YOU MAY HIRE A BUILDING / HOME INSPECTOR TO CHECK OUT THE HOUSE,|
BUT... WHO WILL CHECK OUT THE BUILDING / HOME INSPECTOR?
How can you be sure the building / home inspector you hire is qualified?
For many years Pennsylvania had no licensing requirements for the Home Inspection Industry. Virtually anyone with a flashlight and a clipboard could call themselves a "Home Inspector"! (Many did).
On December 20, 2001 however, Act 114 was passed. Among other things, this Act requires that home inspections be conducted by inspectors who are "full members of good standing of a national home inspection association". To attain membership, an inspector must pass the testing requirements of the association as well as have performed the required number of "fee paid" inspections. Unfortunately, not all membership requirements for the acceptable associations are equal.
ASHI - The American Society of Home Inspectors - has very stringent testing standards and further requires its candidates to have completed a minimum of 250 "fee paid" building / home inspections before acceptance for membership. Keystone Inspection Service is proud of the fact that membership in ASHI has long been a requirement of its home inspectors. Our inspections are, and have always been, performed in complete compliance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics set by ASHI.
Act 114 has been passed for your protection, but for further assurance that you are hiring a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable building / home inspector we strongly recommend hiring an ASHI certified building / home inspector.