Before the Inspection
Q: I keep hearing about ASHI inspectors. What does ASHI stand for?
A: ASHI stands for the American Society of Home Inspectors, a not for profit, national professional organization. To become an ASHI member, a home inspector must pass two comprehensive exams and perform at least 250 paid inspections. To continue that membership, a home inspector must meet continuing education requirements and observe a strict code of ethics.
Q: Can my broker recommend a home inspector?
A: In Massachusetts, only a real estate agent under contract with a buyer (a Buyer’s Agent) can recommend a home inspector. Selling and listing agents who represent the seller are prohibited by Law from making a specific recommendation. Consumer Facts on the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors .
Q: What questions should I ask a home inspector when I call to schedule an appointment?
A: Here are several of the questions you should ask:
- How many home inspections does the individual do each day?
- How long has the person been inspecting houses?
- Is he or she familiar with the kind of home you are hoping to buy?
- When will the report be available?
At J. May Home Inspections, we usually do only one full home inspection a day, so that we can be thorough and take time to answer a buyer’s questions. Spend the extra money to hire an excellent ASHI inspector; this may save you many thousands of dollars after you purchase the property. (Article: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish.)
Q: Are the inspectors in your company certified?
A: Licensing, rather than certification, is relevant in Massachusetts; no state agency “certifies” home inspectors. All home inspectors in this State must be licensed and insured. In addition, our inspectors are members of The American Society of Home Inspectors and have been or currently are officers of ASHI New England’s Board of Directors.
Q: How much lead time do I need to arrange a home inspection?
A: We encourage you to negotiate a wide window (at least five business days) for your inspection, because we are often booked several days in advance. (Article: Inspecting and Buying a Home)