Buying a house one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. That's why you want the best home inspector in your corner. How do you know if an inspector is rock-solid? Many states don’t even require inspectors to carry licenses, or have minimal educational requirements. The most important credential to look for when choosing a home inspector is when they are certified by ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors
What is ASHI Certified Inspector?
Formed in 1976, ASHI is the oldest and most respected professional association for home inspectors in North America. ASHI’s Standards of Practice are widely recognized as the authoritative standard for professional home inspection. ASHI advocates not only a high standard of practice, but also a strict code of ethics for their member community.
Who belongs to ASHI?
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct home inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Home Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.
Choosing a Home Inspector
The best real estate agents will recommend a home inspector whose main goal is to protect the buyer and not fear what might be found out during a home inspection. If you’re the nervous type, you might want to get two to three referrals and interview the home inspectors. The best home inspection reports are narrative and help the buyer prioritize a list of repairs without focusing on minor issues that don’t have a major cost impact for the new owner. Presenting a long list of minor issues to the homeowner is usually counter-productive because it may alienate the owner and make them less willing to make repairs. If you have specific concerns about the house, such as a potential structural issue, you should consider hiring a home inspector who is also a licensed professional engineer.
Choosing an ASHI certified home inspector could save you time, money and future headaches, as well as, give you peace of mind in knowing everything about the house you are purchasing.
At Bandy Homes, we will guide you through all phases of the home selling and home buying process in Denver. Whether it’s a real estate in Washington Park, homes for sale in Cherry Creek or a wide variety of lovely homes in Stapleton. We can also help you with Denver local area information to help you get started learning about the Denver Metro area. Our trusted professionals will be there to help you every step of the way!
Until next time,
Marianne Bandy, Team Leader
The Bandy Team
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