Focus Inspectors specialize in pre-listing home inspections due to our experience in construction, remodeling, and real estate transactions. Having a home inspection before you sell your home not only will help you sell your home faster, it will also help you save thousands on your home during the negotiation process.
Buying a new home can be a daunting, yet exciting experience. Focus Inspectors know how important your new home purchase is for you and those you care for. That’s why we take home inspections to the next level by offering you the most thorough and detailed inspections around. You can rest assured that your investment will be a safe one.
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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, having a professional home inspection from a leading home inspection company will give you peace of mind and assist you in a fair and smooth transaction.
When you use FOCUS, you benefit from years of industry experience! With attention to detail and knowledge of concrete, framing, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and heating equipment – you’re in good hands.
What you get when you use FOCUS:
- A certified inspector that will conduct each inspection.
- A detailed and thorough inspection will be conducted.
- Strict adherence to the “Standard of Practice” and “Code of Ethics”.
- Easy to read reports within 24-hours
- FOCUS will conduct a personally guided tour of explanation.
- Use of Infrared technology in all our inspections at no extra charge.
Our goal is to provide the very best Home Inspection, with the most current information, and using the latest in technology while meeting the needs of our customers. We pride ourselves on the “human” side of the business, which means that we go out of our way to make your experience the best it could possibly be. We also know your time is valuable and you want someone you can trust, someone on your side. I can assure you that our time is your time, and it’s never an inconvenience for us to ensure that your experience with the home inspection process is a pleasant, informative, and learning one with little or no disturbance to your daily life.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. InterNACHI® members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.
- The InterNACHI® member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
- The InterNACHI® member shall be fair, honest and impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
- The InterNACHI® member shall be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not:
- have any disclosed or undisclosed conflict of interest with the client;
- accept or offer any disclosed or undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits, or other benefits from real estate agents, brokers, or any third parties having a financial interest in the sale of the property; or
- offer or provide any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker, or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not release any information about the inspection or the client to a third party unless doing so is necessary to protect the safety of others, to comply with a law or statute, or both of the following conditions are met:
- the client has been made explicitly aware of what information will be released, to whom, and for what purpose, and;
- the client has provided explicit, prior written consent for the release of his/her information.
- The InterNACHI® member shall always act in the interests of the client unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.
- The InterNACHI® member shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
- The InterNACHI® member shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he or she conducts business.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member’s company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice.
- The InterNACHI® member who has earned the Certified Professional Inspector® (CPI) designation shall comply with InterNACHI’s current Continuing Education requirements.
- The InterNACHI® member who has earned the Certified Professional Inspector® (CPI) designation shall pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Exam once every three years.
- The InterNACHI® member shall strive to improve the home inspection industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the member from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law.
- The InterNACHI® member shall assist the InterNACHI leadership in disseminating and publicizing the benefits of InterNACHI membership.
- The InterNACHI® member shall not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive to InterNACHI®, fellow InterNACHI® members, InterNACHI® employees, leadership or directors. Accusations of a member acting or deemed in violation of such rules shall trigger a review by the Ethics Committee for possible sanctions and/or expulsion from InterNACHI®.
- The InterNACHI® member shall abide by InterNACHI’s current membership requirements.
- The InterNACHI® member shall abide by InterNACHI’s current message board rules.
1.1. A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.
I. The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.
II. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
1.2. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
1.3. A general home inspection report shall identify, in written format, defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. Inspection reports may include additional comments and recommendations.
I. An inspection is not technically exhaustive.
II. An inspection will not identify concealed or latent defects.
III. An inspection will not deal with aesthetic concerns or what could be deemed matters of taste, cosmetic defects, etc.
IV. An inspection will not determine the suitability of the property for any use.
V. An inspection does not determine the market value of the property or its marketability.
VI. An inspection does not determine the insurability of the property.
VII. An inspection does not determine the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the inspected property.
VIII. An inspection does not determine the life expectancy of the property or any components or systems therein.
IX. An inspection does not include items not permanently installed.
X. This Standards of Practice applies to properties with four or fewer residential units and their attached garages and carports.
