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Does a home inspector specify repairs?
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Home inspectors are expected to make recommendations as necessary for defects that are found, but are not required to specify exactly what how it should be done. Here’s the way it is stated in the Standards of Practice for inspectors in the State of Florida: “The inspector shall make recommendations for correction and/or monitoring, or further evaluation of the deficiencies that the inspector observed.” The Standards of Practice of the two national home inspector associations, ASHI and InterNACHI, along with other state standards, are similar.
When it is not clear what is causing a defect or the extent of the problem, an inspector specifies further evaluation. For more on this, go to our blog post Why do home inspectors sometimes specify "further evaluation and possible repair" instead of a specific repair or replacement?
The standards say further that “these Standards of Practice do not limit inspectors from specifying repairs, provided the inspector is appropriately qualified.” So an inspector does have the option to specify how repairs are made if he or she has the professional experience to do so. But we think it is a mistake—other than to require that the defect be repaired by a licensed contractor and defining what should look like when it’s done. We have been contractors for many years (Richard since 1972, and Greg 2003), but know that telling an electrician, for example, exactly how to do his job is asking for trouble.
Also, see our other blog posts What would cause a home inspector and roofing contractor to disagree on the remaining life left in a roof? and What repairs are required to be made after a home inspection? and Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection? and Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs? and Does the seller have to make a repair requested by the homebuyer, even if the home inspector did not call it out as a defect?
Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:
AFCI •• Air conditioner •• Ants •• Appliance recalls •• Appliance testing •• Attic •• Awnings •• Barns and ag blgs. •• Bathroom exhaust fan •• Bonding •• Carpet •• Ceiling fans •• Central vacuum •• Chimneys •• Chinese drywall •• Clothes dryer •• Dryer exhaust •• CO alarms •• Code violations •• Condemn a house •• Crawl space •• Detached carport •• Detached garage •• Dishwasher •• Docks •• Doors •• Electrical •• Electrical panel •• Electromagnetic radiation •• Fences •• Fireplaces •• Furnace •• Furniture •• Garage door opener •• Garbage disposal •• Generator •• GFCIs •• Gutters •• Ice maker •• Inspect in the rain •• Insulation •• Insurance •• Interior Finishes •• Grading & drainage •• Lead paint •• Level of thoroughness •• Lift carpet •• Low voltage wiring •• Microwave •• Mold •• Move things •• Help negotiate •• Not allowed •• Outbuildings •• Paint •• Permits •• Pilot lights •• Plumbing •• Plumbing under slab •• Pools •• Questions won't answer •• Radon •• Range/cooktop •• Receptacle outlet •• Refrigerator •• Reinspection •• Remove panel cover •• Repairs •• Repair estimates •• Retaining walls •• Roaches •• Rodents •• Roof •• Screens •• Seawalls •• Septic loading dye test •• Septic tank •• Sewer lines •• Shower pan leak test •• Shutters •• Sinkholes •• Smoke alarms •• Solar panels •• Specify repairs •• Sprinklers •• Termites •• Toilets •• Trees •• Troubleshooting •• Wall air conditioners •• Walk roof •• Washing machine •• Water heater •• Water pressure •• Water shut-offs •• Main water shut-off •• Water softener •• Water treatment systems •• Well •• Windows •• Window air conditioners •• Window blinds •• Wiring
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