Oakville Homes

November 29, 2008

House Inspectors – information

I have not personnally recommended any individual house inspectors but I do recommend that any homebuyer (resale or new) to hire a house inspector and ensure the quality of their purchase.  With a new home, I believe that the house inspector should be hired to monitor the construction and protect your investment.  Readers of this blog will understand why I recommend this policy.

Today, in the National Post, there was an interesting article on house inspectors.  I have provided the link but, in case it is taken off the web, I reproduce it below.  Remember, it’s your money, your time, your investment and, ultimately your house.  You have the right to ensure you are protected.  As you have read, you can’t always depend on the builder or municipality to look after you.   This is one avenue you can utilize to ensure the move into your new house is less stressful.  Unlike those with Mattamy in Bracebridge or Ottawa.

Home inspection in the spotlight


Check inspector’s affiliation membership


Randy Ray, Canwest News Service 


Published: Saturday, November 29, 2008



The National Certification Program for home inspectors was established when Canada’s


minister of housing announced that a national body, the Canadian Association of Home


and Property Inspectors, would be given the mandate to administer a certification


model for all Canadian home inspectors. The program has the blessing of Canada


Mortgage and Housing Corp., the Canadian Real Estate Association, Insurance Bureau


of Canada and the Canadian Bankers Association.


The national program was intended to rid the system of inequities that allow anyone


to call himself a home inspector after taking a quick course on the Internet or


simply printing business cards and advertising his services.


The Professional Home & Property Inspectors of Ontario (PHPIO), which has been in


operation since mid-October, says it is the only provincial group of inspectors in


Canada that requires members to adhere to the NCP’s rigorous requirements.


PHPIO ( phpio.ca)members have passed national certification courses that take two


years and their skills are field-tested before a panel of their peers. The peer


review costs $300. PHPIO requires members to have additional peer reviews every five


years to prove they are up-to-date on current practices and products, such as


changes in green technology.


The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors grants its members the Registered Home


Inspector (RHI) designation when they complete a series of baseline courses on


technical background in the building field and have successfully completed hundreds


of actual home inspections.


On its Web site, OAHI says its members require a peer review to achieve the RHI


designation, but Alrek Meipoom, OAHI director of external affairs, concedes “a few


hundred” of OAHI’s veteran members have not had the review.

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