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components, and recommendations as to what actions should be taken. Areas of a commercial building inspected include:

• Structure

• Electrical system

• Heating system

• Air-conditioning system

• Plumbing system and fixtures

• Roof surface (including flashings, drainage and chimneys)

• Interior components (concentrating on non-cosmetic features)

• Exterior wall components, including doors, windows and signage

• Site components, including parking lot, walkways, driveways (excluding sewers) and retaining walls

Commercial building inspections are conducted under the protocols prescribed for property condition assessments in ASTM standard 2018-01.

What kind of items are not included in your commercial building inspections?

Items excluded from a property condition assessment include: fire protection equipment, fire regulation compliance, building code compliance, compliance to regulations of any governmental body, entity or agency, security systems, telecommunication systems, process and recreational equipment and appliances, and underground sprinkler systems.

No definitive comments are offered on environmental concerns such as: urea formaldehyde foam insulation, asbestos, lead, radon gas, or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

If evaluation of any of the excluded items is required, the client should make separate arrangements for specialty inspections.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?

The home inspector’s standard report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (ambient temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, crawl space, and structural components. A more complete list of items covered and excluded in a home inspection is reported in the ASHI Standards of Practice.

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

If you already are a homeowner in the Greater Seattle area, a home inspection by Axiom Building Inspections can identify problems in the making, and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition, and reduce the chances for last minute re-negotiations with the buyer.

Why can't I perform my own home inspection?

Even the most experienced buyers and homeowners find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want or own, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Many homeowners also lack the knowledge, training and expertise of a professional home inspector from Axiom Building Inspections. A professional inspector, such as Blair Pruitt, is familiar with all of the elements of home construction, proper installation procedures, maintenance requirments, and home safety. He knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

What is ASHI?

Since 1976, ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors, has worked to build consumer awareness of home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of its membership. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serve as a performance guideline for home inspectors, and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies.

Who belongs to ASHI?

ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. Associates work their way to Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.

When do I call a home inspector?

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be present for the inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the home inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

How is the home inspection report delivered, and when?

The digital home inspection report, with narrative comments, recommendations, and photos is electronically delivered to the client.  The home inspection report is available either the same day as the inspection or on the following morning.

Some home inspectors deliver a report on-site right after the inspection. Why don't you?

I will be happy to verbally summarize major findings with you at the inspection and answer any questions you have. In order to produce a detailed narrative report with accurate and relevant comments, I must compile my findings at the office where I have access to references, research material, and am free from distractions. A checklist report with boilerplate comments hastily patched together in the field does not meet the standard of client service you can expect from Axiom Building Inspections.

Are there questions the home inspector won't answer?

Yes, for example: Should I buy this house? There are many factors that come into play when making the home buying decision, and the physical condition of the property is only one of them. Everyone has their own tolerances and abilities in dealing with deficiencies in the condition of the property. The home inspector will not comment on factors outside of his or her field of expertise.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or negotiate compensation.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.

Property Condition Assessment

What is a commercial building inspection?

A commercial building inspection, or property condition assessment (PCA) is a visual examination of the physical structure and major systems of a building used for commercial purposes.

What areas are covered in a commercial building inspection?

The property condition assessment will include a description of the componentns present in the building, observations as to the condition of the

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