August, 2002
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Invest in Yourself, Invest in Your Profession


Having a problem deciding what’s worth investing in these days? If you currently hold Membership in ASHI, your annual dues notice offers an opportunity to invest in a sure thing — yourself. What’s valuable about ASHI membership is all about positive results, for you, for your business and for your profession. The size of the organization plus the Membership’s dedication to standards, ethics, activism and education has earned the Society recognition as the voice of the profession. Renewing your Membership strengthens ASHI’s position. The result is ASHI can do more for you.


• Randy Pence, ASHI’s contracted lobbyist in Washington, D.C., gives you a voice in discussions of real estate transfer regulations at the federal level. The result is that ASHI is “in the loop” and developing a higher profile in Washington.

• The Society’s elected and appointed volunteer leaders and staff foster relationships with national organizations. The result is contacts with the National Association of Realtors®, leading to the first-ever home inspection industry study; with the Appraisal Institute, leading to the AI/ASHI letter to HUD (see page 9); with the National Association of Homebuilders and the International Code Council, to name just a few.

Return on investment—just one referral from these sources pays for your dues!

• “Find a Home Inspector,” ASHI’s Membership search on, is nearing 100,000 visits a year. Add to that requests for inspector lists from fax-on-demand service, and you have a major Membership benefit.

• ASHI chapters make it possible to share experiences and to learn more about the techniques for inspecting homes in your geographical area. ASHI’s Charter Members reached out to each other when the profession was in its infancy. Their desire to share knowledge and to promote educational opportunities provided the blueprint for your profession.

Keep it positive – and do it online

To list every benefit of Membership could take pages, but the most important point is an investment in ASHI is an investment in your future. ASHI is making it easy for you to invest in your future by offering online renewal. To keep those positive results coming, watch for your renewal notice in September, and follow the directions.