I recently attended a TREC Inspector Committee meeting. They were considering changing the inspection rules applicable to inspectors. One of the changes they wanted to make was to TAKE OUT the word "reasonable" with the word judgment so as to imply the inspector no longer had to use "reasonable" judgment, but could in fact use unreasonable judgment. Why would they do this? It was not entirely clear from the meeting, but after pointing out that the removal of the word implied that they Board no longer deemed it important, the committee took a vote. It barely passed 4-3 to reinsert the word "reasonable" back in to be used with judgment.
Why would they want to remove the word "reasonable"? There could be only one motivation: to diminish the already innocuous TREC Inspector rules regarding inspections.
Fortunately, Mark Eberwine, a TREC Inspector from San Antonio spoke at the meeting to voice these concerns for the public. You can be sure that the public is only an afterthought, if a thought at all, for the TREC Inspection committee addressing these matters. There was a committee member, Fred Wilcox, from Houston who advocated for consumers above all of the other committee members.
In the end, people who have already bought houses no longer care about the quality of home inspections and those that are thinking about it are usually more concerned with things like the price.