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COMPREHENSIVE 500-POINT INSPECTION

A-PRO's inspection standards are unparalleled in the home/commercial inspection industry. Our inspectors are ISHI, ASHI, CHI, and PHI certified and we guarantee NO 3rd party evaluations... period.

Beware of who does your home inspection. Utah does not have licensing, certifications or regulations in place regarding home inspection standards. This means anyone who wants to perform home inspections can do so. Many current home inspectors in Utah are previous contractors or journeyman who feel they have the knowledge to perform home inspections. They have no formal training and only belong to inspection trade organizations. It is important for your safety and the safety of your family to ensure you are using a national and international trained and certified home inspector. That's why A-PRO is the smart choice when it comes to home/commercial inspections.

So, we're not talking about just an opinion of the home, we're talking about a professional Comprehensive 500-Point Inspection using ISHI Home Inspection Standards by trained and certified home inspectors.

Below are the all-inclusive ISHI home inspection standards our inspectors live by.

We believe in what we do. This is not a second job or pass time for us. This is our livelyhood. We are professionals with a love and passion for what we. We promise to provide you with the best inspection and Ironclad Inspection Guarantees in the industry.

ishiâ home inspection standards

Introduction: ARTICLE I.

SECTION 1.01   PREFACE:

The International Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ISHI) is a not-for-profit professional society established in 1995. Membership in ISHI and/or the ITI designation program is voluntary and its members include exclusive, fee-paid home inspectors. ISHI's objectives include encouragement of superiority within the profession and constant development of its members' inspection services to the public utilizing a fair & balanced reporting method.

SECTION 1.02     PRINCIPLE AND EXTENT:

The principle behind these Inspector Standards is to establish a minimum and standardized NORM for private, fee-paid home inspectors who are members of the International Society of Home Inspectors. Home Inspections performed to these Home Inspector Standards are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home existing at the time of the home Inspection. Any system or components specified for inspection can be excluded from inspection if requested by the client and if so stated in the pre-inspection agreement and inspection report

SECTION 1.03     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Installed and accessible systems and components of homes listed in these Inspector Standards.

SECTION 1.04     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Inspected systems and components which, in the professional opinion of the inspector, ARE DEFICIENT or near the end of their serviceable lives.

B)            A reason why, if not self-evident, the system or component is deficient.

C)            Recommendations that will correct or monitor the REPORTED DEFICIENCIES.

D)            On any systems and components designated for inspection in these Inspector Standards which were present at the time of the Home Inspection but were not inspected and the reasons they were not inspected.

E)            Recommendations for further evaluation when appropriate.

F)            Recommendations for home buyer improvements regarding unsafe and differed maintenance conditions.

G)            Positive attributes of systems and components when appropriate.

SECTION 1.05     These Standards do not restrict inspectors from:

A)            Providing or Performing any additional inspection or testing services. specifying repairs or estimating repair costs provided the inspector is qualified to do so.

ARTICLE II.                 STRUCTURE SYSTEM

SECTION 2.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Structural components, including foundation and framing.

B)            Foundation performance by utilizing a foundation level survey™

SECTION 2.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Foundation, floor, wall, ceiling and roof structure and their types of construction.

B)            Methods used to gain access to under-floor crawl space and attic space.

C)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 2.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO:

A)            Provide engineering or architectural services.

B)            Offer opinions as to the design or adequacy OF STRUCTURAL systems or components.

ARTICLE III.              EXTERIOR SYSTEM

SECTION 3.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Exterior wall coverings, flashing and trim, exterior doors and windows, safety glass.

B)            Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and associated railings.

C)            Eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level

D)            Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls when  likely to adversely affect the building or property.

E)            Walkways, patios, and driveways.

F)            Installed screening, shutters, storm doors, storm windows, AND FENCES.  

SECTION 3.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            The exterior wall covering type(s).

B)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 3.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Geological, geotechnical or hydrological conditions.

B)            Recreational facilities.

C)            Outbuildings, other than detached garages or carports.

D)            Seawalls, break-walls, docks and boat houses.

E)            Below surface erosion control and earth stabilization measures.

F)            AWNINGS and similar seasonal accessories.

ARTICLE IV.           ROOF SYSTEM

SECTION 4.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Roof coverings and flashings.

B)            Roof drainage systems.

C)            Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.

SECTION 4.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Roof covering Types

B)            Methods used to gain access to the roof

C)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 4.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Inaccessible flues or chimneys.

B)            Installed accessories AND antennae.

ARTICLE V.                        PLUMBING SYSTEM

SECTION 5.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Water supply and distribution system.

