VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – An organization which qualifies home and property inspectors says tighter regulations are needed to make sure home buyers don’t get burned by bad assessments.

John Leech with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC says inspectors are always being held accountable in BC right now.

It’s because this province has four separate independent standards for home inspectors to become certified.

He says this isn’t good for anyone.

“There are different certification policies, four different approaches to handling complaints when something does go wrong. It is time, in the interest of consumer protection, for the regulation to be changed to make sure there is one common standard,” Leech urges.

They’ve been advocating this to the provincial government and Consumer Protection BC.

“There is certainly some interest in terms of the concerns we are bringing forward. At this stage, no decisions have been made,” he adds.

He says a move to license home inspectors was applauded a few years ago, but it’s time to push this issue even further.

He also has some advice for home buyers.

“They need to take extra care in making certain the individuals they hire as an inspector are regulated by a body that has the capacity to assure the highest possible standards… in terms of competencies of the inspector,” Leech explains.