Combating the waiving of Home Inspections

Current Market Conditions The Real-Estate market in Ontario has seen a recent phenomenon of the home being sold with multiple-bids and selling for astronomically high prices, sometimes 30% over asking.  In this frenzied buying atmosphere, buyers are waiving conditions, usually the Home Inspection and often financing clauses. This puts the buyer in a precarious position …

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Watch what you say

In business, it’s a fact of life – somewhere you’ve got competition. While it may be intimidating to some, it’s the nature of the beast. You and your competitors are all trying to get a piece of the same pie. Most of the time, your friendly competition is just that—friendly. However, every now and then, …

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The only way to know if you have radon is to measure for it.

Demand that your prospective new home is measured for high levels of radon!

Has the message got out yet?  The risks from radon in the home, especially in Ontario, are a real and present danger! Over a five year period, between 2011 and 2015, an average of 803 people, per year, attended a Hospital emergency service with around 6% (50 people) dying either at admission or after admission, …

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New OCRMI Members

We are pleased to announce the successful certification of the following members who have taken the OCRMI Short-term radon testing course and passed the exams to be designated as OntarioACHI Certified Radon Measurement Inspectors.  These members will be allowed to use this title and the OCRMI designation. Chuck Hutton Pasquale D’Orrico Tom Martin Andrew Scarry Jim Bodnarchuk Dianne …

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Recent changes

Following a number of suggestions from members, we have made some changes to your Associations website.  We hope these changes will make it easier for you to navigate the site and to access and change your online profiles.  These profiles are used to advertise your services to consumers, so it’s important you keep them up …

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2018 CAHPI Conference – Stephen Greenford award nomination

  2018 CAHPI Conference Stephen Greenford Award Nomination This Award, dedicated to the memory of Stephen Greenford, is presented annually at the CAHPI Conference to an individual for their dedication and contribution to the advancement and development of the Home Inspection Profession in Canada. Please take a moment to recognise the contributions and achievements of your colleagues by nominating …

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How we can help you

We recently received a nice letter from one of our members, Canadian-Certified Home Inspector Greg Rheaume of Home Inspect Solutions Inc.  Greg operates his inspection service to support his local neighbourhood Consumers with their decision-making process of purchasing or selling a home. Like all our Professional members, Greg pushes himself to be the best he …

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Popcorn anyone?

So the Ontario House Builders Association and the Ontario Real-Estate Association seem to be going head-to-head in a battle over mandatory Energy Audits. While OREA is publishing that the Province has put the brakes on the plan (here) the Ontario House Builders Association is all for them. (here) The press doesn’t seem to know one …

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Why a professional trade is not always the best person to ask

Background I recently asked to perform a Tarion 1-Year Warranty Inspection.  During the Inspection of the Kitchen, I was met by the Builders Electrician who had been called in to service the Cooker Exhaust Hood. As I was inspecting, I noticed that the island receptacle was less than 1m away from the island sink.  As is …

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Dates of Interest – 2018

The Home Inspection Profession is, like other professions, subject to external influences.  Some affect our businesses directly, some have a knock-on effect from changes outside of our profession.  We’ve put together a list of dates we think might have an impact on the profession.        January 1, 2018 New Stress testing for Mortgages – …

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Transport-Canada UAS (Drone) proposals

The deadline to respond to Transport Canada for the proposed changes to the regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems is fast approaching. Written comments should be sent to carrac@tc.gc.ca by October 13, 2017. For anyone who hasn’t yet read the proposals you can find them here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/20…l/reg2-eng.php Here is a very high level summary of the changes. UAS systems …

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Inspection services – inspecting the electrical panel

We have, over the last 3 months, been in discussions with staff from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of Labour and regulators from the Electrical Safety Authority with regard to Home Inspectors opening the electrical panels to perform a visual inspection. We finally received a letter this morning putting the ESA …

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Hendrik Hymans of AtoZ Home Inspections

Avoid being scammed

Hendrik here from A to Z Home Inspections. Just wanted to let you know of a scam out there targeted at Home Inspectors. Here’s how it works. Potential client emails you that they need a home inspection ASAP.    Their 1st e-mail usually says something like:   “I  would like to schedule an inspection please get …

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