Read their commercial standards and see how bland they are. They have a section that even spells out how, if the client and inspector agree to modify the standard in any manner, they may do as they see fit…applying some of it or all of it, as they wish.
On February 19, 2007, ASTM International (ASTM) will hold an Organizational Meeting for a new standards development activity on Inspection of Residential Dwellings. The meeting will take place in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), and will be held at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 (phone: 702/794-9412; www.rivierahotel.com). The meeting will commence at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at approximately 4:00 p.m. NOTE: There is no fee to attend this meeting.
Yes, ASTM E2018-01 allows the inspector to tailor their inspection and subsequent report to both market conditions and the needs of the client.
I believe this is both uplifting and enterprising in that the inspector is no longer forced to inspect to a strict SoP and is allowed to create inspection products for niche markets.
For instance a large part of my business has become Insurance & foreclosure inspections which at this time are not performed to any standard.
Furthermore, I can envision how a cafeteria standard like ASTM E2018-01 would be beneficial in regards to New Construction, Warranty and Pre-Sale inspections for both the inspector and the client. Bottom line is we should be allowed to sell what people want (market driven) and not be forced to provide inspection services just because some arbitrary SoP demands them.
Not to bust your chops too much, but using your logic of being able to change/ignore the standards at will thus making them useless and nothing more than guidelines, could be applied to the NACHI SoP as well. Section 1.1 allows for the same scenario.
Joe’s assessment points out the beauty of such a standard, while Jim points out that the standard is fairly open to interpretation. The fact that 2810 states that one can do more, or less, than what is included and still be in compliance begs the question as to what sort of standard is it, really.
That being said, I’d go to the conference, or Nick can go. Why, however, after all this time ASTM chooses NOW to develop a standard is interesting.
Other interesting thing in 2810 states that the client decides if his inspector is qualified or not (as it should be, IMO).
I guess ASTM is trying to take the organizational politics out of the equation. Perhaps this effort is being pushed with states enacting licensing. But, with all HI association SOPs being similar, one still needs to wonder.
To Joe B’s point, if a client only wants a limited 4-point inspection, and the parties agree to it, it can still be considered ASTM compliant, so long as the parties agree, in advance.
It is a Scumbag NAHI move as they realize they are becoming obsolete, so they are trying to make themselves relevant with a new SOP.
As for ASTM… they are many years too late. Our industry already has SOPs that are referenced in law, recognized by courts, relied on by insurance companies, written into software, pointed to by the real estate industry, published everywhere and used by tens of thousands of inspectors already.
ASTM and Scumbag NAHI are also announcing that they are working on a new transportation tool that is perfectly round and rolls.
Why don’t we have a big meeting in Las Vegas so everyone
will see us, the “Heavy Hitters”, as the true leaders of the
industry. Let’s create a noble reason for this meeting so
everyone will think we really care.
BTW… while everyone is admiring us for putting together
such a big parade, we can sell stuff, rent tables, and give out
token recognition speeches to our new Lemmings.
I love big events where people admire me, it makes me
feel good about my insecurities and feelings of being
Hey my name is NAHI and we can invite ASTM.
They will help me look bigger than what I am.
All those with the same problem will want to be
there too, so they can be part of the ground floor,
of the new movement, to establish big leaders
in the industry. We can all pretend to be important
My name is NAHI.
Do you think anyone will find out I got cheap rates
and receive kick backs from the Las Vegas hotel?
Hey, half the people will come just because it’s
Las Vegas anyway… our meeting is scheduled
right after the Roswell UFO convention.