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The InterNACHI Quebec AIIICQ standard of practice

To consult the standard of practice of the InterNACHI Quebec AIIICQ (International Association of Inspectors
Quebec certified real estate) you just have to click on the PDF document “Standard of
practice” which can be found in the downloadable files below. According to the latter, the inspection is a non-invasive and visual procedure of a residential property, executed for fees, which aims to identify defects and deficiencies observed according to the specific characteristics of the property. Features may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical or plumbing components, or any other element and / or system of the property as identified and agreed to by the parties prior to inspection.

However, no crystal ball exists. An inspection focuses on assisting the assessment of the general condition of a property. Inspection is an observation of what is visible and accessible from the property and its components at the time of inspection and is NOT a prediction of a future condition.

You must anticipate discovering unidentified defects in the inspection report, the reason being that the inspection is not intended to identify any defect that exists or could exist, but those that were observed at the time of inspection.

A material defect is a condition that will have a significant impact on the value of the property and / or that poses a risk to the occupants. The fact that a system and / or component reaches the end of its service life does not constitute a material defect.

An inspection report identifies and describes (in written format) the systems, structures and components inspected and identifies the material deficiencies observed. An inspection report may also include recommendations regarding observed conditions and / or corrective recommendations or more advanced monitoring or assessment, although this is not required.