There are no federal laws governing home inspectors. We are regulated only by the individual states. Since the laws vary from state to state – and some states don’t even have home inspection regulations – how can you be sure that your inspector is qualified, experienced, and trustworthy? One way is through home inspector associations. Some of them require minimum training, education, experience, and adherence to ethical standards – be sure to check out the individual associations to see their individual requirements.
There is no question about the fact that the American Society of Home Inspectors is the premiere professional organization for home inspectors with the most rigorous training and membership standards in the nation. As a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), you can be assured that not only are we qualified, but we also adhere to the association’s standards of practice and code of ethics. You can find more information about ASHI at their website, www.ashi.org.
In addition to the ASHI certification process, our inspectors have chosen to become a member of the voluntary certification program offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia which is also an effort to assure that the inspector you choose is qualified to be offering his consultative services. Whether you choose us or someone else, please take care and only use an inspector that is a certified member of ASHI and certified by the Commonwealth. The fees are nominal and the education requirements plentiful -- all too often we find that when inspectors are not certified, it is because they are unable to pass the exam and meet the qualification standards.As proud members of ASHI we adhere to the ASHI Standards of Practice available at http://www.ashi.org/inspectors/standards/standards13.asp. We strongly recommend reading them.