I. The inspector is not required to determine:
A. property boundary lines or encroachments.
B. the condition of any component or system that is not readily accessible.
C. the service life expectancy of any component or system.
D. the size, capacity, BTU, performance or efficiency of any component or system.
E. the cause or reason of any condition.
F. the cause for the need of correction, repair or replacement of any system or component.
G. future conditions.
H. compliance with codes or regulations.
I. the presence of evidence of rodents, birds, bats, animals, insects, or other pests.
J. the presence of mold, mildew or fungus.
K. the presence of airborne hazards, including radon.
L. the air quality.
M. the existence of environmental hazards, including lead paint, asbestos or toxic drywall.
N. the existence of electromagnetic fields.
O. any hazardous waste conditions.
P. any manufacturers’ recalls or conformance with manufacturer installation, or any information included for consumer protection purposes.
Q. acoustical properties.
R. correction, replacement or repair cost estimates.
S. estimates of the cost to operate any given system.
II. The inspector is not required to operate:
A. any system that is shut down.
B. any system that does not function properly.
C. or evaluate low-voltage electrical systems, such as, but not limited to:
1. phone lines;
2. cable lines;
3. satellite dishes;
5. lights; or
6. remote controls.
D. any system that does not turn on with the use of normal operating controls.
E. any shut-off valves or manual stop valves.
F. any electrical disconnect or over-current protection devices.
G. any alarm systems.
H. moisture meters, gas detectors or similar equipment.
III. The inspector is not required to:
A. move any personal items or other obstructions, such as, but not limited to: throw rugs, carpeting, wall coverings, furniture, ceiling tiles, window coverings, equipment, plants, ice, debris, snow, water, dirt, pets, or anything else that might restrict the visual inspection.
B. dismantle, open or uncover any system or component.
C. enter or access any area that may, in the inspector’s opinion, be unsafe.
D. enter crawlspaces or other areas that may be unsafe or not readily accessible.
E. inspect underground items, such as, but not limited to: lawn-irrigation systems, or underground storage tanks (or indications of their presence), whether abandoned or actively used.
F. do anything that may, in the inspector’s opinion, be unsafe or dangerous to him/herself or others, or damage property, such as, but not limited to: walking on roof surfaces, climbing ladders, entering attic spaces, or negotiating with pets.
G. inspect decorative items.
H. inspect common elements or areas in multi-unit housing.
I. inspect intercoms, speaker systems or security systems.
J. offer guarantees or warranties.
K. offer or perform any engineering services.
L. offer or perform any trade or professional service other than general home inspection.
M. research the history of the property, or report on its potential for alteration, modification, extendibility or suitability for a specific or proposed use for occupancy.
N. determine the age of construction or installation of any system, structure or component of a building, or differentiate between original construction and subsequent additions, improvements, renovations or replacements.
O. determine the insurability of a property.
P. perform or offer Phase 1 or environmental audits.
Q. inspect any system or component that is not included in these Standards.
- accessible: In the opinion of the inspector, can be approached or entered safely, without difficulty, fear or danger.
- activate: To turn on, supply power, or enable systems, equipment or devices to become active by normal operating controls. Examples include turning on the gas or water supply valves to the fixtures and appliances, and activating electrical breakers or fuses.
- adversely affect: To constitute, or potentially constitute, a negative or destructive impact.
- alarm system: Warning devices, installed or freestanding, including, but not limited to: carbon-monoxide detectors, flue gas and other spillage detectors, security equipment, ejector pumps, and smoke alarms.
- appliance: A household device operated by the use of electricity or gas. Not included in this definition are components covered under central heating, central cooling or plumbing.
- architectural service: Any practice involving the art and science of building design for construction of any structure or grouping of structures, and the use of space within and surrounding the structures or the design, design development, preparation of construction contract documents, and administration of the construction contract.
- component: A permanently installed or attached fixture, element or part of a system.
- condition: The visible and conspicuous state of being of an object.
- correction: Something that is substituted or proposed for what is incorrect, deficient, unsafe, or a defect.
- cosmetic defect: An irregularity or imperfection in something, which could be corrected, but is not required.
- crawlspace: The area within the confines of the foundation and between the ground and the underside of the lowest floor’s structural component.
- decorative: Ornamental; not required for the operation of essential systems or components of a home.
- describe: To report in writing a system or component by its type or other observed characteristics in order to distinguish it from other components used for the same purpose.
