First Time Home Buyers
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS® (ISHI®)?
ISHI, was established in 1995 in Louisiana as a non-profit voluntary professional association. ISHI has grown to over 300 members today. ISHI's Professional Inspector Standards and Professional Code of Ethics provide the consumer with the assurance of quality and professionalism. Members of ISHI are either owners or employees of professional building inspection companies. Today ISHI has members throughout the state and is recognized in Louisiana as the leading authority in the building inspection industry.
ISHI has established a high Inspector Standards for the inspection profession that is used throughout the state to ensure the buyer who retains an ISHI member of a complete and detailed inspection and report. All members must abide by these standards and code of ethics. ISHI offers its members and candidates continuing education in the latest building technology, training, and materials to ensure the most professional inspection for the consumer. ISHI acts as a public information service to real estate buyers and provides technical support and training to realty agents, state agencies and other related professions. Many ISHI members have engineering, architectural, or technical backgrounds most members have had experience in various construction fields and are or have been building contractors. In addition to performing building inspections, many ISHI inspectors help with analysis and solutions to specific problems, such as foundations, energy conservation, and roofing problems. ISHI inspectors are also frequently called upon to review restoration and home improvement plans as well as maintenance specifications, contracts and progress inspections for new construction to help ensure proper completion of contracted work.
If you find that you are involved in a dispute regarding construction work performed on your building, a ISHI member can provide expert advice. Also, many ISHI members inspect commercial and investment properties, multiple unit dwellings, condominiums, townhomes, mobile homes and perform reserve studies as well.
ISHI's Professional Code of Ethics prohibits Members from engaging in conflict of interest activities which might compromise their objectivity. This is the consumer's assurance that the inspector will not, for example, use the inspection to solicit or refer repair work.
In order to assist home inspectors in furthering their education, ISHI sponsors a number of technical seminars and workshops throughout the year, often in cooperation with one of its Chapters. ISHI also serves as a public interest group by providing accurate and helpful consumer information to home buyers on home purchasing and home maintenance.