As observed standing in the front door facing outward.
As observed standing in the front door facing outward.
Listed below is a description of the Categories used throughout the report to help understand the severity of an item. Any items listed in the below categories may be based on the inspector's opinion. These categories are not designed to be considered as an enforceable repair or responsibility of the current homeowner, but designed to inform the current client of the current condition of the property and structure. They may be used in negotiations between real estate professionals.
Maintenance/Monitor = The item, component, or system while perhaps is functioning as intended may be in need of minor repair, service, or maintenance; is showing wear or deterioration that could result in an adverse condition at some point in the future; or consideration should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency, and/or safety. Items that fall into this category frequently be addressed by a homeowner or Licensed Handyman and are considered to be routine homeowner maintenance (DIY) or recommended upgrades.
Deficiencies = The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of moderate repair, service, is showing signs of wear or deterioration that could result is an adverse condition at some point in the future; consideration should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency and/or safety. Items falling into this category can frequently be addressed by a licensed handyman or qualified contractor of trade and are not considered routine maintenance or DIY items.
Safety & Immediate Attention = The item, component, or system poses a safety concern to occupants in or around the home. Some listed concerns may have been considered acceptable for the time of the structures construction, but pose a current risk.
The item, component or system is not functioning as intended, or needs further inspection by a qualified license contractor of trade; possible damage to the structure, item, or component may occur. Repairs may be possible to satisfactory condition with out repair.
When the direction of "Left" or "Right" is mentioned, it is a description of the area of the house, facing the house from the street looking towards the house, unless otherwise stated.
A home inspection is not a pass or fail type of inspection. It is a visual-only evaluation of the conditions of the systems and accessible components of the home designed to identify areas of concern within specific systems or components defined by the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice, that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector at the exact date and time of inspection. Conditions can and will change after the inspection over time. Future conditions or component failure can not be foreseen or reported on. Components that are not readily accessible can not be inspected. Issues that are considered as cosmetic are not addressed in this report. (Holes, stains, scratches, unevenness, missing trim, paint and finish flaws or odors). It is not the intent of this report to make the house new again. Any and all recommendations for repair, replacement, evaluation, and maintenance issues found, should be evaluated by the appropriate trades contractors within the client's inspection contingency window or prior to closing, whichever is contract applicable, in order to obtain proper dollar amount estimates on the cost of said repairs and also because these evaluations could uncover more potential issues than able to be noted from a purely visual inspection of the property. This inspection will not reveal every concern or issue that exists, but only those material defects that were observable on the day of the inspection. This inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling only. This inspection is not a prediction of future conditions and conditions with the property are subject to change the moment we leave the premises.
Weather conditions are not exact and are meant to be an approximate observation of current conditions when the inspection occurred.
This information has been provided through third party sources. 907 Home Inspections, LLC makes no claim to the accuracy of these findings.
This inspection will be performed according to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Both are available via the link below.
This report covers all aspects required by the Standards of Practice.
A list of general exclusions (what will not be covered during this inspection) is available beginning on page 5 of the Standards of Practice and a Glossary of terms used throughout the Standards begins on page 7.
|2.2||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X|
|2.6||Roof Structure & Attic||X|
3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS 3.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect structural components including the foundation and framing. B. describe: 1. the methods used to inspect under floor crawlspaces and attics. 2. the foundation. 3. the floor structure. 4. the wall structure. 5. the ceiling structure. 6. the roof structure. 3.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. provide engineering or architectural services or analysis. B. offer an opinion about the adequacy of structural systems and components. C. enter under floor crawlspace areas that have less than 24 inches of vertical clearance between components and the ground or that have an access opening smaller than 16 inches by 24 inches. D. traverse attic load-bearing components that are concealed by insulation or by other materials.
|3.1||Walkways, Patios & Driveways||X||X|
|3.2||Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls||X||X|
|3.4||Electrical Service Entrance Conductors||X|
|3.8||Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps||X||X|
|3.9||Siding, Flashing & Trim||X||X|
|3.10||Eaves, Soffits & Fascia||X|
4.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. wall coverings, flashing, and trim. 2. exterior doors. 3. attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. 4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. 5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building. 6. adjacent and entryway walkways, patios, and driveways. B. describe wall coverings. 4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories. B. fences, boundary walls, and similar structures. C. geological and soil conditions. D. recreational facilities. E. outbuildings other than garages and carports. F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks. G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.
