The NHICC Professional Practice Committee mandate focuses on investigating complaints related to conduct and competence of a NHI inspector and other matters that relate to professional practices. We have no authority over other home inspectors outside of our scope. Consumers often hire inspectors based on a number of factors. Consider that the purpose of a home inspection is to educate the customer about the condition of a home. More specifically the information provided is to inform the customer about major deficiencies in the condition of the home. A home inspection provides a generalist’s review of the home and the various systems based on a defined Standards of Practice. To do this, the home inspector performs a visual inspection of the readily accessible portions of the home. The inspector uses the normal operating devices designed for use by the homeowner on a day to day basis. The home inspection does not include invasive procedures and is not technically exhaustive. The net result being the inspector prepares a written report of the findings for the client.
The inspector will use a written contract, aka: Pre-Inspection Agreement, for each and every inspection to be performed. This includes customers, such as lenders, real estate people, consumers buying or selling a home, and others whom might hire a home inspector for a home inspection. The purpose of this commentary is to educate the customer about what they receive when they purchase a home inspection.The primary purpose of a home inspection and the home inspection report is to educate the customer about the condition of the home. Secondarily, the written report must show what was inspected and what was observed during the inspection. This will educate the customer and also serve as future evidence of what was there at the time of the inspection. The Home Inspector should accurately report what has been observed – nothing more – nothing less – just what has been observed, within the guidelines established by the SOP (Standard of Practice).
The home inspector is a generalist, not a specialist, and therefore performs a general "visual" inspection. A technically exhaustive or "code compliance" inspection is not performed by the home inspector, but rather by a specialist in a particular trade or profession. The inspector is performing a visual inspection, using the natural senses, to observe the structure and major components of the home. Sometime the inspector may use special tools as an extension of the visual senses to verify certain conditions. In general the home inspection applies to the inspection of four dwelling units or fewer, but may include inspections of common-ownership property, such as condominium units and complexes and co-operatives.
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