Standards of Practice

Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors


General conditions and limitations of the inspection:

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the residential dwelling, performed for a fee in accordance with the CanNACHI Standards of Practice; which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the client and the inspector, prior to the inspection process.

A home inspection is intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection; not a prediction of future conditions.

The inspector is not expected to perform calculations or analyze any part of the building or component thereof for strength, adequacy, or compliance with any regulatory requirements.

A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection.

A material defect is a condition of the residential real property or any portion of it that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the real property or that involves an unreasonable risk to the people on the property. The fact that the structural element, system or subsystem is not by itself the material defect.

The inspector is not required to provide cost estimates, quotations, or comment on construction techniques for any repairs, modifications or improvements.

The inspection will not include anything that is concealed, underground, not available for inspection, and not accessible for inspection at the time of the inspection.

The inspection report shall describe and identify in written form at the inspected systems, structures, and components of the dwelling and shell identify material defects observed. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported or recommendations for correction, monitoring or further evaluation by professionals, but this is not required.

The inspector will not perform any task, enter any area or disturb any existing conditions where, in the inspectors judgement, the safety of the inspector is endangered or damage could result.


The CanNACHI standards of practice does not cover asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, urea formaldehyde, toxic or in flammable chemicals, etc. Where inspectors are qualified to carry out such inspections, they may do so after receiving approval from the client and for an additional fee.


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