March, 2006
Good Buzz
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Members in the Media

SANDY BOURSEAU

Sage, Ramono and ASHI Web site featured in South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Hiring private inspector could forestall pitfalls,” by Sallie James, was published in the Sun-Sentinel and online, January 29, 2006.

She cautioned homeowners desperate to make repairs following hurricane Wilma to “proceed with caution,” and advised, “…hiring a professional inspector can be a good way to get a fair, unbiased damage assessment that might save money and time.”

ASHI Members Norm Sage, Residential Inspections of Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, Fla. and Peter Romano, Hawkeye Home Inspections, Coconut Creek, Fla., were quoted throughout the article.

“‘You don’t want to have a company evaluate your roof [that] may have an ulterior motive, such as installing a new roof,’ said Norman Sage.”

ASHI Member Peter Romano was quoted regarding objectivity.

“‘Hiring someone with a vested interest would be the wrong thing to do,’ Romano said. ‘We don’t have any vested interest because we don’t do the repairs.’”
Readers were directed to contact ASHI to find home inspectors in their area.

Howard pictured on cover of Tribune Review’s House to Home

ASHI Member Dan Howard, Home Inspections by Howard, Freeport, Pa., was featured in the real estate section that is included in several papers published by the Tribune Review family. Total circulation of the papers is about 150,000. Titled “Evaluating the Home-From Top to Bottom,” the two-page spread included photos and quotes from the ASHI Inspector.

Woodbury published in Homes of the Big Island

Michael Woodbury, Woodbury Home Inspection Services, Inc., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, wrote, “Understanding the home inspection process and selecting a home inspector,” for the local real estate magazine, Homes of the Big Island, a four-color publication also available online.

Clips shared by MS&L

MS&L, ASHI’s public relations firm, works on the Society’s behalf to give it high visibility in the media—in other words, to establish it as the “voice of the profession” with the media and the public. MS&L reports that during January, it was responsible for the placement of press releases in 461 publications for a total circulation of 3,117,485. Highlights included the following:

  • Money Central (MSN.com) – ASHI was featured as the number one solution to the homebuying trap on Liz Pulliam Weston’s “The Basics” article. Click here to read the article.

  • Burbank Weekly – ASHI was featured in Jodi Breneman’s article, “Should You Make Repairs Prior to Selling Your Home?” Breneman is a Realtor with Century 21.

  • Times Herald-Record – Middletown, N.Y., distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. ASHI President Joe Corsetto was quoted on legislative issues. ASHI was also referenced.

  • USA Today — ASHI Member Gil Engler of Bethesda, Md., appeared in an article published January 20, 2006. The article included three photos of Engler, as well as quotes from him and a recent client.