B)            Drain, waste and vent system.

C)            Fixtures, faucets and appurtenances.

D)            Water heating equipment.

E)            Vent systems, flues, and chimneys WHERE ACCESSIBLE.

F)            Fuel storage and fuel distribution system.

G)            Drainage sump, sump pump, and related piping.

H)           Bathtubs, Sinks and Indoor jetted bathtubs.

SECTION 5.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials.

B)            Water heating equipment, including energy source size AND LOCATION.

C)            Location of main water and main fuel shut-off valves.

D)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 5.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT: 

A)            Well, well pump, or water  storage  related equipment.

B)            Water conditioning system.

C)            Solar water heating system.

D)            Fire and lawn sprinkler systems.

E)            Private waste disposal system.

F)            Spa, Swimming pool, Sauna, Steam Shower.

G)            Whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private.

H)           Quantity or quality of water supply.

I)             Operation of safety valves or shut-off valves.

J)             By lighting gas pilots.

ARTICLE VI.          ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

SECTION 6.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Service drop, entrance, conductors, cables, raceways and conduits.

B)            Service equipment, main disconnects and service grounding.

C)            Interior components of service panels, conductors and over current protection devices.

D)            Lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles WHERE ACCESSIBLE.

E)            Ground fault circuit interrupters.

SECTION 6.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            SERVICE amperage and voltage rating.

B)            Location of main disconnect(s) and SERVICE panels.

C)            Wiring methods EMPLOYED.

D)            Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch 120v and 240v circuit wiring.

E)            Smoke detectors, or absence thereof.

F)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 6.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Remote control device unless it is the only control.

B)            Alarm systems.

C)            Low voltage wiring systems.

D)            Ancillary wiring systems not a part of the main electrical power distribution system

E)            Amperage, voltage, or impedance.

ARTICLE VII.         HEATING SYSTEM

SECTION 7.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT: 

A)            Installed heating systems.

B)            Window and thru-wall heating equipment.

C)            Vent systems, flues, and chimneys WHERE ACCESSIBLE.

D)            Presence of an installed heat source in Habitable rooms.

E)            FOR Heat Exchanger BREACHING.

SECTION 7.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Energy source.

B)            Heating method by distinguishing characteristics.

C)            Performance of central systems utilizing temperature measurements.

D)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 7.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Humidifier or dehumidifier.

B)            Electronic air filter.

C)            Solar space heating System.

D)            To determine heat supply adequacy or distribution balance.

E)            By lighting gas pilots.

ARTICLE VIII.        COOLING SYSTEM 

SECTION 8.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            INSTALLED cooling systems.

B)            WINDOW and thru-wall COOLING EQUIPMENT.

C)            Presence of an INSTALLED COOLING source in habitable rooms.

SECTION 8.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Energy source.

B)            Cooling method by DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS.

C)            PERFORMANCE OF CENTRAL SYSTEMS UTILIZING TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENTS.

D)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 8.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Electronic air filters.

B)            To determine cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance.

ARTICLE IX.          INTERIOR SYSTEM

SECTION 9.01     INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Walls, ceilings, and floors.

B)            Steps, stairways, and railings.

C)            INSTALLED countertops, DRAWERS AND cabinets.

D)            Doors and windows, safety glass.

E)            Garage doors and THEIR operators.

SECTION 9.02     INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 9.03     INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Paint, wallpaper, carpeting, window treatments and other cosmetic finish treatments.

B)            Indoor recreational facilities, exercise equipment, ETC.

ARTICLE X.                        INSULATION AND VENTILATION SYSTEM

SECTION 10.01  INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT:

A)            Insulation and vapor retarders materials in unfinished spaces.

B)            Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.

C)            Mechanical ventilation systems.

SECTION 10.02  INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.

B)            Absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.

C)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 10.03  INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO:

A)            Disturb insulation or vapor retarders.

B)            Determine indoor air quality.

ARTICLE XI.           SOLID FUEL BURNING APPLIANCE & FIREPLACE SYSTEM

SECTION 11.01  INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT: 

A)            System and components.

B)            Vent systems, flues, and chimneys, where accessible.

SECTION 11.02  INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Type of fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances.

B)            Type of chimneys.

C)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 11.03  INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Fire screens and doors.

B)            Seals and gaskets.

C)            Automatic fuel feed devices.

D)            Mantles and fireplace surrounds.

E)            Combustion make-up air devices.

F)            Heat distribution assists whether gravity controlled or fan assisted.

