Inspection Training

How to (NOT) Inspect the Electrical Service Capacity (UPDATED 3/9/18)

While the inspector is at the electrical panel the electrical service capacity will not be evaluated. This should always be put in your report as “Not Inspected”. Please review the entire procedure below.



International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection



3.7. Electrical


I. The inspector shall inspect:



II. The inspector shall describe:



III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:



IV. The inspector is not required to:

G. measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment, if not visibly labeled.
O. Conduct voltage-drop calculations.


Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: Same as InterNACHI. We do not inspect for electrical service capacity.


Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the electrical service capacity.



  • The inspection of the electrical service capacity is outside of the scope for a general home inspection. We will always put this in our report as “Not Inspected”.


Common Defects

  • There are no defects for this section because we do not inspect the capacity.


Common Mistakes

  • The inspector put in the report that the service capacity is adequate when we do not inspect for the service capacity of the dwelling. The only way to do this would be to create a blank statement and this should not be done for this section.


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  • The service capacity could not be determined at the time of the home inspection. Determining the electrical service capacity is outside the scope of a general home inspection according to the InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) standards of practice. The inspector does not measure/calculate the amperage or voltage of the property according to these standards. If this is a concern or the client requires additional information the inspector would recommend contacting a qualified electrical contractor to further evaluate before the inspection objection period.


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