American Society of Home Inspectors Helps Homeowners Spring into Home Renovations
Setting the Gold Standard in Home Inspection, ASHI Offers Insight for Tackling Home Repairs
DES PLAINES, Ill., (March. 19, 2013) "Spring forward on your long list of home repairs and renovations with helpful tips from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Whether you"re doing it yourself or working with a contractor, an objective, comprehensive assessment of the condition of your home will guide homeowners through the renovations, helping to identify problem areas and prioritize repairs.
"The spring cleaning list for your home might include fixing a leaky pipe or repairing shingles on the roof that may have occurred during a rough winter," said Bill Jacques, ASHI president. "Winter storms can wreak havoc with heavy snow on rooftops and frozen pipes. With a long wish list of home repairs, it"s a hard to know where to start. A home inspector will help you prioritize it."
As the oldest organization of home inspectors in North America, ASHI reminds owners about common property issues created by winter weather that may be a sign of larger problems:
- Frost damage to hose bibs, the threaded end of a water tap where a hose can be attached
- Splits or cracks in pipes, windows as well as window and door screens
- Peeling paint
- Broken gutters or loose shingles from the snow-burdened roofs
"People often rely on home inspections when they are buying or selling a home, but leaving your home unchecked leaves it at risk," continued Jacques. "We recommend a basic home inspection every three to five years. It will help point out those immediate repairs before they result in a bigger problem, such as a weak roof collapse. An ASHI home inspector can often spot potential problems before the damages happen."
Homeowners can locate the closest ASHI inspector to schedule an inspection by visiting the ASHI website at www.homeinspector.org. ASHI"s "Find a Home Inspector" directory allows homeowners to locate an inspector in their area by language or services provided.
About the American Society of Home Inspectors
Founded in 1976 and with more than 5,000 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is the industry standard. For more information, visit ASHI online. To stay connected to ASHI news and updates, please visit the association"s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter.