The WTF’s are not engendering a thoughtful conversation. Are consumers “lacking confidence” in professional inspector’s Standards? Does the industry need ASTM to big-brother 30+ sets of already-established jurisdictional (state) standards? Or, does ASTM figure that the vast majority of us are doddering idiots, slobbering on our chins, constantly tucking our shirts-in over our fat bellies, and crapping our pants twice a day???
I’ve already paid $40+ for the pleasure of owning my very own copy of ASTM E2018-01, printed in an environmentally-friendly manner on 40% post-consumer recycled materials. In the absence of any other Standard, it works fine (mostly), but still fails to provide any great revelation to the commercial property inspection world. Most investors are clueless about the ASTM Standard, and many (most?) commercial realtors have only a passing acquaintance with it. I suspect hundreds of commercial inspections are performed across the nation every day, many of them good and thorough inspections, which are NOT 2018-compliant or accordant. Life goes on. I can’t see how ASTM has any shot in instilling greater “confidence” in consumers regarding their professional home inspector. Anyone care to explain how the industry and its reputation among consumers can be improved with an ASTM Standard???