one of the local training firms has this to say before it’s posted on the TREC site, sad state we live in…thanks IC
The Texas Real Estate Commission “TREC” has UPDATED and released a NEW VERSION of the inspectors Standards of Practice “SoP’s” and Standard Report Form REI 7A-1. TREC adopted the New SoP’s as of October 27, 2008. All TREC licensed inspectors have until February 1, 2009 to comply with the new SoP’s and to bring thier inspection report form into compliance with REI 7A-1.
The changes vary from getting rid of the words “In need of Repair” and replacing them with “Deficient”, new and updated definitions, to reorganizing and reformatting so that the inspection report form and the SoP’s follow along in the same order.
The New Standards also contain many New “Specific Limitations”. These New Specific Limitations will assist in
lowering inspector liability. The NEW REPORT FORM also has new promulgated liability limiting language on the first two pages to help set the consumers expectations. This is a REAL BONUS with the new E & O requirements.
There are also several changes that will require the inspector to document additional information throughout the standard report form.
Some of the significant changes include:
Arc-fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) to 2008 NEC Standards
Ground-fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) to 2008 NEC Standards
Smoke Alarm locations and required testing
Water Heater Capacity
and much, much more…