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Arizona Home Inspections Standards of Practice

Standards of Professional Practice for Arizona Home Inspectors

The Arizona Standards of Practice are adopted from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 1992 Standards of Practice, through the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors, with Arizona made modifications and amendments. The Arizona Board of Technical Registration gratefully acknowledges the assistance and permission of the American Society of Home Inspectors, and the assistance of the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Standards of Professional Practice

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 These Standards define the practice of Home Inspection in the State of Arizona

1.2 These Standards of Practice

A. Provide inspection guidelines
B. Make public the services provided by private fee-paid inspectors

2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

2.1 Inspections performed to these Standards shall provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observe at the time of the inspection

2.2 Inspectors shall:

A. Before the inspection report is delivered, enter into a written agreement with the client or their authorized agent that includes:

State which systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards have been inspected and any systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards which were present at the time of the inspection and were not inspected and a reason why they were not inspected

State any systems and components so inspected which were found to be in need of immediate major repair and any recommendations to correct, monitor or evaluate by appropriate persons

2.3 These Standards are not intended to limit inspectors from:

A. Reporting observations and conditions in addition to those required in Section 2.2

B. Excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested by the client

3. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

3.1 General limitations:

A. Inspections done in accordance with these Standards are visual, not technically exhaustive and will not identify concealed conditions or latent defects

B. These Standards are applicable to buildings with four or less dwelling units and their garages or carports

3.2 General exclusions:

A. Inspectors are NOT required to report on:

B. Inspectors are NOT required to:

3.3 Limitations and exclusions specific to individual systems are listed in following sections

4. SYSTEM: STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

4.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Structural components including:

4.2 The Inspector shall:

A. Describe the type of:

B. Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected. However, probing is NOT required when probing would damage any finished surface

C. Enter underfloor crawl spaces and attic spaces except when access is obstructed, when entry could damage the property, or when dangerous or adverse situations are suspected

D. Report the methods used to inspect underfloor crawl spaces and attics

E. Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components

5. SYSTEM: EXTERIOR

5.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Wall cladding, flashings and trim

B. Entryway doors and representative number of windows

C. Garage door operators

D. Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, and porches including railings

E. Eaves, soffits and fascias

F. Vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building

5.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe wall cladding materials

B. Operate all entryway doors and representative number of windows including garage doors, manually or by using permanently installed controls of any garage door operator

C. Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when meeting reasonable resistance during closing

5.3 The inspector is NOT required to observe:

A. Storm windows, storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings and similar seasonal accessories

B. Fences

C. Safety glazing

D. Garage door operator remote control transmitters

E. Geological conditions

F. Soil conditions

G. Recreational facilities

H. Outbuildings other than garages and carports

6. SYSTEM: ROOFING

6.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Roof coverings

B. Roof drainage systems

C. Flashings

D. Skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations

E. Signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components

6.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe the type of roof covering materials

B. Report the methods used to inspect roofing

6.3 The inspector is NOT required to:

7. SYSTEM: PLUMBING

7.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Interior water supply and distribution system including:

B. Interior drain, waste and vent system, including:

C. Hot water systems including:

D. Fuel storage and distribution systems including:

E. Sump pumps

7.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe:

B. Operate all plumbing fixtures, including their faucets and all exterior faucets attached to the house

7.3 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. State the effectiveness of anti-siphon devices

B. Determine whether water supply and waste disposal system are public or private

C. Operate automatic safety controls

D. Operate any valve except water closet flush valves, fixture faucets and hose faucets

E. Observe:

8. SYSTEM: ELECTRICAL

8.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Service entrance conductors

B. Service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, main and distribution panels

C. Amperage and voltage ratings of the service

D. Branch circuit conductors, their overcurrent devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities and voltages

E. The operation of a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on its exterior walls

F. The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures

G. The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters

8.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe:

B. Report any observed aluminum branch circuit wiring

8.3 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. Insert any tool, probe or testing device inside the panels

B. Test or operate any overcurrent device except ground fault interrupters

C. Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove covers of the main and auxiliary distribution panels

D. Observe

9. SYSTEM: HEATING

9.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Permanently installed heating systems including:

9.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe:

B. Operate the systems using normal operating controls

C. Open readily openable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance

9.3 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage

B. Operate automatic safety controls

D. Ignite or extinguish solid fuel fires

E. Observe:

10. SYSTEM: CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING

10.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Central air conditioning including:

B. Distribution systems including:

10.2 The inspector shall:

A. Describe:

B. Operate the systems using normal operating controls

C. Open readily openable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance

10.3 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. Operate cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage

B. Observe non-central air conditioners

C. Observe the uniformity or adequacy of cool-air supply to the various rooms

11. SYSTEM: INTERIORS

11.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Walls, ceiling and floors

B. Steps, stairways, balconies and railings

C. Counters and a representative number of cabinets

D. A representative number of doors and windows

E. Separation walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit and an attached garage or another dwelling unit

F. Sumps

11.2 The inspector shall:

A. Operate a representative number of primary windows and interior doors

B. Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components

11.3 The inspector is NOT required to observe:

A. Paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings, and floors

B. Carpeting

C. Draperies, blinds or other window treatments

D. Household appliances

E. Recreational facilities or another dwelling unit

12. SYSTEM: INSULATION & VENTILATION

12.1 The inspector shall observe:

A. Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces

B. Ventilation of attics and foundation areas

C. Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems

12.2 The inspector shall describe:

A. Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces

B. Absence of same in unfinished space at conditioned surfaces

12.3 The inspector is NOT required to report on:

A. Concealed insulation and vapor retarders

B. Venting equipment which is integral with household appliances

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