LESLIE: Listening on WABC, we’ve got James in New Jersey. What can we do for you today?
JAMES: Hi. Yes, I have a question for you. A couple of weeks ago I was listening to your show and you mentioned something about a website that listed certified home inspectors and where they were.
TOM: That’s the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors. It’s ASHI – A-S-H-I – .org. And the American Society of Home Inspectors is about a 30 year old organization that has – tests and certifies its members. And basically, you don’t just sign up to join. There’s a quite elaborate process that you have to go through to prove your competency …
LESLIE: And you need to sort of be re-upped every year. So if there are any changes in guidelines or new building codes or new additives for things they should look for, they’re educated on it.
TOM: That’s right. They have a requirement for what’s called membership renewal credits that forces all of the inspectors that are certified by the organization to really stay at the top of their game.
And the website is good. It’s a nonprofit association and all you do is you can go on to ASHI.org, you enter your zip code and then it delivers back to you a list of certified home inspectors in your area. And then from that, you can start calling them and talking to them about their services and what they do.
JAMES: Excellent. That’s very helpful because sometimes you just – home inspectors they really – sort of going through the motions rather than knowing what they’re doing sometimes.
TOM: Well also you should know, James, that in New Jersey home inspectors are licensed. I actually used to be the chairman of the licensing board for home inspectors in the state of New Jersey and I can tell you that there’s some pretty tough regulations in New Jersey. So if you choose an ASHI member who is also licensed in New Jersey, you are going to be in very good hands.
JAMES: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.