Code of Ethics
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection
procedures. InterNACHI members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics
in the course of their business.
I. Duty to the Public
1. The InterNACHI member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and
substantially follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
2. The InterNACHI member shall not engage in any practices that could
be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection
3. The InterNACHI member shall be fair, honest, impartial, and act in
good faith in dealing with the public.
4. The InterNACHI member shall not discriminate 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.
5. The InterNACHI member shall be truthful regarding his/her
services and qualifications.
6. The InterNACHI member shall have no undisclosed conflict of interest
with the client, nor shall the InterNACHI member accept or offer any
undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits or other benefit, nor shall
the InterNACHI member accept or offer any disclosed or undisclosed
commissions, rebates, profits or other benefit from real estate agents,
brokers or any third parties having financial interest in the sale of the
property, nor shall the InterNACHI member offer or provide 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.
7. The InterNACHI member shall not communicate any information about
an inspection to anyone except the client without the prior written
consent of the client, except where it may affect the safety of others or
violates a law or statute.
8. The InterNACHI member shall always act in the interests of the client,
unless doing so violates a law, statute or this Code of Ethics.
9. The InterNACHI member shall use a written contract that specifies the
services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
10. The InterNACHI member shall comply with all government rules and
licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where s/he conducts
11. The InterNACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, 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 included
in the InterNACHI Standards of Practice.
II. Duty to Continue Education
1. The InterNACHI member shall comply with InterNACHI’s current
Continuing Education requirements.
2. The InterNACHI member shall pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector
Exam once every calendar year.
III. Duty to the Profession and InterNACHI
1. The InterNACHI member shall strive to improve the home inspection
industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit
of all. This does not preclude the member from copyrighting or
marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any
manner permitted by law.
2. The InterNACHI member shall assist the InterNACHI leadership in
disseminating and publicizing the benefits of InterNACHI membership.
3. The InterNACHI member shall not engage in any act or practice that
could be deemed 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.
4. The InterNACHI member shall abide by InterNACHI’s current
5. The InterNACHI member shall abide by InterNACHI’s current message
Members of other associations are welcome to join InterNACHI, but a
requirement of membership is that InterNACHI must be given equal
prominence in their marketing materials (brochures and websites) compared
to other associations of membership.
From Home Inspector Code of Ethics – InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/