The asphalt driveway surface was worn and is prone to developing cracks from water penetration. Recommend that a qualified person reseal the driveway.
Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing / poorly sloped / misaligned / clogged / substandard / damaged. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces or basements as a result. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
Soil was in contact with or less than 6 inches from siding or trim. Regardless of what material is used for siding, it should not be in contact with the soil. If made of wood, siding or trim will eventually rot. For other materials, ground or surface water can infiltrate siding or trim and cause damage to the wall structure. Wood-destroying insects are likely to infest and damage the wall structure. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend grading or removing soil as necessary to maintain a 6-inch clearance. Note that damage from fungal rot and/or insects may be found when soil is removed, and repairs may be necessary.
The dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned. A clogged dryer vent can lead to dryer failure and extended dry times as well as being a fire hazard.
Replace screen after cleaning to prevent animal intrusion.
One or more hose bibs were missing backflow prevention devices. These devices reduce the likelihood of gray water entering the potable water supply. Recommend installing backflow prevention devices on all hose bibs where missing. They are available at most home improvement stores and are easily installed.
One or more exterior outlets were not GFCI protected as required recommend consulting a licensed electrician to evaluate and remedy as needed.
One or more of the exterior doors does not seal properly. This allows unwanted air and heat exchange between the exterior and interior of the home.
Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary to ensure the door seals as intended.
The sliding glass door was difficult to operate when tested. Recommend in cleaning and or lubricating the tracks to make the door operate as intended.
Deck is showing signs of weathering and/or water damage. Recommend water sealant/weatherproofing be applied.
Here is a helpful article on staining & sealing your deck.
Caulk was missing / deteriorated / substandard in some areas. For example, around windows / around doors / at siding butt joints / at siding-trim junctions / at wall penetrations. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used.
Siding showed signs of water intrusion. This could lead to further siding deterioration and/or mold. Recommend a qualified siding contractor evaluate and repair.
Siding appears to be installed improperly and not up to standards. This could lead to moisture damage or deterioration of the home structure. Recommend a siding specialist evaluate and repair/replace.
Sections of siding and/or trim were deteriorated / loose / split / warped / missing / damaged / substandard / rotten. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
Siding at the exterior of the house was bowed out in one or more locations. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair/remedy/replace as necessary.
|4.2||Roof Drainage Systems||X||X|
|4.4||Skylights, Chimneys & Roof Penetrations||X||X|
5.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. roofing materials. 2. roof drainage systems. 3. flashing. 4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. B. describe: 1. roofing materials. 2. methods used to inspect the roofing. 5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. antennas. B. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. C. other installed accessories.
The roof surface was significantly deteriorated and appeared to be at or beyond its service life. It needs replacing now. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms and water penetration. Consult with a qualified contractor to determine replacement options. Note that some structural repairs are often needed after old roof surfaces are removed and the structure becomes fully visible. Related roofing components such as flashings and vents should be replaced or installed as needed and per standard building practices.
Observed areas that appeared to be missing sufficient coverings. Recommend qualified roofing contractor evaluate & repair.
Moss or other organic growth was observed of one or more locations on the roof recommend treating and removing the moss to prevent further deterioration.
Debris has accumulated in the gutters. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow.
Here is a DIY resource for cleaning your gutters.
Chimneys are required to meet the 3-2-10 rule. This rule means that they must extend 3 feet above the roof penetration on the shortest side and the top of the chimney must be 2 feet higher than any portion of the building structure within 10 feet.
|5.3||Floors, walls, Ceiling||X||X|
VEHICLE DOOR: safety tips:
1. The garage door is the largest moving object in the home. It can weigh hundreds of pounds. Often it is supported with spring tension Both the weight of the door itself and the condition of these powerful springs can be dangerous on their own. Combined these two items can become a potentially lethal item. During our inspection, we attempt to inspect vehicle doors for proper operation.
2. Operation of the safety mechanisms should be verified monthly. Switches for door openers should be located as high as practical to prevent children from playing with the door. Children should be warned of the potential risk of injury.
3. Regular lubrication of the garage door tracks, rollers, springs and mounting hardware is recommended. ( consult the owners manual or contact the door/opener manufacture. www.overheaddoor.com/Pages/safety-information.aspx
The garage-house door is equipped with an automatic closing device such as spring hinges that need to be adjusted or replaced.
This door should close and latch automatically to prevent vehicle fumes from entering living spaces and/or to slow the spread of fire from the garage to living spaces. A qualified contractor should adjust automatic closing device(s) as necessary, and as per standard building practices, so this door closes and latches automatically.
