Standard ASTM E2018-08

Does anybody use standard ASTM E2018-08 ?

The scope of work for performing the Property Condition Assessment is the ASTM Standard E2018-08. This standard was written specifically for inspecting commercial property as part of the due diligence process, during a real estate transaction.

ASTM writes great standards, but they have a couple horrible duds. This is one of them. If you get a hold of a copy, you’ll figure out why. Requires repair estimates. Didn’t a BC inspector just lose a $200K lawsuit for giving repair estimates? It doesn’t outline what you are to inspect or what you are not to inspect. After you read it you won’t have a clue as to what exactly you are to do. ASTM E 2018 is not really an SOP at all. It’s sort of a fancy Scope of Work permission form, which has its place in very unique industrial situations and skyscrapers.

Use It is suited perfectly for home inspectors who offer inspection services on small to medium commercial projects such as restaurants, storage facilities, industrial properties, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, churches, warehouses, medical centers, schools, office buildings, apartment buildings, strip malls, motels, shopping malls, hotels, long-term care facilities, and high-end residential estates.

Also, all the legal documents and forms you need are within too.

Also, most software companies (Home Inspector Pro, HomeGauge, etc) have released InterNACHI ComSop
commercial versions.

Also, many states have approved InterNACHI’s Commercial Inspection course (based solely on for home inspectors including:
Alaska Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, Home Inspector Program
Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation*
Indiana Real Estate Commission, Home Inspector Licensing Board
Master Inspector Certification Board
Mississippi Home Inspector Board
Oregon Construction Contractors Board
South Dakota Real Estate Commission
Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, State Fire Marshal’s Office
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

You can also purchase a hard-copy here: although it is free online at

Thanks Nick, I am currently studying the InterNACHI Comsop. Another great member benefit.