HIF was founded in 1991 to help the real estate industry meet the need for qualified Home Inspectors. Many buyers and real estate professionals want a quality home inspection to be conducted prior to close of escrow. Buyers use home inspections to evaluate the condition of the home. Sellers use home inspections to avoid liability or to identify areas needing repair prior to listing their home for sale. Some lenders may require a home inspection before approving a loan. It is important that the Inspector is competent, knowledgeable and adheres to the highest code of ethics and professional conduct. Housing Inspection Foundation Members receive a Certificate of Membership, HIF identification card, lapel pin, and may use our logo/advertising material displaying their credentials so that prospective clients may easily identify professionals of HIF.