Professional Standards

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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Is Aluminum Wiring a Major Concern?

Post by Pat Auriol. Over 7,000 homes in Mississauga contain aluminum wiring. Extended this across the provinces and we are looking at tens of thousands of homes.  If the subject dwelling was built between the mid-1960s and late 1970s, there is a strong possibility that aluminum wiring may be present.  Is this a cause for …

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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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Home Insepction Update

A new meeting took place, on Monday 10th, December, at the offices of the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to discuss the potential costs of regulation and licensing.  It was attended by Len Inkster from OntarioACHI as well as representatives from CAHPI, PHPIC, the NHICC, the CMRAO, OAHI and members of the MGCS and Ministers Office. …

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Register now for the OCRMI course

OntarioACHI Certified Radon Measurement Inspector

OCRMI CourseBurlington, 16th January 2019 Following the 100% success rate of candidates in the Toronto Course, we have managed to slot another course for Inspectors in prior to Christmas. For those who detest travelling into Toronto, it will be at the West End of the GTA.  Location: Quality Inn, 950 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON, L7N 2G2.

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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Regulation Update

Constant contact Many inspectors have been waiting patiently for news of the Regulation process, and as yet, nothing concrete has been forthcoming from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.   Some inspectors may have read the news piece by Cam Allen at the Whig (here).    In summary,  Mr. Allen says in his piece “it …

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Home Inspector Safety – Deciding what is a confined space, and whether to enter it or not

What is a confined space? Many workplaces contain areas that are considered “confined spaces” because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy.  …

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SFOC or Not?

Dronin’ on

*****Jump to update***** As per the Transport Canada regulations in place, a Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) is in MOST cases, required for commercial drone operations.  More on the “MOST” a bit later…  Already from a great number of Colleagues, we are getting feedback that applying for the required SFOC is meeting some serious delays, …

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Electrical Safety Cover

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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CSA Standards for Home Inspections

Single Common Standard In Canada it is commonly believed that the Home Inspectors operate to distinctly different Standards of Practices. Similarly across Canada, there is a move to regulate the Home Inspection profession because of the perceived unprofessional behaviour of home inspectors, led generally by media hype. Various Provincial governments have different approaches to a …

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Home Insepctor Comparisons

Inspector Qualifications in Ontario and across Canada

Home Inspector Qualifications Presently there are around 13 Associations operating in Ontario that deal with the home Inspection Industry. Some, like OntarioACHI are Ontario based, some purport to represent the whole of Canada and some are International. Most of them offer, between them, a number of Home Inspector Certifications and Designations in Ontario that are …

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Code of Ethics

OntarioACHI members must subscribe to, and comply with, the associations Code of Ethics in the course of their business. The Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors (OntarioACHI) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business code of ethics and inspection procedures. Definitions: 1. MUST. This word, or the terms “REQUIRED” or “SHALL“, mean that the definition …

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