Do you use "building" to describe/refer to the "house"

in your reports? why not?

from webster:
Definition of building
a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)

I always use the word “home.” Home has a more friendly tone than the more clinical sounding “building.” They’re not buying a ware-house (unless its a commercial inspection, and they might be); a home is where the client can raise a family.


If it’s commercial I use building or structure . If it’s a home I use home or dwelling.
Just to keep from being redundant.


I do the same as the two guys above for the exact same reason.

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“home structure”

house for residential; building for commercial

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Building, structure, residence…

Jeff, I like “building”. Do you use it in your residential reports? ever had an issue?

I use it in almost every report and 95% of my inspections are residential. I’ve never had anyone question or challenge it.

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Sometimes, the choice of wording can give the Client a subtle perspective on an item.
House, home, building, structure, dwelling. The choice of the word can indicate it is in good shape (home - desirable), house (less so), structure (solid?) or building. A dwelling - place where you live - range from an underground place (Coober-Peady in Australia, to a yurt, tent, converted silo, log cabin off grid, converted shipping containers.

Same here, used in both residential and commercial, and no issues yet.

house or home mostly, sometimes shack in my mind…


Shack definitely suits some. :slight_smile:

To cope with living in postconstructuralism we obscure language which thus forces us to employ deconstruction to attempt to once again understand our world when truth and facts differ.

it held that language is not a transparent medium that connects one directly with a “truth” or “reality” outside it but rather a structure or code, whose parts derive their meaning from their contrast with one another and not from any connection with an outside world.

So, in a classical sense we would normally attempt to wrap our understanding around what was the goal in the authors usage of a word, but today much of our meaning is derived by comparing words and once understanding that we can see too what the author left out.

Progressive malarkey.

I use the term “structure” for the main house or building, and the term “detached garage” or “outbuilding” for inspected structures not attached to the main structure.