G)            By igniting or extinguishing fires or by lighting gas pilots.

H)           Determine draft characteristics.

I)             Fireplace inserts or stoves or firebox contents by moving.

ARTICLE XII.         APPLIANCE SYSTEM

SECTION 12.01  INSPECTORS WILL INSPECT the basic operational functions of the following PERMANTLEY installed appliances:

A)            Dishwasher through its normal cycle.

B)            Range, cook top, and oven.

C)            Trash compactor.

D)            Garbage disposal.

E)            Ventilation equipment or range hood.

F)            Microwave oven.

G)            Central Vacuum System.

H)           Any other built-In-Appliance.

SECTION 12.02  INSPECTORS WILL REPORT ON:

A)            Positive attributes of the system or components.

SECTION 12.03  INSPECTORS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO INSPECT:

A)            Clocks, timers, self-cleaning oven function, or thermostats FOR CALIBRATION or automatic operation.

B)            Non built-in appliances such as clothes washers and dryers.

C)            Refrigeration units such as freezers, refrigerators and ice makers.

D)            Appliances in USE, shut down, or otherwise inoperable.

ARTICLE XIII.  COMMON LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

SECTION 13.01  GENERAL LIMITATIONS: Home Inspections performed in accordance with these Home Inspector Standards:

A)            Are not technically exhaustive.

B)            Will not identify concealed conditions or latent or hidden defects.

C)            Are applicable to buildings with ONE to four dwelling units and their attached or detached garages or carports.

SECTION 13.02  General exclusions:

A)            Is are not required to inspect any system or component unless specifically stated in these Inspector Standards, except as may be otherwise required by law.

SECTION 13.03  Inspectors are NOT required to determine:

A)            Remaining life of any system or component.

B)            Strength, adequacy, effectiveness, or efficiency of any system or component.

C)            Condition of systems or components which are not accessible.

D)            Future conditions including, but not limited to, failure of systems and components, or parts.

E)            Cause of any defect or condition.

F)            Methods, materials, or costs of corrections of defects or conditions.

G)            Suitability of the property for any specialized use.

H)           Compliance with insurance company or regulatory requirements (codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc.).

I)             Market value of the real estate property or its marketability.

J)             Advisability of the purchase of the property.

K)           Presence of potentially hazardous plants, animals or inspects, including, but not limited to, wood destroying organisms or diseases harmful to humans.

L)            Presence of any environmental hazards including, but not limited to, toxins, carcinogens, noise, vibration; contaminants in soil, water; mold, mildew, fungus, bio-organisms, electromagnetic fields, air Quality, underground storage tanks, etc.

M)           Effectiveness of any system installed or methods utilized to control or remove suspected dangerous substances or conditions.

N)            Operating costs of utilities, systems or components.

O)            Lighting, vibration or acoustical properties of any system or component.

SECTION 13.04  Inspectors are NOT required to offer:

A)            Or perform any act or service conflicting with law.

B)            Or perform engineering or architectural services.

C)            Or carry out work in any trade or any professional service other than home inspection.

D)            Warranties or guarantees of any type.

SECTION 13.05  Inspectors are NOT required to operate:

A)            Any system or component which is shut down or inoperable.

B)            Any system or component which does not respond to normal operating controls.

C)            Automatic safety controls.

D)            Shut-off valves which are normally always open or always closed.

E)            Gas pilot lights which are shut off.

SECTION 13.06  Inspectors are NOT required to enter:

A)            Any area which may, in the opinion of the inspector, be dangerous to the inspector or other persons OR MAY damage the property or its systems or components.

B)            Under-floor crawl spaces, attics, or roofs, which are not accessible or hazardous.

SECTION 13.07  Inspectors are NOT required to inspect:

A)            Underground utilities, systems or components including, but not limited to, underground storage tanks or other underground equipment, whether active or abandoned.

B)            Systems or components which are PORTABLE OR not completely installed.

C)            Decorative or cosmetic items or materials.

D)            Systems or components located in areas that cannot be entered.

E)            Detached structures other than garages and carports.

F)            Common areas, systems and components in multi-unit housing, such as condominium properties or cooperative housing.

G)            Underground electrical, plumbing, gas, and other utility system..

SECTION 13.08  Inspectors are NOT required to:

A)            Perform any procedure or operation which will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely to be unsafe to the inspector or other persons or damage the property or its systems or components.

B)            Move furniture, personal property, ceiling tiles,, equipment, plants, soil, ice snow, or other debris.

C)            Dismantle any system or component, except as required by these Home Inspector Standards.

 

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