The province of Ontario is looking to follow the example of Alberta and British Columbia in creating a universal set of standards for home inspectors to follow. As pointed out in a recent column by Mike Holmes, the current non-system results in a situation where home buyers may not really know what it is they’re getting even after they’ve paid for a home inspection. Unfortunately, it can result in house buyers who get an unpleasant surprise when it comes to the presence of asbestos in their homes.

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One of the biggest reasons why residents or business owners end up paying out the nose: poor home inspections and poor pre-purchase inspections in particular. Too many prospective buyers assume that all inspectors are created equal. That simply isn’t true. A good or bad home inspection company can be the difference between paying thousands of dollars on a major renovation a few years down the road or spending that money on a vacation instead.

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