Surface Microbial growth was found on one or more walls/ceilings of the garage. This appears to be due to items previously stored and should be cleaned
Garage door panel is damaged and may need repair/replacement. Recommend a qualified garage door contractor evaluate.
|6.3||Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||X|
|6.5||Vents, Flues, & Chimneys||X|
|6.6||Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors||X|
|6.7||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X|
6.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets. 2. interior drain, waste, and vent systems including fixtures. 3. water heating equipment and hot water supply systems. 4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys. 5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. 6. sewage ejectors, sump pumps, and related piping. B. describe: 1. interior water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials. 2. water heating equipment including energy source(s). 3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves. 6.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. clothes washing machine connections. 2. interiors of vent systems, flues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 3. wells, well pumps, and water storage related equipment. 4. water conditioning systems. 5. solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy water heating systems. 6. manual and automatic re-extinguishing and sprinkler systems and landscape irrigation systems. 7. septic and other sewage disposal systems. B. determine: 1. whether water supply and sewage disposal are public or private. 2. water quality. 3. the adequacy of combustion air components. C. measure water supply low and pressure, and well water quantity. D. fill shower pans and fixtures to test for leaks.
Copper water supply pipes in homes built prior to 1986 may be joined with solder that contains lead. Lead is a known health hazard, especially for children. Laws were passed in 1985 prohibiting the use of lead in solder, but prior to that solder normally contained about 50 percent lead. The client(s) should be aware of this, especially if children will be living in this structure. Evaluating for the presence of lead in this structure is not included in this inspection. The client(s) should consider having a qualified lab test for lead, and if necessary take steps to reduce or remove lead from the water supply. Various solutions such as these may be advised:
Evidence of condensation or pipes potentially leaking in the crawlspace recommend consulting a licensed plumber for evaluation.
The TPR (temperature-pressure relief) valve drain line was too short. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of scalding if someone is standing next to the water heater when the valve opens. Recommend that a qualified plumber repair per standard building practices. For example, by extending the drain line to within 6 inches of the floor for indoor hot water heaters, or within 24 inches of exterior grade for outdoor water heaters.
Earthquake straps were not installed as per standard building practices recommend adjusting the earthquake straps.
7.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. service drop. 2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. 3. service equipment and main disconnects. 4. service grounding. 5. interior components of service panels and subpanels. 6. conductors. 7. overcurrent protection devices. 8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. 9. ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters. B. describe: 1. amperage rating of the service. 2. location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels. 3. presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 4. the predominant branch circuit wiring method. 7.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. remote control devices. 2. or test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, security systems, and other signaling and warning devices. 3. low voltage wiring systems and components. 4. ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system. 5. solar, geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy systems. B. measure amperage, voltage, and impedance. C. determine the age and type of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
|8.3||Vents, Flues & Chimneys||X|
8.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. installed heating equipment. 2. vent systems, uses, and chimneys. 3. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. heating systems. 8.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. heat exchangers. 3. humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 4. electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. 5. heating systems using ground-source, water-source, solar, and renewable energy technologies. 6. heat-recovery and similar whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. B. determine: 1. heat supply adequacy and distribution balance. 2. the adequacy of combustion air components.
Boiler or furnace should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC or Heating/Mechanical contractor clean, service and certify furnace.
Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.
Penetrations observed in the heating unit room. All penetrations must be sealed with approved fire caulking.
The garage heating unit supply and return water piping is significantly corroded with evidence of past leaks. Recommend consulting a qualified mechanical contractor to repair or replace as necessary.
Corrosion was observed on one or more plumbing or heating pipes in the heating area. Recommend a qualified mechanical contractor evaluate and repair or replace as needed.
|9.4||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X||X|
|9.6||Smoke and CO alarms||X|
|9.7||Windows and Door||X||X|
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: A. walls, ceilings, and floors. B. steps, stairways, and railings. C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. D. a representative number of doors and windows. E. garage vehicle doors and garage vehicle door operators. F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments. B. floor coverings. C. window treatments. D. coatings on and the hermetic seals between panes of window glass. E. central vacuum systems. F. recreational facilities. G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or confirm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
One or more areas on the underside of staircases was not properly sheet rocked and fire taped. Recommend installing sheet rock drywall gypsum board and fire taping is necessary to allow for proper egress time. Repairs to be completed by a licensed contractor .
