As you know, most states prohibit home inspectors from offering or making repairs on any home they inspected within the past 12 months.
InterNACHI, Florida’s largest inspection association prohibits it too. This from our Code of Ethics: “The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to structure on 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 which are not included in the InterNACHI standards of practice.”
And even Florida’s own Mold-Related Services law which was implemented along with their Home Inspectors Law lists in its prohibitions: “Perform or offer to perform remediation to a structure on which the mold assessor or the mold assessor’s company provided a mold assessment within the last 12 months.”
However, in Florda’s Home Inspectors law, section 468.8319 (f) oddly reads:
“Perform or offer to perform, prior to closing, for any additional fee, any repairs to a home on which the inspector or the inspector’s company has prepared a home inspection report.”
Notice the words “prior to closing” inserted in there.
Did the GCs figure a way to offer home inspections at a reduced fee or even for free, just to get the repair lead and offer to do the repair work after the home closes?
We’ve seen “free home inspections” being offered by roofing contractors in California.