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3. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS - Part 2


3.2  General exclusions: 
C.  Inspectors are NOT required to offer or perform:
  1. any act or service contrary to law, statute or regulation.
  2. engineering, architectural and technical services.
  3. work in any trade or any professional service other than home inspection.
  4. warranties or guarantees of any kind.
D.  Inspectors are NOT required to operate:
  1. any system or component which is shut down or otherwise inoperable.
  2. any system or component which does not respond to normal operating controls.
  3. shut-off valves.
E.  Inspectors are NOT required to enter:
  1. any area which will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be hazardous to the inspector or other persons or damage the property or its systems or components.
  2. confined spaces.
  3. spaces which are not readily accessible.
F.  Inspectors are NOT required to inspect:
  1. underground items including, but not limited to storage tanks or other indications of their presence, whether abandoned or active.
  2. systems or components which are not installed.
  3. decorative items.
  4. systems or components located in areas that are not readily accessible in accordance with these National Standards of Practice.
  5. detached structures.
  6. common elements or common areas in multi- unit housing, such as condominium properties or cooperative housing when inspecting an individual unit(s), including the roof and building envelope.
  7. test and/or operate any installed fire alarm system, burglar alarm system, automatic sprinkler system or other fire protection equipment, electronic or automated installations, telephone, intercom, cable/internet systems and any lifting equipment, elevator, freight elevator, wheelchair lift, climbing chair, escalator or others;
  8. pools, spas and their associated safety devices, including fences.
G.  Inspectors are NOT required to:
  1. perform any procedure or operation which will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be hazardous to the inspector or other persons or damage the property or its systems or components.
  2. move suspended ceiling tiles, personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, or debris.
  3. dismantle any system or component, except as explicitly required by these National Standards of Practice.

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