NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIMITATIONS ON STANDARD HOME INSPECTIONS
The basic inspection looks for defects or irregularities which are "exposed to view" which require repairs or are a real and present danger to occupants. It is limited to the readily accessible and visible major systems, components and equipment of the primary home of the property. Per InterNACHI Standards, certain items will be randomly sampled; These items include, but are not limited to: Windows, doors, hardware and screens; electric outlets, switches and lights; cabinet/countertop mounts and functions; insulation type and depth; mortar, masonry, paint and caulking integrity; and roof covering materials.
Hidden damages, conditions, public records, codes, engineering tests and environmental checks are not included as part of the basic home inspection.
No area, which poses a threat to the inspector's safety, will be inspected, including steep, slippery, or brittle roofs, attics with insulation that prevent safe footing, or any electrical or mechanical equipment which appear potentially hazardous. CERTAIN ITEMS ARE RANDOMLY SAMPLED OR CHECKED, BUT NOT ALL SUCH ITEMS WILL BE INDIVIDUALLY INSPECTED. These items include, but are not limited to: Windows, doors, hardware and screens; electric outlets, switches and lights; cabinet/countertop mounts and functions; insulation type and depth; mortar, masonry, paint and caulking integrity; and roof covering materials.
Individuals performing inspections will not generally: Perform destructive or disruptive testing or assessments; lift floor covering, remove ceiling panels, insulation, or vapor barriers; move appliances, clothing, furniture, and heavy, delicate or personal items; or check mechanical equipment during inappropriate weather.
The ages of equipment are approximated based on visual appearance. Installations are not checked against manufacturers recommendations. Only those utilities actually listed on the inspection report are presumed to exist. The following items are not included in the standard home inspection: Swimming pools and spas; smoke alarms without accessible test buttons; solar, security, intercom, antenna and telephone systems and roofs not readily & safely accessible from a 13 foot ladder.
The basic home inspection will not reveal/report the following: Intermittent occurrences, the inner--workings of mechanical devices, the integrity of underground or hidden piping, the accuracy of timers or thermostats over a range, small cracks or breaks in chimney flue liners, leakage or seepage occurring intermittently or under unusual weather conditions, the integrity of wire connections in unexposed locations, the presence of pests or chemicals, adequate performance of mechanical systems during extreme weather conditions, or concealed defects.
The inspection concerns exclusively the on--site primary home. No inspection is made with respect to public records, traffic density, noise, odors, building value appraisal, zoning ordinance conformance, or warranty or transfer disclosure. NO CHECK IS MADE FOR BUILDING OR HOUSING CODE CONFORMANCE. Additionally, no engineering, or architectural or other such licensed work will be performed, including geological or structural hazard site or engineering analysis. Similarly, the inspection will not reveal problems with environmental hazards, asbestos, water quality, air quality, lead paint or toxic or allergenic substances. Moreover, the standard home inspection will not reveal problems with pests and/or wood destroying organisms, or mold. Finally, the weather conditions existing on the day of the inspection will vary the scope of the work to be performed by the Company.
Certain equipment in the home may not be inspected depending on the weather conditions. For instance, very cold weather allows operation of heating systems, but prevents operation of air conditioning equipment. Conversely, hot weather permits operation of cooling equipment but prevents the assessment of the heating equipment. Further, the weather conditions may prevent the Company from performing an inspection of certain areas of the house. For example, rainy weather may prevent the inspector from walking on the roof and snow may prevent the observation of the roof, driveway, and other exterior parts of the house. The Company will NOT return to check the property during inclement weather without an additional charge.