American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI®
Q. WHAT IS THE AMERICAN
SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS®?
The American Society of Home Inspectors® (ASHI®)
is the oldest and leading non-profit professional association
for independent home inspectors. Since its formation in
1976, ASHI's "Standards of Practice" have served as the
home inspector's performance guideline, universally recognized
and accepted by professional and government authorities
alike. Copies of the Standards are available free from ASHI.
ASHI's professional Code of Ethics prohibits Members from
engaging in conflict of interest activities which might
compromise their objectivity. This is the consumer's assurance
that the inspector will not, for example, use the inspection
to solicit or refer repair work. In order to assist home
inspectors in furthering their education, ASHI sponsors
a number of technical seminars and workshops throughout
the year, often in cooperation with one of its nearly 50
Chapters. ASHI also serves as a public interest group by
providing accurate and helpful consumer information to home
buyers on home purchasing and home maintenance.
Q. WHO BELONGS TO
Members of ASHI® are independent professional
home inspectors who have met the most rigorous technical
and experience requirements in effect today. To become an
ASHI Member, an inspector must pass two written technical
exams, have performed a minimum of 250 professional fee-paid
home inspections, and maintained his or her candidate status
for no less than six months. ASHI Members are required to
follow the Society's Code of Ethics, and to obtain continuing
education credits in order to keep current with the latest
in building technology, materials, and professional skills.
Standards of Practice
The ASHI Standards of Practice guide home
inspectors in the performance of their inspections. Subject
to regular review, the Standards of Practice reflect information
gained through surveys of conditions in the field and of
the consumers' interests and concerns. Vigilance has elevated
ASHI's Standards of Practice so that today they are the
most widely accepted home inspection guidelines in use and
are recognized by many government and professional groups
as the definitive standard for professional performance.
Code of Ethics
ASHI's Code of Ethics stresses the home inspector's
responsibility to report the results of the inspection in
a strictly fair, impartial, and professional manner, avoiding
conflicts of interest.
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