New Home Buyers Get Expert Advice from New Construction Inspectors

A new supplementary training curriculum for members of The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors advances inspection and reporting methods of newly constructed homes in Ontario

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - New home buyers in Ontario now have the opportunity to enlist the services of a qualified New Construction Inspector (NCI) and receive professional guidance on navigating the Tarion warranty program, The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors announced today.

"The significance of this new designation is twofold," said Robin Green, President of The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). "It not only demonstrates the commitment of our members to ongoing training and upgrading, it demonstrates our ability as an organization to work with key stakeholders in the industry in the best interest of consumers here in Ontario."

The New Construction Inspection Training Program (NCITP), a national initiative of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPIhttp://www.cahpi.ca/) of which the OAHI is a provincial body, was launched earlier this year to improve inspection and reporting methods and reduce the growing number of consumer complaints related to newly constructed homes. The NCITP also recognizes the associations' mandate to enhance the technical skills and professional practice of home inspectors and maintain high professional standards through education and discipline. All parties involved in a new home real estate transaction aim to benefit - new home buyers, builders, realtors, and Tarion Warranty Corporation, http://www.tarion.com/Pages/default.aspx.

Alan Carson of Carson Dunlop commented, "This rigorous program was developed by professional home inspectors working in cooperation with the Tarion Warranty Corporation. It provides a new and unique set of tools for home inspection consultants working with new home buyers. The training program and NCI designation effectively bridge the gap between professional home inspection consultants, home builders and Tarion. Congratulations to the OAHI for making this commitment to education excellence and to Ontario home buyers."

Enrollment in the NCITP is voluntary and currently open to OAHI Associate and RHI members. The program focuses exclusively on inspecting newly constructed homes, either during or subsequent to a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI), offering inspectors a comprehensive understanding of the new home buying process and the Tarion warranty program, and the ability to competently perform inspections of newly constructed homes to a consistent standard. NCI Inspections are recommended just prior to thirty days, one year, two years, and seven years after the date of possession, corresponding with Tarion warranty coverage periods. Successful completion of the NCITP grants an inspector the designation, CAHPI New Construction Inspector (NCI).

To find out more about the benefits of the New Construction Inspection Program and to find a qualified Home Inspector who has achieved the NCI designation, please visit http://www.cahpi.ca/en/new-construction-inspection-nci/homebuyers.html. For more information on Home Inspections in Ontario, please visit http://www.oahi.com.

About The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors:

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, the CAHPI organization in Ontario, was formed in 1987. On December 9th, 1994, the OAHI became a self-regulating professional body when the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors Act received royal assent, granting the OAHI the exclusive right to define qualification requirements, regulate its members and grant the designation "Registered Home Inspector" and "RHI" to qualified practitioners in the Province of Ontario.

SOURCE Ontario Association of Home Inspectors

For further information:

Contact:
Donald Beneteau
Vice President, OAHI
519-995-0235
d.beneteau@oahi.com

OAHI Office:
1515 Matheson Blvd. East, Suite 205
Mississauga, ON L4W 2P5
Phone: 416-256-0960 or 1-888-744-6244
Fax: 905-624-4360 or 1-877-474-4360
www.oahi.com

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