Association of Building Inspectors, Inc.
Code of Ethics
Adopted June 2007
honesty, and objectivity are fundamental principles embodied by
this Code, which sets forth obligations of ethical conduct for the
home inspection profession. The Board of Directors of FABI 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
1. Inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities
that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional
independence, and objectivity or inspection integrity.
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.
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.
Inspectors shall not receive compensation for an inspection from
more than one party unless agreed to by the client(s).
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
Inspectors shall not repair, replace or upgrade, for compensation,
systems or components covered by FABI Standards of Practice, for
one year after the inspection.
2. Inspectors shall act in good faith toward each client and
other interested parties.
Inspectors shall perform services and express opinions based on
genuine conviction and only within their areas of education,
training or experience.
Inspectors shall be objective in their reporting and not knowingly
understate or overstate the significance of reported conditions.
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, where feasible.
3. Inspectors shall avoid activities that may harm the public,
discredit themselves or reduce public confidence in the
Advertising, marketing and promotion of inspectors’ services or
qualifications shall not be fraudulent, false, deceptive or
Inspectors shall report substantive and willful violations of this
Code of Ethics to the Ethics & Standards of Practice
QUESTIONS ABOUT FABI:
What is FABI?
The Florida Association of Building Inspectors, Inc., (FABI),
formed as a non-profit voluntary professional society, has
adopted formal inspection guidelines, a professional code of
ethics, and gives consumers an assurance of professionalism.
Members of FABI are independent professionals who operate
their own inspection services.
Today FABI, whose membership extends across the state of
Florida, is recognized throughout the state as the leading
authority in the home inspection field among inspectors and
What does FABI do?
FABI has adopted internationally recognized standards of
practice for the home inspection profession, so that
anywhere in the state a buyer who uses an FABI member can be
assured of a complete and detailed inspection. FABI requires
that its members subscribe to the Association's strict Code
of Ethics: no FABI inspector may have a commission agreement
with a real estate broker, or offer to do any of the repairs
he recommends. As part of its' continuing education program,
FABI keeps its home inspectors up-to-date with the latest in
building technology, materials and professional skills. FABI
also serves as a public interest group by providing accurate
and helpful consumer information to home buyers on home
purchasing and home maintenance.
Who belongs to FABI?
Only home inspectors who have met FABI's rigorous professional
and educational requirements may qualify for professional
membership in the organization. Many FABI members have
engineering, architectural or technical degrees; others have
had experience in various construction fields, or have been
What else FABI inspectors do?
In addition to performing pre-purchase home inspections, many
FABI inspectors help homeowners with analysis and solutions
of specific problems, maintenance inspections, energy
conservation, cracked foundations. FABI inspectors are also
frequently called in to review new construction work in
progress, restoration and home improvement plans as well as
maintenance specifications and contracts. They can also
inspect work upon completion to ensure that a contract has
been properly fulfilled. If you find that you are involved
in litigation regarding contractual work performed on your
house, an FABI member can provide expert witness testimony.
Of course, most FABI members also inspect commercial
properties, multiple dwellings, condominiums, townhouses and
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