Standards of Practice
Home Inspections of North Central Florida follows:
Florida Association of Building Inspectors –
FABI Standards of Practice.
Effective January 1, 2015
© Copyright 2014 Florida Association of Building Inspectors, Inc.
The Florida Association of Building Inspectors(FABI) is a not‐for‐profit professional society established in 1984. Membership
in FABI is voluntary and its members include private, fee‐paid home inspectors. FABI’s objectives include promotion of
excellence within the profession through continuing education, member’s voluntary adherence to a higher level of
inspection standards than that set by the State of Florida for licensing, and continued improvement of its members’ skills,
integrity, and ethics through education.
2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE
2.1 A. The purpose of these Standards of Practice is to establish a higher minimum and uniform standard for private, fee‐paid
home inspectors who are members of the Florida Association of Building Inspectors. Home Inspections performed to these
Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and
components of the home as inspected at the time of the Home Inspection.
B. These standards shall not be construed as limiting the scope of the inspection process in those areas where the inspector
is qualified and/or has special knowledge.
2.2 The inspector shall:
1. Readily accessible systems and components of homes listed in these Standards of Practice.
2. Installed systems and components of homes listed in these Standards of Practice.
1. Systems and components by their nomenclature, capacity, output rating or other means of descriptive
terminology typically used by tradesmen.
1. On those systems and components inspected which, in the professional opinion of the inspector, are not
functioning properly, are unsafe, are significantly deficient or are near the end of their service lives.
2. A reason why, if not self‐evident, the system or component is significantly deficient or near the end of its service
3. The inspector’s recommendations to correct or monitor the reported deficiency, i.e. needs repair, needs
additional evaluation, etc.
4. On any systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards of Practice which were present at
the time of the Home Inspection but were not inspected and a reason why they were not inspected.
2.3 These Standards of Practice are not intended to limit inspectors from:
A. Including other inspection services, systems or components in addition to those required by these Standards of
B. Specifying repairs, provided the inspector is appropriately qualified and willing to do so.
C. Excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested by the client.
3. STRUCTURE (Including interior and exterior sections)
3.1 The inspector shall: