A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the InterNACHI Standards of Practice, that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
A material defect is a specific issue within a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
A home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by InterNACHI Standards of Practice that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations. Ranger Home Inspections provides inspection reports in electronic format, emailed to the client by the next business day. Reports include an easy to read summary, and full color photos with descriptions.
We recommend scheduling a Home Inspection as soon as you have a property under contract. This allows us to identify any potential issues early on and can help you make an informed decision about the purchase of the property.
If the Home Inspection reveals issues with the property, you can use this information to negotiate with the seller for either repairs or a price reduction. In some cases, you may choose to walk away from the purchase entirely. However, realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in a home inspection report. No home is perfect.
Homes cannot pass or fail a Home Inspection. The reality is, most homes will have something that will need work. No home is perfect. A home inspection report provides a snapshot of what's going on within the house on the specific day of inspection, rather than a pass or fail grade.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors - InterNACHI is the world's largest trade organization of residential and commercial property inspectors. Founded in 1994 by Certified Master Inspector Nick Gromicko, InterNACHI is a federally tax-exempt nonprofit membership trade organization headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and operates in 65 countries and nine languages. For more information about InterNACHI search https://www.nachi.org/about.htm