Home inspectors are responsible for a lot, from assessing the durability and performance of a home’s most important fixtures and appliances to conducting a thorough, transparent evaluation that will greatly affect a property’s overall value. As with any complex or impactful position, home inspectors, general and specialized, are required to accrue a considerable amount of field experience while constantly seeking out ongoing educational opportunities to better refine their expertise.
The home inspection industry is incredibly standardized thanks to organizations like The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), that create and reinforce standards of practice for thousands of professionals nationwide. Despite this, there is still a considerable number of uncertified inspectors that either take advantage of homeowners unaware of the profession’s certification standards, or simply convince clients that it’s more streamlined or cost-effective to work with an inspector who isn’t bound to a standardized process.
Savvy homeowners will always prefer a certified home inspector, though, because the very fact that they are certified suggests a continuing dedication to ongoing process improvement and self-education. But why should a certification provide so much peace of mind? To answer this question, we’ll take a closer look at the professional requirements of the top home inspection organizations, the benefits of working alongside a certified inspector and the risks of opting for someone uncertified.
Taking a Closer Look at InterNACHI and ASHI
As you look through our site, you may notice that our inspectors are trained and certified through the American Home Inspectors Training Institute, whose program meets or exceeds the professional requirements of InterNACHI and ASHI. You may wonder what exactly makes these organizations so important that we’d prioritize meeting both of their respective requirements.
Prior to the founding of InterNACHI and ASHI, the home inspection industry lacked both a standard set of professional practices and the desire to standardize. That’s not to say there weren’t quality inspectors back then; they were just difficult to scope out before making a hiring decision. This inconsistency in work quality, over time, eroded the reputability of the industry at-large.
InterNACHI and ASHI offer their own separate certifications, but the bulk of their respective requirement rubrics are very similar. Both organizations require applicants to demonstrate their comprehension of various trade and ethical practices by passing a comprehensive exam. They also mandate the accrual of continuing education credit hours to ensure the professionals they certify commit themselves to learning new inspection strategies and technologies, regardless of whether they’re a general inspector or someone more specialized.
Bridging Theory and Practice
Online examination is a staple of the certification process, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end-all-be-all. What makes InterNACHI and ASHI certification so reputable is that its recipients are asked to demonstrate how they turn theoretical standards of practice into quality results.Those pursuing a Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) designation from InterNACHI must submit four mock inspection reports to the organization’s report review committee. On the other end, those seeking an equivalent ASHI certification must submit a list of 250 paid inspections that adhere to their Standards of Practice.
The Pitfalls of Working With an Uncertified Home Inspector
Poor inspections are not always the result of someone trying to get one over on a homeowner. Some uncertified home inspectors are just as cognizant of quality standards as their certified counterparts, but simply wish to forego all the ancillary costs that come with a marquee certification. These inspectors may give a thorough evaluation of a property, but lack the formal training that would, otherwise, condition them to identify less-obvious structural issues.
To give an example, a homeowner may hire a less expensive, but informally trained home inspector, and tell him or her that their property has just undergone a major home remodeling project. The inspector may assume that the recently renovated sections of the home require less scrutiny, but with this blanket assumption, they may fail to consider underlying foundation concerns, such as depreciating plumbing, weakened support structures or hazardous electrical wiring.
Leaving critical home flaws like these uninspected and unaddressed will leave the homeowner with a large, potentially recurring repair burden down the road. When you work with a certified home inspector, though, it’s easier to avoid these pitfalls because a certified professional has spent upwards of hundreds of hours educating themselves on the possible vulnerabilities of different property types and geographic locations.
Our inspectors at Advanced Look Property Inspections are active members of NACHI/InterNACHI, and each completes a minimum of 24 continuing education hours every calendar year to comply with the organization’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Needless to say, Orlando homeowners can rely on us to bring industry experience and quality-assured service to every inspection.
Since 2007, Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. has been one of the most preferred condo, townhouse, and single-family home inspectors in Metro Orlando and its surrounding areas. We’ve inspected literally millions of square feet of local real estate and are familiar with the way Central Florida homes are built. There’s simply no better option than Advanced Look Property Inspections, LLC. We provide comprehensive inspections and reporting on over 400 distinct home items to give buyers and sellers the best assessment of a property’s durability and functionality.
To learn more about our inspection reporting process, or to schedule your own Advanced Look Home Inspection, give us a call today at (407) 310-2828.
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