March, 2012
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Adding metro areas to “Find an Inspector”


Although only chapters may request that metro areas be added to Find an Inspector, any member may contact a chapter and suggest an area.

You do not have to be a member of the chapter to make the request. You can find the contact information for a chapter near you in the ASHI Membership Directory.

Moving up in ASHI

New Inspectors
If you are a new inspector who has done at least 10 inspections, an ASHI verifier will look at your reports and let you know how you're doing at no cost. This service is included in your membership fee. A full report on your inspections is returned to you and the verifier will be happy to discuss them with you.

Have you completed over 50 inspections? 250 inspections? If you have, but are still an Associate member, we hope you will consider getting your reports verified, taking the National Home Inspectors Exam and the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

Education Module so you can move up to Associate with Logo Use. See below for information on the exams.

ASHI Standards and Ethics Education Module
Go to the online ASHI Standards of Practice Education Module.

NHIE Exam: 847-298-7750,

Associates with Logo
If you are currently an Associate with Logo Use, please contact Sarah Walsh,, when you are getting close to your 250 inspections. Contact Sarah Walsh for an Affidavit of Completion.

CE audit begins In February
ASHI staff is charged with conducting an annual audit of Continuing Education (CE) hours.

A list of 300-400 ACIs and Associates is randomly generated from the ASHI database, including at least one member from each chapter.

Members on the list are notified to turn in documentation supporting the CE hours they claimed. Certificates of completion, invoices and certificates of attendance are accepted.

If the documentation does not verify the required number of hours, the inspector is placed on administrative suspension until he or she submits the proper documentation.

If you have questions, contact Sarah Walsh,

Call for Presentations for InspectionWorld 2013

We are planning to once again offer an excellent program of educational sessions for the next InspectionWorld – Las Vegas, January 13-16, 2013.

InspectionWorld will provide a forum for attendees to learn the profession's best practices and to expand their knowledge to improve their professional skills and explore emerging issues relevant to the profession.

ASHI invites those interested in presenting at InspectionWorld Las Vegas to submit a proposal for review by the IW Education Committee.

Please use the following guidelines:
Call for Presentations IW 2013.

• Complete electronically and submit with materials by email.

• Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 15, 2012

The IW Education Committee will meet to review the materials on April 27 and 28 to make the final selections.

If you have any questions, please contact Michele George,, phone: 847-954-3188, fax: 847-759-1620.

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your proposal(s)!

Next election cycle begins

When officers and directors for 2012 were installed in January, the next election cycle was already under way. Representatives attending the council meeting in Phoenix volunteered to serve on the Officers and the Directors nominating committees for 2013. They received a matrix in the mail with instructions to return it completed by February 22 to be considered for one of these committees. And so it begins.

For more information on the current election process, see Section 10 of the Council Policy and Procedure manual.

Be Social with ASHI

Become a Facebook fan, get LinkedIn and tweet with ASHI. All social media can be accessed from ASHI's home page.

ASHI Event Calendar

  • April 20-21, 2012, ASHI Board Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • July 28, 201, ASHI Board Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Oct. 18-19, 2012, Leadership Training Conference,
  • Rosemont, Ill.
  • Oct. 20, 2012, ASHI Board Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Jan. 13-16, 2013, InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, Nev.

Current ASHI Membership
ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,270
Associates/Logo: 108
Associates: 1,176
Retired Members: 99
Affiliates: 65
Total: 4,718

ASHI Mission Statement
To set and promote standards for property inspections and to provide the educational programs needed to achieve excellence in the profession.

ASHI Staff: Bill Lewis
Bill-Lewis.jpgBill has been with ASHI now approaching four years. In that time he has been involved in a number of projects, ranging from helping with the annual InspectionWorld planning to developing new member benefits programs to sending the occasional email marketing pieces, plus what he considers a very interesting variety of special projects that always seem to come along. There is, literally, never a dull moment.

Bill came to ASHI with more than 25 years of prior work experience in professional and trade associations in the Chicago region and in Michigan. Bill is a Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago in the areas of languages, linguistics and mathematics and, ultimately, business management. In an earlier life, he also ran a college bookstore for a number of years.