We inspect the heating and cooling systems that are permanently installed at the property. That means we have to visually look at readily accessible systems and components safely, using normal operating controls, and accessing readily accessible panels and areas in accordance with the Standards of Practice. Something is accessible if it can be approached or entered by the inspector safely, without difficulty, fear or danger.
The primary responsibility for a home inspector, when evaluating electrical systems in the home, is the safety of himself and his clients, both at the time of inspection and after they move into the property. This is also one of the few areas which most home inspectors would cite as “deficient” – systems that were acceptable when the home was built, but would now be considered sub-standard. A lack of GFCIs, for example, would fall into this category.
A dwelling should have the proper number of fixtures of a specific quality. The fixtures should be properly installed to be both accessible and usable by the occupants. There are standards to which each fixture’s design and quality must conform. For one- and two-family residential dwellings (R-3), each dwelling is required to have at least one water closet (toilet), one lavatory (bath sink), one bathtub or shower, one kitchen sink, and one automatic clothes washer connection.
More than ever before, consumers are demanding better performance from their homes. Total moisture protection for houses is a daunting goal. At the same time, our understanding of the more subtle issues related to the effects of moisture and proper control continues to evolve. As a result, while effective moisture control ultimately rests on scientific principles, it also must be implemented by home builders and contractors who bring a more practical approach to the construction process.
The roof inspection is both one of the most crucial areas of home inspection and one of the biggest concerns on the prospective home buyer’s mind. Spending a large portion of the inspection appointment dealing with the roof and following some basic rules will pay dividends to the inspector, both in terms of customer satisfaction and also in reduced liability. Before approaching a roof inspection, it’s important to keep safety at the forefront.
A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), 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.