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.
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.
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.
inspector members of ASHI have agreed to abide by this Code
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.
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.
shall act in good faith toward each client and other interested
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.
shall avoid activities that may harm the public, discredit
themselves, or reduce confidence in the profession.
Advertising, marketing, and promotion of inspectors' services
or qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive,
B. Inspectors shall report substantive and willful violations
of this Code to the Society.
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