Originally Posted By: Robert Jonston
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Again, I haven’t read all the posts yet so this may have been discussed.
I am thinking of setting up a home inspection business, probably as a LLC. I am also a professional engineer and would like the business to allow the flexibility to perform certain engineering services.
Is it unethical to offer engineering services or opinions as a result of a "normal" or standard as defined by the SOP home inspection. Example: While inspecting a house, I notice that the owner is building a porch above a garage entry, attempting to clear span 26' with a small 6" wide flange beam. I know this will exhibit at least excessive deflection. What if the owner or client asks "what should this be?" This is an easy engineering question and one I would want to answer. However, does it fall under the same criteria as the home inspector who is also a licensed plumber and sees a leeky pipe that can be easily fixed?
Note: this was a hypothetic question based on a real experience - I was able to discourage the porch builder prior to construction.
My main thought is that I would like to be able to perform certain "special" inspections with defined scopes which fall outside of the SOP - such as sizing a garage beam offering advice on a sagging floor or roof. Does this require two separate business entities? Don't ask how this affects E&O insurance - don't know yet. I expect the engineering portion of the business to be very minor with respect to the standard inspections.
Curious to see your thoughts....