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09.36.07.00.htm 09.36.07.00. Title 09 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION Subtitle 36 COMMISSION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS, APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, AND HOME INSPECTORS ― HOME INSPECTORS Chapter 07 Minimum Standards of Practice Authority: Business Occupations and Professions Article, §16-208(a) and 16-216, Annotated Code of Maryland
09.36.07.01.htm 09.36.07.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) Activate.. a) "Activate" means to turn on, supply power, or enable systems, equipment, or devices to become active by normal control means.b) "Activate" includes:. i) Turning on the gas or water supply valves to fixtures and appliances; and. ii) Activating electrical breakers or fuses.. 2) Additional Inspection Services.. a) "Additional inspection services" means any serv
09.36.07.02.htm 09.36.07.02. 02 General.. A. Purpose. In the general public interest, the standards of practice set forth in this chapter are promulgated to establish a minimum and uniform standard of performance to be exercised by a home inspector licensed by the Maryland State Commission of Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors.B. Conflicts. If this chapter conflicts with other federal or State requirements, the home inspector shall follow the more stringent requirements.C. Scope. The standards o
09.36.07.03.htm 09.36.07.03. 03 Limitations and Exclusions.. A. A home inspection performed in accordance with the standards of practice set forth in this chapter:1) Is not technically exhaustive; and. 2) May not identify concealed conditions or latent defects.. B. Except as may be required by lawful authority, a home inspector is not required to perform any action or make any determination unless specifically stated in the standards of practice set forth in this chapter.
09.36.07.04.htm 09.36.07.04. 04 Structural System.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect the structural system, including the structural components including foundation and framing.B. Probing.. 1) A home inspector shall probe a representative number of structural components where deterioration is suspected or where clear indications of possible deterioration exist.2) Probing is not required:. a) If it will damage any finished surface; or. b) Where no deterioration is visible..
09.36.07.05.htm 09.36.07.05. 05 Exterior.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect the home exterior, including:. 1) Exterior wall covering, flashing, and trim;. 2) All exterior doors;. 3) Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings;. 4) Eaves, soffits, and fascias that are accessible from the ground level;. 5) Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property if any of these may adversely affect the building; and
09.36.07.06.htm 09.36.07.06. 06 Roof System.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect a roof system, including:. 1) The roof covering;. 2) Roof drainage systems;. 3) Flashings; and. 4) Skylights, chimneys, and exterior and roof penetrations.. B. A home inspector shall describe the roof covering and report the methods used to inspect the roof.C. A home inspector is not required to:. 1) Inspect:. a) Antennae;. b) Interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible; or.
09.36.07.07.htm 09.36.07.07. 07 Plumbing System.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect the plumbing system, including:. 1) Interior water supply and distribution systems, including all fixtures and faucets;. 2) Drain, waste, and vent systems, including all fixtures;. 3) Water heating equipment;. 4) Vent systems, flues, and chimneys;. 5) Fuel storage and fuel distribution systems for the presence of CSST;. 6) Drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping;.
09.36.07.08.htm 09.36.07.08. 08 Electrical Systems.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect an electrical system, including:. 1) The service drop;. 2) Service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways;. 3) Service equipment and main disconnects;. 4) Service grounding;. 5) Interior components of service panels and subpanels;. 6) Conductors;. 7) Overcurrent protection devices;. 8) A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles;.
09.36.07.09.htm 09.36.07.09. 09 Heating System.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect:. 1) Installed heating equipment;. 2) Vent systems, flues, and chimneys; and. 3) Heating distribution.. B. A home inspector shall describe energy sources and heating methods by distinguishing characteristics and means of distribution.C. A home inspector is not required to:. 1) Inspect:. a) Flue or chimney interiors that are not readily accessible;. b) Heat exchangers;. c) Humidifiers or dehumidifiers;.
09.36.07.10.htm 09.36.07.10. 10 Air-Conditioning System.. A. A home inspector shall inspect the installed central and through-wall cooling equipment.. B. A home inspector shall describe energy sources and cooling methods by distinguishing characteristics and means of distribution.C. A home inspector is not required to:. 1) Inspect electronic air filters; or. 2) Determine the adequacy of the cooling system or the distribution balance..
09.36.07.11.htm 09.36.07.11. 11 Interior.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect:. 1) Walls, ceilings, and floors;. 2) Steps, stairways, and railings;. 3) Countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets;. 4) A representative number of doors and windows; and. 5) Garage doors and garage door operators.. B. A home inspector is not required to inspect:. 1) Paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments;. 2) Carpeting;. 3) Window treatments;. 4) Central vacuum systems;.
09.36.07.12.htm 09.36.07.12. 12 Insulation and Ventilation.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect:. 1) Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces;. 2) Ventilation of attics and foundation areas; and. 3) Mechanical ventilation systems.. B. A home inspector shall describe:. 1) Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces; and. 2) If applicable, the absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.. C. A home inspector is not required to:.
09.36.07.13.htm 09.36.07.13. 13 Fireplaces and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances.. A. A home inspector shall visually inspect:. 1) System components of fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances; and. 2) Vent systems, flues, and chimneys.. B. A home inspector shall describe:. 1) Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances; and. 2) Chimneys.. C. A home inspector is not required to:. 1) Inspect any of the following:. a) Interiors of flues or chimneys:. b) Firescreens and doors;. c) Seals and gaskets;.
09.36.07.9999.htm 09.36.07.9999. Administrative History Effective date: February 11, 2008 (35:3 Md. R. 289). Regulation .01B amended effective March 17, 2014 (41:5 Md. R. 343). Regulation .07A, B amended effective March 17, 2014 (41:5 Md. R. 343). Regulation .08C, D amended effective March 17, 2014 (41:5 Md. R. 343).
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