Dear Barry, I'm confused as to what home inspectors are required to inspect and what they are not required to inspect. It seems that some include decks, while others charge extra for decks. Some include pools and spas, while others exclude these completely. What exactly is the scope of a home inspection? - Pat Dear Pat, Home inspectors inspect conditions that are within the standards of practice of the National Association Home Inspectors, the American Society of Home Inspectors, and similar state associations. These standards are available for viewing at the official Web sites for these associations. The scope of a home inspection is not without specific limits and boundaries. Unfortunately, some home buyers hire inspectors without realizing the nature or extent of these limits, and misunderstandings in this area can produce post-purchase encounters of the worst kind. Basically, a home inspection is a visual inspection only, limited to those aspects of a property that are accessible ...
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