While it may vary from house-to-house, a home inspection may include the home’s exterior; landscaping and drainage; decks; the home’s foundation and walls; chimneys and roofs; windows and doors; attic insulation; electrical components; plumbing; central heating and air conditioning; lighting fixtures and appliances; and garages. The extent of the home inspection is dependent upon safe access and an environment that does not pose a risk to the home inspector. 

Is there an advantage to using a MAHI member home inspection company?

Absolutely. MAHI members have the training and experience, but also comply with New York State’s strict Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics sets forth certain standards, the most important of which is, that: “The inspector will act as an unbiased third party to the real estate transaction and will discharge the Inspector’s duties with integrity and fidelity to the client.” MAHI members also “will not conduct a home inspection or prepare a home inspection report for which the Inspector’s fee is contingent upon the conclusion in the report.” In addition, “the Inspector will not disclose any information concerning the results of the inspection without the approval of the client for whom the inspection was performed, unless compelled by court order.”

A client (customer) is always encouraged to discuss the inspection with the MAHI professional. Differences in opinion may arise. The MAHI inspector’s first priority is to determine the integrity of the home. A MAHI inspector will work diligently to resolve the issue.

A MAHI member will work with the client (customer) to determine whether the problem could have been foreseen during the inspection. In most cases, such as appliance failure, the inspector could not have foreseen the problem. The MAHI member will work with their client to resolve any disputes.