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New Spanish language home inspection materials -- make it easy for homebuyers to learn about home inspections.

Respuestas a sus preguntas sobre la inspeccion de la vivienda. Confused? Imagine how a prospective homebuyer who only speaks Spanish feels when reading a typical home inspection report in English. Translated, the aforementioned phrase reads: Your Home Inspection Questions Answered. Now, thanks to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), learning about home inspections has never been easier -- especially if you speak Spanish.

In an effort to provide homebuyers and sellers with the information they need in a language they understand, ASHI has translated its Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and general consumer brochure into Spanish.

"This is a step in the right direction," said Joe Corsetto, 2006 ASHI president. "We're removing the barriers for Spanish-speaking homebuyers who previously may have not considered a home inspection."

Home Inspection Questions Answered

Spanish-speaking homebuyers and sellers who once had to rely on a real estate agent, friend or family member to translate information provided in ASHI's general consumer brochure can now request a Spanish version, which includes answers to the following questions:

  • What is a home inspection? (En que consiste la inspeccion de la vivienda?)

An objective, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

  • What does a home inspection include? (Que se incluye?)

A standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

  • How much will it cost? (Cuanto costara?)

The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.

  • Can a house fail an inspection? (Pueda una casa ser desapobada en una inspeccion?)

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspection, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, bur rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

  • When do I call a home inspector? (Cuando puedo llamar a un inspector de vivienda?)

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Looking for an ASHI Member?

ASHI also has another tool that makes it easier for those who speak English as a second language to participate in the home inspection process. The enhanced Find an Inspector tool at now includes search criteria for languages spoken (languages include but are not limited to Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German and French) as well as any specialties and ancillary services provided. By clicking on the Find an Inspector "Advanced Search" button, homebuyers can customize their search to better meet their needs. Updates to these fields are ongoing, and new ASHI Members are joining every day. Homebuyers are encouraged to check back often and ask questions of a prospective inspector to make sure that their requirements will be met.

"Choosing an ASHI Member is a homebuyer's best assurance of an inspector's proven qualifications and professionalism," added Corsetto. "Finding the right ASHI Member has never been easier."

To request Spanish versions of ASHI's Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics or general consumer brochure contact ASHI headquarters at 800-743-2744. Spanish translations of ASHI's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are also available on the Web at

About the American Society of Home Inspectors

Celebrating 30 years, and more than 6,000 members strong, 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 have become the industry standard. ASHI's mission is to meet the needs of its membership and to promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession.

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