The Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors

Welcome to VAREI

VAREI acts as a voice for Virginia home inspectors in regulatory and legislative issues, promotes excellence in the home inspection industry, and represents a membership that spans the Commonwealth.
From its inception in 2000, VAREI, The Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors has been the professional association of, by, and for Virginia home inspectors. During the fast-paced legislative session of 2001, VAREI leadership sought the opinions of the membership on important issues and acted upon them. In subsequent regulatory promulgation meetings VAREI leadership has actively advocated for all Virginia home inspectors. Membership in VAREI is clearly a way of protecting professional inspector interests and the interests of the public. In the future, as other parties attempt to influence the home inspection industry through legislation and regulatory changes, VAREI will be there.
Become a member of the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors by submitting a New Member Application
Join or renew your VAREI membership  You do not need to log in to register, renew or pay dues. Once the Treasurer receives your payment, he will activate your account. Please be patient, this could take a day or two.
To all who made the effort to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting - thank you!
Minutes of the last Board meeting are available to members here
The next board meeting is October 6, 2016 at DeFazio's following the Annual Meeting
Congratulations to Willie Macklin, winner of the 2016 membership drawing
Trisha Henshaw, Executive Director, ALHI Board, and Robb Bohannon of Hunton and Williams, VAREI's lobbyist in Richmond, will be speaking and answering questions.
Anyone who is not a member of ASHI, and joins a local ASHI chapter between 7.26.16 and 12.31.16 will get a free one year membership in ASHI.
For the latest information on licensing from DPOR - click here
A message from Dave Rushton, President (re: VAREI meeting and licensing)
Friends and Collegues,

First item- the VAREI meeting at DiFazio's on Thursday, October 6th. Very few members have filled out the online registration form and even fewer have indicated if they will attend the meeting. We need to know ASAP how many members will be at the meeting to order food at DiFazio's. Please email David Wingenbach,, to RSVP that you will attend the meeting even if you have already filled out an online registration.

I attended the final meeting of the Home Inspector Licensing Committee of the Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors today. Bob Anaya and Charles Chisholm were also in attendance as home inspector representatives on the committee.

The regulations for licensing and the new home training module criteria were finalized by the committee. The changes made will be included into the regulations and then sent to the Board for review, change and adoption. There were no significant changes to the regulations from previous drafts. Licensing will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Home inspectors who are certified before June 30, 2017 will be grandfathered into licensing. For those of you who were not certified before that date, you will have to apply for a license to continue to do home inspections after July 1, 2017.

The training program for new construction and the pre-license education will hopefully be available by May 1, 2017, two months in advance of the 7/1 effective date.

The ALHI Board will meet on 11/15 to review the recommendations of the committee. There is a public comment period, advertised via notices on Town Hall, DPOR website and trade organizations regarding draft test and the comment period. When this is available, you will be notified through VAREI if you are a member.

The ALHI Board meeting on 2/9/17 will consider any public comments received and amend the text as appropriate and adopts the text of the regulations. The text will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 3/6/17.

This information is all courtesy of Trisha Henshaw and DPOR staff including Tanya Pettus, who worked very hard on these regulations. While I was paying attention and making notes, my notes were certainly not this detailed. DPOR prepared the regulation timeline for those attending the meeting.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Thank you very much,


David P. Rushton
ABLE Building Inspection, Inc.
540-636-6200, 540-636-6202 fax
ASHI Certified Home Inspector #109688
VA Certified Home Inspector #3380 000161
WV Certified Home Inspector License #HI3812031954-0407
MD Home Inspector License #30236
Master Inspector by Peer Review, NOVA ASHI, 2009
Historic Building Inspector Association Member
NEHA Residential Measurement Provider #101329RT
NRSB Radon Measurement Specialist #SS3170

The licensing bill brought by the VAR (HB 741) is now reality - it has been signed by the Governor. As of July 1, 2017, anyone conducting home inspections in The Commonwealth of Virginia will have to hold a valid Home Inspectors License from DPOR. Additionally, anyone who wants to perform pre-drywall inspections, or new build final inspections, will have to have the New Construction Module endorsement on their license.
Dave Rushton, Charles Chisholm, Jim Vaughn, Mark Singer (former VAREI lobbyist), and Robb Bohannon (Hunton & Williams - current VAREI lobbyist) met at the DPOR offices in Richmond January 5th with representatives of VAR and DPOR. The language of the proposed bill was thoroughly discussed, changes were made as needed, then all parties present mutually and cordially agreed to the proposed bill.
The bill becomes effective July 1, 2017. Any inspector who is DPOR certified by a date as yet to be determined, will become a licensed inspector July 1, 2017. Click on the links below for more information.
The VAREI Board will attempt to keep the membership updated as changes occur.

Member Organizations