A/C Maintenance Tips

By Jon Vacha

Air Conditioners last longer and run more efficiently if they are properly maintained and cared for. We recommend having a professional HVAC company service the A/C once a year. Most people don’t follow that recommendation. Here are a few A/C maintenance tips for do-it-your-selfers and everyone else who does not know their HVAC tech on…

Information Only Inspection

By Jon Vacha

Light vs darkness – it is a theme repeated often.  If sales are about building relationships, guiding a client to make informed decisions is key. We all instinctively can tell when someone is open and honest and trying to supply us with the information we need.   If we ever sense manipulation, trust is typically lost.…

Flat Tires and Foundation Repair

By Jon Vacha

If you have a leaky tire, you might go to an auto-mechanic to get a repair. If that mechanic’s recommendation for repair is a new steel rim, a new axle and 4 new tires at a total cost of $4,000.00, would you think of getting a second opinion? I have inspected too many homes with…

Attic Insulation

By Jon Vacha

Many homeowners are increasingly conscious of the benefits of improving the thermal rating of their homes. Recently at the GO-ASHI meeting, Todd from USA Insulation spoke to our group of ASHI inspectors about some of the ins and outs of an existing residential home’s attic insulation. Todd prides himself on doing extensive research about trends…

Do You See What I See?

By Jon Vacha

I recently went an entire half of a work day not realizing my phone was still on airplane mode. I finished my inspection 20 minutes early and I had an overwhelming sense of clarity and focus with regard to that home inspection. I had not been distracted by emails about my schedule, texts from agents…

Why I Love My Job

By Jon Vacha

I have worked with Home Standards Inspection Services as the inspection coordinator for 6 months now. At first, I didn’t know quite what to expect.  I came from a large, bustling corporate environment which I thrived in due to my competitive nature and attention to customer service. I liked the idea of working from home,…

Stair and Window Safety

By Jon Vacha

Any of us who have fallen down a flight of stairs understand how exciting it can be. Most of us have not experienced falling down a flight of stairs which is amazing considering how many steps a person braves during a lifetime. The reason for this, is there are building codes and safety regulations and…

Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

By Jon Vacha

  It’s that time of year again, summer is here and along with it comes the heat!!  As the days grow longer and hotter, air conditioners run longer and use more power. This additional usage puts a strain on our electrical power grid throughout the city.  Air conditioners/heat pumps use a tremendous amount of electricity,…

The ASHI Experience

By Jon Vacha

Only an ASHI inspector can provide your customers with a professional, personalized inspection that combines more than 30 years of the highest technical standards, adherence to a strict code of ethics and the very best in customer service and education. We call this “The ASHI Experience”.   When you choose ASHI, you’ll be working with…

Ducts in a row

By Jon Vacha

In the photo there are two vent openings on the living room floor. One is a supply vent and one is a return vent. When vents like this are so close together they aren’t very efficient because they just cycle the air from one vent to another and not through the living space of the…