May 29th, 2009
For Immediate Release
EIGHT PRINCE GEORGE HOME INSPECTORS AMONG FIRST TO BE LICENSED
PRINCE GEORGE — Eight Prince George home inspectors — all members of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of British Columbia, CAHPI(BC) — are among the first home inspectors in Canada to be granted home inspection licenses.
“British Columbia is the first province in Canada where home inspectors must have a license to practice,” said CAHPI(BC) President Owen Dickie. “We are a recognized profession that has a significant role in the decisions and lives of BC consumers.”
The Prince George home inspectors who have achieved their provincial licenses are Stephen Andrews and Jody Hunter of Town and Country Inspections Services; Alan Box of Al's Home Inspections; Charles Mahon of Cariboo Property Inspections; Brian Lofroth of NorthLink Home Inspections; James Greer of Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections; Rodger Hamel of Roof to Foundation Property Inspection Team; and, Travers Rebman of Westcan Inspection Services.
“The global economic crisis has made us all aware of what happens when regulation is inadequate, and enforcement is weak,” Dickie said. “That’s why the licensing of BC home inspectors and the emergence of the BC home inspection industry as a licensed and regulated profession under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority is so important. The province has sent a message to consumers that they are important, that they matter, and that they can have confidence in their licensed home inspector when making the biggest purchasing decision of their lives.”
CAHPI(BC) is the largest home inspection organization in British Columbia, with 250 members working in 178 BC communities and operating under the highest standards in Canada.
“Buying a house is the biggest investment people will ever make,” said Dickie. “If consumers use a home inspector to help them make an informed purchasing decision, that inspector must be trained, qualified, and accountable. That’s what CAHPI’s own Registered Home Inspector, or RHI, designation is about, and it’s a mark of home inspection distinction that’s been made more powerful with the implementation of provincial licensing in BC. The RHI designation is the standard to look for when seeking the services of a home inspector, ensuring that the licensed inspector is the highest-trained and best-tested inspector available.”
For more information on the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of BC, visit the CAHPI(BC) website at www.cahpi.bc.ca or contact CAHPI(BC) Registrar Helene Barton at 1-800-610-5665.