The scope of the home inspection is defined by a legal agreement/contract. The inspection will be performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Home Inspector Licensing Law, CMR266, Rules and Regulations. In general, the home inspection includes a visual observation, professional opinion and written report on certain readily accessible areas of the home and property including the following limited systems or components: Exterior, roofing, structural, electrical, plumbing, heating, central air conditioning (weather permitting), insulation and ventilation and general interiors.
• There are four basic steps to the home inspection. First, the inspector arrives at the property, then he makes general introductions, explains what is going to take place, and asks about any special questions or requests. Next, while the inspection agreement is being reviewed, the inspector will make a quick circuit of the property to size up the scope of the inspection. Then, there will be an in-depth walk-through inspection with the client. This involves inspecting all visible areas and reviewing all accessible items and areas, including the heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic space and all visible insulation, the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, basement or crawlspace area, and the foundation and all visible structural components. Any questions or items of special interest regarding a particular system or structural component are usually addressed at this time. Finally, a check of the entire property ...