Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Basement Configuration

While the inspector is in the basement inspecting the structure the first item that will need to be determined is the configuration of the basement. Please review the entire procedure below.

 

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.3. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

B. The basement.

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

B. Move stored items or debris.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will describe the configuration of the basement.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the Basement Configuration.

 

Procedure

  • While inspecting the structural basement we will want to make note of the configuration of the basement. There are no pictures required for this section.

 

Common Defects

  • The basement appeared to be finished with no permits.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Describing the wrong type of configuration.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • Full Basement Finished: The property had a full basement that was finished.
  • Partial Basement Finished: The property had a partial basement that was finished.
  • Full Basement Unfinished: The property had a full basement that was unfinished.
  • Partial Basement Unfinished: The property had a partial basement that was unfinished.
  • Full Basement Partially Finished: The property had a full basement that was partially finished.

NI

  • N/A

NP

  • N/A

RR

  • Finished No Permits: Foundation construction included a full basement, part of which was finished as living space. Work visible at the time of the inspection indicated that work may have been performed without the necessary permits and accompanying inspections. Work performed without inspections may contain potentially hazardous defects or conditions. You should ask the seller for documentation showing that work has been done with proper permits and appropriate building inspections. Work performed without inspections may contain potentially hazardous defects or conditions.