What IS a home inspection anyway?
Home inspections first began to be preformed in the 1950s as a regular occurrence during real estate transactions. By the early 1970s, home inspections were thought of to be essential to any and all real estate transactions. When you purchase a home, it is in your best interest to know all you can about that home before you sign on the final line!
Put quite simply, a home inspection is a framework designed to detect some of the major flaws or deficiencies in the significant components and systems of a home.
There are many types of certifications that can be held by home inspectors, but we encourage our buyers to only use someone who is certified as an ASHI home inspector (American Society of Home Inspectors). Formed in 1976, the ASHI Standard of Practice holds their home inspectors to a higher level of care. ASHI is the oldest and most respected organization of home inspectors in North America and an ASHI certified home inspector takes pride in his or her ethical performance of home inspectors and works hard to build public awareness of home inspection.
ASHI Code of Ethics and Standards
ASHI’s Code of Ethics stresses the home inspector’s responsibility to report the results of the inspection in a fair, impartial, and professional manner, avoiding conflicts of interest. An ASHI certified home inspector has to complete at least 250 inspections (with fees paid by a homebuyer), in addition to passing written examinations that prove their knowledge of residential construction, defect recognition, inspection techniques, and report-writing, as well as committing to adhere to ASHI’s Standard of Practice for Home Inspections and Code of Ethics.
An ASHI certified home inspector promises to:
- Act in good faith toward each client and other interested parties.
- Perform services and express opinions based on genuine conviction and only within their areas of education, training, or experience.
- Be objective in their reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.
Often in the real estate industry, a home inspection becomes a laundry list of items that the prospective homebuyer uses to turn a resale home into a "like new" home. It is the job of the professionals involved to help guide and assist all parties with the home inspection process. When working with an ASHI certified home inspector, you can rely on the thoroughness, attention to detail and adherence to the standards set out for the home inspection industry.
Curious about just what a home inspector is looking for when they perform a home inspection? Take a look at this checklist from Checkmark Home Inspection. For more information on Checkmark Home Inspection: