Jim Turner, CRI, Building Insp & Const Consulting
SITUATION: A NAHI member reported that damaged wood framing, discovered in a garage during the course of the inspection, was "caused by a termite infestation."
QUESTION: Has the member sufficiently followed the NAHI Standards of Practice?
ANSWER: NAHI Standards of Practice states:
2. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS
2.3 The determination of the presence of or damage caused by termites or any other wood-damaging insects or organism is excluded.
CONCLUSION: The member has exceeded the NAHI Standards of Practice and may have violated state law.
RETROSPECT: The member is not a licensed termite inspector in his state and therefore should refrain from using specific verbiage addressing wood destroying organisms. A state that licenses termite inspectors may consider the use of this verbiage in a report as a violation of state mandates as practicing termite inspections without a license. Suggested proper verbiage would be: "Evidence of damaged wood was observed at (location), recommend further review by a qualified and state licensed termite inspection company prior to the closing of escrow."