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MASSACHUSETTS STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR HOME INSPECTORS

Minimum requirements for what is covered in a home inspection:

www.mass.gov/lists/statutes-and-regulations-home-inspectors


SEPTIC SYSTEMS

For houses with a septic system, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a Title 5 inspection before title is transferred. The seller is responsible for arranging this inspection, unless otherwise contractually agreed between the buyer and the seller. Note that a septic system has a limited service life.

Statement by The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:

The system inspector is responsible for determining that the system meets or fails Title 5 standards as of the date of the inspection. The inspection is not a guarantee that the system will continue to function adequately and is not a guarantee that it will not fail at a later date.

For more information, visit the website for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:

www.mass.gov/dep/water/wastewater/septicsy.htm


LEAD PAINT

For information about lead paint, visit the website for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

www.mass.gov/news/changes-to-the-lead-regulations-for-property-owners-and-contractors


MOLD

Mold requires water in order to grow. To eliminate mold issues, it is critical to find and stop the source of moisture that is making the mold growth possible.
For more information, visit the website for the Environmental Protection Agency:

www.epa.gov/mold


SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

The local fire department is responsible for inspecting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before title is transferred.  The seller is responsible for arranging this inspection.

For more information, visit the website for the Massachusetts Division of Fire Safety:

www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs-press-releases/2016-dfs-press-releases/november-16-2016-new-smoke-alarm-regulations-when-.html
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