Home Inspections

Field Guide to Home Inspections

(Updated March 2016)

Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying and selling process. Failure to obtain a home inspection could potentially cost you a great deal of money and hassles in the long run. The following information sources will assist you and in turn, your clients, in understanding home inspections, the home inspection process and working with home inspectors. You will also uncover valuable tips on the importance of a home inspection and helpful links to a variety of professional home inspection organizations and useful information available to you from the National Association.
(K. Bartlett Walsh, Senior Quality Assurance/Customer Advocate)


Source: NAR’s Consumer Advertising Campaign Online Video: HouseOff! Home Inspection(link is external), (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 22, 2016).

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector
  • Do you belong to a professional association?
  • Will your report meet all state requirements?
  • How experienced are you?
  • How do you keep your expertise up to date?
  • Do you focus on residential inspection?
  • Do you offer to do repairs or improvements?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • How much?
  • Will I be able to attend the inspection?
Source: Questions to Ask a Home Inspector, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2016).

Home Inspection 101What to Know About the Home Inspection, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2016).

The 10 Most Common Home Inspection Problems, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2016).

TestAll.comTM Launches New, Affordable Mold Testing Services for Home Inspection Professionals and Consumers(link is external), (PR Newswire, Sept. 10, 2015). E

Frequently Asked Questions on Home Inspections(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2016).

ASHI’s Virtual Home Inspection Tour(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2016).

Links to Consumer Protection Information(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2016).

10 Questions to Ask Home Inspectors (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2016).

What a Home Inspection Should Cover (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2016).

The Home Inspector’s File (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2015).

Ten tips to ensure roof reliability(link is external), (HouseLogic, Apr. 30, 2013).

Are your plumbing pipes worn out?(link is external), (HouseLogic, Nov. 12, 2010).

5 Tips for Inspecting and Maintaining Your Garage(link is external), (HouseLogic, Mar. 15, 2010).

Treatment Options for Getting Rid of Insects(link is external), (HouseLogic, Mar. 10, 2010).

The Value of Home Maintenance(link is external), (HouseLogic, Mar. 10, 2010).

Detect Termites and other Wood-Destroying Insects(link is external), (HouseLogic, Mar. 9, 2010).

Inspecting and Maintaining Your Roof(link is external), (HouseLogic, Feb. 17, 2010).

Fast Fixes for Common Gutter Problems(link is external), (HouseLogic, Dec. 4, 2009).

Legal & Regulatory IssuesFinancing, Home Inspection, and Appraisal Issues: Major Issues Affecting Contract Settlement, (National Association of REALTORS® Economist’s Outlook, Feb. 9, 2016).

Pools safety plan calls for more home inspections(link is external), (The Sun Herald, Jan. 24, 2016). E

Centerville considers housing inspection program(link is external), (Dayton Daily News, July 10, 2015). E

Community & Political Affairs—State Issues Tracker, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015).

Home Inspector Sues Agent for Calling Him “Total Idiot” (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Jan. 18, 2012).

Let’s Ask the Inspector – Even If You Know the Difference Between a Ground Rod and a Two Gang, Avoid Acting Like a Home Inspector (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Mar., 2011).

Quality of Home Inspection Varies by Region(link is external), (Realty Times, Jan. 11, 2008).

The Home Inspection ProfessionalHome Inspector or Specialist?, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Feb. 2016).

Beyond the Inspector: 7 Pros Who May Need to Check Out Your Future Home (and Why)(link is external), (HouseLogic, 2016).

Find a Home Inspector(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2016).

Becoming an Inspector(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2014).

Finding the Next Right Thing(link is external), (Associations Now, June 2006). E

Home Inspections and the Real Estate Licensee(link is external), (Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, 2003). E

Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors(link is external), (American Society of Home Inspectors, June 13, 2004).

WebsitesAmerican Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee St., Ste. 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tel. 847-759-2820
http://www.ashi.com(link is external)

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers
P.O. Box 403
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Tel. 800-294-7729
http://www.nabie.org(link is external)

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
1750 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
http://www.nachi.org(link is external)

National Association of Home Inspectors
4248 Park Glen Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Tel. 800-448-3942 or 612-928-4641
http://www.nahi.org(link is external)

The Role of a Home Inspector