- determine: To arrive at an opinion or conclusion pursuant to examination.
- dismantle: To open, take apart or remove any component, device or piece that would not typically be opened, taken apart or removed by an ordinary occupant.
- engineering service: Any professional service or creative work requiring engineering education, training and experience, and the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to such professional service or creative work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design and supervision of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with the specifications and design, in conjunction with structures, buildings, machines, equipment, works and/or processes.
- enter: To go into an area to observe visible components.
- evaluate: To assess the systems, structures and/or components of a property.
- evidence: That which tends to prove or disprove something; something that makes plain or clear; grounds for belief; proof.
- examine: To visually look (see inspect).
- foundation: The base upon which the structure or wall rests, usually masonry, concrete or stone, and generally partially underground.
- function: The action for which an item, component or system is specially fitted or used, or for which an item, component or system exists; to be in action or perform a task.
- functional: Performing, or able to perform, a function.
- functional defect: A lack of or an abnormality in something that is necessary for normal and proper functioning and operation, and, therefore, requires further evaluation and correction.
- general home inspection: The process by which an inspector visually examines the readily accessible systems and components of a home and operates those systems and components utilizing this Standards of Practice as a guideline.
- home inspection: See general home inspection.
- household appliances: Kitchen and laundry appliances, room air conditioners, and similar appliances.
- identify: To notice and report.
- indication: That which serves to point out, show, or make known the present existence of something under certain conditions.
- inspect: To examine readily accessible systems and components safely, using normal operating controls, and accessing readily accessible areas, in accordance with this Standards of Practice.
- inspected property: The readily accessible areas of the buildings, site, items, components and systems included in the inspection.
- inspection report: A written communication (possibly including images) of any material defects observed during the inspection.
- inspector: One who performs a real estate inspection.
- installed: Attached or connected such that the installed item requires a tool for removal.
- material defect: A specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal, useful life is not, in itself, a material defect.
- normal operating controls: Describes the method by which certain devices (such as thermostats) can be operated by ordinary occupants, as they require no specialized skill or knowledge.
- observe: To visually notice.
- operate: To cause systems to function or turn on with normal operating controls.
- readily accessible: A system or component that, in the judgment of the inspector, is capable of being safely observed without the removal of obstacles, detachment or disengagement of connecting or securing devices, or other unsafe or difficult procedures to gain access.
- recreational facilities: Spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment and athletic facilities.
- report (verb form): To express, communicate or provide information in writing; give a written account of. (See also inspection report.)
- representative number: A number sufficient to serve as a typical or characteristic example of the item(s) inspected.
- residential property: Four or fewer residential units.
- residential unit: A home; a single unit providing complete and independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
- safety glazing: Tempered glass, laminated glass, or rigid plastic.
- shut down: Turned off, unplugged, inactive, not in service, not operational, etc.
- structural component: A component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and variable forces or weights (live loads).
- system: An assembly of various components which function as a whole.
- technically exhaustive: A comprehensive and detailed examination beyond the scope of a real estate home inspection that would involve or include, but would not be limited to: dismantling, specialized knowledge or training, special equipment, measurements, calculations, testing, research, analysis, or other means.
- unsafe: In the inspector’s opinion, a condition of an area, system, component or procedure that is judged to be a significant risk of injury during normal, day-to-day use. The risk may be due to damage, deterioration, improper installation, or a change in accepted residential construction standards.
- verify: To confirm or substantiate.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof (weather permitting); attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; the foundation, basement, and structural components.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify builder oversight or the need for major repairs, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Are home inspections worth the cost?
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding to have a home inspection done or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and lowest priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulation and professional affiliations as a guide.
Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner typically lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s system and components are intended to function together, as well as they fail.
Can a home fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
What is InterNACHI?
InterNACHI is the world’s largest association of professional home and commercial property inspectors. As part of their membership requirements, InterNACHI inspectors must complete dozen of inspection-related courses and pass hundreds of quizzes and exams.
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contracted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyers and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. The inspector will likely identify problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in the future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house appears to be in good conditions, do I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You will have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report and will have that information for future reference.
Where does FOCUS Home Inspection Services work?
We serve counties: Box Elder, Cash, Rich, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, and Weber.