Standards of Practice
The visual inspection is being performed in accordance to these Standards of Practice. The Standards of Practice are recognized throughout the industry as a set of guidelines for home inspectors to adopt while performing a home inspection. This document describes the nature and scope of the building inspection during the inspection of the property up to the official written report.
Since July 1, 2012, the new mandatory form Declarations by the seller of the immovable must be used for all transactions involving the sale, by a natural person, of a chiefly residential immovable containing less than 5 dwellings, including immovables held in divided or undivided co-ownership. This is done for the purpose of transparency as well as to protect the interests of the parties to the transaction and those of the broker. The seller must provide the information to the best of his knowledge; the form does not require the seller to declare something that he does not know. The form shall be made available to the home inspector.
The service agreement provide the essential elements of the service provided; scope and limitations, inspector’s obligations and the client’s obligations.
Code of ethic
- Honesty, justice, and courtesy form a moral philosophy which, associated with mutual interest among people, constitutes the foundation of ethics.
- Home and Property Inspectors should recognize such a standard, not in passive observance, but in a set of dynamic principles guiding their conduct.
- It is their duty to practice the profession according to this code of ethics.
- As the keystone of professional conduct is integrity.
- Home and Property Inspectors will discharge their duties with fidelity to the public, their clients, and with fairness and impartiality to all.
- They should uphold the honor and dignity of their profession and avoid association with any enterprise of questionable character, or apparent conflict of interest.
- The Home and Property Inspector will express an opinion only when it is based on practical experience and honest conviction.
- The Home and Property Inspector will always act in good faith toward each client.
- The Home and Property Inspector will not disclose any information concerning the results of the inspection without the approval of the clients or their representatives.
- The Home and Property Inspector will not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one interested party for the same service without the consent of all interested parties.
- The Home and Property Inspector will not accept nor offer commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other parties dealing with their client in connection with work for which the member is responsible.
- The Home and Property Inspector will promptly disclose to his or her client any interest in a business which may affect the client.
- The Home and Property Inspector will not allow an interest in any business to affect the quality of the results of their inspection work which they may be called upon to perform.
- The inspection work may not be used as a vehicle by the Home and Property Inspector to deliberately obtain work in another field.
- A Home and Property Inspector shall make every effort to uphold, maintain, and improve the professional integrity, reputation, and practice of the home inspection profession.
- She/He will report all such relevant information, including violations of this Code by other Home and Property Inspectors, to the National Certification Authority for possible remedial action.