The American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc., or ASHI, was formed in 1976 as a non-profit voluntary professional society. ASHI has developed formal inspection guidelines, a high standards of practice and a strict professional code of ethics which gives consumers an assurance of quality.
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1. Why an ASHI Inspector?
When you choose an ASHI Certified Inspector, you’ll be working with an independent professional home inspector who has passed the most rigorous technical examinations in effect today - ASHI inspectors are required to perform more than 250 professional inspections before they can call themselves ”certified”. There is no other professional society that can match the credentials of an ASHI Certified Inspector.
2. What is an "ACI" and why is it important?
ASHI is an acronym for the American Society of Home Inspectors, hence, the acronym ACI takes the meaning ASHI Certified Inspector. According to the 2010 announcement, ASHI is the only nationally recognized home inspection membership that has been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) - an independent organization. In other words, ASHI is *now* the only professional membership recognized by a third-party certification process; presumably because ASHI’s ethics and standards are unsurpassed.
3. Who belongs to ASHI?
Maida Services Inspectors are ASHI Certified Inspectors. Only home inspectors who have met ASHI's rigorous professional and educational requirements may qualify for membership in the organization. ASHI requires that its members subscribe to the Society's strict Code of Ethics which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise the inspector's objectivity. And, as part of its required continuing education program, ASHI keeps its home inspectors up-to-date with the latest building technology, materials and professional skills.
4. What does ASHI do?
Because ASHI has established significant standards of practice for the home inspection profession, anywhere in the country a buyer who uses an ASHI member can be assured of a complete and detailed inspection. ASHI also serves as a public interest group by providing accurate and helpful consumer information to home buyers on home purchasing and home maintenance.
In addition to performing pre-purchase home inspections, many ASHI inspectors help homeowners with analysis and solutions of specific problems, such as wet basements, energy conservation and cracked foundations. ASHI inspectors are also frequently called in to review restoration and home improvement plans as well as maintenance specifications and contracts. They can also inspect work upon completion to ensure that a contract has been properly fulfilled. If you find that you are involved in litigation regarding contractual work performed on your house, an ASHI member can provide expert witness testimony.
5. Are ASHI Certified Inspectors limited to single family (residential) homes?
ASHI Certified Inspectors are not limited to single family properties. Most ASHI members also inspect multiple unit dwellings, condominiums, townhouses and cooperative apartments. Some ASHI Certified Inspectors (such as Paul Maida) also perform commercial building inspections, wherein the inspector provides the client with an inspection report containing details about the building’s systems and conditions.
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