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East-Central Pennsylvania Chapter
of the
American Society of Home Inspectors
ASHI
Keystone ASHI Home Inspectors

ASHI Code Of Ethics

The 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.

Integrity, 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.

Inspectors 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.

All inspector members of ASHI have agreed to abide by this Code of Ethics

1. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity.

  1. Inspectors shall not inspect properties for compensation in which they have, or expect to have, a financial interest.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Inspectors shall not receive compensation for an inspection from more than one party unless agreed to by the client(s).
  5. Inspectors shall not accept compensation, directly or indirectly, for recommending contractors, services, or products to inspection clients or other parties having an interest in inspected properties.
  6. Inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by ASHI Standards of Practice, for one year after the inspection.

2. Inspectors shall act in good faith toward each client and other interested parties.

  1. Inspectors shall perform services and express opinions based on genuine conviction and only within their areas of education, training, or experience.
  2. Inspectors shall be objective in their reporting and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.
  3. 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.

3. Inspectors shall avoid activities that may harm the public, discredit themselves,
or reduce public confidence in the profession.

  1. Advertising, marketing, and promotion of inspectors' services or qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading.
  2. Inspectors shall report substantive and willful violations of this Code to the Society.
American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc.®
Effective on June 13, 2004

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ASHI Client Bill of Rights

  • To be assured the inspector is objective in his or her reporting and will not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.

  • To be assured the inspector's opinion is based on genuine conviction within the scope of his or her education and experience.

  • To be assured the inspector stays current with the industry body of knowledge through continuing education.

  • To be assured the inspector will not disclose inspection results or client information without client approval.

  • To be assured the inspector has not accepted any form of compensation for recommending contractors, services or products.

  • To be assured the inspector will not offer to repair or replace for compensation any component covered by the ASHI Standards of Practice for one year after the inspection.

  • To be assured future referrals to the inspector from real estate agents are not dependent on the inspection findings or the sale of the property.

  • To be assured the home inspector has no financial interest in the transaction.

  • To be assured the inspector is not receiving compensation for the inspection from any other party.

  • To be assured the inspector did not compensate the real estate agent or other party for the referral to the client.
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