Organization Description: The American Society of Home Inspectors®
is the national professional certifying organization of home inspectors in
the United States and Canada.
ASHI® Membership: Membership is limited
to inspectors who have met professional and educational requirements through
an exam and membership review process. Members are not allowed to actively
engage in real estate sales or to have a financial interest in the sale or
maintenance of any property that they inspect. The ASHI Code of Ethics
governs professional behaviour and avoids potential conflicts of interest.
Services Provided by ASHI® Members to
Consumers: Professional home inspectors examine and report the condition
of houses for purchasers and home owners. The inspection is performed
according to the ASHI Standards of Practice. Survey scope is a
comprehensive, visual inspection of the physical components of the building,
its mechanical systems, and site conditions.
Services Provided by ASHI® to its Members:
Professional home inspector education, qualification standards, national
home inspector qualification exam; Standards of Practice for home
inspections; A Code of Ethics, keeps the concept of third-party neutral
professionals intact; Through publications, conferences, seminars, and a
national electronic bulletin board, ASHI® ONLINE, ASHI®
informs members of the most advanced methods and techniques for examination
and diagnosis of building defects. ASHI's membership convenes annualy to
review and upgrade their services and to participate in a continuing
technical educaton program. ASHI® Conducts seminars
through both national education programs and through local chapters in each
state or province.
Publications: Membership Directory (annual), The ASHI®
Reporter (monthly newsletter),The ASHI® Technical
Journal of home inspection and in-service building-component failures,
$12/issue, published by the American Society of Home Inspectors. ISSN
Convention/Meeting: Annual, with exhibits, January
Geographic Area Served: United States and Canada
Language: English, limited support in French and Spanish available.
Funding: private, not-for-profit professional organization,
supported by membership dues and professional activities.
Promote excellence within the home inspection profession and improve
inspection service to consumers through ASHI®
Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
Build public awareness of and confidence in professional home
Provide Members and others with a forum in which to enhance their
professionalism through education, an informed exchange of ideas and
other related benefits
Interact with related professions, the legal community, and government
agencies, serving as the leading authority in the home and in-service
building inspection profession