1. INTRODUCTION



1. Definitions and Scope
1.1. A general home inspectionis a non
invasive,visual examination of the accessible areas of aresidential property (as delineated below), performed fora 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.

2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE


2.1 The purpose of these Standards of Practice is
to establish a minimum and uniform standard for
private, fee-paid home inspectors who are
members of the American Society of Home
Inspectors. Home Inspections performed to these
Standards of Practice are intended to provide the
client with information regarding the condition of
the systems and components of the home as
inspected at the time of the Home Inspection.


2.2 The inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. Readily accessible systems and
components of homes listed in these
Standards of Practice.
2. Installed systems and components of
homes listed in these Standards of Practice.
B. Report:
1. On those systems and components
inspected which, in the professional opinion
of the inspector, are significantly deficient or
near the end of its service life.
2. A reason why, if not self-evidence, the
system or component is significantly
deficient or near the end of its service life.
3. The inspector’s recommendations to
correct or monitor the reported deficiency.
4. On any systems and components
designated for inspection in these Standards
of Practice which were present at the time of
the Home Inspection but were not inspected
and a reason they were not inspected.
2.3 These Standards of Practice are not
intended to limit inspectors from:
A. Including other inspection services, systems
or components in addition to those required by
these Standards of Practice.



9. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

9.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect the installed central and through-wall
cooling equipment.
B. Describe:
1. The energy source.
2. The cooling method by its distinguishing
characteristics.
9.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect electronic air filters.
B. Determine cooling system adequacy or
distribution balance.

10. INTERIOR

10.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The walls, ceilings, and floors.
2. The steps, stairways, and railings.
3. The countertops and representative number
of installed cabinets.
4. A representative number of doors and
windows.
5. Garage doors and garage door openers.
10.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. The paint, wallpaper, and other finish
treatments.
2. The carpeting.
3. The window treatments.
4. The central vacuum systems.
5. The household appliances.
6. Recreational facilities.

11. INSULATION AND VENTILATION

11.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The insulation and vapor retarders in
unfinished spaces.
2. The ventilation of attics and foundation
areas.
3. The mechanical ventilation systems.
B. Describe:
1. The insulation and vapor retarders in
unfinished spaces.
2. The absence of insulation in unfinished
spaces or conditioned surfaces.
11.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Disturb insulation or vapor retarders.
B. Determine indoor air quality.

12. FIREPLACES AND SOLID FUEL
BURNING APPLIANCES


12.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The system components.
2. The vent systems, flues and chimneys

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5. ROOF SYSTEM

5.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The roof covering.
2. The roof drainage systems.
3. The flashings.
4. The skylights, chimneys and roof
penetrations.
B. Describe the roof covering and report the
methods used to inspect the roof.
5.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. Antennas.
2. Interiors of flues or chimneys which are not
readily accessible.
3. Other installed accessories.

6. PLUMBING SYSTEM

6.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The interior water supply and distribution
systems including all fixtures and faucets.
2. The drain, waste and vent systems including
all fixtures.
3. The water heating equipment.
4. The vent systems, flues, and chimneys.
5. The fuel storage and fuel distribution
systems.
6. The drainage sump pumps, and related
piping.
B. Describe:
1. The water supply, drain, waste, and vent
piping materials.
2. The water heating equipment including the
energy source.
3. The location of main water and main fuel
shut-off valves.
6.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. The clothes washing machine connections.
2. The interior of flues or chimneys which are
not readily accessible.
3. Wells, well pumps, or water storage related
equipment.
4. Water conditioning systems.
5. Solar water heating systems.
6. Fire and lawn sprinkler systems.
7. Private waste disposal systems.
B. Determine:
1. Whether water supply and waste disposal
systems are public or private.
2. The quantity or quality of the water supply.
C. Operate safety valves or shut-off valves.

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GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND
EXCLUSIONS, 13.2 continued


12. The presence of any environmental hazards
including, but not limited to toxins, carcinogens,
noise, and contaminants in soil, water, and air.
13. The effectiveness of any system installed or
methods utilized to control or remove suspected
hazardous substances.
14. The operating costs of systems or
components.
15. The acoustical properties of any system or
components.
C. Inspectors are Not required to offer:
1. Or perform any act or service contrary to
law.
2. Or perform engineering services.
3. Or perform work in any trade or any
professional service other than home inspection.
4. Warranties or guarantees of any kind.
D. Inspectors are NOT required to operate:
1. Any system or component which is shut down
or otherwise inoperable.
2. Any system or component which does not
respond to normal operating controls.
3. Shut-off valves.
E. Inspectors are NOT required to enter:
1. Any area which will, in the opinion of the
inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector
or other persons or damage the property or its
systems or components.
2. The under-floor crawl spaces or attics, which
are not readily accessible.
F. Inspectors are NOT required to inspect:
1. Underground items including but not limited
to underground storage tanks or other
underground indications of their presence,
whether abandoned or active.
2. Systems or components which are not
installed.
3. Decorative items.
4. Systems or components located in areas that
are not entered in accordance with these
Standards of Practice.
5. Detached structures other than garages and
carports.
6. Common elements or common areas in
multi-unit housing, such as condominium
properties or cooperative housing.
G. Inspectors are Not required to:
1. Perform any procedure or operation which
will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be
dangerous to the inspector or other persons or
damage the property or its systems or
components.
2. Move suspended ceiling tiles, personal
property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil,
snow, ice, or debris.
3. Dismantle any system or component, except
as explicitly required by these Standards of
Practice.

