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HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS
AGE of a BUILDING - how to determine
ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING COMPONENT ID
BUILDING SAFETY HAZARDS GUIDE
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
DECK & PORCH CONSTRUCTION
DEFECT CLUSTERS at HOME INSPECTIONS
DISASTER BUILDING INSPECTION & REPAIR
EXTERIOR WALL SIDING TRIM & FINISHES
FIREPLACES & HEARTHS
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FOUNDATION CRACKS & DAMAGE GUIDE
HOME & BUILDING INSPECTION METHODS
HOUSE PARTS, DEFINITIONS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
INSECT INFESTATION / DAMAGE
LIGHT, GUIDE to FORENSIC USE
MOBILE HOME INSPECTION GUIDE
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
MOLD in buildings
NOISE / SOUND DIAGNOSIS & CURE
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
PIPING IN buildings, Clogs Leaks Types
ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
SAFETY HAZARDS GUIDE
SEPTIC SYSTEMS S
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
STANDARDS, HOME INSPECTION
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
VISUAL PERCEPTION ERRORS
WATER ENTRY in buildings
WATER PRESSURE & FLOW MEASUREMENT
WELLS CISTERNS & SPRINGS
WINDOWS & DOORS
Home inspection education, curriculums & defects lists: this article series, beginning here, provides lists of common building defects and basic defect knowledge that also outline recommended curriculum content for home inspector education.
The building defects and inspection points listed in these articles also guide homeowners and home buyers to building areas that merit careful attention and often point areas of safety concern or important maintenance and repair tasks.
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GOAL - To develop core competencies required to complete a typical home inspection in compliance with Nationally recognized Standards of Practice. Refs 1, 2
Watch out: these inspection lists do not list all possible defects for the systems discussed, and not all home or building inspectors will examine all of the items listed here.
Readers should see HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS for our complete list of articles on building & building mechanical sysetms inspection, troubleshoting & repairs.
Also see HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS. Use the Search Box at the top or bottom of these pages to find in-depth information about building, energy savings, and indoor environment inspection, diagnosis and repair at this website.
These home inspection training curriculums and building defect lists are based on smilar curriculum documents first prepared by Joe Scaduto, an ASHI member who prepared course material for Northeastern University's Building Inspection Certificate program in 1988, subsequently by D Friedman, InspectApedia's editor, for New York University ca 1988 and later, with others, recommended to ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Other early contributors to home inspection education in the U.S. and Canada include Dr. Jess Aronstein, Alan Carson, Mike Casey, Mark Cramer, John Cox, Dwight Barnett, Douglas Hansen, Rick Heyl, Larry Hoytt, Bill Merrill, Kevin O'Malley, Dennis Robitalille, Keith Peddie, Pat Porzio, Roger Robinson.
These curriculum and lists of defects are informed by the home inspection DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) procedure, an additional analysis of the process of home inspection that was developed for building inspection education beginning Calgary, AB for Canadian and U.S. home inspector education and certification examinations in 1997.
ASHI did not adopt this material though currently that association as well as other home & building inspection associations, universities, and private education firms offer extensive home inspection education courses in the classroom, online, and by distant education and home study courses. For examples see the offerings by Carson Dunlop Associates at the left of this page.
For each building inspection topic, home inspector performance criteria will be described in two areas:
1. Knowledge Base
2. Inspection Skills
General outline for inspection methodology, observations, and reporting, useful also for suggestions for presentations at Home Inspection Conferences & Seminars
1. Define the problem
2. Define the procedure
3. Make the observations
4. Record the results (documentation)
5. Report the results (communication) See HOME INSPECTOR SKILLS
6. Followup to assure effective communication
- Reference: Teaching.txt ASHI Education Chairman, DJF 1993
Building Inspection & Home Inspection Curriculums & Defects Lists
Also see the home inspection topics listed at page top or at Related Topics .
Home Inspection Standards, Ethics, American Society of Home Inspectors-ASHI and Other Home Inspection Standards, Ethics, and Home Inspector Certification Procedures
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