Feb 042010

A client should be aware of what an inspector is required to do and not required to do. It is important to keep in mind that the inspector will not move furnishings, draperies or window coverings, or push plant materials aside. Nor will the inspector move obstructions to windows, doors, electrical or mechanical elements. The inspector respects the property and so leaves all belongings and obstructions where they are placed. Moving such could result in damage to flooring, coverings  and personal belongings on the property. A thorough and impeccable inspector will  adequately make note  of obstructions to  observations. Those notes will be disclosed in the clients report.

This post is the first in a series of  The Do’s and The Dont’s. What are the requirements of a property inspector? Iron View Inspections  Inc. is confident these publications will be an aid to the client’s understanding  of what an inspection entails.

~Be As Fully Informed As You Can Be~

An Inspection Report shall describe and identify, in written format, the inspected systems, structures, and components of the dwelling, and shall identify material defects observed. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported or recommendations for correction; monitoring or further evaluation by professionals.

An inspector is required to: *Observe and Report (O&R) **Perform Task (PT)

  • Exterior wall covering/surfaces, eaves and trim *(O&R)
  • Doors, windows, and flashing *(O&R)
  • Garages and carports that are attached to the main building *(O&R)
  • All exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias *(O&R)
  • Observe and report impact of lot grading and vegetation *(O&R)
  • Retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure *(O&R)
  • Walkways and driveways on the building *(O&R)
  • Test the operation of power operated garage door openers, including the stop and automatic reverse functions **(PT)
  • Balconies including stairs, guards and railings **(PT)

An inspector is not required to: *Observe and Report (O&R)

  • Geological, hydrological and/or ground and soil conditions *(O&R)
  • Yard fencing *(O&R)
  • Seasonal accessories such as removable storm windows, storm doors, screens and shutters *(O&R)
  • Storage sheds and other structures not part of the building *(O&R)
  • Any items or facilities not directly related to the building structure, such as swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, tennis courts, etc. *(O&R)
  • Seawalls, break-walls, and docks *(O&R)
  • Playground equipment or recreation facilities *(O&R)
  • Erosion control and earth stabilization measures *(O&R)
  • Drain fields or dry-wells, septic systems or cesspools *(O&R)
  • Determine the integrity of the thermal windows seals or damaged glass *(O&R)
  • Verify or certify safe operation of any auto reverse or safety function of a garage door *(O&R)

Sources: Inter-NACHI and Inspect 4U.

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