Home Inspection Standards Of Practice
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The Standards of Practice deals with aspects of the home inspection such as what is inspected, what the client can expect, what an inspector is permitted to do, etc. These standards do not necessarily say how something is to be inspected, or the standards for judging an aspect of the home.
Standards of Practice are written with an emphasis on one, two, three, and four-family homes. The Standards of Practice has limited applicability to a condo or co-op apartments, depending on how it is configured. The Standards of Practice is not written for commercial buildings.
The Licensed Engineers of Heimer Engineering substantially adhere to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice, and to Subpart 197-4 of the State of New York Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors (to the extent that they apply to Licensed Engineers). Licensed Engineers are also bound by Article 145, the State of New York Professional Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology laws.
In the event of a conflict between different Standards of Practice, or if the Standards of Practice conflict with the Licensed Engineer's responsibility to his client, the Licensed Engineer will use his professional judgment as to what should be inspected. For example, the Standards of Practice for non-Engineers state that a home inspection does not include Engineering. When a Licensed Engineer performs an inspection, Engineering judgment is employed.
➜ New York Standards of Practice You will need to scroll down on their webpage to see the standards.
Because we only use Licensed Engineers, there is a need to be careful not to mislead you. Therefore, there are some limited aspects of the standards that we cannot comply with.
- Commenting on the presence or absence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors may mislead the buyer into thinking that they have adequate protection.
- Only a licensed electrician should open an electric panel. Although this is still listed in some Standards of Practice, most home inspectors will not open electric panels.
- Opening of heat and air-conditioner access panels is limited to panels that are designed to be opened without disrupting the operation of the equipment.
- Heat and air-conditioning are only operated when the temperature is acceptable for testing.
- It is often not always possible to verify fan ducting.
- Because of the hazards associated with burning a fire inside a house, recommendations regarding a fireplace are limited.
- Improper rail spacing is only commented on if there is a clear defect.
- Testing of AFCIs and GFCIs may disrupt normal household activities in harmful ways. It is inappropriate to disrupt household activities.
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In the event of a life-threatening emergency (fire, building in danger of collapse, facade with loose bricks, debris falling from a building, gas leak, etc.) do not call Heimer Engineering. If there is a life-threatening emergency or other hazardous condition, call 911. Emergency situations need to be handled immediately by first-responders who can evacuate buildings, have utilities shut off, and take other steps necessary to preserve life.
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