How Trade Association Membership for Home Inspectors Bring Benefits And Profit
Why Inspectors And House Engineers Should Belong To a Trade Association
There are some professions that are fairly solitary in nature. Building inspectors and house engineers are among them. But this certainly doesn’t mean that these professionals or the companies that they might work for need go it alone. There are many advantages for people working in the home inspection industry and their clients if these individuals or companies are part of a qualified trade association. Employees of home inspection companies can also get free or low-cost training or even certification and are notified about new job opportunities. They can take advantage of discounts offered on equipment and supplies and can stay well informed about changes and breaking news from the industry that affect their work. Potential clients seeking inspectors to perform pre-purchase inspections are well advised to seek out companies affiliated with trade associations. In doing this, they’re assured of well-trained, certified workers performing these home inspections.
The company that I own – Best Long Island Home Inspections – has been a member of InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) for years. It has made a positive difference to the quality of inspections service that we perform. Our clients know that InterNACHI certified inspectors guarantee professional, and thorough inspections, so they seek us out. And InterNACHI is not the only association to which inspectors and house engineers can belong. Other professional trade associations include the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).
Background History of American Home Inspection Trade Associations
The organization known as InterNACHI (http://www.nachi.org/) founded in 1990 and is the largest inspector’s association in the world. It has members in more than sixty-five countries, including the entire United States, and eight of Canada’s provinces. Its website gets hundreds of millions of hits per year and is hundreds of thousands of pages in length. INTERNachi’s main office is located in Boulder, Colorado. Its twelve thousand international members are required to be in compliance with InterNACHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
ASHI (http://www.homeinspector.org) founded in 1976 and membership is limited to U.S. based inspectors and inspection companies. ASHI has its own mandatory Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that members must adhere to.
NAHI (http://www.nahi.org) was founded in 1987 as a professional association for home inspection workers within the United States. Like the other two organizations, NAHI has its standards and ethics codes.