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IN WITH THE OLD, OUT WITH THE NEW
Local Partnership Helps to Preserve Los Angeles Originals

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Sheena Quinn
Public Communications, Inc.
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Chicago, Ill. (December 20, 2006) – 90210 The College Years, Sting and Diddy’s version of “Every Breath You Take,” and Rocky VI will never be as good as the originals, because classics aren’t meant to be replaced.  Understanding that lightning seldom strikes twice, the Los Angeles Conservancy has formed a joint partnership with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA) to raise awareness about the benefits of historic home inspections.

“We’re excited about the partnership,” said Linda Dishman, executive director of the Conservancy, the country’s largest local historic preservation organization.  “L.A.’s historic properties are irreplaceable, and they have special needs when it comes to inspections. It’s important for owners or buyers of historic structures to find an inspector who understands preservation and can identify maintenance issues that might compromise their safety or integrity. A number of ASHI and CREIA members fit the bill, with specialized expertise in helping owners understand how they can make repairs and adapt a historic home for  modern use while maintaining its unique character.”

Participate in a Historic Home Inspection

The Conservancy will formally announce the partnership at a joint press conference on Tuesday, January 9 at the 1887 Heim House in Angelino Heights, one of L.A.’s most historic neighborhoods. In conjunction with the announcement, ASHI and CREIA representatives will conduct a walk-along home inspection for members of the media and other guests.

“The Heim House is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and part of a National Register Historic District,” said Rob Paterkiewicz, ASHI’s executive director. “It’s the perfect location to kick-off this partnership and to show people what’s involved in a historic home inspection.”  

Details about the walk-along inspection are below:

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Tour immediately follows the announcement)
Location: 1320 Carroll Ave., Los Angeles 90026
(Located near the corner of Carroll Avenue and NE Edgeware Road)

CREIA member and historic home expert Duane McCutcheon will lead the tour. “Older homes have a lot of stories to tell, and the Heim House is no exception – it’s a gem of Victorian architecture and Los Angeles history,” said McCutcheon.  “Inspectors of historic homes can read a building, sharing its history with clients and helping preserve it for future generations.”

Find a Historic Home Inspector

Home and building owners interested in locating a historic home/building inspector in their area can visit www.ASHI.org or www.CREIA.org or  Using the advanced “Find an Inspector” search engine home owners can customize their search and identify inspectors by language, specialty and ancillary services provided.

In addition to the “Find an Inspector” tool, home owners can learn more about a house and what to expect from a home inspection by taking the industry’s first audio-guided Virtual Home Inspection at www.ASHI.org. The online tool simulates an interactive tour of a home’s 10 major systems, in accordance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice, providing an overview of each area, along with photos depicting common problems and defects.  

For More Information
For more information about the partnership or to RSVP for the walk-along inspection on Tuesday, January 9, please contact Alissa Lew at 312-861-5225 or by email at Alissa.Lew@mslpr.com.

About the American Society of Home Inspectors
Celebrating 30 years, and more than 6,000 members strong, 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 has become the industry standard.  ASHI’s mission is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession.  For more information, visit www.ASHI.org or call 800-743-2744.

About the California Real Estate Inspectors Association
Since 1976, CREIA, a non-profit voluntary membership organization has been providing education, training, and support services to the real estate inspection profession and to the public. Inspectors must adhere to CREIA's Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed and maintained by the Association. These Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California, and are considered the source for Home Inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.  For more information, visit www.CREIA.org or call 800-388-8443.

About the Los Angeles Conservancy
The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. A small group of concerned citizens formed the Conservancy in 1978 as part of a community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The Conservancy now has more than 7,000 members and 400 volunteers, making it the largest local membership-based preservation group in the U.S. For more information, visit www.laconservancy.org or call 213-623-2489.