Here's what I inspect (and don't inspect)
As a certified professional inspector, I'm required to inspect homes to a certain standard. If you've ever wondered what that standard is, I can help.
I'm certified through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, or InterNACHI. As such, I'm required to inspect homes to InterNACHI's standards. The inspector trade association's full standards can be found by clicking here. This link will show the full list of items we must inspect, as well as items that would be beyond the scope of an InterNACHi inspection.
I view those standards as the minimum requirements for an inspector to follow. In many cases but not all, I inspect to standards that are more stringent, especially when it comes to safety items or issues that might pose costly or create structural or mechanical problems.
InterNACHI views the definitions and scope of a home inspection as:
1.1. A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated via the above link), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.
I. The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. II. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
1.2. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
1.3. A general home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.
Before you hire an inspector, it's wise to learn to which standards the inspector will follow. What education does the inspector have?
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