November, 2009
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Call for Volunteers


Joining ASHI demonstrates a home inspector’s willingness to conduct his or her home inspection business in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. It means being recognized as a leader in the profession. ASHI also offers opportunities to use your leadership skills on behalf of the society. Because it is a member-driven organization, its continued success depends on the willingness of volunteers to serve on national committees and task forces. If you’d like to learn what’s expected and what’s to be gained by serving at the national level, see the Call for Volunteers form that was distributed by e-mail with First Thing and The Inspector newsletters. The form also may be requested by contacting HQ by e-mail (, phone (847-759-2820) or downloaded from the Members Only Web site, Publications, Downloads and Forms.

Comments on Ancillary Standards of Practice Closed

The comment period for Pre dry Wall Standards is over.

The comment period for Pool and Spa Standards continues until Nov. 30. See for a link and directions.
A hearing covering both will be held at InspectionWorld Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Bally’s Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.

ASHI Certified Inspectors & Retired Members: Have You Voted in the Officer’s Election?

The election of ASHI’s officers for 2010 opened Oct. 31, 2009 and will close Dec. 5, 2009. For a full explanation of the election process, download the ASHI Bylaws and the Policy and Procedures Manual from the Members Only Web site, Publications section.

Ballots with the slate presented by the Officer Nominating Committee plus any petition candidates were distributed to ASHI Voting Members Oct. 31. According to the ASHI Bylaws, 2.2, ASHI Certified Inspectors and Retired Members who had been full members in good standing for five years prior to retirement are eligible to vote for the officers.

The results will be published in the January 2010 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

The petition process for the officers’ election is covered in the ASHI Bylaws. Campaigning is covered in ASHI policy.

Petitions – Officers
(Source ASHI Bylaws)
7.2.4   A valid petition containing the printed name and signature of a minimum of 10% of the then ASHI voting members in good standing submitted to ASHI Headquarters shall cause the name of a qualified voting member to be added to the ballot as a candidate for a specified (named) office, provided that:

a. petitions are submitted to ASHI Headquarters on the Society’s official Petition Form, and

b. the petition is received via U.S. Mail or facsimile at ASHI Headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots, and

c. ASHI staff has verified the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of the candidate for office on the ballot.
Petitions, Campaigning and the Election Committee also are covered in Section 15 of the Policy and Procedures Manual.

2. Petitions

a. All Petition Candidates are to complete and submit the official Nomination Matrix Form prior to the official election. Revised 10/26/02

b. A valid petition containing the names of a minimum of 10% of the then in good standing ASHI Certified Inspectors submitted to ASHI headquarters shall cause the name of the qualified Member to be added to the ballot as a Candidate for a specified (named) office.

c. Petitions must be presented on a special form available only from ASHI Headquarters and requires the name (printed) and the signature of each petitioner, as well as the office in which the petitioner would serve, if elected.

d. The form must be received by mail or fax at headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots.

e. Staff will verify the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of a Candidate for office on the ballot.

15.9A Policy: Campaigning

1. Campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible, as long as no ASHI assets are used.

2. Staff, Nominating Committee and Election Committee Members shall not participate in campaigning.

3. Nominees or Petition Candidates for an Officer or Board of Director position may purchase mailing labels or lists of qualified voting members’ contact information from Headquarters at cost. Revised 10/22/05

4. Negative campaigning (against candidates or nominees) is not permitted. The Election Committee should preview campaign statements or materials in advance if there is any uncertainty about the appropriateness of their contents.

5. Election and Campaign policies shall be published in the Reporter for three consecutive months prior to the formation of a slate for an election.

15.10   A The Election Committee
3. The Committee shall oversee and supervise elections and campaigns and take appropriate action to ensure that they are run in a fair and impartial manner.

The ASHI Election Committee is available to review campaign materials. Wayne Falcone, past president and Election Committee chair, can be contacted at

Council Representatives Elect Five ASHI Directors for Three-Year Term

Only Council Representatives nominate and vote for ASHI Directors. 

The Council of Representatives shall elect the non-officer members of the Board (Source, ASHI Bylaws 5.2.1).

Director Nominating Committee members, like those who serve on the Officer Nominating Committee, are elected by the 110-member council. The committee is charged with creating a slate of five new, non-officer board members and one alternate from the matrices received from ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing who have served a minimum of one year on the council for a term beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2008.

Council representatives can petition to have their names added to the slate. Petition and campaigning rules are similar to those for the officer election. They are covered in detail in the Council of Representatives Policy and Procedures Manual, available online in the Members Only Extranet, Publications section.

Ballots were mailed to council representatives on Oct. 31 and the election closes Dec. 5, 2009.

ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award

Enrichment, fun, camaraderie, rewards and $750 — The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award for Participation at InspectionWorld can mean that and more for the members of two chapters that finish at the top of their respective categories.

Established by an ASHI member who attributes his personal success as a home inspector and the prosperity of his multi-inspector firm to the ideas and information acquired by regularly attending InspectionWorld, the award was funded with a $15,000 donation, invested by ASHI’s staff, with the proceeds used in accordance with established guidelines. The guidelines were published in the last several issues of the Reporter and can also be found online at in the Members Only section/ Chapters/Other Chapter Forms and Tools.

Questions? Contact Russell Daniels, ASHI director of chapter relations, at russelld or 847-954-3185.