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

The Vote is On


On November 1, 2010, a three-part ballot was distributed to ASHI's voting members. The voting period will close on December 15, 2010, thereby satisfying the 45-day requirement for amending the ASHI Bylaws.

The official results for all the issues on the ballot will be published in the January Reporter, as directed by ASHI Bylaws.

Officer Election for 2011

President-elect: Bill Jacques or Marvin Goldstein
Vice president: Charles Gifford
Treasurer: Alden Gibson
Secretary: Mike Stephens or Bill Loden

Certification Committee Member Election
Voting members are being asked to confirm two new members for the Certification Committee:

Skip Kelley and Scott Patterson

Current Election Bylaws and Policies and Procedures are available on the ASHI website, Members Only, Publications section.

Bylaw Amendment

An amendment to ASHI Bylaws regarding how the society is governed is on the ballot.

Changes to the ASHI Bylaws require that a majority of ASHI's voting members participate and that two-thirds of those voting (66.7 percent) approve the change.

Voluntary Standards for Professional Inspection Practices
In a separate section of the ballot, voting members have an opportunity to accept voluntary standards for Professional Practices for Residential Pool and Spa Inspections and for Professional Practices for Residential Predrywall Inspections. The ballot has links to the proposed standards, which also can be viewed on the ASHI website in the Latest News section.

Watch for the results of this defining moment for ASHI.

Questions? Contact the officers or directors in the online Members Directory.


The ASHI Chapter Enterprise Award
The chapter in each of two categories with the highest percentage of registered members to attend InspectionWorld is awarded a Chapter Enterprise Award, which includes $750. There are a few additional guidelines, but the purpose of the award is simple — to encourage chapter members to participate in InspectionWorld together. Questions? Contact Russell Daniels at

Tom Byrne Memorial Scholarship Award
ASHI Past-President John Palczuk will announce the first recipient of the Tom Byrne Memorial Scholarship at InspectionWorld Atlanta. Charter Member and Past-President Tom Byrne was committed to educating new home inspectors. In his memory, Carson Dunlop & Associates and The ASHI Foundation will refund the full tuition of the ASHI@Home Training System, currently valued at $3,500, to the student who completed the system with the highest overall marks from December 1, 2009, to December 1, 2010. The recipient must be pursuing a career in home inspection, but need not be present. 

Standards & Code

Call for Changes to ASHI's Standards of Practice
A draft of the proposed ASHI Standard of Professional Practice for Home Inspections (ASHI Standards of Practice) is available for member and public comment.  Find a link to this proposed draft on the ASHI web site.

The Standards Committee will hold a public meeting at InspectionWorld Atlanta on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 11:15 a.m. in room 302 of the Atlanta Hilton to discuss the proposed draft Standard and other standards-related topics. 

The time and location also will be published in the onsite program. Interested parties may send comments to Bruce Barker, Committee chair, at

Mark Your Calendar

The Annual ASHI Business Meeting will be held on Jan. 28, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. All ASHI members are invited.

The Annual Council of Representatives Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 24, 2011. Chapters are allowed to designate an alternate if its representative is unable to attend. To obtain the form, contact Russell Daniels at HQ,