Sunday, January 25, 2009

home inspection

You're in contract on a house, now who should you hire to do your home inspection? It should be someone you can trust to give you an honest, well-educated opinion, right? Unfortunately, inspectors don't need to have a license to practice. So, anyone can call him/herself an inspector even without knowing much about houses. One thing you can do to protect yourself is to make sure that your inspector is ASHI certified. That means that they belong to the American Society of Home Inspectors. ASHI requires their inspectors to have inspected at least 250 homes, have passed an examination testing their knowledge of residential construction, defect recognition, inspection techniques, and report-writing as well as ASHI's Standards and Code of Ethics. They also have a list of items to inspect and report on, giving you a more thorough inspection. For more information visit

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