Home Inspections


Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying and selling process. Failure to obtain a home inspection could potentially cost you a great deal of money and hassles in the long run. Uncover valuable tips on the importance of a home inspection and helpful links to a variety of professional home inspection organizations, plus useful information available to you from the National Association.


We've already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

IW 18 Annual Luncheon Keynote, (YouTube, Jan. 21, 2018) – Inspection World 2018 Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon Keynote Speaker, REALTOR® Kimberly Allard, discusses how home inspectors and REALTORS® can come together to offer clients a reliable and effective home-buying experience. 

Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

Source: National Association of REALTORS®, HouseLogic, 2017)

Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

  • Do you belong to a professional association?
  • Will your report meet all state requirements?
  • How experienced are you?
  • How do you keep your expertise up to date?
  • Do you focus on residential inspection?
  • Do you offer to do repairs or improvements?
  • How long will the inspection take?
  • How much?
  • Will I be able to attend the inspection?

Source: Questions to Ask a Home Inspector, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2017)

Home Inspection 101

What to Know About the Home Inspection, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2018)

Pre-Listing Inspections Put Sellers in Control, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2018)

The 10 Most Common Home Inspection Problems, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, 2018)

Frequently Asked Questions on Home Inspections, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2018)

ASHI’s Virtual Home Inspection Tour, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2018)

Links to Consumer Protection Information, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2018)

Don't Let Inspections Become Deal Breakers, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Nov. 2017)

3 Reasons Home Inspections Kill Deals, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Nov. 2017)

Inspection Problems That Can't Be Ignored, (NAR Daily Real Estate News, Aug. 17, 2016)

6 Home Improvement Flubs that Cause Home Inspection Headaches, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, July 2016)

Beware of These Home Inspection Red Flags, (NAR Daily Real Estate News, June 20, 2016)

Legal & Regulatory Issues

Jablonski v. Rapalje: Lawsuit over Disclosure of Bats in Attic Proceeds, (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Heller v. D.W. Fish Realty Co., Inc.: Salesperson Liable for Incomplete Well Testing, (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Legal Case Summary: Johnson v. Maki and Associates, Inc.: Release Contained in Cancellation Agreement is Invalid, (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Legal Case Summary: Field v. Century 21 Klowden-Forness Realty: California Court Distinguishes Between Limited Inspection Dutues Owed to Buyer by Seller’s Broker and Fiduciary Duties Owed by Buyer Broker, (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

Lane v. Oustalet:  Dual Agent Breaches Fiduciary Duty by Giving Information to Only One Client, (National Association of REALTORS®, Legal Case Summaries)

NAR State and Local Issues Tracker, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

91 Percent of Closed Contracts in August 2017 Had Contract Settlement Contingencies, (NAR's Economist's Blog, Sept. 29, 2017)

REALTORS® Reported More Contracts Were Settled on Time from January - March 2017 Compared to Past Years, (NAR Economist's Blog, May 8, 2017)

Financing, Home Inspection, and Appraisal Issues:  Major Issues Affecting Contract Settlement, (National Association of REALTORS® Economist’s Outlook, Feb. 9, 2016)

Pools safety plan calls for more home inspections, (The Sun Herald, Jan. 24, 2016) E

The Home Inspection Professional

Find a Home Inspector, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2018)

Becoming an Inspector, (American Society of Home Inspectors, 2018)

Do You Trust Home Inspectors?, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, July 2017)

Home Inspector or Specialist?, (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Feb. 2016)

Beyond the Inspector:  7 Pros Who May Need to Check Out Your Future Home (and Why), (HouseLogic, 2016)


American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee St., Ste. 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Tel. 847-759-2820

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers
P.O. Box 403
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703
Tel. 800-294-7729

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
1750 30th Street
Boulder, CO 80301

The Collapse of the National Association of Home Inspectors, (FurnaceCompare.com, Mar. 23, 2017).  

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The 30 Second Commute—The Ultimate Guide to Starting and Operating a Home-Based Business (eBook)

The Clutter Cure—Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space and Creating the Home of Your Dreams (eBook)

The Complete Book of Home Inspection (eBook)

The Complete Guide to Zoning (eBook)

Home Closing Checklist (eBook)

How to Increase the Value of Your Home (eBook)

Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees, Boundaries & Noise (eBook)

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mold (eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Mystical Guide to Home Inspection, (Author House, 2005) HD 1375 R17

Navigating USPAP - Practical Applications, (Appraisal Foundation, 2005) HD 1387 H46

Mold & Real Estate: A Handbook for Buyers and Sellers, (Thomson South-Western, 2004) TD 883 St8

Secrets of the Happy Home Inspectors, (Someday Publishing, 2004) HD 1341 C76

REBAC Roundtable 2003, Volume II: Home Inspections and Buyer's Rep Liability, (Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, Inc., 2003) HF 296 R24r

2003 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Survey of Real Estate Services, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2003) HD 1375 N21 sr

Inspecting a House, (Newton, CT: Taunton, 2001) TH 4817.5 C31

Real Estate Home Inspection, (Chicago, IL: Dearborn Financial Publishing, 1999) HD 1387 Bu91

Start Your Own Home Inspection Business, (Paramus, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999) HD 1375 P91

Home Inspector's Guide to Training the Real Estate Professional: An Overview of the Home Inspection Process, (Hurricane Press, 1998) HD 1341 Sh8h

Red Flags: Property Inspection Guide, (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Company, 1995) TH 4817.5 P91

The Real Estate Inspection Book, (Canton, OH: Kooba Company, 1995) HD 1341 M31

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