Web site helps homebuyers find qualified inspectors

REAL ESTATE WATCH

July 11, 2004|By Emily Bregel

The American Society of Home Inspectors has a new Internet tool to help consumers find a qualified inspector to check out a home they may buy.

Searches can be run with a variety of criteria including ZIP codes or area codes, neighborhood or an inspector's last name. The site provides information on how to contact licensed inspectors.

The trade group maintains that buyers should choose inspectors who have been trained and have satisfied the organization's standards and ethics code. The group said potential buyers should interview inspectors, asking questions such as what the inspection will cover, if the inspector is specifically experienced in residential inspections and whether the inspector encourages the client to attend the inspection.

For more information about choosing an inspector, call 800-743-2744 or visit www.ashi.org.

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