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Standard Operating Practices

Sage Inspectors uses the Standard Operating Practices (SOP) and the Code Of Ethics set forth by the International Associations of Certified Home Inspectors users, otherwise known as InterNACHI. This document describes, in detail, the individual components to be inspected as well as how the inspection should be performed. The guidelines set within this SOP help to ensure that your inspection is completed in a professional, thorough manor.

A full copy of this SOP is available and can be downloaded in PDF format below.

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What is a Home Inspection?

A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.

The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.

The general 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.

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A Home Inspection is Not

An inspection is not technically exhaustive, and therefore, will not identify concealed or latent defects.
An inspection will not deal with aesthetic concerns or what could be deemed matters of taste, cosmetic defects, etc.
An inspection will not determine the suitability of the property for any use.
An inspection does not determine the market value of the property or its marketability, nor will it determine the insurability of the property.
An inspection does not determine the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the inspected property.
An inspection does not determine the life expectancy of the property or any components or systems therein.

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Inspected Systems

  • Roof

  • Exterior

  • Basements, Foundations, Crawlspaces

  • Heating Systems

  • Cooling Systems

  • Electrical Systems

  • Plumbing Systems

  • Fireplaces

  • Attics, Insulation & Ventilation

  • Doors, Windows & Interior

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Systems Not Typically Inspected

  • Any System That is Shut Down

  • Any System That is Not Functional

  • Low Voltage Communication Systems

  • Any System That Does Not Turn on With Standard Operating Controls

  • Utility Shut-off Valves

  • Electrical Disconnects

  • Alarm Systems

  • Home Automation Systems

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