A recent announcement, by the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), has finally unified the home inspection industry in one critical ethics position.
The two major associations, NACHI (the largest) and ASHI (the oldest), have long taken positions in their Code of Ethics that prohibited members from performing repair work on houses that they have inspected. NAHI resisted this for a long time, but has finally changed their Code to prohibit this conflict of interest.
Here is a recent statement from NACHI's founder:
Inspection industry unified.
May 8, 2007
"The time is always right to do the right thing." Martin Luther King.
Today the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) out of Minneapolis, MN has informed me that they have finally joined the rest of the inspection industry and changed their Code of Ethics to prohibit their members from offering repair services to correct defects they find on their own inspections.
We home inspectors are the only impartial parties to real estate transactions (everyone else has a financial interest) and consumers rely on a our independent opinions to help make what is often the largest purchase decisions of their lives.
It is with great joy that I announce that the inspection industry is now unified in its defense of impartiality, our profession's prime virtue. I commend NAHI on their recent decision. The time is always right to do the right thing.
National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Home inspectors must be above all possible conflicts of interest. This does not mean that home inspectors cannot refer various contractors to their clients (electricians, plumbers, etc), but that they must not derive any financial benefit from such referrals, nor be linked with the referred companies.