Home Inspection Services and its inspectors adhere to a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and documented inspection procedures. The following guidelines outline the code by which we conduct out business practices.
Duty to the Public
We shall not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
We shall be fair, honest and impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
We shall not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
We shall be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.
We shall not:
have any disclosed or undisclosed conflict of interest with the client;
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; or
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.
We shall not release any information about the inspection or the client to a third party unless doing so is necessary to protect the safety of others, to comply with a law or statute, or both of the following conditions are met:
the client has been made explicitly aware of what information will be released, to whom, and for what purpose, and;
the client has provided explicit, prior written consent for the release of his/her information.
We shall always act in the interests of the client unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.
We shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
We shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he or she conducts business.
We 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.
Duty to the Profession
We 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.
We shall not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive to the reputation of fellow lisenced home inspectors in the state of Maryland.