My father and I own a pest control company in Alabama and I have performed wood destroying organism(WDO) inspections for almost 20 years. I also have a previous background in residential and commercial building,so it makes sense for me to be certified to perform home inspections. My question is this; often while performing a WDO inspection, I find active infestations of termites or wood decay fungi that must be corrected before the property can be cleared and deemed a previous infestation. My company performs all of these services and I often give estimates on treatments to correct the problems (as all pest control companies do). I do encourage the customer to feel free to get a second opinion and other estimates if they like. I would like to be able to offer a combination home inspection/WDO inspection as a courtesy to my customers and since the WDO inspection is a totally separate inspection, I wanted to make sure that there would be no conflict with my company performing the work to correct the issues with wood destroying organisms.
They likely would be if you are an INTERNachi member. We have an archaic rule useless rull that PREVENTS you from doing all you are legally allowed and licensed to do. If Alabama does not have such a ridiculious rule as they do not for Pest Controlers just do not become an INTERNACHI member I assume would do the trick. Maybe I am wrong about INTERNachi but I do not think so as I have thought the rule was ridiculous from the start BUT now because of our org and others I believe other States with licensing have similar rules that also suck. Check with Alabama, do they license Home Inspectors? I am certain someone will mention what INTERNachi opinion is as I am NOT certain. The reason this org and many others came up with that rule is because they foolishly believe Contractors would GIVE away FREE home inspections to try to get Construction Work. Not a chance in hell any sane people would try to get work that way by giving away all that work for a chance to BID against others. Just my 2 cents. Good Luck.
Ignore the rantings of “The Meeker”.
Cutting to the chase, you need to read the Code of Ethics a few times until you thoroughly understand them. There is a very specific paragraph regarding exactly what you are proposing.
Feel free to return and ask us your questions afterwards.
Thanks for trying to do the “right thing”!
International Code of Ethics for Home Inspectors - InterNACHI
Note: You also may have State Mandated regulations and requirements, not only for Home Inspectors, but also as a Pest Inspector.
He is on who believes you should be held back. The should tell you all you need to know about him.
The information you seek is in the link he posted. I have a feeling you might just feel like I do
Ok, so I’m assuming that since wood destroying organisms are not included in the SOP that what i am talking about is fine.I dont really understand some of these rules though.In several places we are being taught that we can offer ancillary services, such as mold inspections,radon,etc.Now I don’t claim to be the sharpest tool in the shed…but wouldn’t one have to perform these ancillary services/inspections for free to be in compliance with these rules? Or are those separate from the home inspector SOP as well?
I “think” if you are an InterNACHI member and you do a WDO you would not be able to do the mitigation. I “may” be wrong as I am in the shed next to you on this CRAP.
Hi Robert welcome! As usual JJ gives excellent advice on all points he mentions.
I own a Termite/Pest Control firm. So I wear two hats, that of a home inspector & WDO inspector.
When I find evidence of termites & recommend treatment, IMO I am able to perform the treatment as
All Tropic Pest & Termite Service, Inc.
I advise that although I can do it, I choose not to & feel it’s a conflict of interest.
So bottom line… if you find T’s you are perfectly able to “kill 'em”!
11. The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member’s company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice
I. The inspector is not required to determine:
the presence of evidence of rodents, birds, bats, animals, insects, or other pests