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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Glossary NOTE: Italicized words are defined in the Glossary
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
2.2 Inspectors shall:
A. before the inspection report is delivered, enter into a written agreement with the client or their authorized agent that includes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
C. safety glazing.
D. garage door operator remote control transmitters.
E. geological conditions.
F. soil conditions.
H. outbuildings other than garages and carports.
6. SYSTEM: ROOFING
6.1 The inspector shall observe:
A. roof coverings.
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:
E. sump pumps.
7.2 The inspector shall:
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.
C. operate automatic safety controls.
D. operate any valve except water closet flush valves, fixture faucets and hose faucets.
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.
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:
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.
9. SYSTEM: HEATING
9.1 The inspector shall observe:
9.2 The inspector shall:
9.3 The inspector is NOT required to:
B. operate automatic safety controls.
D. ignite or extinguish solid fuel fires.
10. SYSTEM: CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING
10.1 The inspector shall observe:
A. central air conditioning including:
10.2 The inspector shall:
10.3 The inspector is NOT required to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Automatic Safety Controls:
Devices designated and installed to protect systems and components from high or low pressures and temperatures, electrical current, loss of water, loss of ignition, fuel leaks, fire, freezing, or other unsafe conditions.
Central Air Conditioning:
A system which uses ducts to distribute cooled and/or dehumidified air to more than one room or uses pipes to distribute chilled water to heat exchangers in more than one room, and that is not plugged into an electrical convenience outlet.
A customer who contracts with a home inspector for a home inspection.
Any physical connection or arrangement between potable water and any source of contamination.
Dangerous or Adverse Situations:
Situations which pose a threat of injury to the inspector, and those situations that require the use of special protective clothing or safety equipment.
To take apart or remove any component, device or piece of equipment that is bolted, screwed, or fastened by other means and that would not be taken apart or removed by a homeowner in the course of normal household maintenance.
Any professional service or creative work requiring education, training, and experience and the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences
Evaluation by Appropriate Persons:
Examination and analysis by a qualified professional, tradesman, or service technician beyond that provided by the home inspector.
A drain is functional when it empties in a reasonable amount of time and does not overflow when another fixture is drained simultaneously.
A reasonable flow at the highest fixture in a dwelling when another fixture is operated simultaneously.
Immediate Major Repair:
A major defect, which if not quickly addressed, will be likely to do any of the following:
A person certified as a home Inspector by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration
Attached or connected such that the installed item requires tools for removal.
A system or component that is unsafe or not functioning
Normal Operating Controls:
Homeowner operated devices such as a thermostat, wall switch or safety switch.
On-site Water Supply Quality:
Water quality is based on the bacterial, chemical, mineral and solids content of the water.
On-site Water Supply Quantity:
Water quantity is the rate of flow of water.
Primary Windows and Doors:
Windows and/or exterior doors which are designed to remain in their respective openings year round.
Available for visual inspection without requiring moving of personal property, dismantling, destructive measures, or any action which will likely involve risk to persons or property.
Readily Openable Access Panel:
A panel provided for homeowner inspection and maintenance that has removable or operable fasteners or latch devices in order to be lifted off, swung open, or otherwise removed by one person, and its edges and fasteners are not painted in place. Limited to those panels within normal reach or from a 4-foot stepladder, and which are not blocked by stored items, furniture, or building components.
Spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities.
For multiple identical components such as windows and electrical outlets, the inspection of one such component per room. For multiple identical exterior components, the inspection of one such component on each side of the building.
Roof Drainage Systems:
Gutters, downspouts, leaders, splashblocks, and similar components used to carry water off a roof and away from a building.
Tempered glass, laminated glass, or rigid plastic.
A piece of equipment whose safety switch or circuit breaker is in the “off” position, or its fuse is missing or blown, or a system that cannot be operated by the device or control that a home owner should normally use to operate it.
Solid Fuel Heating Device:
Any wood, coal, or other similar organic fuel burning device, including but not limited to fireplaces whether masonry or factory built, fireplace inserts and stoves, woodstoves (room heaters), central furnaces, and combinations of these devices.
A component that supports non-variable forces or weights (dead loads) and variable forces or weights (live loads). For purposes of this definition, a dead load is the fixed weight of a structure or piece of equipment, such as a roof structure on bearing walls, and a live load is a moving variable weight added to the dead load or intrinsic weight of a structure.
A combination of interacting or interdependent components, assembled to carry out one or more functions.
An inspection is technically exhaustive when it involves the use of measurements, instruments, testing, calculations, and other means to develop scientific or engineering findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Underfloor Crawl Space:
The area within the confines of the foundation and between the ground and the underside of the lowest floor structural component.
A condition in a readily accessible, installed system or component which is judged to be a significant risk of personal injury during normal, day to day use. The risk may be due to damage, deterioration, improper installation or a change in adopted residential construction standards.