Comment Key and Definitions
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to repair or replace suggests a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
Inspected (IN) = I visually observed the item, component or unit and if no other comments were made then it appeared to be functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.
Not Inspected (NI) = I did not inspect this item, component or unit and made no representations of whether or not it was functioning as intended. If applicable, I will state a reason for not inspecting this item.
Not Present (NP) = This item, component or system was not found in this home or building. It is possible it could be hidden from view and was not found during the inspection, or is not present.
Repair or Replace (RR) = The item, component or unit is not functioning as intended, needs repair or further inspection by a licensed, qualified contractor. Items, components or units that can be repaired to a satisfactory condition may not need replacement.
Additional Information Regarding This Report
Any recommendation for repair or further review made by the inspector should be accomplished by a licensed, qualified, specialist or contractor, which may make recommendations for repair in addition to what the home inspector has identified. As a courtesy, the inspector may make comments regarding the number of occurrences and locations of defects, however, this is not a technically exhaustive inspection and all locations may not be noticed or mentioned in the report. Photos are used as a courtesy to help illustrate issues, but typically do not indicate all locations of an issue. It is recommended for a licensed contractor to further review an issue to find all defects or locations. The inspector recommends that you obtain information regarding repairs during your contingency period, as these recommendations may affect your valuation of the property.
Please be advised that the home inspection report is meant to identify 'Material' defects in a home. A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not, in itself, a material defect. The home inspection and report is not meant to point out cosmetic and readily apparent deficiencies in a home and these items will not typically be included in the home inspection report.
Commonly Used Terms
Deferred cost: Systems of components costing significant amounts of money that are estimated or appear to be within a few years of needing replacement.
Monitor: Items that are recommended to be periodically inspected for any changes that may require further action or repair.
Repair / Replace / Review: More urgent or important repairs that are recommended to be accomplished sooner rather than later or reviewed by a contractor to determine extent of repair necessary as they may have significant cost or affect the structure negatively.
Safety: Items in the opinion of the inspector are safety related and pose a current or potential risk to the home's occupants.
Home Inspector Requirements / Standards of Practice
Home inspectors are not required to report on the following: Life expectancy of any component or system; The causes of the need for a repair; The methods, materials, and costs of corrections; The suitability of the property for any specialized use; Compliance or non-compliance with codes, ordinances, statutes, regulatory requirements or restrictions; The market value of the property or its marketability; The advisability or inadvisability of purchase of the property; Any component or system that was not observed; The presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects; or Cosmetic items, underground items, or items not permanently installed. Home inspectors are not required to: Offer warranties or guarantees of any kind; Calculate the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component; Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to the home inspector or other persons; Operate any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable; Operate any system or component that does not respond to normal operating controls; Disturb insulation, move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, snow, ice, or debris that obstructs access or visibility; Determine the presence or absence of any suspected adverse environmental condition or hazardous substance, including but not limited to mold, toxins, carcinogens, noise, contaminants in the building or in soil, water, and air; Determine the effectiveness of any system installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances; Predict future condition, including but not limited to failure of components; Since this report is provided for the specific benefit of the customer(s), secondary readers of this information should hire a licensed inspector to perform an inspection to meet their specific needs and to obtain current information concerning this property.