International Code of Ethics for Home Inspectors

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) encourages a high standard of inspection procedures, professionalism, and business ethics. InterNACHI members abide by the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.

Duty to the Public

The InterNACHI member shall follow the Code of Ethics and essentially follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

The InterNACHI member shall not indulge in any practices that could be harmful to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.

The InterNACHI member shall be neutral, truthful, unbiased, and act in good faith while dealing with the public.

The InterNACHI member shall not be biased in any business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state, and local laws concerning discrimination.

The InterNACHI member shall be honest regarding his/her services and qualifications.

The InterNACHI member shall not:
have any disclosed or undisclosed conflict of interest with the client; agree to receive or offer any disclosed or undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits, or other benefit from real estate agents, brokers, or any third parties with financial interest in the sale of the property; or
offer or give any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker, or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.

The InterNACHI member shall not transfer any information about the inspection or the client to a third party unless it is essential to protect the safety of others, to comply with a law or statute, or both of the following conditions are met:

the client has been made explicitly informed about what information will be transferred, to whom, and for what purpose, and;

the client has provided explicit, prior written consent for the release of his/her information.

The InterNACHI member shall always act in favour of the client, unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.

The InterNACHI member shall use a written contract that mentions the services to be performed, limitations of the services, and fees.

The InterNACHI member shall abide by all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where s/he conducts business.

The InterNACHI member shall not execute or offer to execute, 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 a part of the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.

Duty to Continue Education

The InterNACHI member shall abide by InterNACHI’s current Continuing Education requirements.

The InterNACHI member shall clear InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Exam once every calendar year.

Duty to the Profession and to InterNACHI

The InterNACHI member shall look forward to improve the home inspection industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the advantage of all. This does not make it possible for the member from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law.

The InterNACHI member shall help the InterNACHI leadership in spreading and broadcasting the benefits of InterNACHI membership.

The InterNACHI member shall not indulge in any act or practice that could be seen as damaging, seditious, or destructive to InterNACHI, fellow InterNACHI members, InterNACHI employees, leadership or directors.

Accusations of a member acting or deemed in violation of such rules shall trigger a review by the Ethics Committee for possible sanctions and/or expulsion from InterNACHI.

The InterNACHI member shall comply with InterNACHI’s current membership requirements.

The InterNACHI member shall comply with InterNACHI’s current message board rules.

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