Home Inspection Key Terms
Learn the basics of a home inspectionA home inspection is a critical part of the building process of a house. It is also an important step to take when considering purchasing a house. A home inspection helps to determine any areas of the house that have not been constructed according to local building codes. Home inspectors also look for any deterioration in parts of the house that can make a it unsafe to live in. All home inspectors must be trained and certified with local building codes.
Authority having jurisdiction (AHJ)The authority having jurisdiction is an individual, company or other organization that is responsible for enforcing building codes and standards on a construction project.
Building permitA building permit is written authorization for a building to be constructed or renovated. The permit is issued by a municipal, county or state government and is specific to the project outline described in the permit application.
Certified home inspectorA certified home inspector is a professional that has earned the designation administered through a federal certification standards organization.
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors is a nonprofit organization that brings together home inspectors across the world. InterNACHI provides networking opportunities and information resources for its members.
National Electrical Code (NEC)The National Electric Code is a set of rules created to govern wiring methods during construction. Local codes and national codes are not always the same, but local codes should be the basis for any inspection.
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