Wow! I love these posts. We have a RE Agent who â€œcullsâ€ out Inspectors ( â€œas realtors we see some competent and not so competent inspectors along the way, and can cull the best from the lotâ€), and an Inspector who pushes a specific association (â€œI would suggest you ensure that your home inspector is not only licensed by the state but is also a member of ASHIâ€).
Iâ€™ll stay away from the first comment altogether! However the second statement is one I see quite frequently and is a bit lopsided and can use some clarification. To begin with Associations do not make a good Inspector, nor any other professional trades person! It does not matter what association an Inspector belongs to as the associations are basically all the same. Associations are there to service the members and their needs. After all they do make their operational money from the members and vendors who participate and advertise with the associations and not off of consumers. For the members of associations the utilization of the association logos, claims, etc. are convenient marketing material to draw your attention to them. Associations do have their use but that use is specifically for the Inspectors benefit.
As for the claim of "ASHI Certified Inspectors have" let's look at these. But before you do go look at the INACHI Web site http://www.nachi.org
and read their accomplishments too. All pretty impressive but still both have problem Inspectors in their ranks. But let's look at the claims below:
1. Passed the National Home Inspector Examination and ASHI's Standards and Ethics module
The NHIE test is only required for the ASHI Associate with Logo level (the second lowest level above "Associate Without Logo" level). To be able to use the ASHI logo all the Inspector has to do is have 50 fee paid inspections, take the NHIE test and have some of their reports verified by ASHI that they comply with ASHI reporting requirements. If you read the NJ law for licensure as a full Home Inspector http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2004/Bills/PL05/201_.HTM
you will see that they have already well surpassed the ASHI requirements. As for the standards and ethics modules, NJ has their own strict standards and taking a quick ethics test certainly does not make a person ethical. Additionally, the last I checked, unless they have changed, ASHI does not force their members to move up the ranks. As such a person can stay an Associate forever! It is a common practice for this to happen just for the benefit of using the well marketed ASHI logo.
It should also be noted here too, while talking of ethics, that NO association actively or vigorously polices their own membership, on their own self initiative! After all if they did then there would potentially be fewer association members and less revenue from dues and fees.
2. Had inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI's Standards of Practice
ASHI only receives these reports and reviews the report itself to make sure they are following the ASHI reporting requirements. ASHI does not call the client to verify the report is valid nor ask the original client to send a copy so they can make sure the report has not been altered to meet ASHI standards. It, as in other associations, is all based on an honor system. Remember the comment above about taking the ethics module test? Unfortunately there are always bad apples in every basket which reflect negatively on the good apples.
3. Submitted valid proof of performance of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice
This is already covered under New Jersey law and item 2 above.
4. That way you can ensure that your inspector is experienced.
You do not need an ASHI Associate member for that as a fully licensed NJ Home Inspector has already attained, or exceeded, ASHIâ€™s highest membership level of â€œASHI Certified Inspectorâ€.
The only thing you gain by limiting your search to an ASHI Inspector is the high potential of missing out on a very capable and good Inspector.
Emmanuel J. Scanlan
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