Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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You can call yourself a home inspector, a professional home inspector, or the galaxie’s best home inspector, but be careful about calling yourself a “certified” anything unless you can actually hold and touch your certificate. So says our attorney. You can say what you want about yourself but “certified” means someone or some other organization is saying something about you.
By far the most often used phrase entered into a www.google.com
search by home buyers seeking home inspectors is "certified home inspectors." Consumers don't know one association from another.
We hired a girl to stand on the sidewalk in Philadelphia all day, holding a page of logos from all the associations: NACHI, ASHI, SPREI, NAHI, CREIA, etc (we removed the written out wording). We had her ask passerby's "What industry are these acronyms and logos from?" After 8 hours (minus lunch), there was not a single correct guess. I'd love to say that all home buyers seek only NACHI inspectors but it wouldn't be true. "Certified Home Inspectors" is what consumers look for, and nothing can change that.
National Association of CERTIFIED Home Inspectors