Inspection Standards

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling.  Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.

  1. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection, and not the prediction of future conditions.
  2. A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection.
  3. A home inspection can include a survey and/or analysis of energy flows and usage in a residential property if the client requests it.

A material defect is a condition of a residential real property, or any portion of it, that would have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the real property, or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property. The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at or beyond the end of the normal useful life of such a structural element, system or subsystem is not by itself a material defect.

 

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, but this is not required.

 

A Closer Look provides visual inspection services in accordance with the Standards of InterNACHI, last updated on April 12, 2010.  Please click on this link to view the Standards in their entirety.



Sample Inspection Report

Our reports are concise and to the point.  They are color coded with; items in green identified as no current concerns, items in yellow indicate concern and recommend monitoring and items in red requiring immediate action. 

 

We indentify an area of concern, explain why we are concerned and suggest a course of action. 

 

Upon request, we can also provide an estimate, based on the current labor and material rates in your area, to repair or replace the item/issue in question. 

 

Please click on this link to view a Sample Inspection Report.