CREIA Advises To Lessen Your Home’s “Winter Worries” With A Professional Inspection

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December 1, 2005 (Palm Springs, Calif) — The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) advises homeowners to make sure their homes are safe for the winter by retaining the services of a professional home inspector.

For many Californians, the only time their furnace or fireplace gets use is during a cold spell in the winter. Because of this limited use, furnaces and fireplaces may not be working efficiently or safely. The following are concerns a homeowner (or potential homebuyer) needs to be aware of…and which a professional home inspector will investigate:

Make sure you retain the services of a qualified inspector who is trained and experienced in home inspection and is a member of a professional association such as CREIA. Since 1976, CREIA, a non-profit voluntary membership organization has been providing education, training, and support services to the real estate inspection industry and to the public. Inspectors must adhere to CREIA's Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed by the association. These Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California, and are considered the source for Home Inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.

CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a written test of property systems and complete 30 hours of education each year. Members can accumulate credits through various sources of education including monthly chapter meetings, conferences, and other approved activities. CREIA keeps records to ensure that members are complying with the requirements. Educational topics cover a variety of technical subjects including updates and advances that affect property inspection and the business of real estate inspection.

CREIA is dedicated to consumer protection and education. To locate a qualified CREIA inspector near you click here or call CREIA at (800) 388-8443.