Licensed Home Inspectors adhere to the International Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice established by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. As a result, Inspectors examine every system and structural component that is visible. However, they cannot see behind furniture, walls, pipes, cars, boxes, tools, etc.; and per the Standards of Practice, Inspectors are not permitted to move any item.
WHAT'S NOT INSPECTED
- Hidden flaws: As described above, Home Inspectors can only examine what is visible. Further, they will not move furniture, boxes, pipes, tools, equipment, etc., to look above, behind or below them.
- Below ground: Home Inspectors cannot examine the portion of a home's exterior that is underground, including but not limited to the foundation, chimney elements, drains, exterior stairs, siding, etc.
- Septic, oil, and propane tanks: These will not be examined - they require experts in the fields involved.
- Mold, asbestos, lead: Home Inspectors will point out visible concerns they see related to these elements; however, problems are not always visible. When Home Inspectors do see something and point out the concerns in the report, experts will then be required to perform in-depth examinations/remediation.