Originally Posted By: dkeogh
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Scott, To get back to your question what association is best. I am a member of ASHI, NACHI and have been a member of NAHI.
I found all three associations to have strengths and have met inspectors in all three associations that I liked personally and respected professionally. I would also say that in my opinion all three associations are lacking in some areas and leave room for improvement.
In my years as a home inspector I have been asked several times by real estate agents if I am a member of ASHI. I have never been asked If I am a member of NACHI or NAHI. That weighed heavily on my decision to join ASHI. I do not like the high fees that come with ASHI membership of the ASHI branding campaign, but ASHI is very strong in education and training so I try to focus on that.
NACHI seams to be the most willing to help new inspectors. They offer a great deal of information to inspectors free of charge. It also accrues to me that NACHI is like a third party candidate in a presidential election. NACHI'S growing membership and stance on legislative issues has help keep the political side of this business some what in balance.
I found NAHI to be a very inspector friendly association. The local chapter in my area has a strong membership and the monthly speakers they get are very informative. I intend to renew may membership this year. My only criticism of NAHI would be there unwillingness to stand up for themselves. In the past they have always willingly taken a back seat to ASHI. I think that that may be beginning to change.
I guess it comes down to what association is right for each inspector. I for one look forward to a time when there is much less animosity between associations and a lot more brotherhood. If you ask me there is a lot more all three association have in common then they care to realize.
Good luck with your new business.