Home Inspections – Their Purpose And Process

A house inspection, as described, is an assessment of the physical structure and systems of a house, which gives you a detailed 'snapshot' of the status of the house in the time of this review.

The goal of Home inspections is to reduce some of the danger involved in buying a house; however, it cannot remove those risks, nor can the inspector anticipate future events or changes in performance due to changes in use or occupancy.

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The review will cover any possible health and security issues along with regions in need of replacement or repair. The Standards of Practice are the minimum levels of inspection practice required of inspectors for the accessible parts, components, and systems typically found in improvements to real property.

Keep in mind that the inspector is not required to move any furnishings or stored items. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ensure access to all the major components of the home is clear prior to the inspection commencing.

In the report, the inspector will note which items were Inspected (I), Not Inspected (NI), Not Present (NP), and/or Deficient (D). General deficiencies comprise inoperability, substance distress, water penetration, damage, corrosion, missing components and improper setup.

Items identified on the report do not obligate either the Seller or the Buyer to make any repairs or take any other action. The decision to correct a hazard or any deficiency identified in an inspection report is left to the parties to the contract for the sale or purchase of the home.