January, 2007
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Members to Vote on Bylaw Changes


Ballots with several amendments to ASHI bylaws were distributed to voting Members on December 11, 2006. Most received an e-mail with a personal link to their ballot. Voting Members who do not have an e-mail address on file at HQ were sent a paper ballot. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 to be counted.

ASHI Committees and the Council of Representatives proposed several bylaw changes to the ASHI Board of Directors. The changes were approved by the Board to be referred to the Bylaws Committee as proposed Bylaw amendments. The following four amendments appear on the ballot, each to be approved or rejected by voting Members.

1) Avoiding the possibility or appearance of a conflict of interest

Modify Section 2.1.2
If accepted, the revision to the bylaw covering repairing conditions found during an inspection would make the language consistent with the Code of Ethics Section 1. F., which was adopted in 2003.   

2) Changing membership category names
Modify 2.2 and 2.3
The Membership Committee proposed changing the categories from Member to ASHI Certified Inspector, from Candidate to ASHI Associate and to create a new category called ASHI Associate with Logo Use.

The board and the task force believe the new names are more positive and empowering for all the categories involved. They believe the changes will lead to increased membership in all categories. The rights, privileges and requirements for each class of membership will remain the same and will continue to be determined by the board.

Earlier each category change was presented as an individual amendment, but now voting Members will approve or disapprove one amendment covering all the name changes.  

3) Creating an additional membership category: Allied Professionals
Add Section 2.3.4
ASHI’s Membership Committee has requested and the Board of Directors has approved the creation of an additional membership category to accommodate individuals engaged in fields related to home inspection such as architects, engineers, contractors, code officials, etc.

If approved, this will be a non-voting membership category as is the existing Affiliate category. As with all membership categories the rights, privileges and dues for this new category will be determined by the Board as a Policy.

4) Adding to and changing Election of Directors to the Board
Modify Section 5.5
At its meeting in January 2006 in Fort Lauderdale, the Council of Representatives adopted an amendment to the bylaws whereby an alternate director would not have to maintain his or her council seat to be eligible for the next election. Another person could assume that seat, thus increasing participation in the council and in the governance of ASHI.

The council also recommended striking the words “by the Council” in 5.5.3, to clarify that a nominee can be approved either by the council nomination process or by the “petition” process as per council policy.

Results will be announced in a later issue of the Reporter. To view the current ASHI Bylaws and Policies and Procedures, click here.

For ASHI Membership Only

Conduct NEMA Weather Resistant Receptacle Surveys

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Wiring Device section, in partnership with ASHI, is collecting information on the use and installation of outdoor receptacles. The results of the survey will be used in the development of industry standards.
The survey asks for information such as:
  • Location of the receptacle, e.g., “Front, Deck, Patio”
  • Receptacle type: GFCI device or standard receptacle
  • Type of mounting box
  • Type of wall material the receptacle is mounted on
  • Type of cover
  • Inspect the cover for damage—is the cover correctly oriented and mounted tightly?
  • Is a gasket, caulking or nothing used to install the mounting box?
  • Are there gaps in the mounting surface behind the cover?
  • A photograph of the cover
ASHI inspectors will be reimbursed $25 for their participation per house/survey.

This is an exclusive arrangement and only ASHI Membership will be able to participate! Beginning in mid-November, the program is slated to run for approximately three months, during which time NEMA hopes surveys will be completed in every state.

If you are going to participate in this program, you are required to disclose your participation to your customer to be in compliance with the ASHI Code of Ethics. While no personal or identifying information on the property or owners is being requested, your disclosure is required to satisfy 1.D and 2.C of the Code.

A simple form should be given to your client indicating the nature of the survey and your part in the process as a result of your membership in ASHI, including that you receive a modest fee for the information and that no personal information will be provided.