OAHI INSPECTION CONNECTION SEPT. 15, 2020
Engage With Your OAHI
Hi fellow members:
I write to you after reflecting on the past several months and the COVID-19 lockdown.
This message will feel a bit more personal as this is exactly how it should feel: I feel we need to have a bit more of that after what we have all been going through.
After speaking with many of you on the phone about the trials of not only trying to do business, but also just trying to keep our heads in the game, I have a few insights that you may or may not agree with. But I wanted to share this with you in any case.
While we are past the initial phase of the pandemic, we may still have years before anything close to what we called ”normal” will prevail worldwide. But living in Canada I believe that we are in the best shape out of almost any country, and perhaps we are the best.
While the housing market— and consequently the home inspection market have been very different depending on the area that you service; some areas are very, very busy and and others are very slow. The housing market seems to fluctuate in many areas as well as week to week. I do think that we all feel 2017 all over again, but keep your head up, this will pass eventually, and it will stabilize eventually and remember that the housing market is always very volatile.
There have been some changes to the E&O insurance. Most members are stating they have been experiencing increases around 30 per cent give or take. The cause for this has not yet been determined, but the insurance companies are saying the rise in the number of claims has driven the cost up. I have reached out to some insurance companies and have not received any replies yet, but will share them when I do. For those that remember the E&O debacles of 2013, we need to try and get ahead of this now to make sure that history does not repeat itself.
Please know that we at OAHI, your board members and committee members, are doing everything that we can to help.
One thing that you can do for yourself is to make sure that you are up to date on your education: education is the best weapon against having any claims raised against you.
We have a list going for the courses, please call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get yourself on the list of the course of your choice. We are likely to offer all courses remotely with small in person groups. So, if you live far from our office in Vaughan, OAHI will make online education available.
In closing, I want to tell you all that I am very proud to be your president and hope that you will reach out to me with any questions that you may have.
Keep your head up and your courage strong!
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI)
ENGAGE WITH YOUR OAHI
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING #WWTT
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If you have already renewed, please ignore this message.
Just a friendly reminder that your membership was up for renewal as of, July 1, 2020.
As of Sept. 1, 2020 late fees will be implemented when renewing.
When renewing your membership, please take a minute to review your company information, here’s how:
From the “edit profile “tab (upper right) personal, company and contact information can be edited, this is what potential clients see on a oahi.com members search. Other documents such as certificates and transcripts can be entered by clicking the ‘My Membership’ tab on main member’s page, scrolling to the bottom of the “check list” and browsing for documents to upload. Unfortunately, the system does not notify the office once documents have been uploaded. Kindly send a quick email notifying the office of the documents uploaded to your page, email@example.com.
Please contact the office if any assistance is required.
If you would like to review some of the Members Perks that the Membership committee has negotiated for you, please visit Members Perks Program page to find out what savings are to be had for all OAHI members in good standing.
We would like to remind all members that it is only OAHI, R.H.I. members that are given the exclusive right to use the designation of R.H.I. (Registered Home Inspector) by Bill Pr158 of 1994.
Wear it proudly.
Let’s continue to build the OAHI into the biggest and best association of home inspectors in Canada.
We thank you for your continued contribution with the association and look forward to another year!
Thank you in advance,
The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors