Home Inspector Rules

The Home Inspector rules are effective 10/22/2013.

Some of the changes are shown on DBPR’s Home Inspector Web site.

The link for Statutes and Rules on the website lists all the rules.

We still have possible changes to a few items in Definitions, Standards of Practice Interior and Exterior Components.

Richard Haynes

Ain’t it great being told how to run your business :frowning:

Many people out there are starving and would love to just have a job .
Most of us are a lot better off then many others .

That have a name for a man without rules…dead

Many of us down here in the States are not.

Especially those of us unfortunately enough to be in Florida.

I think you mean Free :slight_smile:

Only a fool would beg and ask the government to tell them how to run their business and what they must do.

Either that or someone who needed to appear equal to those with a lifetime of experience buy buying a piece of paper from the State.

Poof here is you piece of paper now you are an instant expert with the same knowledge of Architects, Engineers and General Contractors. All it took was a 20 minute test and saying you have been doing it for years. The other mentioned professionals had to prove a lifetime of experience with sworn witnesses and multiple day long tests. Just don’t seem right to me but hey not much doe so whats the difference anyhow. Nothing will ever change in this cesspool we call Florida. But hey the G.C. now have cheap labor to farm out their insurance inspections for next to nothing. Ever look at the G.C.'s who were all for quick cheap easy licensing for any Tom, Dick or Harry that is their new never ending supply of insta pros to do the inspections the insurance companies used to give only to life long pros. Call them contractors and you do not hardly have to pay them squat. Not my world I do not participate in that nonsense.


Every license has rules. Even before licensing we had rules to follow. Each association has their own standards. You are a contractor. You have a whole slew of rules you have to follow.

We are not instant experts with the same knowledge of Architects, Engineers and General Contractors. If we were, we would not have to refer out to them in our reports. A home inspector is not an Architect, engineer, or GC, but neither is n architect, engineer, or GC a home inspector. Each takes a separate set of skills. You seem to forget that inspecting is different from building. I have seen many contractors that build great houses (yes every one, go ahead and laugh at that one) but do not have a clue as to how to inspect a house. By the way, if the contractors are, in your eyes, so good, why do home even need to be inspected.

Conversely, contractors and the like are not instant home inspectors, some think they are, but they are not.

The rules, are merely the minimum. Those that protest them, more than likely, do not even perform an inspection to the minimum. Those of us who exceed the “rules” regularly, don’t particularly care.

How can you have home inspector licensing when your state does not have, enforce, or implement state wide building codes? How do you actually know that a defect is actually a defect?

Any state licensing is only a basic, minimum standard. That all. It is what the REA’s want. Now, all inspectors will inspect homes at this basic minimum standard, and basic minimum prices. The consumers are the losers.


Well said!

Why would I lower my standards to the minimum?

I am concerned with the lack of General Limitations and Exclusions the whole of 60-30.812 is gone- in particular the part where the NACHI, ASHI, and FABI standards all have a statement regarding code compliance that states that we are not required to determine:

compliance with codes or regulations. (INTERNACHI)

Compliance with regulatory requirements (codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc.) - FABI, ASHI.

I would think that without such an exclusion mentioned - we could be held accountable to every code in the book.

It this just for licensing and education? I don’t see any links on that page for an SOP or anything of the likes.

A license does not build the business. Who here has a four year degree in property inspection? Who here has a four year degree in building construction? Point is that a building contractor that is doing well is not probably going to be a property inspector. This is our chosen profession. There were no set standards before licensing was put into place. Anyone could have business cards printed and say they were a home inspector. So as much as someone would like to find fault with the state licensing program it at least sets basic requirements to be a home inspector. Those requirements don’t tell me how to run or build my business. Get over it.

They do now as they tell you what you must and must not do.

Eric and Bill I am not ignoring you guys but what more can the three of us say to each other that we have not heard from the other so many times before. I respect you both and have long since given up on changing your opinions. Be well :slight_smile: and make a zillion bucks.

Well said Bill

Agreed dear Sir

Speaking of the rules, see attached.