OAHI INSPECTION CONNECTION SEPT. 1, 2021

REGISTRAR’S MESSAGE

Membership Renewals

Nicole Proietti

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and keeping safe. 🙂

I just wanted to personally say THANK YOU to members who have renewed thus far, for your contribution with OAHI yearly.

If you have not renewed, just a friendly reminder that your membership renewals were due, July 1, 2021. 

As of Sept. 1, 2021, late fees are being implemented.

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 http://www.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 “checklist” 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: oahi@oahi.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 to find out what savings are to be had for all OAHI members in good standing.

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,
Nicole Proietti
Administrator/Registrar
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors
3901 Hwy 7, suite #100
Woodbridge, ON L4L 8L5
416-256-0960
oahi@oahi.com

INDUSTRY NEWS

HOUSING AND THE FEDERAL ELECTION

As mentioned in the above “President’s Message” housing has been a topic in this month’s federal election, which takes place on Sept. 20, 2021. Here are two related articles.

“Trudeau promises new incentives worth billions and a tax on ‘flipping’ to help Canadians buy a home,” CBC (pdf). Read more.

The Star:“Liberals will take aim at real-estate speculation, propose homebuyers’ ‘bill of rights’ in ambitious housing policy,” The Star (PDF). Read more.

Sharing these articles does not constitute party or candidate endorsement by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI).

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

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New Members Perks Plus Partners

OAHI is pleased to announce new Members Perks Plus partners that can help you save money. You must be an OAHI member in good standing to use these offers.

URS Insurance Brokers. URS has been a supporter of OAHI for many years. For offer information and contact details, OAHI members can log into the OAHI website.

Storwell Self Storage is proud to offer all Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) members a discount on their first self-storage unit rental. You can redeem this offer at any of Storwell’s facilities in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Mississauga by using a promo code. For offer information and contact details, OAHI members can log into the OAHI website.

PandaPay is a one-stop payment processing company. This company wants to help your business succeed, not add complications. PandaPay offers straightforward plans that you can understand, without any hidden fees. or offer information and contact details, OAHI members can log into the OAHI website.

Reminder, OAHI’s Members Perks Plus partners can save you money and answer questions about their products and services.

If you have questions for OAHI’s partners about insurance, infrared cameras, car care, the Eye-Stick, health insurance, travel insurance, safety shoes, uniforms, contracts, radon testing, payment solutions, bookkeeping, printing (business cards, brochures etc.) send them to membershipcommittee@oahi.com and we’ll contact an OAHI Members Perks Plus partner. Answers will be published in this newsletter and on the OAHI website.

Safety Express is having a sale on Flir products.

For offer information and contact details, OAHI members can log into the OAHI website and download the flyer.

Health Plus Insurance blog post: “Three Steps to Help you Make the Most of Summer’s End.”

OAHI members in good standing have access to health insurance from Health Plus. Download this flyer.

MEMBER PROFILE • SARAH ORENDT, RHI

Sarah Orendt, RHI of Sarah’s Home Inspections is based in Rosslyn (near Thunder Bay)

Sarah Orendt, RHI

Why did you decide to be a home inspector? 

I grew up helping my dad operate his business. I was very involved in different trades, but my favourite part was educating our clients and empowering them to maintain the equipment in their homes.

This is what I get to do every day as an inspector. My labour-intensive career was put on pause when I was expecting my son and it was the perfect opportunity to take a deep dive into completing my home inspection education.

How long have you been a home inspector?  

I’ve been a home inspector for seven years.

From day one I have operated my own business to build a brand that people can trust.

How long have you been an OAHI member?  

Nearly two years.

Why did you decide to be an OAHI member?

I spent five years deciding which provincial association I wanted to be apart of. After a lot of research and encouragement from a local inspector, it was clear to see that OAHI is who I want to be aligned with.

They hold the highest professional designation in the province with a community of hundreds of inspectors that are always willing to help one another out.

Sarah Orendt, RHI with her Gyroscopic screwdriver.

What do you love most about being a home inspector?  

