In 1976, a group of inspectors with a common goal of enhancing the professionalism of their field established the American Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI). They established high standards of practice and a strict code of ethics for their members. Since there was no Canadian association in 1992, I joined ASHI and am still a Certified Member today.

There now is a British Columbian association named the Home Inspectors Association British Columbia. They have also set the Scope of Inspection and also a Code of Ethics to further the industry locally. (HIABC)

There are over 5000 members in these two Associations who follow standards, recognized by all North America, which establish requirements to be reasonably expected from a professional Inspector. The Scope of Inspection clearly delineates all items which the inspector must observe, describe, and also report on in his report. All major systems must be inspected and they include:

Structural Exteriors Roof
Plumbing Electrical Heating
Air Conditioning Interiors Garage
Insulation Chimneys  

The Scope of Inspection also states general limitations and exclusions. These include what the inspector is not required to observe and describe. There is now a clear system in place so your Clients know exactly about which items a professional inspection will include.

In addition to the above, the HIABC has also set a defined Code of Ethics which all its members must follow. This Code sets requirements of honesty, justice, courtesy, integrity. The principles of the Code of Ethics are:

Clients can take comfort in knowing that their HIABC or ASHI inspector values and upholds his integrity in all business transactions and dealings.