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Home Inspection

Buying a home in Washington is an exciting process.

A careful examination of a house is not easy. Criterium-Pioli Engineers provides home inspections by Professional Engineers who are licensed by the state of Washington and in the State of Oregon and adhere to the highest legal and ethical standards

The purchase of a new home is a time when an expert, professional home inspection is needed most. Criterium-Pioli Engineers can provide you with a detailed report to help you learn about the house you want to buy and avoid costly surprises in the future.

Our inspection is a limited visual inspection consistent with the Standards of Practice of the State of Washingtion, 308-408C WAC designed to identify significant deficiencies and/or repairs needed in the major systems of a home (structural, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roof, exterior) and to provide a general understanding of the property's current condition. This law and the associated WAC spell out the:

  • Licensing of Home Inspectors
  • Training and Continuing Education
  • Standards of Practice
  • Ethics
  • Reporting Standards

Our Home Inspection Report

We provide a narrative report unique to the property, not just a checklist. It includes a description of each system, including its condition, and life expectancy. We include a maintenance plan prioritizing items to repair immediately, one year, five years, and ten years, as well as annual maintenance items. Reports are normally delivered within 24 hours, giving the engineers adequate time to review the property and to prepare a quality report. All of Criterium-Pioli's home inspection reports meet WA state standards. Criterium-Pioli Engineers reports not only meet the standards as set forth in the Washington State WAC and RCW, they exceed them. Our clients don't receive a check list, they receive the advice of a Professional Engineer.

We look at the following areas during our Standard Home Inspection:

  • Structure
  • Seismic Condition
  • Wood-Destroying Organisms
  • Foundation Water
  • Ventilation
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Roofing
  • Life and Fire Safety
  • Pool and Spa
  • Environmental
  • Energy Efficency

Following the on-site home inspection, you will receive a detailed written report that our clients find easy to follow. The most popular feature of the report is our Summary which outlines the deficiencies to be addressed immediately, 1 year, 5 years, and in 10 years as well as annual maintenance.

Call Criterium-Pioli Engineers for our pricing structure, which is determined by the property's size, age, location and the services you request.

Additional Home Inspection Services

Exhaustive Home Inspection
This includes a Standard Home Inspection plus invasive testing and/or equipment disassembly (as approved in advance by you and the property owner). The purpose is to gather all available and relevant information about the property. This more extensive inspection goes beyond the available visible evidence and provides an even more thorough analysis.
Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
Sometimes problems arise that require the expert diagnosis and evaluation of an engineer. That's where Criterium-Pioli Engineers comes in. We can diagnose specific problems and give you concrete answers to questions like "why is this happening?" and "what should I do to correct it?". Our inspections are objective and unbiased. The results are practical and reliable. Working with Criterium-Pioli Engineers can help you avoid paying for unnecessary repairs or overlooking a growing problem that will cost you much more later on. Never leave something as expensive as you home or investment property to chance. Count on Criterium-Pioli Engineers for the right solution.