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Joined: 07/01/2014 10:28 AM EDT
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Has anyone done a side by side by side comparison of the the SOPs from the associations to see how similar or different they are? Would be interesting to know what differences there are, and if it makes sense to include them in how you inspect, even if you are not a member of that association.
Greg Pownall

Joined: 07/01/2014 08:35 PM EDT
Messages: 174
Location: Fort Myers, Florida

I agree with you Scot: I just have not taken the time to compare them all. I don't belong to Nachi anymore now, so I feel it would be hypocritical for me to adopt their SOP.
I follow the Florida SOP and went with it. I'm sure they all have their pluses and minuses like anything though.
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Joined: 06/17/2014 09:32 PM EDT
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Location: Carmel, IN

They are all virtually the same. I believe NAHI added appliances this year. Either they added them or they were thinking about it I'm not entirely sure.

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Joined: 06/21/2014 07:31 AM EDT
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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia

Just my opinion: no need to compare them. All the old standards aside from some state standards are a joke. barely okay for years ago but they are now about 30 years old. from what I hear they were intentionally left vague (not sure, I've only been in the biz for 3 years). NAHI is the only association to revamp the standards(effective 1-1-2015). NAHI also has standards for appliances and some other things we inspectors inspect. we need standards so we have something to be held accountable to. So far NAHI is the only one providing a standard that even a consumer can understand.

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Joined: 07/01/2014 10:28 AM EDT
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Appliances may be the only thing?

Joined: 10/21/2014 06:14 PM EDT
Messages: 204
Location: Bakersfield, CA

I compared the SOP of CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) and ASHI about a year ago. I don't know if it will help, but here it is.
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Juan Jimenez
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Joined: 06/18/2014 08:53 PM EDT
Messages: 988
Location: Richmond, VA

I'm an ASHI member and an InterNACHI member. It's effectively the same.

Pete Campbell

Joined: 06/18/2014 10:55 PM EDT
Messages: 1590
Location: Fort Pierce, SE Florida

And let's not forget that licensure states may have their own SOP, which would supersede any Ass'n SOP.

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Kevin Moore
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Joined: 06/18/2014 08:58 PM EDT
Messages: 643
Location: Buffalo NY

I dont think it makes much sense to join an assoc for me since im in NY and cant get any online CE credits from anyone plus have to follow NY SOPs

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Dan Bowers

Joined: 06/24/2014 01:31 PM EDT
Messages: 14
Location: Kansas City, MO

When Kansas was shoved into licensure about 6-8 years ago, a committee was named to write SoP. They had 1 member each from iNACHI, ASHI and NAHI.

They met for months comparing SoP's of the 3 associations; states like Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. Their end decision was all had good and weak places but they felt the NAHI set of SoP's were most clearly written. So that was their base line. When done they submitted them to the Chair of the Kansas Home Inspectors Registration Board. He was ASHI ................... I'm told he dismissed the committee, and with the help of another ASHI inspector reworked them to more closely resemble the ASHI layout but with more of the NAHI clarity in them.

I belong to ASHI (#103 for 29 yrs; NAHI for almost 20 years; and iNACHI for a little over 10 years.

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William Chandler

Joined: 06/23/2014 04:28 AM EDT
Messages: 1358
Location: Florida

Kevin Moore wrote:I dont think it makes much sense to join an assoc for me since im in NY and cant get any online CE credits from anyone plus have to follow NY SOPs

EXACTLY. In FL, you can get all the CE's you need for $59., online, one sitting, while you watch football, write reports, clean the garage or get drunk. Use the state required SOP only; otherwise you just agreed to give the lawyer a whole bunch of ammo to use against you. Having reviewed at least a couple of hundred of inspectors reports I promise you, I have not found one yet that even remotely covered everything contained in the association SOP they brag about being a part of. "I am a member of XXXX and I conduct myself in accordance to the rigid standards of the XXX SOP" - well if you do, your report sure as hell does not reflect that from what I have seen. BTW, I challenge anyone to review any inspectors posted Sample Report online and find one that covers everything contained in the association SOP - if you do, it would need about 200 pages.

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