ASHI Code of Ethics
As a members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), we adhere to a strict code of ethics as a home inspector. The code of ethics can be viewed here: http://www.ashi.org/inspectors/ethics.asp.
Why Choose an ASHI Inspector?
A full ASHI member has to meet all the state licensing requirements plus even stricter national requirements.
All inspectors in Massachusetts are required to be licensed by the Division of Professional Licensure (www.http://www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/hi/). The full licensing process takes about 18 months, requires an inspector to perform and document a minimum of 125 fee paid inspections under the supervision of a licensed inspector, pass the ASHI National Home Inspector’s exam and prove that they have proper insurances. Finally they are required to attend a minimum number of continuing education seminars for as long as they practice as a home inspector.
Becoming an ASHI member goes beyond these state licensing requirements. Only 131 of the 600 or so licensed inspectors in Massachusetts have achieved this status. ASHI members must pass an additional national examination, document at least 250 fee paid inspections, provide 5 randomly selected written reports for audit by ASHI and agree to standard inspection practices and a code of ethics. Additionally, they are obligated to obtain continuing education credits, above and beyond to those required by Massachusetts, in order to keep current with the latest in building technology, materials, and professional skills.
Designation as an ASHI member gives a client more confidence in the qualifications and experience of the inspector. Not only have they met the objective standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but they have also been accepted by their peers as an exceptional inspector.
Who is ASHI?
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest and most recognized non-profit professional association for independent home inspectors. Established in 1976, ASHI is a nonprofit organization whose membership consists of more than 6,000 individual home inspectors representing solely owned, franchise and multi-inspector companies. Their website is www.ashi.com. All ASHI members are listed on this website.
ASHI’s “Standards of Practice” serve as the home inspector’s performance guideline, and are universally recognized and accepted by professional and government authorities.
ASHI’s professional Code of Ethics prohibits members from engaging in conflict of interest activities, which may compromise their objectivity. This is the assurance to the consumer that the inspector will not, for example, use the inspection to solicit or refer repair work.
Who is ASHI New England?
ASHI New England (http://www.ashinewengland.com/index.php) is the regional chapter for the national association. ASHI New England has over 100 member home inspectors serving Massachusetts (MA), Connecticut (CT), Rhode Island (RI), New Hampshire (NH), Vermont (VT), and Maine (ME).
Home inspectors join ASHI® to become better home inspectors and to become affiliated with the most esteemed home inspector organization in the world. ASHI members and candidates join the local New England chapter, ASHI New England, for the added knowledge gained thru participation in group round table discussions, monthly membership meetings and educational seminars. They also participate in an established professional network that is aware of the latest developments in the home inspection profession.