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 A home inspection is a thorough, non-invasive, visual examination of a home, the property and the component systems of the home at the time of the inspection and the written report of that inspection. 

New York State licenses and regulates Home Inspectors.  To get a better understanding of what a home inspection consists of click on the link to the Code of Ethics followed by the Standards of Practice. These regulations are very specific as to what a Home Inspector must inspect and what is excluded from the process. Please click on the link below. 

www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/homeinspect/hinspect_ethics.html

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors also has a similar Standard of Practice (SOP). Please click on the link below the InterNachi logo to review those standards.

The component systems of a home inspection fall into these general categories:

Site Conditions

Structural Systems

Exterior

Roof Systems

Plumbing Systems

Electrical Systems

Heating Systems

Air Conditioning Systems

Interior

Insulation and Ventilation

Fireplaces

Attics