I am a new inspector and loving every inspection I can get! My question has to do with inspecting appliances. Correct me if I am wrong, but believe the SOP states that we do not inspect appliances. However, on virtually every inspection I am asked by the realtor or HO to check some or all appliances for operation such as: the range, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, clothes dryer, etc…
I have heard many inspectors regularly inspect these appliances as part of the inspection. I have also read that we are responsible only for built-in appliances. Built-in to me would mean range, oven, disposal, dishwasher, and a microwave if it was not removable. But not the fridge, clothes washer, or clothes dryer.
Could you clarify for me what is our responsibility regarding household appliances? I think I understand the SOP but what I am hearing other inspectors are doing has confused me.