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Home Inspections Boost Homebuyer Confidence

Sunday, January 27, 2013 Filed Under Home Inspection

ASHI Survey reveals Home Inspections boost Homebuyer Confidence in 88% of U.S. Adults. Results indicate adults are more likely to purchase a distressed property, including foreclosures and short sales, following a professional home inspection.
  • 88% of respondents say home inspections increase their confidence about the conditions of any property.
  • More than four in five adults think foreclosures and short sales can be good deals
  • 84% of respondents say they would be more likely to purchase a distressed (foreclosed or short sale) property after a home inspection deemed it in good condition
  • Consumers are uncertain of the services traditionally included in the home inspection
  • The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the gold standard of home inspectors
The online survey was recently conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of ASHI to better understand current consumer perceptions about a value of home inspection. Almost 9 in 10 (88 percent) adults say a home inspection increases their confidence about the condition of a property. Eighty-four percent of adults believe home inspections are a necessity, not a luxury. 
"It is encouraging to learn having a home inspection increases homebuyer confidence," said Marvin Goldstein, ASHI president. "We look forward to prospective buyers acting on the security brought by home inspections, to breathe even more life into the recovering housing market."
Interestingly, while homeowners are aware of the importance of the home inspection, more than one in four (28 percent) mistakenly believes the purpose of an inspection is to verify that a home complies with local building codes. More than one in ten (12 percent) confused home inspection with an appraisal.
"ASHI is focused on raising consumer awareness about the value and components of a home inspection," said Goldstein. "We will continue to take active steps to clarify for homeowners and homebuyers alike what should be expected during an inspection conducted by an ACI, and set high standards for our members to help ensure their customers are well informed and satisfied."
Certified Home Inspectors subscribe to the Standards of Practice which visually examines the condition of the home's roof, attic and insulation, foundation basement and structural components, as well as interior plumbing and electrical systems. For a complete list of what's included in a home inspection please click https://www.freedombusinessschool.com/Scripts/page.asp?id=3 

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