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3. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS - Part 1

3.1  General limitations:
A.  Inspections performed in accordance with these National Standards of Practice
  1. are not technically exhaustive.
  2. will not identify concealed conditions or latent defects.
3.2  General exclusions:
A.  The inspector is not required to perform any action or make any determination unless specifically stated in these National Standards of Practice, except as may be required by lawful authority.

B.  Inspectors are NOT required to determine:
  1. condition of systems or components which are not readily accessible.
  2. remaining life of any system or component.
  3. strength, adequacy, effectiveness, or efficiency of any system or component.
  4. causes of any condition or deficiency.
  5. methods, materials, or costs of corrections.
  6. future conditions including, but not limited to, failure of systems and components.
  7. suitability of the property for any use.

  8. compliance with regulatory requirements (codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc.).

  9. market value of the property or its marketability.

  10. advisability of the purchase of the property.

  11. presence of potentially hazardous plants, animals or insects including, but not limited to wood destroying organisms, diseases or organisms harmful to humans.

  12. presence of anenvironmental hazards including, but not limited to toxins, carcinogens, noise, and contaminants in soil, water, and air.

  13. effectiveness of ansystem installed or methods utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances.

  14. operating costs of systems or components.
  15. acoustical properties of ansystem or component
  16. design adequacy with regards to location of the home, or theelements to which it is exposed.

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