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

Earn Cash: Help ASHI Grow


"Grow ASHI" continues. Who knows best how to sell ASHI membership? You.

Who deserves to be rewarded for helping ASHI grow? You.

Earn a $50 Visa Gift Card for every new member you recruit. To get started, download the membership application form, have the new member fill it out, including your member number in the referral field. Fax the completed form to 847-759-1620. Good luck recruiting.

Membership Program for Multi-Inspector Offices Marks First Year

Although the program is a year old, some members who qualify for it might not know about the membership program for multi-inspector offices. Here's a reminder of the criteria:

  1. ASHI will receive one form of payment for ALL employees.
  2. To qualify, all must be based out of one office. If your company has multiple offices, contact Sarah Walsh.
  3. Each employee is required to submit a continuing education form.
  4. Each employee will need to sign a statement saying he/she agrees to follow the ASHI Standards of Practice.

This is the perfect time to sign up anyone in your office who is not yet an ASHI member. This incentive program works for new members, too. Contact Sarah Walsh at HQ, sarahw@ashi.org.

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. 

Associates with Logo
If you currently are an Associate with Logo Use, please contact Sarah Walsh, sarahw@ashi.org, when you are getting close to your 250 inspections. She will send you an Affidavit of Completion.


If you have questions about moving up in ASHI, call Sarah Walsh, ASHI membership manager, at 847-954-3180 or email her at sarahw@ashi.org.

ASHI Education: Everything You Need

Looking for excellent education that will satisfy your ASHI CE requirements?

 Whether you are beginning your home inspection career or have years of experience, there's always more to learn, and ASHI has what you need.

 Search Education and Training on the ASHI website to find a wealth of interesting education opportunities. Questions? Contact Michele George at micheleg@ashi.org.

The ASHI School Offers College Credit Classes

The ASHI School completed its first college credit class offered in  partnership with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Columbus, Ohio, in June.

See The ASHI School website for details (www.theashischool.com). Contact Jack McGraw at jack@theashischool.com for future dates. 

The ASHI School Schedules Sessions   

Seats are available in July classes. If you know of someone who is interested in becoming a home inspector, send him or her a link to The ASHI School website (www.theashischool.com) or give him Jack McGraw's email address (jack@theashischool.com).

Cypress, Calif.: July 9-20
Denver, Colo.: July 9-20 
Stamford, Conn.: July 9-20
Worthington, Ohio: July 9-20

Nominate Those Who Deserve Awards

The Phillip C. Monahon Award goes to an ASHI Certified Inspector who has made outstanding contributions to the society and the profession over a long period of time. Take some time to think about who might deserve the award this year, then download and submit the nomination form.

The John E. Cox Award is ASHI's annual tribute to a member whose service to a chapter has been exemplary. If someone from your chapter deserves this award, download the form, discuss it with your chapter members and submit.

Nominations for both awards must be received by Oct. 1, 2012. 

Your Input is Valued

To publish the Reporter, ASHI depends on members who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with other home inspectors.

Chapter news and photos, letters and Postcards from the Field all are welcomed.

Inspection-related success stories, safety tips, business and technical articles that are of interest to inspectors are vital to the magazine.

The ASHI Technical Committee reviews technical submissions for level of interest and accuracy before publication. So, we recommend authors submit their ideas for technical articles and request feedback from the committee before writing the article.

Email Sandy Bourseau at sandyb@ashi.org.

Mark Your Calendar for InspectionWorld Las Vegas, January 13-16, 2013
Another great opportunity to learn and network in the entertainment capital of the world is coming your way. Mark your calendar and watch for more news.



The following ACIs were selected to serve on the Officers Nominating Committee:

Lisa Alajajian-Giroux
Jay Z. Balin
Jack Feldmann
Steve McNamee
Robert A. Peterson
Jerry Santangini
Scott Swickard

The immediate Past-president Kurt Salomon serves as chair.

The committee is accepting nominations for the Society officer positions of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer for 2013.

Any ASHI Certified Inspector in good standing may be nominated to any office. Self-nominations are permitted, and all nominees must agree to serve if elected.

ASHI Nominating and Election Guidelines require that all nominations include a completed Matrix for Evaluating Nominees. The official matrix is available on HomeInspector.org in the Documents section of the Members-Only Extranet. The matrix also can be obtained by contacting ASHI headquarters, HQ@ashi.org.

As matrices are received at headquarters, the staff will verify that all nominees have agreed to serve and have submitted the necessary background information, including a response to all matrix questions. Headquarters will verify the nominees' status as ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing. Nominations will close Aug. 15, 2012, and the matrices will be distributed to the members of the Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee Purpose:
The objective of the Nominating Committee is to identify and name candidates who meet ASHI's leadership requirements for the offices of president-elect, vice president, secretary and treasurer. All contents, discussions and documents from the meetings and their results are strictly confidential.

After the Nomination Committee names its candidates, a petition of 10 percent of ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing can cause the name of a qualified ASHI Certified Inspector to be added to the ballot for a specific office. Petitions must be presented on a special form available only from ASHI headquarters and require the name (printed) and the signature of each petitioner, as well as the office in which the petitioner would serve, if elected.

The form must be received by mail or fax at headquarters at least 10 days prior to the distribution of the ballots. Staff will verify the validity of the petition prior to placing the name of a candidate for office on the ballot. Ballots will be mailed to ASHI Certified Inspectors by Oct. 31, 2012, and the election will close Dec. 5, 2012.

Campaigning: According to the Policy and Procedures Manual, campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible as long as no ASHI assets are used. Staff, Nominating Committee and Election Committee members shall not participate in campaigning. 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. 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.
Ballots will be counted the first week in December and election results will be published in the January 2013 issue of the ASHI Reporter.

Comments and questions about the nomination process are welcomed. Please contact ASHI headquarters at HQ@ashi.org.

The following council representatives were selected to serve on the Directors Nominating Committee:

Ken Harrington
Richard Hart
Tony Smith
Kevin E. Westendorff

Skip Walker was appointed to chair the committee.

Nominations are being accepted for five new, non-officer Board members and one alternate for 2013. Nominees shall be ASHI Certified Inspectors in good standing who have served a minimum of one year on the Council of Representatives, the term beginning no later than Oct. 1, 2011. Nominees must be on the council during the election process, up until the time the ballots are counted. If elected, the council member must step off the council and the chapter will be allowed to fill the vacancy.

The Directors Nominating Committee will submit names of possible candidates, and any COR member may submit his/her name or any names as nominees. All candidates must agree to serve and provide background information, as required on a matrix that is available from HQ. Nominations close Aug. 15, 2012, and the Directors Nominating Committee selects a slate in September. Ballots then are mailed to Council representatives on Oct. 31, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Arnold at HQ, jeffa@ashi.org.

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 at www.ashi.org. Join in discussions with other ASHI inspectors on LinkedIn, re-tweet ASHI's tweets and share ASHI Facebook links on your own Facebook page.

ASHI Staff: Sandy Bourseau
Sandy was hired in 1998 as the editor of the ASHI Reporter. Today, as the director of communications, she is responsible for ASHI's print and electronically published materials, advertising and public relations program. She also serves as the staff liaison for four committees: Ethics, Public Relations, Standards of Practice and Technical Review and works closely with ASHI's graphic manager Judy Delvoye. She graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Communications degree. Family and serving as a facilitator for Loving Outreach for Suicide Survivors keeps her busy in her private life.

ASHI Event Calendar

• July 28, 2012, 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: 3,352
Associates/Logo: 112
Associates: 1,398
Retired Members: 99
Affiliates: 67
Total: 5,018

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