A Home Inspection isn’t pass or fail

| October 19, 2015 | Reply

A Home Inspection isn’t pass or fail.

The 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 Standards of Practice 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.

Every inspection performed by The Diamond Group Home Inspections includes an agreement between The Diamond Group and the client, as to which components and systems the inspector will be evaluating.

A non-invasive, visual examination relates to the fact that, in most cases, we are not required to dismantle or remove components, with the one exception being the removal of electrical panel covers (dead fronts).

What is meant by non-invasive is, your inspector can only report on what can be seen, given reasonable access. 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 with 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.

For example, a cracked foundation or a dangerous electrical condition would constitute an unreasonable risk to people, but a roof covering that had exceeded its intended lifespan would not, unless it was also showing signs of leakage. (check out The Diamond Group’s 5 Year Platinum Roof Warranty)

Your home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by the Inspection Standards that are both observed and deemed material by your inspector.  Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.

You should understand the limitations of the inspection:

  • The inspection will not identify concealed or latent defects
  • An inspection doesn’t determine the life expectancy of the components or systems of the property
  • The inspection doesn’t determine the market value or marketability of the inspected property
  • The inspector will not determine the life expectancy of any property or any components or it’s systems
  • An inspection doesn’t determine the insurability or suitability of use of the property, nor cosmetic defects or matters of taste.
  • The inspection isn’t an inspection for code compliance. Inspections for code are for new construction.


The Diamond Group inspector will report the facts as to what has been visually observed.  If there is a structural (or any other) issue that a visual observation requires further evaluation, the inspector will recommend the services of a qualified licensed professional. We don’t recommend a particular individual or company in order to preserve our independent 3rd party position.

The report we issue is an objective visual observation of the property with the intent to inform our client(s), not a pass/fail conclusion.

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