Hiring a home inspector?

Here’s a great article that might be helpful when choosing a home inspector.

Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector – (article from Georgia Realtor® Magazine, May/June 2007)

1.  Is the inspector a Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?

Working with a certified Member of ASHI is an excellent indicator of an inspector’s qualifications and professionalism.

2.  How long has the inspector been practicing the profession and how many inspections have been completed?

Full ASHI Members are required to have completed at least 250 paid professional home inspections and pass two written exams that test the inspector’s knowledge and competency.  ASHI Candidates with logo use (CL) have passed the same exams and have performed a minimum of 50 fee paid inspections verified by ASHI to be in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice.

3.  Is the inspector specifically experienced in residential inspection?

Related experience is helpful, but is no substitute for training and expertise in the unique discipline of home inspection.

4.  Does the inspector or his company have a policy not to do repairs or improvements based on the inspection?

ASHI’s Code of Ethics prohibits the inspector from performing any repairs or improvements to a home for a period of one year following the inspection, as it might cause a conflict of interest.

5.  Does the inspector participate in continuing education programs to keep his or her expertise up to date?

ASHI membership requires yearly continuing education.  To locate an ASHI Member, homeowners and homebuyers can use ASHI’s advanced “Find an Inspector” tool by loggin on to www.ASHI.org.  The search engine allows users to identify an ASHI Member in their area by language, specialty or ancillary services provided.  For more information, visit www.ASHI.org or call 800-743-2744.

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