Stupid homebuyer fails to hire InterNACHI member and now is suing CAHPI President.

She should drop her lawsuit. It is her fault for not hiring an InterNACHI member.

“It doesn’t mean anything that they have a license …"

Really? I though licensing solves everything. :roll:

Hmmm… Where have we heard* this* before…?

At least he is not a “minimalist” who only inspects in accordance with his SOP. LOL

I really don’t want to get into the politics of who’s inspection “club” is better. I am an InterNACHI member and have had a well known inspector in Sarnia try to push me out of a recent inspection there because I “don’t have a National certification”. The buyer still chose me for the inspection. I find it nauseating that some people are so concerned about what “certifying” piece of paper an inspector’s name is on. I told the client that I stay away from the politics involved with different associations and just try to do the best inspection possible for people.

I think name calling in a public forum of an innocent home buyer who thought she was doing the right thing is crossing a line though Nick.

As an InterNACHI member, I find it offensive and unprofessional for our founder to call someone a “Stupid homebuyer” just because she chose a different association.

Don’t you have to pass the “National Exam”?

The latest just arrived form BC.

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – An organization which qualifies home and property inspectors says tighter regulations are needed to make sure home buyers don’t get burned by bad assessments.
John Leech with the[FONT=Times New Roman]Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC]( says inspectors are always being held accountable in BC right now.[/FONT]
It’s because this province has four separate independent standards for home inspectors to become certified.
He says this isn’t good for anyone.
“There are different certification policies, four different approaches to handling complaints when something does go wrong. It is time, in the interest of consumer protection, for the regulation to be changed to make sure there is one common standard,” Leech urges.
They’ve been advocating this to the provincial government and [FONT=Times New Roman]Consumer Protection BC]([/FONT]
“There is certainly some interest in terms of the concerns we are bringing forward. At this stage, no decisions have been made,” he adds.
He says a move to license home inspectors was applauded a few years ago, but it’s time to push this issue even further.
He also has some advice for home buyers.
“They need to take extra care in making certain the individuals they hire as an inspector are regulated by a body that has the capacity to assure the highest possible standards… in terms of competencies of the inspector,” Leech explains.

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I imagine some home inspectors are good at their jobs but how many inspectors failed their clients as shown by Holmes on Homes? The common penalty, if you can prove negligence is refund of their fee. Not much. How many inspectors routinely use infra red cameras to check for faulty wiring, breaks in the ductwork or breaks in the insulation?
February 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Steve, it is common knowledge throughout 65 countries that InterNACHI members have unlimited, free access to hundreds of hours of approved and accredited courses to make them the very best inspectors in the industry and every consumer in the world can ask for any InterNACHI’s online educational transcript. We emailed every real estate agent in North America instructions to do this.

Non-member inspectors don’t have any of that.

Any consumer (or real estate agent who has the responsibility of protecting a client) can also look this fact up in a matter of seconds before laying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to make what is likely their largest purchase in life.

What adjective would you prefer I use to describe someone who doesn’t spend a few seconds doing some research before making the purchase of their life? I’ll swap out “stupid” for the adjective of your choice and edit my post. “Stupid” is probably too harsh, I agree.

She should drop her lawsuit as it is mostly her fault for hiring someone who wasn’t an InterNACHI inspector. If her agent knowingly steered her toward a non-InterNACHI inspector, she should sue the real estate agent instead.

If she didn’t have a buyer’s agent to protect and advise her… then it really was her duty to do a few seconds of research about the inspection industry first. And if she failed to do that… she’s pretty ________ (you fill in the blank and I’ll edit the thread title).

Mike Holmes is no friggin peach when it comes to several of his episodes on waterproofing/leaky basements. He most certainly was incompetent, too bad he doesn’t admit it, fc em. Got milk?

Well I feel I have to comment in defending of the Home Buyer!
Sorry Nick but I can assure you that InterNachi is not on the maps for the lady in question. I have heard every trick in the book for Real Estate Agents trying to put pressure on Home Buyers to look everywhere else.
One of the problems that crops up from time to time is that they are not “Registered Home Inspectors” at least here in Ontario.
For some reason when people think REGISTERED they think OH! “That means they have government approval.”
So going back to what you say of course it is true that we have access to 100’s of hours of EDUCATION. But is it approved here?
We are just starting to get through to the Government and Insurance on this issue and will continue to work on making them understand we are on the map and not going anywhere.
So the wool could have been pulled over the ladies eyes by any of the tricks used by both Real Estate Agents or tricky advertizing.

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Bunk ("“That means they have government approval.” ") .
What are you talking about .
.Their education is no different then what is available to you and me .
Pr 158. was a private members bill that gave them approval to use the RHI Logo .

I know Roy! It is the** perception** only.
They do not have government approval.

The last province to license home inspectors approved every one of our courses:

Here is my point. InterNACHI is bigger than the rest of the entire inspection industry put together. It has operations all over the world in multiple languages, operates a 235,000 page website, a one million post message board, and has been awarded over 1,200 governmental accreditations.

As for traffic, almost all consumer traffic goes through this or some other InterNACHI-operated website.

Below is today’s graph showing traffic vs the other mini associations. The other mini associations barely appear on the graph. If you look close, they have one little red blip on the graph. You can check any website’s reach for free at Anyway, the graph demonstrates that 99.5+% of all inspection related traffic runs through InterNACHI.

Anything outside of InterNACHI is as fringe as voodoo is to the medical profession.

Now, let’s pretend I broke my leg. And instead of staying within 99.5% of the modern medical profession, going to a hospital, getting X-rays, and getting a cast… let’s say that I found some witchdoctor to do voodoo on my leg.

What would you call that?

I call it stupid.


Very nice Nick!
The other blip doesn’t even exist.

Oops! I am wrong they are there but way down the line.