Internachi certified professional inspector
Home vs Building Inspector
When I originally set up my online business profile, there was no option for “home inspector” and I was redirected back to the option “building inspector”. This has since been corrected and for good reason: while they sound like similar career paths, they are in reality very different. I personally would like to see home inspectors referred to as “Professional Home Consultants” as this term better reflects the more broader services we provide.
What is a Building Inspector?
Building inspectors or code inspectors are usually employed by the municipal government. While they do inspect homes as well as commercial properties, their focus is more on building code violations and enforcement. They generally are involved in both new construction and renovation activities and their main focus is that builds are done according to the various building codes. Building inspectors often have a heavy caseload and often cannot dedicate a significant amount of time to each site they visit.
What Exactly is a Home Inspector?
Home inspectors (such as yours truly) are usually either self-employed or work for a small company. We usually deal with individuals, often during home buying although I have been contracted by companies (such as property management companies) and have done inspections that are not part of any real estate transactions. Our focus is to check all significant aspects of the home and its various systems based on knowledge of home construction and operation. While we can have a working knowledge of codes, we do not bring codebooks with us and do not engage in any form of law or code enforcement. We also tend to work in many different municipal areas, such as Kentville or Bridgewater and each area has specific building requirements whereas home inspectors standards are generally uniform across North America. Our main concerns are twofold: identifying safety concerns and items that need repairs with a special focus on big ticket items.
The Biggest Difference Between the Two
To sum it up briefly, a building inspector often uses an objective, pass or fail evaluation similar to a school teacher’s test while a home inspector is usually far more subjective in their evaluations. There is no such thing as failing a home inspection although it goes without saying that some issues are far more serious than others and are highlighted accordingly.