What is an EMP Inspection?
An EMP Inspection is short for “Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing.” It’s a type of home inspection some real estate agents will tell you to ask for. I started my home inspection career in Houston Texas. In the years following, I did several thousand home inspections and traveled around to various training events to further my knowledge base.
In all those years living there, not once did I hear of an EMP Inspection. In fact, it wasn’t until I became a home inspector in Tulsa that I heard that term. Furthermore, I was surprised to hear that real estate agents in Tulsa were recommending such inspection for single family residential homes, even after Oklahoma developed licensing for Home Inspectors and a Standards of Practice!
Why EMP Inspections Need to Go Away in Tulsa
With an EMP Inspection, your Structure is not included in the inspection. Your roof won’t be inspected, nor your attic structure nor will your foundation be inspected or even the exterior walls! The lot drainage also will be not be inspected. That’s a lot of stuff the home inspector won’t be looking at if you ask for an EMP only inspection!
Yet, even in 2017, I still see real estate agents telling Clients to ask for an EMP only inspection!
Oklahoma’s Standards of Practice for home inspectors outlines what an inspector is suppose to inspect during a standard home inspection. Structural components are included in these Standards, so it’s entirely within the scope of a standard home inspection for the structural components to be inspected, as is the lot drainage.
When Is an EMP Inspection a Good Idea?
The only time I would recommend an EMP only inspection would be if you’re buying a Condominium. Generally speaking, most Condos have an association that will cover the exterior, structure/roof and grounds.
In this situation, Mr. Homeowner only has to worry about the electrical system, the mechanical (meaning heating & cooling systems) and plumbing.
Otherwise, if you’re buying anything else, you’ll be short changing yourself by asking for an EMP Inspection! Don’t fall for it! Be aware of anyone telling you that all you need is an EMP inspection!
There may be a reason they don’t want the structure inspected. As of this writing, it’s 2017. Let’s bring our real estate inspections into line with the rest of the modern world and have our whole homes inspected.