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Standards of Practice and Ethics

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and various state agencies have established minimum standards for home inspections and ethics, to which we conform.  

The Standards of Practice are designed to ensure

  1. inspectors perform inspections in accordance with a consistent scope, and
  2. clients understand the scope and what to expect from a home inspection. 


ASHI Standards of Practice and Ethics        

The standards are based on several key concepts:

  1. The inspection is a visual inspection of readily accessible, observable, and installed systems and components listed in the standard. 
  2. The inspector will provide the client with a written report, that states:
    •  those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives;
    • recommendations to correct, or monitor for future correction, the deficiencies reported or items needing further evaluation (The inspector is not required to determine methods, materials, or costs of corrections.);
    • reasoning or explanation as to the nature of the deficiencies reported in that are not self-evident; and
    • those systems and components designated for inspection in the standard that were present at the time of the home inspection but were not inspected and the reason(s) they were not inspected.
  3. The standards are not intended to limit the inspector from:
    • including other services or systems and components in addition to those required;
    • excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested or agreed to by the client.

It is important to understand that a general home inspection: 
  • is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions, 
  • will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection,
  • while partially based on construction codes, the general home inspection is not a code inspection.

We encourage you to read the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics to fully understand what is in - and what is outside  -- the scope of your inspection.

 PepperWood Home Inspections LLC conforms substantially to the Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI),  the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI), the American Association of Radon Scientists & Technicians - National Radon Proficiency Program (AARST-NRPP), and those of Virginia and Maryland jurisdictions.