ASHI Releases Results From Largest Ever Home Inspection Industry Study:
Study Indicates Business Operations Trends, Today's Home Inspector Professional Profile


Sheena Quinn
Public Communications, Inc.

WHO: The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the nation's oldest and most respected non-profit professional organization for home inspectors, in conjunction with Perception Solutions (Aurora, Ill.), reached out to nearly 18,000 home inspectors across the continent for one of the largest business operations studies conducted exclusively for the home inspection profession.  Outreach extended beyond ASHI Inspectors to the memberships of the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) and the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI), as well as dozens of state licensing and regulatory agencies (in those states where licensing regulation is in effect) that allowed ASHI to utilize their mailing lists.  Respondents completed the survey online via a secure Internet connection.  Perception Solutions reported a 14.7 return rate on the Study, in addition to an error margin of +/- 5 percent.

WHAT: The 2005 Study gathers general demographics and measures home inspectors' business activities during the 2004 calendar year, providing a distinct profile of today's professional home inspector based on education and training, inspection standards, reporting timing and methods, and quality assurance/business promotion.  ASHI last conducted the study in 2002.  Results include:

  • Eighty-one percent of inspectors consider home inspection their full-time profession, with an average of 8.1 years of experience supporting their performance.
  • The national average fee for a complete residential inspection is $318. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents based their fee on property size, also considering property age and type.
  • Pre-listing inspections comprise an average of 2.6 percent of home inspectors' annual inspection business, compared to 7.9 percent of new home construction inspections and 7.6 percent of relocation inspections. These numbers represent a slight increase since 2002, when 2.5 percent of home inspectors' annual inspection business was comprised of pre-listing inspections, 7.3 percent of new home construction inspections and 5.7 percent of relocation inspections.
  • Home inspectors effectively utilize the latest high-tech capabilities to allow for an efficient and cutting-edge business.  Nearly 80 percent of inspectors produce computer-generated forms versus hand-written report. Sixty-four percent of inspectors bring a laptop computer to the inspection, and 83 percent of inspectors utilize a digital camera, as compared to 49 percent and 60.5 percent in 2002, respectively. Seventy-two percent of home inspectors incorporate photography into their inspection report, an increase of 32 percent since 2002.

ASHI received funding support from HORIZON by Carson Dunlop, Pillar to Post, Home Gauge and 3D Inspection System

Complete Study results are available to the public and to inspectors for purchase from ASHI for $139.95 by calling 800-743-ASHI or 847-759-2820.  Orders can also be placed via the Online Store on the ASHI Web site. Verified media representatives can receive a complimentary copy upon request.

About the American Society of Home Inspectors

The American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ASHI) is the oldest non-profit professional association of, and for, home inspectors. Since its formation in 1976, ASHI’s Standards of Practice have served as the home inspector’s performance guideline, widely recognized and accepted by professional and government authorities alike.

ASHI Members are independent professional home inspectors who have met rigorous technical and experience requirements. ASHI Members are required to successfully complete two written examinations that test their knowledge of building systems and components and of the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. They must also successfully pass the National Home Inspector Examination. To become a Member inspectors’ reports are verified as meeting the ASHI Standards of Practice, and they must have performed a minimum of 250 fee-paid inspections. Candidates with logo use privileges must have completed all the requirements of a Member, and they have performed a minimum of 50 verified fee-paid inspections, becoming a full Member only after completing an additional 200 fee-paid inspections. ASHI Inspectors must also obtain ongoing education to stay current on the latest information pertaining to buildings and their systems.

For more information about the American Society of Home Inspectors, contact the association at 932 Lee Street, Suite 101, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016. Phone: 800-743-2744. Or visit the ASHI Web site at