St. Louis – ASHI® Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:52:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CELEBRATE SPRING WITH A HOME INSPECTION Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:39:28 +0000 Read More]]>
ASHI Reminds Homeowners That April is National Home Inspection Month

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More than 7 million people will buy a new or existing home this year. While the majority of homeowners are on the right track with obtaining a home inspection for buying, selling and maintenance purposes, the difference in quality, and therefore, the protection of a homeowners’ financial interests, can best be realized when the inspection is performed by an experienced, professional home inspector. This April, National Home Inspection Month, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds consumers about the importance of having their home professionally inspected.

“April is the perfect time for a home inspection,” said Harry Morrell, St. Louis ASHI President “The busy buying and selling season is not yet in full swing, and it is just after the winter months when weather can be especially tough on a home.”

Spring is also a time when homeowners begin annual cleaning rituals and start preparing for summer activities or even a home purchase or sale. Whatever the reason, consumers in the market for a home inspection need to remember that the person chosen to do the inspection is just as important as the inspection itself.

“Working with an ASHI Inspector is a homeowner’s best assurance of a home inspector’s proven qualifications and professionalism,” said Mark Goodman, St. Louis ASHI Vice-President.”

John Wessling, ASHI Board of Directors urges customers to hire an ASHI Inspector so they can be sure that the inspection includes the following major areas outlined in the ASHI Standards of Practice:

  • Structure– including basements and crawl spaces
  • Exterior Surfaces– including siding, decks and grading of soil
  • Roof Coverings
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Interior Surfaces and Components
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Fireplaces and Chimneys

Customers can learn more about these areas by taking an audio-guided Virtual Home Inspection at This online tool simulates an interactive tour of a home’s 10 major systems, in accordance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice, providing an overview of each area, along with photos depicting common problems and defects. Although not meant to replace an inspection of their home, the tour provides great information for first time homebuyers, sellers or people interested in learning more about a house and what to expect from a professional home inspection.

About the American Society of Home Inspectors

In its 31st year and with approximately 6,000 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are the industry standard. ASHI’s mission is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession. To find a local ASHI Inspector please visit St. Louis ASHI at

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Special Deck Safety and Inspection Training Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:11:26 +0000 Read More]]>
North American Decking and Railing Assoc. comes to St. Louis to promote
Deck Safety and Deck Inspection/Evaluation Training
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ST. LOUIS, MO March 9, 2017 – The St. Louis Chapter of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) is sponsoring NADRA’s (North American Decking and Railing Association) Deck Evaluation Certification Course. NADRA has come to St. Louis to help promote deck safety and provide training on deck inspections/evaluations to St. Louis area ASHI Home Inspectors. The deck evaluation training will be from 8 AM to 12:30 PM, March 9, 2017, at the St. Louis Association of Realtors, 12777 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO, 63141.

There are 40 million residential and 10 million commercial decks in the United States. According to NADRA, almost 50 percent of these decks are 20 to 40 years old.

Would you let your child play on a backyard swing set that hasn’t been inspected in many years? The same principle applies to your deck, which has a limited lifespan due to its exposure to the elements. On average, more than 35,000 people are injured each year through poor deck construction and/or maintenance issues. Consumer Protection Awareness estimates approximately 6,000 of these individuals are either paralyzed or suffer a head trauma.

“If you look at the age of these structures, it’s simply a matter of them needing to be repaired or replaced,” said Mike Beaudry, executive vice president of the North American Deck and Railing Association.

People often delay or neglect deck maintenance which are wood structures that need to be treated and maintained. The connectors need to be checked on a regular basis. Decks should be inspected on an annual basis. If you’re going to allow your children, family, and friends on a structure that is sometimes from 12 to 20 feet off the ground, take the time to check underneath your deck to ensure it’s safe.

St. Louis ASHI Home Inspectors inspect decks as part of home inspections every day. As home inspectors, we see decks missing key components, poorly constructed, lacking proper maintenance, and with significant safety issues. ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is the industry standard.

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