FAQ

Q: I am interested in joining your group.  When and where do you hold Chapter meetings?

A: We hold our Chapter meetings on the second Wednesday of all the even-numbered months at the Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Dr., Kansas City KS.  Associates session starts at 6:00pm, social at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm, and the featured speaker at 8:00, concluding at 9:00pm.

E-mail reminders are sent prior to each meeting.

These meetings allow the attendees a chance to discuss current issues involving the organization, to brush up on inspection techniques, to exchange industry news, to plan future meetings and events, and to discuss ways to improve the organization through public relations and advertising.

And, because our meetings have educational value, each ASHI member receives continuing education credit for their attendance.

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Q: How are your member inspectors different from inspectors in other organizations?

A: Since 1976, ASHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are the standard used to compare home inspectors throughout the United States.  The Great Plains ASHI Chapter strives to provide the highest level of information and education services to its membership, which benefits end users – inspection clients.

Our extensive knowledge exchange among our large membership helps us to serve as trusted advisors to homeowners, buyers, sellers, and real estate industry professionals.

Great Plains ASHI invests more time than any other regional inspection association in developing the knowledge base of its members.  This works to serve our clients through higher quality inspection services.

Q: As a real estate agent, why should I refer a Great Plains ASHI inspector?

A: When referring your clients to a home inspector it makes sense to recommend an inspector who is highly educated, trained and qualified to serve the needs of your home buyers and sellers.

Not only are Great Plains ASHI Chapter members part of the ASHI national organization, they are often some of the most experienced home inspectors in the business.

When you want a home inspection done right, call a Great Plains ASHI Chapter member.  To find an inspector near you, please access our current Member Directory.

Q: Why should I inspect the property I am buying?

A: The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy.  That way, you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties that could otherwise pop up afterwards.

Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.

Q: What would be the benefit of inspecting the property I own?

A: If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures, which might avoid costly future repairs.

Q: Why should I consider inspecting the property I am preparing to sell?

Is Your Home Physically Fit?

To give your home a competitive edge when it's time to sell, make sure it is in good physical condition. This not only makes your home more attractive and desirable, it also simplifies the negotiation process when the time comes for the buyer's pre-purchase inspection (which may discover conditions you were previously unaware of).  It's all about having the opportunity to make needed repairs, which will put your house in better selling condition.

According to home inspection experts, approximately half the resale homes on the market today have at least one significant defect. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent major costly problems from developing in the first place. So if you've been putting off repairs, now's the time to make them.

As an added plus, you may receive a tax benefit from fixing up your home before you sell: According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; money spent on repairs made during the 90-day period prior to contract may reduce your taxable capital gain.

Getting Help

To identify which components are most in need of repair, many sellers now commission pre-listing inspections before putting up the "For Sale" sign. The person best qualified to do this is an experienced professional home inspector from the Great Plains ASHI Chapter.

Q: How should I prepare for my inspection?

A: Great Plains ASHI home inspectors recommend you follow this checklist to get the most out of your home inspection.

  • Allow two to three hours for a complete home inspection - size and/or complexity of the home will affect this estimate.

  • The buyer should accompany the home inspector for the best education.

  • Contact the property owner regarding the date, time, and estimated duration of the home inspection. 

  • Ensure the home inspector has your full name, address, and phone number if you are unable to attend the inspection. 

  • Provide the home inspector with the property address and directions. 

  • Please contact the home inspector at least 24 hours before the inspection if you need to cancel or postpone the appointment. With today’s hectic schedules, rescheduled appointments are inevitable. 

  • Make sure all the property’s systems are turned on and all pilot lights are lit for the home inspection. 

  • Inform the owner that all appliances, equipment, and systems will be inspected and returned to the condition in which they were found. 

  • Access and keys must be available for all parts of the property, such as the garage, closets, attics, etc. 

  • The owner should move items that block access to the furnace, boiler, water heater, attic, crawl space, access panels, electric service panel, water meter, etc. 

  • It is helpful to have all tubs, sinks, and basins emptied. 

  • The inspection report is provided to the buyer after the inspection - sometimes onsite and sometimes within 24 hours. The buyer must note if he/she would like the report shared with the real estate agent or other parties.

  • Ensure that all lights and fixtures operate. 

  • Ensure that all windows open, close, and lock. 

  • Payment is due upon completion of the inspection.

 

Q: What is covered in an ASHI inspection?

A: An ASHI inspection will include the following major categories and is conducted with a set of General Limitations and Exclusions:

  • Structural System

  • Exteriors

  • Roof System

  • Plumbing System

  • Electrical System

  • Heating Systems

  • Air Conditioning Systems

  • Interiors

  • Insulation and Ventilation

  • Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances

 

(A PDF version of the entire Standards of Practice is available here.)