There seems to be a consciousness on building codes recently. I myself have been a little more focused on codes of late. This is probably because I have inspected a fair number of newer homes and homes with additions recently.
The one theme that recurs when speaking of building codes is that they are minimum standards, the absolute lowest allowable acceptable parameter. When you stop and think, does anyone really want something done to a minimum standard?
The only minimal thing I like is a bikini, but I digress.
A minimum must exist because a standard needs a benchmark. This is the place to start when designing something like a house. You can go along the mark or better yet above, but never below.
But what about standards for home inspections. Most people in the real estate business are aware that inspectors are governed or in most cases regulated by a set of standards of practice (SOP). The home inspection SOP is the minimum or benchmark to which a home inspection is to be performed.
Would anyone really want a minimally done home inspection?
Yet there seems to be inspectors and builders who see nothing wrong in providing the very least to their clients.
I have heard more times than I care; "It meets code" as an explanation for a defect in a home.
I also hear; "The SOP says I do not have to inspect that"
There would appear to be a lot of effort by some put into not doing more than is defined as necessary.
I am continually amazed at the amount of discussion by inspectors on what can be done in the course of a home inspection. Listening to these discussions it is apparent that great thought goes into deciding what one can and can not do based on the SOP. This of course all boils down to seeking to limit ones liability.
It occurs to me that going above the SOP would better limit ones liability than seeking to skate along the benchmark. Wrapping ones self in the SOP like a shield is not in the long term going to prevent clients from being dissatisfied. Not inspecting areas or items by using the SOP as a "reason" (excuse) will, if done enough times, grate on a client.
Clients, and we are all clients, want nothing more than our best effort. Our "A" game. They also want someone who is competent. To accomplish this end takes personal effort. Not minimum effort, but maximum effort.
Excuses are in many cases simply a lack of effort.
And who really appreciates minimum effort?
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