My Home Inspector Blog: How To Kill A Home Inspector

How To Kill A Home Inspector

How To Kill A Home Inspector


 

I am sometimes amazed at what I see during a home inspection. For example, take a look at the electric service panel I tried to inspect the other day. I think I'm going to start packing a machete in my vehicle so I can get access to these things! Per the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) Standards of Practice a home inspector is not required to put his life in danger to inspect a component. I always try to work around obstacles as much as possible to perform a thorough inspection for my clients, but home sellers should always keep in mind that they can help the inspection process by simply making sure all components of their home are accessible.

 

 

 

An electric panel is required to have a 30" wide by 36" deep by 6 1/2' tall clear space in front of it according to the National Electric Code standards. This provides a safe working space in front of the panel board. It is not uncommon at all to see vines or tall shrubs growing in front of or over top of electric service panels. If maintenance or inspection of the panel is being performed and there is not the required clearance, the technician or inspector could fall into the panel and be electrocuted. If safe access cannot be made, the home inspector may have to return another day to complete the inspection and re-visit fees may apply. The listing agent of a property can help a home inspection go smoothly by reminding the seller that all components must be accessible and ready for inspection.

 

 

 

Steve Stenros is the owner of First Choice Inspections and is a CREIA MCI inspector. Clients receive a FREE lifetime appliance RecallChek with every standard home inspection. They also receive our bi-weekly "Tech Tips"- simple do-it-yourself tips to beautify your home and make it more efficient. Appointments can be obtained by calling 888-335-3040.

 


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Comment balloon 11 commentsSteve Stenros • May 30 2011 02:31AM

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That's a good set of photos. there must be rules or regulations or something to discourage home owners from allowing those sorts of conditions. One would hope.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 6 years ago

If there were no issues there would be no need for you! I'm glad you are there to give us a un-biased opinion!

Posted by Mark VanBuskirk, PA REALTOR Specializing in Carbon & Monroe County (Cassidon Realty ) over 6 years ago

Good Morning Steve, excellent input for the home owner.  This is a major safety issue that needs to be addressed.

 

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 6 years ago

It's also fun trying to find electrical sub-panels inside a home when they have been covered by a picture frame!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

We forget how dangerous an inspectors job can be.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Every day brings a new adventure, Tammie!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

As a former home inspector myself, I know that all home inspector trade associations, national and state, that allow home inspectors to make the decision as to whether or not a specific circumstance is dangerous.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 6 years ago

That's true, Jim. You have the letter of the law and you have the intent of the law.

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

Good stuff Steve. We run into all manner of craziness out there don't we. Stay safe.

Posted by Darin Redding (Housecall Property Inspections) over 6 years ago

Hi Steve - This is an excellent reminder to homeowners everywhere. That 3-D diagram is particularly helpful in understanding the requirements for safety. Great post - I hit Suggest.

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) over 6 years ago

Darin: Yes, we do! Thanks for the comment.

Judy: Diagrams are always very helpful to me. Thanks for the "Suggest"!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) over 6 years ago

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