June, 2010
Feature
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



The Benefits of ASHI Membership: Learn. Earn. Succeed.

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

In 1976, a group of dedicated home inspectors established ASHI. They banded together, determined to strengthen the home inspection profession. Since then, ASHI has helped the profession grow and the members to prosper.

ASHI provides the Internet presence, prestige, money-saving resources and networking opportunities that help the very best home inspectors succeed.

Are you taking advantage of all the benefits your membership offers? Check the list below:

• First and only third-party-recognized certification program

If eligible to do so, are you using the unique designation as an ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) with pride? If not yet eligible, are you taking advantage of Partner,
Pre-verification and other programs offered to help you move up?

• Find an Inspector — the Internet search tool — used by more than 140,000 consumers annually


Are you getting the most from your online listing by keeping your contact information current and listing all of your special services?

• Alliances and training that open the door to profitable business practices and add-on services

Are you following up on these opportunities when you learn about them in the ASHI Reporter, the monthly magazine; First Thing, the monthly e-newsletter; the ASHI website; or from the chapters?

Have you attended InspectionWorld, THE conference for home inspectors?

• Great deals on marketing publications, technical information and ASHI attire

Have you visited the ASHI Marketplace on the recently updated website for home inspectors?

• ASHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is nationally recognized as the benchmark for home inspections


Do you include a copy with your inspection reports and reference it in your marketing materials?

• Your community of successful professionals


Do you read your monthly ASHI Reporter, online and in print, for technical and business articles, society- and industry-related news, and reports from ASHI’s federal lobbyist and public relations consultants?

Do you use the Members Only website to find education opportunities, visit the discussion boards to obtain and share information and experiences with other inspectors from around the country?

Have you joined a chapter to take advantage of education, marketing and business-building tips, networking opportunities and camaraderie, all in an inspector-friendly environment?

Make the most of your member benefits


ASHI Endorsed Programs: Value-added programs for You

ASHI has partnered with industry leaders to provide you with value-added programs at significant savings on products and services you use on a daily basis. All the following programs are described in detail on the Endorsed Program page in the Resources + News section of www.homeinspector.org.

ASHI@Home Training Program
Looking for quality home inspection education? ASHI & Carson Dunlop & Associates have designed a training program for you. You can complete the self-paced, comprehensive set of 10 courses in the comfort of your own home. Choose the print version or the ASHI online learning program. Both provide richly illustrated texts and CD-ROMs that show actual field experiences and bring learning to life. Individual modules are available for satisfying continuing education requirements and technical support is provided.

Contact Andrew Dowd by phone at 800-268-7070, ext 251 or by e-mail at AndrewDowd@carsondunlop.com. Or go to www.carsondunlop.com/colleges/ASHI/index.php.


Business Risk Partners – E&O Insurance
Underwritten on behalf of several syndicates at Lloyd’s, Business Risk Partners has been providing exclusive premium discounts to ASHI members for Errors & Omissions insurance for years. Coverage includes limited general liability, radon, commercial, corporate and real estate referring party coverage for no extra charge. Riders are available. Please call 866-268-1327 to speak with BRP’s servicing agency, Capitol Special Risks, Inc., or visit www.inspectorinsurance.com to complete an application for review.

BV&K Direct – Yellow Page™ Advertising
This national Yellow Pages™ program enables you to place a group trademark or trade name advertisement with your fellow ASHI members in your local Yellow Pages™ publication. Call Stephanie Sharp at 800-775-8444 for information. This program is available only to ASHI Certified Home Inspectors and Associates with Logo Use.

Empyrean Benefits Solutions, Inc. – Health Insurance
Empyrean Benefits Solutions, Inc. has partnered with ASHI to offer a health care benefits program available in all 50 states. Plans are available for individuals, families and employers of all sizes. Call 800-934-1430.

Journal of Light Construction (JLC)
ASHI members may subscribe to the Journal of Light Construction for $25.95, which saves you 35 percent of the $39.95 regular subscription rate. Call 800-375-5981.

Moneris Solutions – Credit Card Processing
Can you take my credit card? Now you can tell clients “Yes” by participating in ASHI’s merchant credit card processing program, a partnership with Moneris Solutions. With no application fee, the latest equipment and easy-to-read statements, Moneris works with ASHI members to capture all major credit cards. Call 866-423-8475 for more information.

Pre-Paid Legal Service, Inc.
Membership in the Pre-Paid Legal Service program gives you access to experienced attorneys nationwide. Contact Joan Buckner, Independent Representative, at 505-821-3971 or eaglesuccessteam@comcast.net.

Send Out Cards
SendOutCards offers a simple and professional way for businesses to follow up with their clients, vendors and associates. You can create campaigns that will automatically send greetings of appreciation to clients and promotional postcards to gain referrals. For more information, go to www.sendoutcards.com/ashi.

Senior Safety Network
The Senior Home Safety Network (SHSN) is a network of professional inspectors dedicated to keeping seniors safe in their homes. To learn more about the program, go to the Endorsed Program page in the Resources + News section of www.homeinspector.org.

Unitrin Direct – Auto and Homeowners Insurance
ASHI members have the opportunity to purchase auto, home/condo, renter, boat and umbrella insurance at significant savings through Unitrin Direct preferred insurance (UDPI). For an immediate quote, call 800-637-2782 or go online at www.udpreferred.com/signin/ashi.

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ASHI Education, Inc.,
a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc., has teamed up with Casey, O’Malley & Associates (COA) for its first for-profit educational venture, The ASHI School. Learn more at www.theashischool.com.

This joint venture provides a full range of high-quality educational programs to anyone affiliated with, or interested in, the home inspection industry and related professions.  The ASHI School features live educational classes that include more time on real field inspections than other schools.”

“At a time when the home inspection industry’s education philosophies are in need of re-engineering, ASHI Education Inc. is on its way to becoming the provider of cutting-edge training employing the full range of delivery choices from hands-on to online,” explained Jeff Arnold, ASHI CEO. 

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