I can easily justify new tools and gadgets to my husband.

What is your home inspector superpower?

Education! If I’m not at an inspection, I’m in training.

You’re always learning in this profession and just when you think you’ve seen it all, you find a home built without plumbing in the crawlspace.

Is it really a crawlspace when it’s acting as the septic tank? You just never know what you’re going to find!

Favourite tool?

Tool in the picture: Gyroscopic screwdriver. It’s perfect for opening panels!

BUILD YOUR BUSINESS TIP

Province Launches New Modern Ontario Business Registry

“Online registry will provide simpler, faster, and better government services beginning in October.

August 17, 2021

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

TORONTO — Ontario is launching a new Ontario Business Registry on October 19, making it easier, simpler, and more affordable for millions of businesses and not-for-profit corporations to interact with the government. The new online registry will replace out-dated technology, providing people across the province with direct access to government services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the first time ever.

Businesses will now be able to complete over 90 transactions through the new online registry, including registering a new business and dissolving an existing one. Registrations or filings that were previously submitted by mail or fax, taking four to six weeks to complete, can now be done instantly through the online registry. When online transactions are completed, users will receive automatic email notices with electronic attachments instead of paper documents. The migration of annual return filings that were previously completed through the Canada Revenue Agency will be available through the Ontario Business Registry, allowing businesses to keep all their important filings in one place.”

Ontario Business Registry

Read more.

RECALL NOTICES

New recall notices have been posted including one about a gas water heater, a blower fan, a dehumidifier, and a fire pot.

Read more.

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Winners Wanted

OAHI’s home inspectors are winners. Several members have won Readers’ Choice Awards in the past. This year many have been nominated for Readers’ Choice Awards across Ontario. When you win a Readers’ Choice Award—or any award— please let OAHI know.

Send us your head shot, the Readers’ Choice Award logo (please get it from the newspaper, do not scrape it), plus your business name, logo, and link.

Update your OAHI profile with a mention of your award. Here’s hoping a subsequent Inspection Connection will feature many winners. Contact publicrelations@oahi.com.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Volunteer with OAHI and Save

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

This “What Were They Thinking?” photo was submitted by Bob Brander, RHI of HomeCheckups Residential Building and Property Inspections.

“I am in need of a welder. I have drawings from an engineer on how it needs to be fixed. This was done to accommodate my garage door opener back in 2004. Thank you.” 

Please send us (publicrelations@oahi.com) photos of the amusing “What Were They Thinking” items you come across during your home inspections (protect client’s privacy please) so we can share them here and online.  Please include captions and why the defect is a problem.

ENGAGE WITH OAHI

Please send us (publicrelations@oahi.com) photos of the amusing “What Were They Thinking” items you come across during your home inspections (protect client’s privacy please) so we can share them here and online.  Please include captions and why the defect is a problem.

What is your favourite home inspection tool? Tell us about it and include a photo of yourself with the tool: publicrelations@oahi.com.

If you have on the job safety tips, please send them to publicrelations@oahi.com.
Send your ‘Build Your Business Tip’ to publicrelations@oahi.com.

Celebrating a milestone? Let’s celebrate together— virtually of course: 20 years as an OAHI member, upgraded to R.H.I., 25th wedding anniversary etc. Send us a note and a photo. Send content to publicrelations@oahi.com.

Do you have news to share? Tell us about your Chamber of Commerce Award etc. Please include photos and logos.

Contact publicrelations@oahi.com for the questions for the OAHI member profile.

OAHI MEMBERS FORUM

New content gets posted to the OAHI Members Forum. Please check it regularly for surveys and more.

CONNECT WITH OAHI

CONTACT OAHI

contact-OAHI

Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to  3 p.m.
Office/Registrar: oahi@oahi.com • 416-256-0960 (no text messages)
Communications/Newsletter: publicrelations@oahi.com
Membership Committee/Members Perks Plus Program: membershipcommittee@oahi.com
President: president@oahi.com

Our mailing address is:
100-3901 Highway 7 West • Woodbridge, ON L4L 8L5



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