Standards of Practice

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InterNACHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

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An InterNACHI certified property inspector’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

About the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

InterNACHI is the world’s largest property inspection organization for residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is applicable to all it’s members!

InterNACHI is a nonprofit association providing training, certification, and Continuing Education for its membership. This includes property inspectors, licensed real estate agents, and building contractors. Furthermore, InterNACHI provides its members with business training, software products, marketing services, and many other membership benefits.

Advantages of having Property Inspector Standards and Codes of Ethics

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

As a member, I follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice for Residential Inspections and am bound by a strict Code of Ethics.  Furthermore, InterNACHI is the only association worldwide that provides me with a Standards of Practice for Commercial Property Inspections. This guarantees that my clients get an inspection and a report that meets the high standards set by InterNACHI.

InterNACHI Inspection blog and property inspector forums

I take part in the exchange of professional experiences and ideas with other InterNACHI certified inspectors to support each other.

Furthermore, InterNACHI maintains an industry blog, inspection forums and local chapters in support of this swapping of information. In addition, InterNACHI provides me with the means of direct and membership-wide interaction with other inspectors. This furthers my understanding of my particular role in the inspection industry and how best to serve you, my client.

Above all, this cross-communication enhances my ability, as a property inspector, to build my business and develop specialised ancillary property inspection services for you.

Advantages for homebuyers and homeowners

In fulfilling InterNACHI’s primary objective of training and mentoring me and other inspector-members, the association’s broader mission is also to inform and advise home buyers and homeowners about maintenance issues in their homes. This helps homeowners understand the functions, materials, systems and components of their properties. Furthermore, maintenance is not covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. Therefore, homeowners have the responsibility to conduct regular maintenance checks and to do the necessary maintenance to protect their investment.

My duty as an Internachi certified property inspector

In addition, as an InterNACHI property inspector, my commitment is to provide consistent, accessible and trusted information to you about the condition of properties you wish to have inspected.

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Inspection Certifications

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Home Inspection Certifications

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InterNACHI – The world’s largest association providing inspection certifications in 65 countries worldwide!

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My Home Inspection Certifications

InterNACHI Inspection Certifications are an indication of the specialised training your inspector has received.

Why is inspection certification important?

From the time home inspection came on the real estate scene in the mid-1970s, consumer demand has been growing. Purposely, it is aimed at helping homebuyers make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.  Furthermore, in South Africa, the home inspection industry is a fast-growing professional and dynamic consulting service. Moreover, sensible and demanding buyers want to know all they can about their potential homes before making their final buying decisions.

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the largest home inspection trade association in the world. In addition, InterNACHI operates in 65 different countries worldwide and in nine languages.

As a result, InterNACHI is the inspection industry’s largest provider of education and training. In addition, InterNACHI has received over 1,400 approvals, recognition and endorsements for its syllabus, instructors, courses, and exams.

InterNACHI members are highly qualified. Firstly, home inspectors who apply for membership must obtain a specified number of inspection certifications. Only then can the inspector do the entrance exam. As a result, almost half of the over 140,000 people, who have taken the exam since September 2006 have failed. (the link takes approximately 60 seconds to load).

In addition, once they are accepted, all members must complete 24 hours of continuing education each year over and above the required syllabus for the entrance examination to remain certified.

Specialised Training and Inspection Certifications

InterNACHI inspectors have access to specialised training. Notably, InterNACHI offers more online training than any other inspection organisation in the world. However, these written and video courses and inspection certifications are available to members only.

I am a member in good standing of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Furthermore, I have passed the following:

  • InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Examination.
  • Code of Ethics Obstacle Course.
  • InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice Quiz.

Above all, I abide by InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics and I also follow InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice.

What Follows is the Official InterNACHI Home Inspection Certifications Transcript for Jurie Fourie, owner of THE HOME DETECTIVE

Transcript provided by InterNACHI, the home inspector organization

Continuing Education

In addition, I continue to fulfil a minimum of 24 hours of Continuing Education annually.

Furthermore, I also use state-of-the-art home inspection equipment.

Equally important, besides having the above inspection certifications, I have over 40 years’ experience in construction and project management.  Furthermore, I also have a Higher National Diploma in Construction Management.

I am well very trained and very experienced. I am the quality home inspector you will want to use!

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Why You Should Have A Home Inspection

The importance of a home inspection

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Imagine what can happen if you don’t have a house inspection as protection when you buy a new home. Defects you didn’t notice and latent defects like a roof leak can cause your dream home to become a nightmare!

A Buyers House Inspection or Pre-purchase Comprehensive Property Inspection

Be wise, have a home inspection!

A buyer’s house inspection is your protection against the ‘voetstoots’ clause. A Buyer’s Inspection report is a written account, with photos, of the condition of the property. As a result, it will tell you about any significant building defects or problems. This can be defects such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof etc. You would have this done as part of your condition of the sale so you can identify any problems with the property which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair.

Why do you have a house inspection?

  1. Protection against the voetstoots clause in your Offer to Purchase
  2. You will know in advance what the problems are.
  3. Therefore, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for the property. You may have to pay to repair some of the problems.
  4. You also get specialist advice about any major problems and maintenance issues which may affect the property over time.

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Is a Seller’s Disclosure worth the paper it’s written on?


Seller’s Disclosure



There are also various versions of “Sellers Property Condition Disclosure” statements in use by estate agents. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB)  prepared one of the disclosure forms. Another by a prominent firm of conveyancing attorneys. Some “Offer To Purchase” contracts include the seller’s disclosure towards the back of the contract. None do much to make the average property transaction any fairer for the buyer.

These disclosure statements often don’t provide the buyer with genuinely comprehensive information on the true condition of the property. Such agreements often simply shift responsibility away from the estate agent and onto the seller. Continue reading “Is a Seller’s Disclosure worth the paper it’s written on?”