Having high expectations for your home inspector when they’re passing along expert advice as you prepare to make one of the largest financial commitments of your lifetime should be a given. That’s why all of our inspectors adhere to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice.
Going Above and Beyond Professional Standards
In addition, all A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) inspectors are required to be members of a professional association – InterNACHI or The Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAPHI). Association membership is essential in helping ensure inspectors remain up to date on industry information, requirements and education.
In order to be a member of InterNACHI, for instance, inspectors must:
- Substantially adhere to their Standards of Practice
- Abide by their code of ethics
- Complete 24 hours of annual continuing education
- Pass their examination every 3 years with a score of at least 80%
Requiring that the highest standards are being met is especially important since licensing for home inspectors isn’t compulsory across Canada. In fact, the only jurisdictions in Canada that mandate home inspector licensing are British Columbia and Alberta. Ontario is also working on regulations.
Elevating the Inspection Industry
ABCHI operates as if licensing is already required across North America to ensure our inspectors are the highest trained in the industry. All inspectors, regardless of licensing, background or previous experience, receive rigorous technical training, including in-field live inspections, business operations and ethics training.
Our training levels exceed all mandatory requirements in regions where licensing exists in North America, which means our inspectors are qualified to conduct home inspections anywhere.
Educating Home and Property Clients
All ABCHI inspectors receive comprehensive training on how to articulate a deficiency in a way that’s educates the client and helps them understand that no home is perfect.
We want clients to understand the home’s systems. We’ll clearly identify things that are considered larger investment repairs or safety issues. Less pressing items will be pointed out as well and identified as ‘to-dos’ for the client to add to a future maintenance checklist.
This is important, as we never want clients to become overly alarmed and back out of a home purchase as opposed to continuing negotiations with the seller through their Realtor to come to an agreement on addressing the issue. Presentation and communication truly matter.
It makes sense to ask your inspector what standards of practice they follow to ensure you’re always receiving the best advice from a trusted home inspector.
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