Inspection Training

“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – Inspecting Solar Panels on the Roof

Welcome to “In The Field” with Jim Hardin, where you can learn about real situations that happened out in the field during a home inspection. This will be a great resource for both new and experienced inspectors to learn about a wide variety of different obstacles that a home inspector could experience while out in the field performing a home inspection. Jim will cover it all… From tough agents to naive clients to difficult defects to angry seller’s. Every week Jim will share an experience that he personally had to deal with while performing a home inspection in order to help educate other inspector’s when they come across the same situations. Please review his next post below:


First of all, inspection of solar panels is outside the scope of a general home inspection. However, I will RR any roof penetrations (under Mounting Penetrations in the software) and re-word the comments to the following:

“Fastener and mounting penetrations for the solar equipment are out of the scope of the inspection. A qualified contractor should inspect and repair as necessary.”

Be aware that some of the sellers that file an insurance claim may and will eliminate the section of the roof that is covered with the solar panels and pocket the funds that the insurance companies will allow for the total roof replacement. Be sure to inspect the slope of the roof that has the solar panels for possible hail or wind damage. In addition, check the siding, screens and gutters for any possible hail damage. An insurance company will pay for all of those damages. I consider it my responsibility to protect the client from any unnecessary costs for repairs that the seller should have taken care of before the sale of the home is finalized. If you do see any visible defects to the solar panels or the way that they are mounted on the roof you should still call that out in your report as Repair/Replace and write a description about what you see at the time of the inspection. Good Inspecting and Be Safe.

Jim Hardin is a certified home inspector through InterNACHI and was part of the very first Axium Academy class that took place back in January of 2016. He started working for Axium Inspections in March of 2016. Since that time, Jim has performed over 1,000 home inspections by averaging around 55 inspections per month. This high volume of home inspections has turned Jim into one of the most requested inspector’s with the company in a very short period of time and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Prior to working for Axium Inspections Jim worked in the Appraisal and Roofing industries.