InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, is the world's largest inspection trade association.
ASHI, the oldest home inspector association and recognized as a certifying body by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
The standard home inspection report will cover the condition of the heating, central air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roof, attic, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, garage, and structural components. A report will be delivered to the client of the findings.
To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
Most home buyers find it difficult to remain completely unbiased and unemotional about the house they really want as this may have an effect on their judgment. It is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional.
A home inspection does not pass or fail. It is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal or a code inspection. A home inspector will describe the home's physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
It doesn’t mean you should or should not buy the house. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.