Purpose and scope
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2.1 The purpose of these Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum and uniform standard for home inspectors who subscribe to these Standards of Practice.
Home Inspections performed to these Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with objective
information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection. Redundancy in the description of the requirements, limitations,
and exclusions regarding the scope of the home inspection is provided for emphasis only.
2.2 Inspectors shall:
- adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
readily accessible, visually observable, installed
components listed in these Standards of Practice.
- report :
- those systems and
components inspected that, in the
professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning
properly, significantly deficient, unsafe,
or are near the end of their service lives.
- recommendations to correct, or monitor for future correction, the deficiencies
reported in 2.2.C.1, or items needing further evaluation.
(Per Exclusion 13.2.A.5 inspectors are NOT required to determine
methods, materials, or costs of corrections.)
- reasoning or explanation as to the nature of the deficiencies reported
in 2.2.C.1, that are not self-evident.
- systems and
components designated for inspection in these Standards of Practice that were present at the time of the home inspection but were not
inspected and the reason(s) they were not inspected.
2.3 These Standards of Practice are not intended to limit
- including other inspection services or systems and components in addition to those required In Section 2.2.B.
- designing or specifying repairs, provided the inspector is
appropriately qualified and willing to do so.
- excluding systems and
components from the inspection if requested by the client.