a home is usually one of the biggest and most important purchases you will make.  It’s a good idea to try to find out as much as you can about potential problems before you commit to buying and hiring a home inspector can help you with that process by providing a visual inspection of the home.

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