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Concerning Electrical Inspections In Ohio Update

Home Inspector with BeSure Home Inspection Service

INACHIOHIO chapter, had a meeting this last Saturday in Dublin Ohio to discuss what we can do, and can not do, or write in our reports when it concerns the electrical system. It was a pleasure to have  Jan Sokonicki from the Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor to answer our questions. What we did find out was this. We are allowed to open up the electrical panels and have a look and call out safety concerns IF you are wanting to take that liability to do so. With concerns to the electrical system, we can test the system, and call out electrical safety issues. BUT YOU CAN NOT QUOTE CODE  NUMBERS OR REFERENCE IN YOUR WRITTEN REPORT, And if you do find problems, you write it up, and refer it for further evaluation by a licensed Electrical Inspector. We as Home Inspectors must become uniformed in our contracts and Standards of Practice with the written understanding that we are NOT code inspectors. Please everyone that are reading this, it is up to you where you are wanting to take your liabilities. I hope that this help clear up the electrical issue here in Ohio for our Ohio Home Inspectors. may you all have a great day, and many happy sales, and inspections.


Comments (4)

Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
Inspector Mike - Circleville, OH
Inspector Mike


Well written.

It is an Electrical Safety Inspector and it is a certification not a license.

For a complete list of ESI's go here: https://www.comapps.ohio.gov/dic/dico_apps/bbst/ElectricalSafetyInspectors/

They have us listed by name or county. The certification is good statewide.

The phone numbers are for those acting in an official role.

The Columbus Board of Realtors has a listing for Electrical Safety Inspectors.

Feb 16, 2010 02:03 AM
William Decker
Decker Home Services, LLC - Highland Park, IL

My point, exactly, Mike.

Code inspectors are code inspectors.

Home Inspections are home inspectors.

Two totally different jobs with two different standards.

Well written, Mark.

Feb 16, 2010 08:21 AM
Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
Inspector Mike - Circleville, OH
Inspector Mike


The point is that 'some' HI's have been playing code inspectors.

Mark and I are on the same page.

Feb 16, 2010 11:06 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

And in a state like California where it's a free for all, one really needs a good real estate attorney familiar with home inspections and contract law, as well as a good insurance advisor, to help one determine just exactly how much liability one is willing to take.

Feb 22, 2010 04:37 PM