Inspectors making repairs

Originally Posted By: Kevin Blackwell
This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.



I am trying to get a straight answer for the record according to trec rules.


can a inspector do repairs on a property that he or she inspected at anytime?


Thx Kevin from Houston,Tx perparing for pro.exam


Originally Posted By: pdacey
This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.



Kevin,


I've never seen anything in exact words that say you can not do repairs on a house that you inspect. However, if you read the TREC rules, particularly:

535.220. Professional Conduct and Ethics
(b)
(3) The inspector should conduct his business in a manner that will assure his client of the inspector's independence from outside influence and interests that might compromise his ability to render a fair and impartial opinion regarding any inspection performed.

It can be argued that if you are doing repairs on homes you inspect that you're inspection is possibly influenced by a motivation to perform repairs on the property.

If you haven't done so already, you should download a copy of the TREC rules. You will need to know that material for the test.

http://www.trec.state.tx.us/inspector/rules_governing_inspectors.asp


--
Slainte!

Patrick Dacey
swi@satx.rr.com
TREC # 6636
www.southwestinspections.com

Originally Posted By: Scott Patterson
This post was automatically imported from our archived forum.



Kevin Blackwell wrote:
I am trying to get a straight answer for the record according to trec rules.
can a inspector do repairs on a property that he or she inspected at anytime?
Thx Kevin from Houston,Tx perparing for pro.exam


Take a look at this: It's just best not to do repairs and stay above reproach. I am sure that NCAHI will follow suit and make this change to their CoE also.

Effective on June 13, 2004

Integrity, honesty, and objectivity are fundamental principles embodied by this Code, which sets forth obligations of ethical conduct for the home inspection profession. The Membership of ASHI has adopted this Code to provide high ethical standards to safeguard the public and the profession.

Inspectors shall comply with this Code, shall avoid association with any enterprise whose practices violate this Code, and shall strive to uphold, maintain, and improve the integrity, reputation, and practice of the home inspection profession.

1. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity.
A. Inspectors shall not inspect properties for compensation in which they have, or expect to have, a financial interest.

B. Inspectors shall not inspect properties under contingent arrangements whereby any compensation or future referrals are dependent on reported findings or on the sale of a property.

C. Inspectors shall not directly or indirectly compensate realty agents, or other parties having a financial interest in closing or settlement of real estate transactions, for the referral of inspections or for inclusion on a list of recommended inspectors, preferred providers, or similar arrangements.

D. Inspectors shall not receive compensation for an inspection from more than one party unless agreed to by the client(s).

E. Inspectors shall not accept compensation, directly or indirectly, for recommending contractors, services, or products to inspection clients or other parties having an interest in inspected properties.

F. Inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by ASHI Standards of Practice, for one year after the inspection.

2. Inspectors shall act in good faith toward each client and other interested parties.
A. Inspectors shall perform services and express opinions based on genuine conviction and only within their areas of education, training, or experience.

B. Inspectors shall be objective in their reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.

C. Inspectors shall not disclose inspection results or client information without client approval. Inspectors, at their discretion, may disclose observed immediate safety hazards to occupants exposed to such hazards, when feasible.


3. Inspectors shall avoid activities that may harm the public, discredit themselves, or reduce public confidence in the profession.
A. Advertising, marketing, and promotion of inspectors' services or qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading.

B. Inspectors shall report substantive and willful violations of this Code to the Society.

American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc.?
Effective on June 13, 2004
?2003 American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc.?
All Rights Reserved.