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Our Code of Ethics

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. InterNACHI members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.

  1. Duty to the Public
    1. The InterNACHI member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
    2. The InterNACHI member shall not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
    3. The InterNACHI member shall be fair, honest and impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
    4. The InterNACHI member shall not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
    5. The InterNACHI member shall be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.
    6. The InterNACHI member shall not:
      1. have any disclosed or undisclosed conflict of interest with the client;
      2. accept or offer any disclosed or undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits, or other benefit from real estate agents, brokers, or any third parties having financial interest in the sale of the property; or
      3. offer or provide any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker, or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.
    7. The InterNACHI member shall not release any information about the inspection or the client to a third party unless doing so is necessary to protect the safety of others, to comply with a law or statute, or both of the following conditions are met:
    • the client has been made explicitly aware of what information will be released, to whom, and for what purpose, and;
      1. the client has provided explicit, prior written consent for the release of his/her information.
      2. The InterNACHI member shall always act in the interests of the client unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.
      3. The InterNACHI member shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
      4. The InterNACHI member shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he or she conducts business.
      5. The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

2. Duty to Continue Education

  1. The InterNACHI member shall comply with InterNACHI's current Continuing Education requirements.
  2. The InterNACHI member shall pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam once every three years.

 

Home Inspection - Exterior

3.2. Exterior

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim;
  2. all exterior doors;
  3. adjacent walkways and driveways;
  4. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
  5. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
  6. railings, guards and handrails;
  7. the eaves, soffits and fascia;
  8. a representative number of windows; and
  9. vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion. 

II. The inspector shall describe:

 

  1. the type of exterior wall-covering materials.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

 

  1. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails.

IV. The inspector is not required to:

  1. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting.
  2. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing. 
  3. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions. 
  4. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. 
  5. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks. 
  6. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures. 
  7. inspect for safety-type glass. 
  8. inspect underground utilities. 
  9. inspect underground items. 
  10. inspect wells or springs. 
  11. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems. 
  12. inspect swimming pools or spas. 
  13. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools. 
  14. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems. 
  15. inspect drainfields or dry wells. 
  16. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

What Is A General Home Inspection?

1.1.  A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

  1. The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.

  2. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.

1.2.  A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people.  The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.

1.3.  A general home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

Home Inspection - Infrared Thermal Imaging

Our infrared thermal imaging cameras are one of the best parts of the inspection. We use them to determine if there are any hidden leaks within the home that cannot be seen or are not noticeable, such as slab leaks. Every home inspection includes us running all the faucets, toilets, showers and other plumbing and completing a scan of the entire home with the IR camera for leaks. We also use the camera to determine the effectiveness of the heating and air conditioning systems based on temperature outputs at the registers. Our infrared cameras also have the ability to help find hot spots in the electrical systems, which can help to determine the safety and serviceability of the electrical system.

What Does A Home Inspection Identify?

A home inspection will identify any defects or problems with the home, an understanding of the systems of the home, such as identifying the type of heating system, plumbing or electrical system the home is equipped with.

Home Inspector Training, Education and Experience

Home Inspector Education and Experience

Our home inspectors are fully certified and complete dozens of hours of additional training each year as well as maintaining knowledge of changes in building code and current building codes. Our home inspectors are certified in multiple different areas of home inspections, including; Certified Indoor Air Quality Consulting, Mold Inspections and Testing, and California Dept. of Public Health Lead Paint Inspections.

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What Are The Standards of Practice

What Are The Standards of Practice?

The Standards of Practice for Home Inspections provide clients with a guideline of what will be covered as part of our home inspection and provide our home inspectors with a standard of quality to adhere to, as well as guidelines to provide a comprehensive home inspection.

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