July, 2018
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



The Most Frequently Asked Questions

TIM BUELL

As I travel around the country visiting chapters, answering phone calls and emails, the most frequently asked question I get is “What are the benefits of an ASHI membership?”

The best part of being an ASHI member, regardless of whether you’re at the Associate, Inspector or ACI level, is all the benefits you receive. And do we have lots of them! Ready for a review? Here we go…

Find a Home Inspector: This is our No. 1 benefit to expand your business. This online listing allows buyers, sellers and real estate agents to find you to schedule an inspection. Make sure to keep your profile information current.

ASHI Reporter and Other News Resources: Our award-winning monthly print magazine is chock full of information you need for your business. It’s also available online at http://www.ashireporter.org/. Also, ASHI gives you the “First Thing & Another Thing” monthly email, online discussion forums and third-party newsletters.

ASHI Online Learning Center (AOLC): This site contains more than 125 educational modules on a wide variety of topics. InspectionWorld® presentations are recorded and then housed on this site. View a two-hour module and receive a certificate of completion of two continuing education (CE) units. This is a great way to earn ASHI CE units and state-approved CE units. Access is free to ASHI members and the site is easy to use. It also contains the online version of the ASHI Standard of Practice/Code of Ethics examination. Members can access the site through the ASHI website or directly at http://www.softconference.com/ashi/default.asp.

InspectionWorld®: IW is ASHI’s annual meeting, and the largest educational conference and expo of the year for professional home inspectors. In 2019, IW will be held in San Diego. The four-day event will feature more than 45 expertly led educational sessions, popular networking events, and an exhibit hall full of vendors showcasing the latest in tools and technology. You can earn 20 ASHI CE units, state CE units and many industry association credits by attending IW. You’ll also get training in ancillary services, take home new ideas and gain knowledge to grow a successful business.

NHIE Manual and Study Guide: All new paid members receive the National Home Inspection Examination (NHIE) Manual and Study Guide to help you pass the exam.

ASHI @ Home: A training curriculum provided by Carson Dunlop, this program offers 10 courses in each of the basic inspection areas. Each course may be taken separately and provides up to 35 to 80 hours of training. The entire curriculum provides a total of 540 hours of training.

ASHI Logo Use: ASHI members at every level of membership have access to the ASHI logo for promotional and marketing materials.

Representation on Capitol Hill: ASHI partners with our lobbyist to ensure that the voice of the home inspection profession is heard in Washington, D.C.

Free Logo Design: Members can create a free logo for their business at www.ashi.org/FreeLogoDesign. 

Additional Opportunities Offered by ASHI: 

ASHI has developed partnerships that allow ASHI members to receive a wide variety of discounts, including the following:

insurance options (for example, supplemental health insurance, dental and vision plans, prescription drug cards, auto, life and home)

travel benefits (for example, rental cars, cruises, Orlando employee vacations, hotels)

business benefits (for example, office supplies; E&O and general liability insurance; Apple, Dell and Lenovo computers; Sprint; UPS; Office Depot; Jiffylube, tires and auto; legal; credit card; and marketing services)

Affiliates: We work with nearly 50 affiliate companies that do business with home inspectors and more join us all the time. Our affiliates include Radalink, EMSL, DARTdrones, AccuStar Labs, InspectorPRO Insurance, RTCA, Inspector Services Group, Live Pure, Kaplan, Moldlab, PRISM, Target Professional Programs, Allen, OREP, EliteMGA, Liberty Mutual and many others.

Software: Members benefit from ASHI’s connections with software providers such as HomeGauge, Report-Authority, Inspection Support Network, 3D Inspection System, Home Inspector Pro, ReportHost, Palm-Tech and Horizon.

Business and Marketing: Members also benefit from our connections with GEM Marketing, Porch, Mr. Fix-It, Liftmaster, Vanguard Emergency Management, HomeBinder.com, Guardian Financial, Legal Shield, Secure24, America’s Call Center and Monroe Infrared.

ASHI cares about you. That’s why we’re constantly improving and adding to our membership perks and offerings. And when you talk, we listen. To see all the benefits available to you, log on to the ASHI website at http://www.homeinspector.org/members-only/member-benefits.

If you have questions regarding online learning or IW®, contact Michele George, Director of Education, Events and Chapter
Relations, at 847-954-3188 or email micheleg@ashi.org. For more general questions, contact Dave Kogan, Director of Marketing and Business Development, at 847-954-3187 or email davek@ashi.org.For membership information, contact Jennifer Gellagos, Manager of Membership Services, at 847-954-3188 or email jeng@ashi.org.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden*

* Nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood, UCLA coach John Wooden led basketball teams that won 10 NCAA championships over a 12-year period (1964-1975), including a record seven titles in a row.