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Montgome​ry Inspection LLC     334-531-9664
Montgomery Home Inspection
Specializing in Home Inspections
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Your Inspection

The goal of a home inspection is to look at the general condition of the home from a functionality and a safety perspective. The State of Alabama has established a set of standards based on the American Institute of Home Inspection standards (ASHI). For the buyer the most important thing to understand is that the inspection is a Visual Inspection to the State Standards. The link to the current standards can be found under the State Standards tab.

I will have a copy of the standards with me at the inspection site, but I strongly recommend that you review it prior to the inspection. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about the standards. The standards are the minimum required, and I will endeavor to provide an inspection in all areas that surpasses the standard. The State Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors are not exhaustive/all inclusive and should not be expected to identify all issues with a home, nor provide any guarantee of future performance.

We all need to realize that neither the buyer nor the inspector own the home at the time of the inspection. As an example, moving a valve under a sink to check its functionality can easily cause a leak for which no party wants to be responsible. It is for that reason I provide these simple examples of things that are done and not done. I encourage all buyers to look at the standards of practice so the full understanding of what a home inspection is and is not, is fully understood.

Things that are inspected (in accordance with the State Standards):

    Roofs                                     Attics & Crawl Spaces             Exterior Walls           Driveways and Walkways      Grading next to Home

    Exterior Devices                  Furnaces                                   Air conditioners       Electrical Systems                    Windows

    All Doors                               Decks, stoops, etc​                   Steps and railings    ETC

The Inspector is NOT required to / inspect:

Things that are not required to be inspected by the standards that you might think are covered:
  • “Walk the roof” – especially if the inspector considers it too steep, limited access, slippery, or that damage may occur. 
  • That the HVAC systems will adequately heat and cool the home. The inspection does cover general performance of HVAC systems.
  • Inspect behind, or under furniture, paintings, rugs, and in general any personal items.
  • That all outlets and switches are tested (standards require a representative sample be tested)
  • That all windows are opened and checked for condition (standards require a representative sample be tested)
  • Devices that are plugged in (examples: washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, stoves, window air conditioners, etc) are not required to be tested (kitchen garbage disposal equipment is the exception).
  • Valves that if turned / cycled could cause damage, etc., are not functionally tested.
  • Dismantle any system or component, except as explicitly required by the Standards of Practice.
  • Security systems, phone and cable systems, pool equipment, sprinkler systems, outdoor lighting, fences, out buildings, antennas, chimney flues, water quality, remote control devices, wall coverings, carpet, window treatments, etc.
  • Imply any systems will perform after the inspection (warranty). For example, if the furnace goes out the day after the inspection, the inspector is not responsible. The inspector is required to use their best judgment while operating the device using “normal operating controls”.
  • Any task that the inspector in their sole discretion would expose themselves to danger (tight crawl spaces, slippy roof etc.)
                             The above is only a very brief overview of what is inspected per the State Standards.