Everything you need to know about pre-purchase inspections

Royal LePage Leading Edge blog

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By Stéphane Pagé Esq.
Lawyer with Bouchard Pagé Tremblay

Most people are unaware that just about anyone can claim to be a building inspector while offering unskilled services that lack the necessary qualifications and they often don’t even have error and omission (E&O) liability insurance.

In fact, anyone can claim to be a building inspector because pre-purchase inspections remain unregulated. There is a voluntary association of building inspectors who adhere to admission rules similar to those of a professional association. It’s called the Quebec Association of Building Inspectors (AIBQ).

Certain professionals can also perform pre-purchase building inspections such as technologists, engineers, architects and certified appraisers. However, these inspectors must have E&O liability insurance as part of their work as a building inspector.

How can a buyer find a pre-purchase building inspector?

Through a real estate broker. Brokers are required to recommend a pre-purchase inspection of the property to their clients…

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