Hello Everyone, I’m a new member and I’m proud and happy to be part of this wonderful and collaborative community of professional inspectors around the world.
My first post is that a home inspector is a professional advisor, no more than an advisor and what I came to know from one of the courses, that the duty of the Home Inspector is NOT to report a building code violation for different reasons and one of those reasons is that the house might be built long before the issuance of the building code or any of its omissions, additions, amendments…etc. However, when we inspect any visible and accessible element we check it against a specific guidance, standards or figures, and those standards are extracted from the Building Code itself. So My argument is that at the time we all adhere to the InterNachi SOP and we use our professional experience, knowledge and the guidance of the Building Code, but we should refrain from reporting Building Code Violation, taking into consideration that the Building Code supersedes any building standard(s) including InterNachi guidance.
The 2nd argument, is that for the majority of the civil and architectural designs the “safety factor” is always attributed to the safety of infants and children and not the adults, like in the design of stairs, windows, doors…etc, however, I did not notice in many of InterNACHI’s courses what is the safety factor, precaution or reason behind a specific figure, i.e. “WHY” that specific figure and not any other figure? I’m sure that no professional advisor wants to memorise any specific figure(s) “blindly” without having an idea about “WHY” is that specific figure or standard, so we can empower our clients with an informative and educational decision rather than just saying it’s “InteNachi SOP” or it’s the “Building Code”.