STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
These standards are general expectations for inspections performed by LAB Pro Home Inspectors. These standards are built upon what can be reasonably identified during a typical home inspection. A competent home inspector requires broad, general knowledge of all components and systems in a home and sufficient knowledge to identify items in need of more specialized investigation. These standards of practice are not exhaustive, but they do help avoid misunderstandings. Additional information can be found by clicking the icons at the bottom of our homepage.
LAB Pro Home Inspectors Are Expected To:
- Consider the safety of those present at a home inspection to be paramount.
- Perform an inspection of a representative number of exposed and readily accessible components and systems.
- Identify defects and conditions the inspector judges could adversely affect the function or integrity of the components or systems at the time of the inspection.
- Operate components or systems that are operational during the inspection.
- Explain why items normally inspected could not be inspected.
- Provide a written report that, at a minimum:
- Describes the scope of the inspection; and
- Describes any material defects, along with recommendations if specialists should be retained to determine the extent of the defects.
- Provide recommendations when based on education and experience. For example a licensed structural engineer can make structural recommendations.
- Provide estimates for repairs that are based on a range of costs.
LAB Pro Home Inspectors Are Not Expected To:
- Damage the property in order to visually inspect hidden deficiencies or to remove snow, debris, furniture, stored items, floor or ceiling covers/panels, insulation or any other items that may conceal damage or deficiencies.
- Dismantle or open components or systems that do not have adequate provisions for inspection, to conduct specialized tests or measurements, or to use very specialized instruments.
- Enter crawl spaces with less than 3′ head clearance, attics with less than 5′ head clearance or walk on roofs not safely reached with a 13′ ladder.
- Probe when damage could result to any finished surface or when no deterioration is visible
- Identify hidden damages and conditions, code violations, governmental regulations, condominium conditions, manufacturer recalls and environmental hazards including, but not limited to, toxins, carcinogens, noise, lead, mold, or asbestos and contaminants in soil, water and air and the presence of potentially hazardous plants or animals including, but not limited to wood destroying organisms or diseases harmful to humans.
- Inspect security devices, water treatment systems, water wells, gas/oil leaks, tanks, heat exchangers, exhaust fan adequacy, chimney flues, humidifiers, pipe/vessel insulation, coolant leaks, HVAC adequacy/capacity/efficiency, buried items, fireplace operation, electrical timers and antennas, unless specified in the contract agreement.
- Provide estimates of remaining life, strength, adequacy, effectiveness, or efficiency of components or systems
- Offer warranties or guarantees of any kind
REMEMBER that a home inspection is not a substitute for a pre-settlement inspection diligently conducted by a buyer.