Thursday, March 3, 2011

Survey: More Than 70% of Homeowners Say Home Inspection Helped Them Avoid Potential Problems

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011-Nearly three in four (72%) U.S. homeowners agree the home inspection they had when they purchased their current primary residence helped them avoid potential problems with their home, according to a survey released by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Also, almost two in three (64%) noted, in the long run, they saved a lot of money as a result of their home inspection. As the housing market begins to recover, ASHI encourages homeowners and buyers to hire a certified home inspector and to get a home inspection to help further protect their investment.

The survey was recently conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of ASHI to gauge current consumer perceptions about the purpose and value of a home inspection. Results revealed 88% of all homeowners believe home inspections are a necessity, not a luxury.

"ASHI's goals have always been to build customer awareness of the importance of a home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of home inspectors," said Kurt Salomon, ASHI president. "It is encouraging to know consumers are listening and understand the significance of protecting their largest single investment, their home."

While it is clear homeowners who had an inspection understand the value it serves, many still incorrectly believe certain components are included in a standard home inspection. For example, septic systems, electrical wiring and plumbing behind drywall and swimming pools are commonly mistaken as items that are included when, in fact, they typically are not.

"ASHI remains committed to educating consumers on what a standard home inspection is likely to include," said Salomon. As such, ASHI members have committed to following a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what consumers should expect to be covered in a home inspection report.

During a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes a detailed look at the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A home inspector will examine the condition of the home's roof, attic and visible insulation, foundation, basement and structural components, as well as interior plumbing and electrical systems.

Additionally, nearly three in four homeowners surveyed (70 percent) assume all home inspectors must be certified and licensed, when in fact, not all are. "It is important for consumers to do their homework before hiring an inspector," said Salomon.

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