"No Visible Evidence" May Be Evidence Against You

Nick and I worked hard to re-write and improve this article. Hope you enjoy it::smiley: www.nachi.org/visible.htm

If an inspector says something was not visible, other people could argue saying that it is visible.

Exactly why it is dumb to take very few pictures.
Take them everywhere.

Only someone nervous they are missing something would avoid taking them.

Someone should notify the guys who wrote this form that many states use.

Yep, the NPMA form is horrible. That’s why I use: http://www.nachi.org/documents/WDO-Inspection-Report.pdf

If your performing WDI inspections in Ohio, and I’m certain many other states, you have no choice but to use the NPMA-33, unless of course you want to break the law.

Kevin is right no choice here

I can’t find the law that requires the NPMA form be used in Tennessee Wayne, but if you find it, I’d like to have a link. I’m going to make a web page of inspection laws that reference specific forms. I’ve been meaning to get around to that for mold, radon, and even home inspections.

Too bad many lending institutions do not share your opinion.

I know what you mean. In PA the lenders used to insist on NMPA but I kept using ours and telling them the NMPA form was wrong. I finally won that battle locally as it was nothing more than “local custom” … not the law.

I’m going to make a chart of all the different inspection forms required by law in each state and province.

NMPA does not meet standards for WA State pest report.


Ill check tomorrow Nick, that is the form i was told to use

Here is for Florida

Florida Statute 482.226 (1) along with the Florida Administrative Code 5E-14.142(2)© requires a specific form FDACS-13645, Rev 05/08 Look under 2 © https://www.flrules.org/gateway/RuleNo.asp?title=ENTOMOLOGY%20-%20PEST%20CONTROL%20REGULATIONS&ID=5E-14.142


Yes, you must use the nmpa, here.

Meanwhile, back to the topic . . .

Yes, this has been kicked around through the years. I like it; thanks!

Very nice!
In this article you mentioned that an inspection is a “snapshot in time”. That is a very good reason why a Real Estate Agent should not be reselling inspection reports to second, and/or third parties.

I would strongly recommend that all InterNachi home inspectors have a clause in their contract that stipulates that the inspection report is the sole property of the client who signed the contract.

Concerning the actual inspection and the written contract …I believe that if the verbiage “a snapshot in time” is included it will help clarify in the customer’s mind exactly what the limitations to an inspection are.

Good read and worth a bump.

Thanks Mark and Nick…