What does it take to be a part of International Association of Certified Home Inspectors? It takes more than just signing up for membership and getting a piece of paper in the mail. You have to show that you are up to the standards to be allowed entry into InterNACHI, (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors). You must follow both a standard of practice and a standard of ethics. This means being able to properly inspect a home, and do so with a sense of conscience not to mistreat or invade into a person’s personal life.
A Summary of Ethics: The InterNACHI has a long list of rules and regulations regarding to business ethics. We will touch on just a few. Under the code of ethics, the home inspector can not discriminate against any person on grounds of race, religion, sexuality, national origin, or handicap. They will not disclose any information about the client or their home to any unauthorized persons. Unless it violates the law or the code of ethics, the inspector should always work for the best interest of their clients. The inspector in question can not fabricate his qualifications or certifications.
A Summary of Standards: These dictate the purpose of an inspection, and the procedures that should be taken when performing the inspection. These help protect the inspector from harm, and helps to define his work for both their own work and the client’s understanding of the work done. These include things such as having no responsibility for aesthetic features of a home, or items that are merely design and not meant for a function of the home. They do not decide items such as property boundaries and are not required to operate or inspect anything seen malfunctioning or dangerous.
These are just a very few of the guidelines required to be a member of InternACHI. Along with these guidelines the inspector must remain current on the laws and requirements of insurance companies and the state itself. They must know how to inspect systems both old and new. They must be physically capable of carrying out inspections in any home to the best of the required work. So when you see the certificate saying that someone belongs to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, you know it is a real accomplishment that requires dedication to remain a part of.