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



Why You Should Continue to Invest Your Dues in Your Society

ANTHONY SNYDER

If you’re reading this issue of the ASHI Reporter, then you probably already belong to the continent’s preeminent professional society for home inspectors. You already know the value of membership, but let me remind you about some of the biggies that keep you coming back year after year:

World-Class Communications –
from the ASHI Web site to the ASHI Inspector and First Thing e-newsletters to the award-winning ASHI Reporter, you know that ASHI is all about quality, and we deliver it to your door, to your e-mail account or to your laptop each and every day.

We Deliver What We Promise – When you renewed with ASHI last year, we told you that you would receive the opportunity for online education at no additional charge. And we delivered with the outstanding ASHI Smart Track program, consisting of online education, exams and a parallel inspection program. No other organization can compete with this product for content or price.

Building Your Reputation –
When a consumer looks to hire a home inspector, more often than not they’re asking for an ASHI home inspector — thanks to the ongoing media efforts by ASHI HQ and our chapters across the country. When someone reads about home inspections, the ASHI name is there. They call us or check out the Web site, and you get valuable consumer leads to help boost your business.

Benefits with Impact –
Anyone can get you a discount on paper at an office supply store or points that you’ll never use for a B-List hotel chain. ASHI spent more than a year researching, negotiating and hammering out a relationship with Empyrean Benefits Solutions to offer high-quality, affordable health insurance in all 50 states. If you haven’t called the toll-free number to check on what Empyrean can do for you, then you should now, at 866-416-8935.

Resources by the Thousands –
At the time I write this, ASHI has more than 6,200 members in all 50 states, Canada and some Caribbean islands. If ever you have a question, ASHI ensures that it can be answered, not only by the helpful staff at ASHI HQ, but also by committee or chapter leaders, ASHI officers and directors and even other members, thanks to ASHI’s online discussion boards. A wise man once said that a rising tide floats all ships. ASHI gives you the mechanism for sending out your message to all the ships at sea.

Remember, if you joined us on or before October 1, 2006, you will need to pay dues and submit a minimum of 20 Continuing Education hours (CEs). Our dues this year saw a small increase — $4 or $5 dollars depending on category. To renew your membership, visit the ASHI Web site and log in today in the Membership Extranet.