Questions To Ask

What Is ASHI?

ASHI is an abbreviation for the American Society of Home Inspectors….the words you want to hear when considering a Home Inspection. Since 1976, ASHI has worked to enhancing professionalism in the Home Inspection industry and to increase consumer awareness about the importance of attaining a professional Home Inspection. The ASHI Standards of Practice (SoP) and Code of Ethics form a solid basis for Home Inspectors and are universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental entities. The ASHI Standards of Practice have been adopted, either in whole or in part, by many state and local governments to form the basis for their own standards and licensing laws.

What Kind Of Inspectors Are Members Of ASHI?

Basically…the dedicated, professional kind of Home Inspectors are ASHI members. ASHI is a society of independent, professional Home Inspectors that are required to make a commitment, beginning on the day that they join as ASHI candidates, to conduct Home Inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Those foundational documents prohibit a member from engaging in unethical conduct and from conducting business in a manner that might be construed as a potential conflict of interest that could compromise their objectivity. That’s what a Home-Buyer or consumer wants…fairness, professionalism, and objectivity. Associate members work their way up to Certified Inspector status after meeting rigorous and stringent requirements including the passing of a comprehensive written technical examination and performing a minimum of 250 fee-paid Home Inspections. Mandatory continuing education requirements helps the member stay informed and current regarding the very latest technology, materials, and professional Home Inspection skills.



NCASHI is the North Carolina chapter of ASHI…its chapter members include some of the most highly experienced, technically competent, and most professional Home Inspectors in the entire state and you can locate an NCASHI Inspector in your area right her on our website.


What Is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. The evaluation addresses materials, systems, and components from the foundation to the roof and just about everything in between.


What Does A Home Inspection Include?

The typical Home Inspection report, generated by an NCASHI Home Inspector, will address the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (outside air temperature permitting), plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. Check out the ASHI Standards of Practice that describes, in detail, what you should expect to be observed, described, inspected, and reported upon as a result of an NCASHI Home Inspection.

In North Carolina, where Home Inspectors are licensed by the State, Inspectors will also comply with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics mandated by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB)


Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?

Buying a home may very well be the largest single investment you’ll ever make. Just like with other types of investments, you’ll want to mange and minimize your risk…because it’s what we don’t know that can hurt us! To minimize unpleasant surprises and unanticipated difficulties and expense, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the house…and you’ll want that information before you buy that house. A home inspection may identify the need for repairs…or builder oversights in the case of new construction. It may identify issues resulting from deferred maintenance or, unfortunately, the presence of costly structural deficiencies or issues with expensive mechanical systems. But once the Home Inspection is completed, you’ll know more about the house and that knowledge will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you are planning to sell your home, a Home Inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.


How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost?

The inspection fee for a typical single-family house varies and is dependent upon a number of factors such as the size of the house, the age of the house, and whether or not optional ancillary services such as Radon-In-Air Testing, Water Testing, On-Site Wastewater System Testing is desired. Any of your NCASHI Inspectors will be happy to provide you a quote based on your particular needs.


Don’t let cost be the primary factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of a particular Home Inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced, “bargain basement” inspection is not usually any bargain. Experienced, trained, and reliable Home Inspectors are more valuable to home-buying consumers…and, naturally, they tend to charge a bit more for their services.


Why Can’t I Inspect The House Myself?

You may be able to, but consider this… Even the most experienced home buyer typically does not possess the specific knowledge and expertise to accomplish a professional Home Inspection. Your NCASHI Inspector is well-versed and well educated regarding the myriad of elements relating to a house… from home construction methodologies, proper usage and installation of materials and systems, to good maintenance practices and home safety. He or she knows how the materials, systems and components are intended to function together as a whole, as well as why they sometimes fail.


Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want to purchase, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of Home Inspection.


Can A House “Fail” A Home Inspection?

No… A professional home inspection is a visual examination of the current condition of a house intended to provide the client with a better understanding of the physical condition of that house. It is not an appraisal an appraisal is conducted by some other professional to determine the market value of a property. Neither is it a code compliance inspection as accomplished by the local municipality; these types of inspections can only be conducted by the local Inspections Department of the Authority Having Jurisdiction to verify compliance with local codes. So, your NCASHI Inspector does not “pass” or “fail” a house. What they will do, though, is conduct a really thorough inspection of the house to determine its physical condition and indicate what materials, systems, and/or components and systems may be in need of major repair or replacement.


How Can I Locate A Professional Home Inspector?

Well, the answer to that question is an easy one…you can locate an NCASHI Inspector right here on our website using the Find An Inspector search tool. You can’t get any more professional than that. You could ask friends, relatives, or business acquaintances to recommend a home inspector they have used; or you could ask your professional Real Estate agent for a referral. Whatever your referral source, or if you found us through your own search, you can be assured of your NCASHI Home Inspector’s commitment to the highest professional standards and impeccable business ethics.


When Should I Contact A Home Inspector

Typically, and for a home-buyer, a Home Inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. In North Carolina, you will need to arrange for your Home Inspection early enough to make sure that you comply with the terms of your Due Diligence period agreed to in your contract.


Do I Have To Attend My Home Inspection?

It’s not mandatory that you attend, but…it is highly recommended. You will be able to directly observe the Home Inspector and you’ll be able to get answers to any questions that you might have about the Home an your Inspector can explain his findings to you “first hand”….Since houses don’t generally come with owners manuals, why would you want to pass up an opportunity to learn a great deal about the house that you are considering purchasing? All NCASHI Inspectors welcome and encourage your attendance…because your attendance is vital to your “getting your moneys worth”…in more ways than one!


What If My Home Inspection Report Discovers “Problems” With The House?

There are no perfect houses…at least, we’re not aware of any of those. If the inspector identifies issues with the house, that doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house…but it will mean that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If there are any significant issues that warrant repairs, then you will have been informed of those issues and be better able to determine what is best for you.


If The House Proves To Be In Good Condition, Did I Really Need A Home Inspection?

Absolutely…because now you can finalize your real estate transaction with confidence and rest easy in the knowledge you have attained. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the Inspector and from the Home Inspection report, and will have that information for future reference.