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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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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Electrical Panel Inspections – Regulations

OntarioACHI recently had a call from an inspector that was threatened with reporting to the ESA for opening an electrical panel to perform a visual inspection. We contacted the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), for comment on how, given the fact that our profession is being regulated to protect consumers, then can condone …

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Timeline to regulation

Bill-59 has now been “Ordered for Third Reading”.  This means the Bill will return to the Assembly for what we believe will be the final debate, and then await Royal Assent.  For Government Bills the usual period of time between Third Reading and royal Assent is between 1 day and 6 weeks. This does not …

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Facebook for marketing

If you have a business and an audience on Facebook, you probably understand the importance of engaging your fan base.  But here’s a question for you – are you utilising your social media presence to its fullest potential? The chances are you’re missing the mark by under utilising at least one tool at your disposal …

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Safety tips for a safe and happy holiday season

Before you begin shoveling the snow, warm up your muscles for approximately ten minutes by doing stretches or other light exercisesWith Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza and a number of other regional festivals coming up, it’s time to focus on keeping our homes and families safe, so here’s a few tips from the Professional Home Inspector members …

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Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWPA) and the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion) Review

The Honourable Douglas Cunningham has released his Interim Progress Report on the review of the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act (ONHWPA) and the Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion). The report summarizes what he has heard and learned to date and outlines some preliminary thoughts on how to improve consumer protection, accountability, transparency, and board governance …

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Happy Canada Day!

Did You Know? Canada’s confederation was on July 1st, 1867 and it took 22 years for it to be declared a statutory Holiday.  Strangely enough it took another 28 years, (until July 1st, 1917) 50 years AFTER confederation for it to be actively Celebrated across Canada.   Up until then most Canadians considered themselves British Subjects! …

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