Lowering the Home Inspection Bar

I have been in the home inspection business for over 10 years and what I am seeing in the real estate community is simply shocking.

10 years ago, I competent real estate agent would not refer a home inspector unless they were a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or NAHI (The National Association of Home Inspectors)

The reasoning behind this was both ASHI & NAHI required their inspectors to take a difficult exam, perform over 250 inspections, and adhere to a code of ethics before they were allowed to use the logo and tell people they were members of that association. In addition both ASHI & NAHI required over 18 hours of continuing education every year.

By referring someone that was a member of ASHI or NAHI you were referring someone that was educated, experienced and ethical.

Then it happened, states began regulating home inspectors and other associations popped up that allowed inspectors to take an online test and be able to use a logo. No experience required, simply send in your dues.

Suddenly agents decided that getting someone that is state certified was enough.

I live in Arizona, so I would like to compare the Certified Inspector requirements for ASHI and Arizona
Keep in mind that all inspectors in AZ have to be state certified but not ASHI certified.

My question is why did the agents change what they required before they referred someone to their client?

If all inspectors in Arizona have to be state certified, follow the same standards, and pass the same test, they why would you tell your client any state certified inspector is OK.

The easiest way I have found to explain this to Realtors is not all AZ real estate agents are members of the National Association of Realtors, would you refer someone that isn’t?

If you want more information about Arizona home inspections, what to look for in an home inspector, common issues found during a home inspection or how to get your home ready for a home inspection click the links.

Scott Warga, is the Qualifying party for ACSI American Construction Specialists and Investigations LLC,(ROC216772) a dual licensed residential and small commercial contractor. He is also a qualified Phoenix home inspector certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (#38062) and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He has years of construction experience and has performed residential and commercial property inspections for over 10 years. He has specialized in forensic inspections, investigating failed, damaged and defective construction for over 5
years. He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors, (#205826) and currently sits on their board of directors. He has been an instructor of home inspection at Mesa Community College, for Inspection Training Associates, a Kaplan Professional School and Arizona Sun-Tech Home Inspection School. He has served as District Chairman & Vice President for the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an approved instructor for both them and the Arizona Department of Real Estate. If you need an Arizona Home Inspector, he is your guy.

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  1. ASHI & NAHI required their inspectors to take a difficult exam.

    very true

  2. I agree with everything you said. Lowering the bar to become an inspector likely only benefits bad inspectors… not experienced ones, and certainly not homeowners. It could be costly and downright dangerous to lower the bar too far.

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