Nearly 90 percent of all U.S. homeowners surveyed believe homeinspections are a necessity, not a luxury.
A home inspection conducted by an ASHI Certified Inspector examinesthe physical structure and systems of a house.
ASHI is the only
professional organization of home inspectors
that has completed NCCA certification process.
DES PLAINES, Ill, (February 22, 2011) –
Nearly three in four (72 percent) U.S. homeowners agree the home
inspection they had when they purchased
their current primary residence helped them avoid potential problems
with their home, according to a survey released today by the
American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Also, almost two in three (64 percent) noted, in the long run, they
saved a lot of money as result of
their home inspection. As the housing market begins to recover, ASHI
encourages homeowners and buyers to hire a certified home inspector and
to get a
home inspection to help further protect their investment.
was recently conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of ASHI
to gauge current consumer
perceptions about the purpose and value of a home inspection. Results
revealed 88 percent of all homeowners believe home inspections are a
necessity, not a luxury.
“ASHI's goals have always been to build customer
awareness of the importance of a home inspection and to enhance the
professionalism of home inspectors,” said Kurt Salomon, ASHI president.
“It is encouraging to know consumers are listening
and understand the significance of protecting their largest single
investment, their home.”
While it is clear
homeowners who had an inspection understand the value it serves, many
still incorrectly believe certain components are included in a standard
home inspection. For example, septic systems, electrical
wiring and plumbing behind drywall and swimming pools are commonly
mistaken as items that are included when, in fact, they typically are
“ASHI remains committed to
educating consumers on what a standard home inspection is likely to
include,” said Salomon. As such, ASHI members have committed to
Standards of Practice and
Code of Ethics that outlines what consumers should expect to be covered in a home inspection report.
During a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes a
detailed look at the physical structure and systems of a house, from
the roof to the foundation. An
ASHI home inspector will examine the condition of the home’s roof, attic and visible insulation, foundation, basement and structural components,
as well as interior plumbing and electrical systems. For a complete list of what’s included in a home inspection, please visit
Additionally, nearly three in four homeowners surveyed
(70 percent) assume all home inspectors must be certified and licensed,
when in fact, not all are. “It is important for consumers to do their
homework before hiring an inspector,” said
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has recognized ASHI as an accrediting association for its
profession-leading Certified Inspector Program. As the only home
inspection association program approved by the NCCA, this accreditation
helps consumers make educated buying decisions and further recognizes
ASHI’s Certified Inspectors Program.
ASHI's "Find an Inspector"
tool allows homeowners to locate an inspector in their area. Always
check with your local inspector for a complete list of services
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
Fan Page – the American Society of Home Inspectors, or follow
ASHI on Twitter - @ashi_inspection.
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