B. Specifying repairs, provided the inspector
is appropriately qualified and willing to do so.
C. Excluding systems and components from
the inspection if requested by the client.


3.  STRUCTURAL SYSTEM


3.1 The Inspector shall:


A. Inspect:
1. The structural components including
foundation and framing.
2. By probing a representative number of
structural components where deterioration is
suspected or where clear indications of possible
deterioration exist. Probing is NOT required
when probing would damage any finished
surface or where no deterioration is visible.
B. Describe:
1. The foundation and report the methods used
to inspect the under-floor crawl space.
2. The floor structure.
3. The wall structure.
4. The ceiling structure.
5.The roof structure and report the methods
used to inspect the attic.
3.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Provide any engineering service or
architectural service.
B. Offer an opinion as to the adequacy of any
structural system or component.


4. EXTERIOR


4.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The exterior wall covering, flashing and trim.
2. All exterior doors.
3. Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps,
porches and their associated railings.
4. The eaves, soffits, and fascias where
accessible from the ground level.
5. The vegetation, grading, surface drainage,
and retaining walls on the property when any of
these are likely to adversely affect the building.
6. Walkways, patios, and driveways leading to
dwelling entrances.
B. Describe the exterior wall covering.
4.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. Screening, shutters, awnings, and similar
seasonal accessories.
2. Fences.
3. Geological, geotechnical, or hydrological
conditions.
4. Recreational facilities.
5. Outbuildings.
6. Seawalls, break-walls, and docks.
7. Erosion control and earth stabilization
measures.



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B. Describe:
1. The fireplaces and solid fuel burning
appliances.
2. The chimneys.


12.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. The interiors of flues or chimneys.
2. The firescreens and doors.
3. The seals and gaskets.
4. The automatic fuel feed devices.
5. The mantles and fireplace surrounds.
6. The combustion make-up air devices.
7. The heat distribution assists whether gravity
controlled or fan assisted.
B. Ignite or extinguish fires.
C. Determine draft characteristics.
D. Move fireplace inserts or stoves or firebox
contents.


13. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS


13.1 General Limitations:
A. Inspections performed in accordance with
these Standards of Practice
1. Are not technically exhaustive.
2. Will not identify concealed conditions or
latent defects.
B. These Standards of Practice are applicable to
buildings with four or fewer dwelling units and
their garages or carports.
13.2 General exclusions:
A. The Inspector is not required to perform any
action or make any determination unless
specifically stated in these Standards of Practice,
except as may be required by lawful authority.
B. Inspectors are NOT required to determine:
1. The condition of systems or components
which are not readily accessible.
2. The remaining life of any system or
component.
3. The strength, adequacy, effectiveness, or
efficiency of any system or component.
4. The causes of any condition or deficiency.
5. The methods, materials or costs of
corrections.
6. Future conditions including, but not limited
to, failure of systems and components.
7. The suitability of the property for any
specialized use.
8. Compliance with regulatory requirements
(codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc.)
9. The market value of the property or its
marketability.
10. The advisability of the purchase of the
property.
11. The presence of potentially hazardous
plants or animals including, but not limited to
wood destroying organisms or diseases harmful
to humans.

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7. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

7.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The service drop.
2. The service entrance conductors, cables and
raceways.
3. The service equipment and main disconnects.
4. The service grounding
5. The interior components of service panels
and sub-panels.
6. The conductors.
7. The overcurrent protective devices.
8. A representative number of installed lighting
fixtures, switches, and receptacles.
9. The ground fault circuit interrupters.
B. Describe:
1. The amperage and voltage rating of the
service.
2. The location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels.
3. The wiring methods.
C. Report:
1. On the presence of solid conductor aluminum
branch circuit wiring.
2. On the absence of smoke detectors.
7.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. The remote control devices unless the device
is the only control device.
2. The alarm systems and components.
3. The low voltage wiring, systems and
components.
4. The ancillary wiring, systems and
components not a party of the primary electrical
power distribution system.
B. Measure amperage, voltage or impedance.

8. HEATING SYSTEM


8.1 The Inspector shall:
A. Inspect:
1. The installed heating equipment.
2. The vent systems, flues, and chimneys.
B. Describe:
1. The energy source.
2. The heating method by its distinguishing
characteristics.
8.2 The Inspector is NOT required to:
A. Inspect:
1. The interior of flues or chimneys which
are not readily accessible.
2. The heat exchanger.
3. The humidifier or dehumidifier.
4. The electronic air filter.
5. The solar space heating system.
B. Determine heat supply adequacy or
distribution balance.