Background: A new 13-part series by Mike Holmes, called ‘Holmes Inspection,’ premiered October 1st on HGTV. The premise of the show is that Mike talks to homebuyers who have used home inspections in the purchase of their homes and have now encountered problems. The Holmes team spends the bulk of the one-hour show fixing those problems, including those noted by home inspectors in their report, and those missed by home inspectors.
The show will bring public interest to the concept of home inspections and the need for homebuyers to seek experienced and qualified home inspectors. And, as HGTV is part of Canwest (which includes various Canwest newspapers and Global TV), there will be some media interest in the show in certain markets. As well, it may be that CAHPI members will hear feedback on the show in their communities, or on the doorstep, and be asked for comment on the show.
CAHPI members should refer media requests to their provincial/regional president and/or registrar, and provide phone numbers and CAHPI email address. As well, they can also suggest the media contact the CAHPI National registrar for information and the CAHPI National president for comment. The basic messages CAHPI members themselves can provide to inquiries are presented below.
· Members of CAHPI are qualified home inspectors, and are pleased that Mike Holmes and his show are focusing attention on the need for consumers to use qualified home inspectors on the biggest purchase of their life, the purchase of a home.
· Right now, everywhere except British Columbia where home inspectors must be provincially licensed, anyone can call themselves a home inspector. Simply by hanging out a shingle, a person is in a position of authority, able to pose as an expert and shape someone’s decision to buy a house. If Mike Holmes makes consumers and governments more aware of this danger, he’s doing Canada a great service. And the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of Ontario is right there with him.
[FONT=Times New Roman]If this season of Mike Holmes is like past seasons, Mike will be telling viewers that choosing a qualified home inspector is critically important. One way to choose a qualified home inspector is to visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website, and once there, just type “Hiring a Home Inspector” in the search box.[/FONT]
Please send your feedback to email@example.com.
__________________________________________________ [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial] [FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial] PLEASE NOTE: ALL EMAILS FROM ‘OAHI PUBLICATIONS’ firstname.lastname@example.org ARE NOT MONITORED OR USED TO REPLY TO EMAILS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS EMAIL OR ANY EMAIL RECEIVED FROM ‘OAHI PUBLICATIONS’ PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com.
ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF HOME INSPECTORS
Established by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Act, 1994*
*Box 38108, Castlewood R.P.O., Toronto, Ontario M5N 3A8
Telephone: (416) 256-0960 or 1-888-RHI-OAHI (744-6244)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (905) 771-1079
Web Site: www.oahi.com](http://www.oahi.com/)