ASHI Web Site and 800 Number Offer Resource
for Locating and "Pre-Qualifying" Home Inspectors
DES PLAINES, Ill. -- For homebuyers, locating a home inspector is a critical step in one of life's most important buying decisions. But many do not consider this choice until too late in the process, leaving themselves with insufficient time to find a qualified professional who is committed to protecting their interests, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
Surfing for a Home Inspector
To assist consumers, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) offers a Web site (www.ashi.org) and information hotline (800-743-2744) for individuals who are seeking experienced home inspectors in their area.
"Many homebuyers still wait to locate a home inspector until after making a purchase offer on a home, which frequently forces them to make their selection based more on availability than on credentials," says Rich Matzen, president of ASHI, the nation's largest home inspector organization with 6,000 members. "Homebuyers will do themselves a great service by selecting their inspector in advance of making a purchase offer. Doing so eliminates unnecessary stress and also helps them locate an inspector who has completed significant experience and testing requirements. While referrals from friends and neighbors and agents can be helpful, the ASHI Web site and 800-number are the two most convenient ways to verify that you will receive a professional ASHI-Inspection."
A few things homebuyers can learn by visiting www.ashi.org are:
- Answers to frequently asked questions about home inspections
- What to expect from a well performed home inspection
- Links to important real estate and home related Web sites
- Qualifications for membership in ASHI
- The names of ASHI members in their area
"It's crucial that homebuyers make well informed purchase decisions and they simply can't do that without the assistance of a qualified home inspector who meets the industry's highest standards for training and experience," says Matzen. "Our Web site dramatically simplifies the process of finding someone you can trust."
In addition to the ASHI Web site, those interested in obtaining more information about the American Society of Home Inspectors or the names of ASHI members near them may also contact the organization at 932 Lee Street, Suite 101, Des Plaines, IL 60016.