**Special Note: [FONT=Arial]Many people believe that because the home is new there will be no appreciable problems.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]They tend to discount the fact that all problem houses were once new. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Don’t put too much stock in the Warranty, it’s mostly just a marketing device. [/FONT]
How to choose a qualified inspector
** a. Associations**
i) British Columbia Institute of Property Inspectors (BCIPI) - ASTT- independent certification body
§[FONT=‘Times New Roman’] [/FONT]Certified Property Inspectors “CPI” - commercial and residential
§[FONT=‘Times New Roman’] [/FONT]Certified Home Inspectors “CHI” - residential
ii) Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors - self certified
§[FONT=‘Times New Roman’] [/FONT]Registered Home Inspectors “RHI”
[FONT=Arial]**Consumers should not be confused by home inspector “certifications” offered by, or sold by home inspection trade societies or companies, obtained via home study courses, or provided by home inspection companies that certify their own home inspectors. **[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Note:[/FONT][FONT=Arial] There is a new association out of the US called the ****National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. NACHI “****certification” is granted after a one-hour, extremely easy, online quiz. No experience or training is necessary; you can even get a friend with a construction background to take the test for you! It’s becoming a very popular way to fast-track into this lucrative level of the home inspection business. NACHI “certification” (Certified Home Inspector) is only recognized within the NACHI organization. Steady work is **guaranteed **because some real estate agents prefer NACHI inspectors for referral. [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Check out their website at www.NACHI.org for the lowdown on this u[FONT=Arial]nprofessional, aggressive organization. For instance: “Take a roofing inspection course in your pajamas” , free 8hr Mold Certification, free commercial Inspection course using Porter Valley Software, IAQ, etc.[/FONT][/FONT]
- DEBRIEF: *The Early Edition’s *Rick Cluff speaks with CBC Radio reporter Dana Bales.
http://vancouver.cbc.ca/gfx/icon_audio.gif](http://vancouver.cbc.ca/clips/Vancouver/ram-audio/bc_bales_030627.ram)[/FONT] [FONT=Arial]Note: One of my clients was curious about NACHI “Certification” and took their online test, this is what he wrote:[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][FONT=Courier New] “My professional background is in academics and computing science. I have no professional background in construction, electrical, plumbing, or home inspection. I am generally handy around the house and can identify the business end of most tools, but I am certainly nowhere near qualified to perform a proper home inspection myself (I have hired Ted Gilmour to perform a home inspection for me on more than one occasion).
I took the free online NACHI “Certification” test. I wrote the entire one-hour test in 20 minutes and answered questions off the top of my head, with no additional research. I nearly passed the test with a final score of 71 (passing is 75). It is frightening that someone with my background could come so close to a passing grade; had I used the remaining 40 minutes that I had to do some research on the web, I’m certain I would have passed.”
See link above for more.