There seems to be a variety of views on this subject, but that is alright, we all have opinions.
This scenario reminds me of the previous employees that I have shared with in the past that decided they could do better on their own and reap all the profits and glory. I doubt if glory ever came about and doubt that they prospered with what they knew at the time they were under my employment as Carpenters. This scenario is also true of Electricians and Plumbers.
Guess what? The system finnally realized that this was happening and voila,
The International Codes and Residential Codes came about to provide the minimum Standard that would protect the Consumer.
The same is true of the SOP, it is set to protect the Consumer as to what should be provided. I agree with that statement. (minimum)
The ones that chose to exeed these requirements have better know what they are talking about and assume it is the more experience people in this trade.
There is nothing wrong with exeeding the minimum standard, cause it is no different than exeeding the standard in the Building Industry. Rules and Standards are set to minimize the unacceptable standards that exist in this arena. That goes true for the Home Inspection Bussiness.
Let us not direct new applicants in the Inspection Bussiness that exeeding the SOP is the right thing to do, this will come automattically with time.
Young Inspectors that are just learning or deciding to enter this trade or profession, should realize that the SOP is set forth as a minimum guideline and go from there as they acquire experience.
Definition of Experience= a whole bunch of mistakes.
We are all here to communicate and share with members and visitors this knowledge so they do not have to learn by this method. I would agree that learning by your mistakes help in retaining those precious acts forever.
Let us do all our best to provide the Service that NACHI is about. EDUCATION.
No man is ever to old to learn and the vast knowledge that people have and shared to the clients of this Industry is priceless.