Where's the best place to find a home inspector?
There are all kinds of internet sites with lists of home inspectors. Keep in mind that most of these lists are nothing more than paid listings. There's no effort made to qualify the listed inspectors.
Some real estate agents or agencies have lists of inspectors. Many of these are also paid listings. If your agent gives you a list of inspectors, ask him or her if the inspectors have paid to be on the list. If so, check their qualifications carefully. See this page for a list of questions to ask: Choose an Inspector
A referral from a friend, relative or co-worker is a good place to start, but be sure to check qualifications.
Here are a few web sites with listings of inspectors.
American Society of Home Inspectors List of ASHI members and Candidates. Search by Zip Code, City, State, etc.
ASHI Membership Categories
There are three member designations on this home inspector search:
Members (M) Members of ASHI have met certain requirements:
- Passed the National Home Inspector Examination and ASHI's Standards and Ethics Examination.
- Had inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI's Standards of Practice.
- Submitted valid proof of performance of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice.
Candidates w/ Logo (CL) Candidates with Logo Use Privilege have met most of the requirements for Member status:
- They have passed the National Home Inspector Examination and ASHI's Standards and Ethics Examination.
- ASHI has verified performance of 50 fee-paid inspections in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice.
Candidates (CN) Candidates have not yet met the ASHI Member requirements, however:
- Candidates may be highly experienced inspectors who have just joined ASHI, or they may be novice inspectors who have completed training or otherwise entered the profession.
ASHI Chapter Listings Many ASHI Chapters maintain web sites with lists of members.
IHINA Independent Home Inspectors of North America. These inspectors agree to not actively solicit real estate agents for referrals, thereby avoiding any potential conflict of interest. No verification of this is performed.
FABI Florida Association of Building Inspectors
FABI Membership Classifications
Registered Professional Inspector
This classification is for all persons engaged in the profession of performing fee paid full home and building inspections, after passing one of the approved examinations.
This is the highest achievable designation ad requires the applicant to successfully pass a written examination. Currently two examinations are acceptable for this classification: the FABI test and the ASHI test. This designation entitles the Registered Professional Inspector to attend all FABI educational seminars at the reduced member rate; to possess and use the standard FABI logo and or the exclusive Registered Professional Inspector FABI logo in all advertising and transactions; and other member benefits which may be added from time to time. The Registered Professional Inspector has full voting privileges; may serve as an elected Officer or Director; serve as committee chairs and on Committees; receive referral line and other FABI sponsored advertising.
This classification is for all persons engaged in, or interested in engaging in, the profession of performing fee paid, full home and building inspections.
All persons engaged in, or interested in engaging in, the full home and building profession are eligible for this designation while going through the process of becoming a Registered Professional Inspector.
This designation entitles the FABI Candidate to attend all FABI educational seminars at the reduced member rate; and other benefits which may be added from time to time. The FABI Candidate has no voting privileges; may not serve as an elected Officer or Director; may not receive referrals from the FABI 800 # information and referral line; however, they may serve on Committees. All FABI Candidates are encouraged to attain Registered Professional Inspector status by passing one of the accepted written examinations, in which case they will have all the rights of the Registered Professional Inspector.
This classification was formerly "PROFESSIONAL MEMBER" and was changed to "CANDIDATE". All members in the PROFESSIONAL MEMBER classification as of the date of adoption of the change of the classification from PROFESSIONAL MEMBER TO CANDIDATE may retain membership in FABI in a classification which shall be unnamed and may use the FABI logo as previously authorized in the MEMBERSHIP Policies and Procedures Manual which was in effect at the time of their approval as a Professional Member. (CANDIDATES which were PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS under the previous classification may continue to possess and use the standard FABI logo in all advertising and transactions). These members have 24 months to attain full Registered Professional Inspector status or they will revert to Candidate (at which time they will no longer be allowed to use the FABI logo).
CREIA California Association of Real Estate Inspectors