Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?

Friday, July 27, 2018

While it is considered a conflict of interest by all the national home inspector associations for an inspector to offer to repair the defects found during the inspection, and not allowed under the ethical standards that their members are required to comply with, it was not illegal until a few years ago in Florida. As part of a statewide home inspector licensing law that went into effect on July 1, 2011, Florida Statute 468.8319 states that a person may not “perform or offer to perform any repairs to a home on which the inspector of the inspector’s company has prepared a home inspection report.”

   The law makes an exception for a home warranty company that is affiliated with or retains an inspector to perform repairs pursuant to a claim made under a home warranty contract. But, otherwise, inspectors cannot offer to make any repairs on a home they inspected—not just the defects that were called out in the report. Most other states with a home inspector licensing law have a similar restriction.

   To see the full text of the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) minimum standards for home inspection, effective October 22, 2013, read our blog post Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet?

     The national home inspector associations, American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), have a clause in their Code of Ethical Standards that is similar, but has an expiration after one year. Here is the the ASHI version states: “Inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by the ASHI Standards of Practice, for one year after inspection."

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