I am a proud member of these organizations. I adhere to both Codes of Ethics.
Independent Home Inspectors of North America Mission Statement
As a member of the Independent Home Inspectors Of North America (IHINA), I believe there is a potential or inherent conflict of interest when an inspector markets real estate agents with the intent of obtaining inspection referrals from those agents or when a real estate agent selling a house recommends only one or a limited number of home inspectors to a potential home buyer.
I understand the primary mission of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America is to help promote consumer protection for home buyers. This mission is to be carried out by: 1.) educating potential home buyers to the potential or inherent conflict of interest when a real estate agent recommends, influences or controls the home inspector selection process; 2. ) working with state and / or provincial legislators to enact amendments to real estate broker / salespersons licensing laws, the purpose of such amendments would be to eliminate the control real estate agents have over the home inspector selection process for prospective home buyers; 3.) providing inspection clients with honest, accurate and non-bias inspection reports.
Independent Home Inspectors of North America’s Code of Ethics
I Michael Del Greco pledge I will not actively solicit real estate agents with the intent of obtaining inspection referrals from those agents (this includes anyone who markets on my behalf.) I understand active solicitation includes giving “sales” presentations to real estate agents about my inspection service, rewarding or compensating agents for referring clients to me, producing any marketing material designed / aimed at agents rather than prospective home buyers or allowing an agent to influence how I convey my inspection findings to my client.
I understand handing out a business card to a real estate agent at an inspection site is not considered active solicitation. I understand that I reserve the right to accept client referrals from real estate agents; however, such referrals will not alter how I conduct my inspections or convey my inspection findings.
The American Society of Home Inspectors, (ASHI) Code of Ethics
Effective on June 13, 2004
The ASHI Code of Ethics details the core guidelines of home inspection professionalism and home inspection ethics. Covering crucial issues such as conflicts of interest, good faith and public perception, these home inspection ethics are central pillars of home inspection professionalism for the entire industry.
Integrity, honesty and objectivity are fundamental principles embodied by this Code, which sets forth obligations of ethical conduct for the home inspection profession. The Membership of ASHI has adopted this Code to provide high ethical standards to safeguard the public and the profession.
Inspectors shall comply with this Code, shall avoid association with any enterprise whose practices violate this Code, and shall strive to uphold, maintain and improve the integrity, reputation and practice of the home inspection profession.
All inspector members of ASHI have agreed to abide by this Code of Ethics.
1. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity.
A. Inspectors shall not inspect properties for compensation in which they have, or expect to have, a financial interest.
B. Inspectors shall not inspect properties under contingent arrangements whereby any compensation or future referrals are dependent on reported findings or on the sale of a property.
C. Inspectors shall not directly or indirectly compensate realty agents, or other parties having a financial interest in closing or settlement of real estate transactions, for the referral of inspections or for inclusion on a list of recommended inspectors, preferred providers, or similar arrangements.
D. Inspectors shall not receive compensation for an inspection from more than one party unless agreed to by the client(s).
E. Inspectors shall not accept compensation, directly or indirectly, for recommending contractors, services, or products to inspection clients or other parties having an interest in inspected properties.
F. Inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by ASHI Standards of Practice, for one year after the inspection.
2. Inspectors shall act in good faith toward each client and other interested parties.
A. Inspectors shall perform services and express opinions based on genuine conviction and only within their areas of education, training, or experience.
B. Inspectors shall be objective in their reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.
C. Inspectors shall not disclose inspection results or client information without client approval. Inspectors, at their discretion, may disclose observed immediate safety hazards to occupants exposed to such hazards, when feasible.
3. Inspectors shall avoid activities that may harm the public, discredit themselves or reduce public confidence in the profession.
A. Advertising, marketing, and promotion of inspectors’ services or qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading.
B. Inspectors shall report substantive and willful violations of this Code to the Society.
Ethics – Our Home Inspectors Promise To Our Clients