We offer you "peace of mind" during the home
buying process by providing a thorough,
accurate, and unbiased physical inspection
of the property.


    For most of us, a home is the most
    significant purchase we will ever


Standards of Practice

Residential Standards - Four or Fewer Units

  • Originally Adopted September 13, 1983
  • Revised November 1, 1996
  • Revised April 15, 1999
  • Revised July 12, 2003
  • Revised April 15, 2006 — Effective July 1, 2006

Note: Italicized words in this document are defined in the Glossary of Terms.

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Table of Contents

I. Definitions and Scope

These Standards of Practice provide guidelines for a real estate inspection and define certain terms relating to these inspections. Italicized words in these Standards are defined in Part IV, Glossary of Terms.

  • A. A real estate inspection is a survey and basic operation of the systems and components of a building which can be reached, entered, or viewed without difficulty, moving obstructions, or requiring any action which may result in damage to the property or personal injury to the Inspector. The purpose of the inspection is to provide the Client with information regarding the general condition of the building(s). Cosmetic and aesthetic conditions shall not be considered.
  • B. A real estate inspection report provides written documentation of material defects discovered in the inspectedbuilding’ssystems and components which, in the opinion of the Inspector, are safety hazards, are not functioning properly, or appear to be at the end of their service lives. The report may include the Inspector's recommendations for correction or further evaluation.
  • C. Inspections performed in accordance with these Standards of Practice are not technically exhaustive and shall apply to the primary building and its associated primary parking structure.

II. Standards of Practice

1. Foundation, Basement, and Under-floor Areas
2. Exterior
3. Roof Covering
4. Attic Areas and Roof Framing
5. Plumbing
6. Electrical
7. Heating and Cooling
8. Fireplaces and Chimneys
9. Building Interior

III. Limitations, Exceptions and Exclusions

IV. Glossary of Terms

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