September, 2011
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

Renew Now


Dues renewal notices have been sent electronically and by mail. Renew now. Don't take a chance on missing out on any of the benefits of belonging to the only home inspector program recognized by an independent certification organization (ICE).

- Ensure your name continues to appear without interruption in Find an Inspector.

- Continue to receive the ASHI Reporter.

- Participate in selecting next year's leaders.

- Have access to free SmartTrack for continuing education credits, communicating with colleagues, participating in the professional community and all the other benefits featured here.

ACIs: Update Website Verification Button

You have your ACI certificate, resplendent with the Gold Seal logo. Now it's time to update the member verification button on your website. Go to the Members-Only Extranet, Downloads and Forms and ASHI logos to download the updated logo. If you are an ACI and have not received your certificate, email Mike Rostescu at

Find an Inspector: Consumers Get More Options, You Get Better Feedback

Consumers now have two ways to use Find an Inspector on the ASHI website. They can continue to search for an inspector by entering a full address or they can search by entering a zip code — it's their choice. ASHI wants to be sure consumers find this search function user-friendly.

In addition, all ASHI members who have email addresses on file with ASHI will receive a quarterly report on how many consumers have used the search function to view their contact information. If you have questions about your listing on Find An Inspector, contact Sarah Walsh.

Profile Updates

In an effort to ensure updates to your member profile are done correctly, chapter designations must be sent to Russell Daniels at HQ,

Multi-Inspector Program

Last year, ASHI started a multi-inspector program for any firm that has three or more inspectors in an office. If you have a business with three or more ASHI members, please contact Sarah Walsh for more information about special membership pricing.

Registration is Open for IW Phoenix

Check out the outstanding educational sessions, book your hotel room at the world-renowned Biltmore and register for InspectionWorld Phoenix online at or use the registration form included with the preliminary program brochure.

ASHI has negotiated a deeply discounted room rate at this historic hotel property in order to offer you the professional conference for home inspectors in a spectacular setting. Kick-start your success in 2012 by attending InspectionWorld, January 4-7, 2012.

IW 2012 Exhibitor Prospectus
Potential sponsors and exhibitors have received the prospectus for InspectionWorld Phoenix. If you know of someone who should be exhibiting at IW Phoenix, contact Bill Lewis at


Nominate Those Who Deserve to be Honored

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, then download the form from the ASHI website's Downloads and Forms page and follow the directions on the form for nominating an ASHI Certified Inspector.

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, discuss it with your chapter members and submit the nomination form available on the ASHI website on the Downloads and Forms page.

Nominations for both awards must be received by Oct. 1, 2011.

Elections: Who Should Lead in 2012?

The Officers Nominating Committee is slating candidates for the 2012 positions of President-elect, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer. The Directors Nominating Committee is doing the same for the five open director positions on the Board. The slates, along with the names of any members who have requested petition forms, will be published in First Thing, the electronic newsletter distributed September 30, 2011.
There have been minor changes to the policies governing petitioning and the makeup of the Elections Committee, but the campaigning rules remain the same.

1. Campaigning positively by or about any candidate is permissible as long as no ASHI assets are used.
2. Staff, Nominating committee and Election Committee members shall not participate in campaigning.
3. Nominees or Petition Candidates for an Officer or Board of Director position may purchase mailing labels or lists of qualified voting member's contact information from Headquarters at cost. Revised 10/22/05
4. 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.
5. Election and Campaign policies shall be published in the Reporter for three (3) consecutive months prior to the formation of a slate for an election.

The amended Officers' election policy is available on, Members Only, Publications, Policy and Procedures. The Council of Representatives Policy and Procedures Manual is on the same page.

Current ASHI Membership

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,460
Associates/Logo: 129
Associates: 1,5487
Retired Members: 112
Affiliates: 80
Total: 5330

ASHI Event Calendar

  • Oct. 20-21, 2011Leadership Training  Conference, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Oct. 22, 2011, Board Meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
  • Jan. 4-7, 2012, InspectionWorld, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jan. 13-16, 2013, InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, NV

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

Meet Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh joined ASHI four years ago as membership coordinator and quickly was promoted to manager, membership services. Calling on her more than 10 years of association experience, Sarah responds to questions from consumers, ASHI members and affiliates; assists associates moving up; publishes the Product and Service Directory; communicates with the chapters; and manages ASHI's report verifiers. She is recognized for her commitment to member support and growth.

Originally from St. Louis, Mo., she earned a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. She has lived in Jefferson City, Mo., and Rochester, N.Y., and now travels from her home in Des Plaines, Ill., to visit family and friends across the country. When not at work, Sarah can be found walking, working out at the gym or volunteering for the local police department.