Cost could deter home inspector trainees

It could be costly to become a home inspector as the inclusion of Home Information Packs becomes a mandatory part of selling a house.

Nigel Hoath, director of United Surveyors, says that with thousands of inspectors needed to complete the Home Condition Report section of the HIP, many chartered surveyors and brokers may be considering training to do the job.

But a stumbling block could be the higher costs of indemnity.

Hoath says: “It’s going to be an expensive business getting indemnity for inspectors, especially those who were not chartered surveyors before as they will not have any history to go on. This is something the industry must seriously think about.”

Hilary Wilkins, chief operating officer at PI firm PYV, says: “PYV is accredited in relation to the scheme it has arranged for approved inspectors. We are aware of the risks associated with HIPs, and are therefore already working on behalf of professional bodies on an innovative solution.”