April is National Home Inspection month.
ASHI inspectors subscribe to a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
ASHI adds two ancillary standards for pre-drywall and swimming pools/spas inspections.
DES PLAINES, IL – March 29, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Whether you are planning to take advantage of the buyer’s market this Spring, are looking to sell or rent or expecting to stay in your current home for years to come, now is a great time to schedule a home inspection. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), April is National Home Inspection Month and the association is reminding consumers about the importance of hiring a certified home inspector.
Most people only think about home inspections when they are buying a home. However, a professional home inspection also educates sellers and homeowners on the current condition of their home, minimizing any unpleasant surprises in the future. It is vital homeowners schedule a routine inspection every three to five years to stay ahead of maintenance needs and to avoid costly repairs.
“All home inspectors are not alike, however. Buyers, sellers and homeowners should be mindful when choosing their inspector — it is important to inspect the inspector,” said Kurt Salomon, ASHI president. “ASHI Certified Inspectors are committed to standards of practice and stay up-to-date on the latest home protection issues through continuing education.”
Every April is deemed National Home Inspection Month because nationwide, about half of the year’s home sales occur between April and August, according to the National Association of Realtors®, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group. As the weather improves, it is an ideal time for home sellers to prepare for the upcoming home buying season by scheduling a home inspection. And, buyers need to start thinking about having their new homes professionally inspected before they commit.
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the visible components and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation, including the home’s heating system and central air conditioning system; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, as well as the basement and visible structural components.
Often times, individual ASHI home inspectors offer ancillary services. For instance, recently ASHI developed inspection standards fo pre-drywall inspections of new homes or those undergoing remodeling, as well as standards for inspecting swimming pools/spas.
“Owning a home remains one of the most significant financial investments most people will make in their lifetime,” Salomon added. “Periodic inspections conducted by a qualified professional are one of the best ways to protect that investment.”
Word of mouth is often a great resource, so ask neighbors, friends or family for referrals on home inspectors. Also, ASHI’s “Find an Inspector” tool allows you to locate an inspector in your area. Always check with your local inspector for a complete list of services provided.
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 Facebook Fan Page — the American Society of Home Inspectors, or follow ASHI on Twitter – @ashi_inspection.
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