Licensed Home Inspector #220
Home Inspector Licensing Advisory Board member
Licensed Structural Pest Inspector # 67488
Home Inspector Trainer with Bellingham Technical College
ASHI National, Technical Review Committee, Chair
ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), Certified Member # 246514
ITC (Infrared Training Center) Certified, Level I Thermographer
I am a Certified Member of ASHI and I see membership in at least one of the major associations as a “minimum” requirement when choosing an inspector in Washington State—-in addition to the State’s requirement to be a Licensed Home Inspector. I would also expect to see Home Inspectors also be Licensed Structural Pest Inspectors in order to provide the highest level of service to the home buyer.
While members of the major Associations (and other associations for that matter) will argue the merits of their Association over the others, I find that they all have their good points. Buyers need to understand that membership requirements in all of these associations set “minimum” standards for the profession and that most inspectors exceed those standards. The important thing is what kind of report does the inspector provide and how clearly is it written, how well does it describe the issues, and how clearly does the report define the course of action regarding those issues.
I provide my client with a very detailed and thorough report on the condition of the home—some have commented on the report being like an “Owners Manual.” I consider it the beginning of one. Along with all the major concerns, the buyer will also find useful information as to the age of appliances, Model Numbers and Serial Numbers.