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NYS Standards of Practice


Inspections are conducted according to the New York State Standards of Practice. You can view the NYS Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors here.

Roofs, Attics, Insulation and Ventilation


A report of roof materials and their condition, roof penetrations, roof drainage systems, flashings, skylights and chimneys. A report on the condition of accesible attics and the materials and condition of insulation as well as the type of ventilation system.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems

A report of the type of heating and air condition sytems, their fuel sources and their condition using normal operating controls. The condition of chimneys, flues, and vents are observed and reported on.


A report of accesible and observable portions the Electrical service, branch circuits, overcurrent protection devices, grounding systems, sub-panels, fixtures, switches and receptacles. A description of service amperage and voltage ratings, locations of disconnects, the prescence of aluminum branch wiring, and the prescence or abscence of smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.


A report on observable foundation, floor, wall, ceiling, and roof structures. Observed deteriorated or damaged structural components are reported. Their materials and conditons are described.


A report on visible and readily accessible water supply, drain, vent and waste systems, water heating equipment, fuel storage and fuel distribution systems,drainage pumps, sump pumps, ejector pumps, and leaks.

Grounds and Exterior

A inspection and report of the buildings perimeter and land grading for water conditions affecting the foundation. Trees, bushes, and vegetation affecting the structure of the building. Walkways, driveways, steps, patios, decks and retaining walls. The exterior of the building will be inspected describing wall coverings, flashings and trim, doors (including garage doors), railings, eaves, soffits, and fascias.

Interior & Fireplaces

A report on the materials and condition of the interior walls, floors, ceilings, steps, railings, and windows. Doors are checked for operability. Bathroom and kitchen venting are reported on. The interior is inspected for visible signs of water penetration. Visible and accessible fireplaces, chimneys and vents are inspected as well as dampers and chimney caps.