What is Covered in a Home Inspection?

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Homeowners benefit by hiring a home inspector, but with so many Home Inspectors to choose from how does a homeowner know which one to use? Using a Home Inspector that is a member of and conforms to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice is a good place to start. Ask your prospective inspector what if any Standards of Practice do they use. InterNACHI “is the world’s leading association for home inspectors” providing continuous education and setting industry standards.

So, what is a Standards of Practice? It is a guideline that is written down and used by people in the same profession so that anyone using the Standards of Practice is theoretically using/inspecting the same things in the same way. If the prospective buyer/seller were to hire two Home Inspector’s both of which are using InterNACHI Standards of Practice, then the home should expect to receive an inspection report with the same items being inspected. At the time of writing this article, 26,312 inspectors are using this standard.

Ellingwood Pro – Home Inspectors uses InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice to perform all their home inspections. Ellingwood Pro – Home Inspectors currently provides inspections in the following areas:

1. Jefferson County WV (we service the whole county) Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Summit Point, Millville, Shenandoah Junction, Kearneysville, and Bolivar

2. Berkeley County WV (we service the whole county) Martinsburg, Bunker Hill, Inwood, Gerrardstown, Glengary, Hedgesville, Falling Waters, and Berkeley Springs

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Jefferson and Berkeley County WV

InterNACHI’s standards instruct all home inspectors using their standard to inspect the following:

o Roof

o Exterior

o Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

o Heating

o Cooling

o Plumbing

o Electrical

o Fireplace

o Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

o Door, Windows & Interior

To see a detailed list of what components, get inspected on every house please visit our Residential Home Inspection page located at https://ellingwoodpro.com/home-inspection.

The Home Inspector as defined by InterNACHI’s Standard of Practice Definition and Scope 1.1 states a home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deem material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector before the inspection process.

Home Inspection Standards of Practice
Home Inspection Standards of Practice
Home Inspection Standards of Practice

1. The home inspection is based on the observation made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions

2. The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects are observed on the date of inspection. Home Inspections do have Limitations, Exceptions & Exclusions

For more information about InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice please visit https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

Contact Ellingwood Pro – Home Inspections today to schedule your home inspection

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