Standards of Practice

Scope of Work Comparison

Editor’s Note: This is a side by side comparison of the Scope of Practice documents of several home inspector associations: AII, ASHI, NACHI, NAHI. Author Michael O’Handley offers several caveats: the comparison was completed in 2006, with the associations making minor changes since. Also, the comparison is based on O’Handley’s interpretation of the documents, which… Read More

“Virtual” Debate: What does “Inspection” Mean?

“Virtual” Debate: What does “Inspection” Mean? Technology may have evolved enough to make “virtual” inspections a reality but do they meet state and other regulatory guidelines? Is it ok for supervising appraisers to use trainees as surrogates to inspect properties? As technology advances, and the use of trainees becomes more widespread, these questions are on… Read More

Appraiser: I’m No Home Inspector

Appraiser Tony Bamert, Bamert & Associates, Champaign, IL, feels he’s been asked to assume some new and unwanted responsibilities on recent appraisal orders and wonders if his are isolated concerns or issues other appraisers are grappling with as well. “Traditionally, with any conventional appraisal, I’m not asked to touch the mechanical systems in a home in… Read More

Inspectors-Appraisers: Line Blurring?

Editor’s Note: This story is reprinted for Working RE Online, Home Inspector’s Edition. To opt-in please email subscription@workingre.com with “Home Inspector’s Online Edition” in the subject. Inspectors-Appraisers: Line Blurring? by David Brauner, Editor In a recent Working RE story, Appraiser: I’m No Home Inspector (WorkingRE.com, Library, Issue 24), appraiser Tony Bamert says he is asked… Read More