There are several standards that home inspectors follow, but the absolute minimum that they must follow is the TN State Home Inspection Standard found at: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/ rules/0780/0780-05/0780-05-12.20141104.pdf.
If the Inspector is a Member of ASHI, they voluntarily also follow a stricter standard found at https://ashiwebstorage. blob.core.windows.net/ files/docs/standards_updated3-4-2015.pdf.
If the Inspector is a member of InterNACHI, in addition to the State Standard, they follow the following: https://www.nachi.org/ documents2012/InterNACHI _SOP_and_COE-Dec-2015.pdf
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) also publishes a Code of Ethics in addition to the Standards of Practice that outlines what home inspectors should and should not do in regard to professionalism, conflicts of interest, good faith, and public perception. That Standard is available at: https://www.homeinspector.org/Resources/Code-Of-Ethics
In general, the home inspector’s report should cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; the foundation, basement, and structural components.
At Accu-Spec Inspection Services, PC, we encourage buyers to attend the home inspection so that they can better understand the findings and ask questions. You can rest assured that we follow the highest industry standard as ASHI Members. We avoid potential conflicts of interest and strive to provide value second to none in the industry. We strive to demonstrate integrity in all our home inspections and related services.
Some other services that are not included but can be contracted for at the same time as the home inspection that you might want to consider adding are:
- Radon Testing
- Termite Letter
- Mold Testing
- Lead Paint Testing
- Water Testing
- Septic Evaluation