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What is NOT inspected?

There are items that are not inspected during a home inspection. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • fences and gates
  • screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories
  • geological and/or soil conditions
  • seawalls, break-walls, and docks
  • outbuildings or any other detached structure with the exception of garages and carports
  • erosion control and earth stabilization measures
  • pools and spas
  • refrigerators
  • washers
  • dryers
  • clothes washing machine connections
  • wells, well pumps, or water storage related equipement
  • solar water heating systems
  • fire and lawn sprinkler systems
  • private waste disposal systems
  • window A/C units
  • central vacuum systems
  • water softeners
  • alarm and intercom systems
  • low voltage wiring systems
  • ancillary wiring systems and components
  • measure amperage, voltage, or impedance
  • heat exchangers
  • humidifiers or dehumidifiers
  • electronic air filters
  • solar space heating systems
  • underground items including underground storage tanks
  • outdoor cooking appliances
  • satellites, antennas, or other installed accessories
  • interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible
  • and any item that is not a permanent component of the home.
  • paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments
  • carpeting
  • window treatments
  • household appliances
  • fire screens and doors on fireplace
  • automatic fuel feed devices
  • mantels and fireplace surrounds
  • heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted)
  • Drop ceilings tiles are not removed as they are easily damaged and this is a non-invasive inspection.

The inspector does not determine:

  • the condition of systems and components that are not readily accessible
  • the remaining life expectancy of systems and components
  • methods, materials, and costs of corrections
  • future conditions including but not limited to failure of systems and components
  • the suitability of the property for specialized uses
  • compliance of systems and components with past and present requirements and guidelines (codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, specifications, installation and maintenance instructions, use and care guides, etc.)
  • the market value of the property and its marketability
  • the advisability of purchasing the property
  • the presence of plants, animals, and other life forms and substances that may be hazardous or harmful to humans including, but not limited to, wood destroying organisms, molds and mold-like substances
  • the presence of environmental hazards including, but not limited to, allergens, toxins, carcinogens, electromagnetic radiation, noise, radioactive substances, and contaminants in building materials, soil, water, and air
  • the effectiveness of systems installed and methods used to control or remove suspected hazardous plants, animals, and environmental hazards
  • operating costs of systems and components
  • acoustical properties of systems and components
  • whether water supply or waste disposal systems are public or private
  • water supply quantity or quality
  • heat/cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance
  • soil conditions relating to geotechnical or hydrologic specialties
  • whether items, materials, conditions and components are subject to recall, controversy, litigation, product liability, and other adverse claims and conditions.

The inspector does not operate:

  • systems and components that are shut down or otherwise inoperable
  • systems and components that do not respond to normal operating controls
  • shut-off valves and manual stop valves
  • automatic safety controls.

The inspector does not enter:

  • areas that will, in the professional judgment of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or to other persons, or to damage the property or its systems and components
  • under-floor crawlspaces and attics that are not readily accessible.

The inspector does not:

  • perform procedures or operations that will, in the professional judgment of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or to other persons, or to damage the property or its systems or components
  • describe or report on systems and components that are not included in this Standard and that were not inspected
  • move personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, and debris
  • dismantle systems and components, except as explicitly required by this Standard
  • reset, reprogram, or otherwise adjust devices, systems, and components affected by inspection required by this Standard
  • ignite or extinguish fires, pilot lights, burners, and other open flames that require manual ignition
  • probe surfaces that would be damaged or where no deterioration is visible or presumed to exist
  • disturb insulation
  • ignite or extinguish fires
  • determine draft characteristics
  • move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents