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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 or 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."
Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:
AFCI •• Air conditioner •• Ants •• Appliance recalls •• Appliance testing •• Attic •• Awnings •• Barns and ag blgs. •• Bathroom exhaust fan •• Bonding •• Carpet •• Ceiling fans •• Central vacuum •• Chimneys •• Chinese drywall •• Clothes dryer •• Dryer exhaust •• CO alarms •• Code violations •• Condemn a house •• Crawl space •• Detached carport •• Detached garage •• Dishwasher •• Docks •• Doors •• Electrical •• Electrical panel •• Electromagnetic radiation •• Fences •• Fireplaces Furnace •• Garbage disposal •• Generator •• GFCIs •• Gutters •• Ice maker •• Inspect in the rain •• Insulation •• Insurance •• Interior Finishes •• Grading & drainage •• Lead paint •• Level of thoroughness •• Lift carpet •• Low voltage wiring •• Microwave •• Mold •• Move things •• Help negotiate •• Not allowed •• Outbuildings •• Paint •• Permits •• Pilot lights •• Plumbing •• Plumbing under slab •• Pools •• Questions won't answer •• Radon •• Range/cooktop •• Receptacle outlet •• Refrigerator •• Reinspection •• Remove panel cover •• Repairs •• Repair estimates •• Retaining walls •• Roaches •• Rodents •• Roof •• Screens •• Seawalls •• Septic loading dye test •• Septic tank •• Sewer lines •• Shower pan leak test •• Shutters •• Sinkholes •• Smoke alarms •• Solar panels •• Specify repairs •• Sprinklers •• Termites •• Toilets •• Trees •• Troubleshooting •• Wall air conditioners •• Walk roof •• Washing machine •• Water heater •• Water pressure •• Water shut-offs •• Main water shut-off •• Water softener •• Water treatment systems •• Well •• Windows •• Window/wall air conditioners •• Window blinds •• Wiring
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