The Canadian Association of Home Inspectors (CAHI) was formed in the late 1980’s, about 10 years after it’s affiliate, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). In September 2002, the name of CAHI was changed to the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI). Together CAHPI and ASHI represent the oldest and most respected professional organizations of home inspectors in North America.
Home inspections began as a consumer service in North America in the early 1970’s in direct response to the growing demand by home buyers to learn about the condition of a house prior to purchase. It is a unique discipline, distinct from construction, engineering, architecture, or municipal building inspection, and as such required its own set of professional guidelines and qualifications. A home inspection performed in accordance with their Standards of Practice helps buyers to make a sound purchase decision based on valuable, objective information.