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Hi Nick:

What a great idea. This should put the nail in the coffin for those trying to control the Ontario registration of Home Inspectors.
We also need to influence the Ontario codes.
Got any Ideas about a campaign explaining to people why HI’s should not quote codes in the Ontario home inspection industry.
The public still asks me from time to time and I respond with which one would you like 1996, 2005,2006,2009 ect.:roll:
I agree we need to know the approximate codes for the time of the building, but we would need to have them with us on the sight and be code officials registered with government for this to be possible.
How do we educate the public in this area without attacking the code officials?](*,)

Thank you Mr. Gromicko, and Mr. Eaton.

Great. I assume you are working on the IAC2 certificate too? :wink:


IMO, the requirement for “education” on the relevance of codes begins with us.

Is your client buying the home that was built in 1940 in 2011…or are they buying it in 1940? Who, other than a real estate salesman looking for a soft report, cares what the code was then?

If you began flying in planes during the time it was legal to smoke in them…does that mean you can light one up, today? If your company was founded prior to the laws passed in the 1960s, is it okay to routinely refuse to hire people based upon their race or age?

So…if it was okay for an unsafe condition to exist in 1940…do we ignore the unsafe condition in a 2011 inspection report? Absolutely not.

Codes, and what they represent, are not a standard, in terms of a level of quality to be achieved…but a limitation that is placed on code officials as to what extent they are allowed to “demand” in the quality of a home’s structure and systems. This is evident by the fact that builders, contractors and manufacturers are allowed and encouraged to exceed these minimum levels…but code officials are prohibited from being allowed to go beyond them in their enforcement efforts. They even provide for the means for contractors to appeal when a code official demands more than what is required.

Home inspectors are not fastened to that ball and chain…and neither should their clients be.

Thank you for the new certificate and if I may, I believe that adding the Country would also mean more for IANACHI.


You are right to say that we must inspect with security in mind no matter what the code says!

Locality codes change I guess the same applies in the state of Missouri.

This being said and as you seem to understand, here in Canada, we are not code officials and cannot claim to be.

Our SOP says we must follow legislation, so we do!

I am still looking for the perfect house!

We know that there are not enough government code inspectors and it is not our responsability to act as if we were.

( it could be seen as a conflict of interest).


James :slight_smile: