Most home inspectors in North Carolina are also licened general contractors. Therefore, we are just as qualified to inspect the house as the builder who built it. I do new home inspections on regular basis. I am not looking at code issues since I am not a code inforcement officer. I will however, point them out if they are a deficiency without calling out the specific code violation. It is either right or wrong and code has very little to do with it for the home inspector. I point out standard building practices and leave the code deffinition to the code officer. Since I am licensed to build the house I have no problem inspecting it. Code is a minimum standard and a large part of the home inspection is not even covered by the code.
I never quote code recommendations in a report as I could care less about the code. I mean when I inspect a house it is either built by standrad building practices are it isn’t. Using code references in your report only implies that you are an expert in the code requirements. I know the code but I never quote it. If I end up explaining my report to a judge I don’t have to use the code as a guideline for what I reported. Therefore my report is my opinion of the condition of the house at the time of inspection and not the code’s opinion reported by me.
Remember we are not code inspectors and if you use code remarks or quotes in your reports you can be held to that minimum standard and not your professional opinion.