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2. Standards of Practice

2.10 Doors, Windows & Interior

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. open and close a representative number of doors and windows;
  2. inspect the walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railings;
  3. and report as in need of repair any spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles or rails for steps, stairways and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter;
  4. inspect garage doors and garage door openers by operating first by remote (if available), and then by the installed automatic door control;
  5. and report as in need of repair any installed electronic sensors that are not operable or not installed at proper heights above the garage floor;
  6. and report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when garage door opener is in use;
  7. and report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals.

II. The inspector is not required to:

  1. inspect paint, wallpaper, window treatments or finish treatments.
  2. inspect central vacuum systems.
  3. inspect safety glazing.
  4. inspect security systems or components.
  5. evaluate the fastening of countertops, cabinets, sink tops or fixtures.
  6. move furniture, stored items, or any coverings, such as carpets or rugs, in order to inspect the concealed floor structure.
  7. move drop-ceiling tiles.
  8. inspect or move any household appliances.
  9. inspect or operate equipment housed in the garage, except as otherwise noted.
  10. verify or certify safe operation of any auto-reverse or related safety function of a garage door.
  11. operate or evaluate any security bar release and opening mechanisms, whether interior or exterior, including their compliance with local, state or federal standards.
  12. operate any system, appliance or component that requires the use of special keys, codes, combinations or devices.
  13. operate or evaluate self-cleaning oven cycles, tilt guards/latches or signal lights.
  14. inspect microwave ovens or test leakage from microwave ovens.
  15. operate or examine any sauna, steam jenny, kiln, toaster, ice maker, coffee maker, can opener, bread warmer, blender, instant hot water dispenser, or other small, ancillary devices.
  16. inspect elevators.
  17. inspect remote controls.
  18. inspect appliances.
  19. inspect items not permanently installed.
  20. discover firewall compromises.
  21. examine or operate any above-ground, movable, freestanding, or otherwise non-permanently installed pool/spa, recreational equipment or self-contained equipment.
  22. come into contact with any pool or spa water in order to determine the system structure or components.
  23. determine the adequacy of spa jet water force or bubble effect.
  24. determine the structural integrity or leakage of a pool or spa.

3. Limitations, Exceptions & Exclusions