November, 2005
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Dues overdue


The deadline for renewing ASHI Membership was September 30, 2005. If you haven’t renewed, you may miss the series on home inspection and plastic plumbing systems by Kenny Hart, beginning next month in this magazine.
Avoid an interruption in your benefits by contacting HQ immediately.
Candidates dues are $295, and Member and Candidates with logo-use privileges pay $395.

MRCs: All those who need to report Membership Renewal Credits received a claim form with their dues notices. If you did not receive a form, you do not need to report MRCs.

Waiver: Letters and e-mails were sent to Candidates, Members and Retired Members in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana informing them of the ASHI Board of Directors’ decision to waive the 2005-2006 Membership dues for those who are unable to pay as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Those who had already paid were offered a refund. Rob Paterkiewicz, ASHI executive director, said the waiver will be based on need, and ASHI will not drop anyone from membership who lives in Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana without having a discussion with him or her to address the dues waiver situation.

MRCs: Membership Renewal Credits have not been waived for the membership in these states, but will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, if necessary.

ASHI’s Tool Program

Some inspectors in the Gulf Coast region are ready to go back to work, but are short on tools and equipment. ASHI is in the process of identifying those inspectors who were unable to take these items with them when they evacuated or whose tools were destroyed in the storm. If you have tools or equipment, including computers, that you would like to donate to these inspectors, please send us an e-mail detailing the item(s). We will begin to match them with inspectors in need and will let you know where to send them. E-mail the information to Additionally, if you know of inspectors who could use these items to get back to work, please have them contact us directly or let us know how we can reach them.

Membership as of October 7 
  • Members: 3,525                                   
  • Candidates with Logo Use: 185
  • Candidates: 2,331   
  • Retired Members: 89                    
  • Affiliate Members: 91       

A new product and service directory coming soon

ASHI’s first annual Home Inspection Product and Service Directory will debut at the conference. Imagine being able to refer to one handy, printed directory when you’re looking for helpful products or services. This exclusive industry directory will be delivered at InspectionWorld and mailed to the full membership following the conference.  For information, contact Anthony Snyder at

Help obtain state approval for InspectionWorld sessions

Efforts continue to obtain state approval for InspectionWorld educational sessions in the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. If you have connections in your state who can make this approval process more efficient, we would love to hear from you. Contact Jim Jones ( to receive the materials you need to present for confirmation.

It’s here – the biggest and best Biz Op Study

The 2005 Home Inspection Business Operations Study, with contributions from more than 2,400 home inspectors, is one of the largest studies of the home inspection profession ever conducted. Order your copy through the ASHI Store, online or by phone (847-954-3185). ASHI membership price is $89.95 and $139.95 for non-members (plus shipping and tax, if applicable).

ASHI calendar of events
  • Jan. 10, 2006, ASHI Council of Representatives Meeting,
    1-6 p.m. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Jan. 11, 2006, ASHI Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.,
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Jan. 11-14, 2006, InspectionWorld, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.