One or more outlets are not grounded. Recommend a qualified electrician replace non-grounded outlets with grounded ones.
Maximum sill height for an egress window is 44 inches from the floor. Recommend consulting with a qualified person to lower sill height or install a permanent step below egress windows.
One or more windows are difficult to open and close. The windows should be adjusted so that they will open and close freely all necessary repairs should be made.
Evidence of a past leak was observed at one or more bedroom windows. Recommend consulting a qualified window professional to ensure that the leak is remediated.
The heating elements for the oven and stove top functioned as expected.
There is an automatic ice maker installed,
The ice maker tray was full.
The automatic ice maker was found in the ON position.
We urge you to verify the units proper operation after it has been running for sometime.
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or con rm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
The air gap for a dishwasher prevents water in the sink drain from backing up into the dishwasher and potentially contaminating the dishes. Recommend a qualified professional install an air gap for the dishwasher.
The GFCI for the jetted tub was obstructed or not visible and was not inspected.
Recommended grout in both bathrooms be resealed yearly to prevent moisture intrusion and possible damage.
The controls for the jetted tub controls have been detached recommend re-fixing the controls as intended.
The aerator for the bathroom sink is missing and recommend replacing to prevent splattering.
One or more bathroom cabinet doors and or drawers are in need of adjustment.
Cracking in the paint above the shower has deteriorated recommend repainting need to prevent moisture intrusion.
Neither the clothes washer nor dryer were operated or evaluated. It is not within the scope of this inspection to evaluate the washer and dryer and therefore they are excluded from this inspection.
Cautionary Statement; We normally operate on-site laundry equipment. Washers and dryers have special safety concerns to owners. During our inspection, we attempt to check the utility connections, supply of hot and cold water, grounded electrical receptacles and some safety devices. During our inspection we endeavor to verify that the equipments operates properly, however we do NOT verify the proper operation of ALL safety devices and other built in safe guards. This is a job for an appliance specialist.
Please be aware that with any appliance being used everyday, owners often forget, or over look the potential hazards that are present in these day-to-day helpmates. All laundry equipment operates both with electricity and high speed motors and rotating drums. Because of the combination of water and electricity along with high-speed rotation, all laundry equipment should be respected. PLEASE SECURE ALL OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MANUALS FROM PRESENT OWNERS OR THE MANUFACTURERS. Virtually all manufacturers have this consumers information available to you-contact the respective manufacturer.
Please instruct all children that these appliances are potentially hazardous and they should not be played with, nor should anyone under any circumstances, place a hand inside any operating laundry equipment.
LIMITATIONS OF APPLIANCES INSPECTION:
As we discussed and is described in your inspection contract, this is a visual limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions.
Thermostats, timers and other specialized features and controls are not tested.
The temperature calibration, functionality of timers, effectiveness, efficiency and overall performance of appliances is outside the scope of this inspection.
Please refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.
Dryer duct should be smooth wall solid steel ducting. Recommend repair or replacing to current building standards .
The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of the attic ventilation system. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high/low temperatures, high/low humidity, high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing.
Recommend replacing the bulb in the attic.
A safety cage is needed for the light fixtures in the attic.
The bulb was inoperable at one or more fixtures in the attic. Recommend replacing the bulb(s).
Recommend replacing the existing attic exhaust vents with smooth wall solid ducting and replacing the existing flexible ducting.
One or more gable/ridge/soffit vents in the attic were clogged with insulation material. Recommend cleaning or adjusting to allow adequate air flow and ventilation through the attic.
|15.2||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X||X|
|15.4||Vapor Retarder (Barrier)||X||X|
Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation are excluded from this inspection. The inspector does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the crawl spaces in the future. Complete access to all crawl space areas during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. heavy rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so.The inspector attempts to locate all crawl space access points and areas. Access points may be obscured or otherwise hidden by furnishings or stored items. In such cases, the client should ask the property owner where all access points are that are not described in this inspection, and have those areas inspected. Note that crawl space areas should be checked at least annually for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Efflorescence noted on the crawlspace surface. This a white, powdery deposit that is consistent with moisture intrusion. This can compromise the soil's ability to support the home structure and/or lead to mold growth. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source or moisture and correct.
Vapor barrier is improperly installed. This can result in unwanted moisture. Recommend insulation contractor evaluate and repair/replace as needed.
|16.1||Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts||X||X|
|16.3||Chimney & Vent Systems||X|
Fireplace controls are in the off position therefore the gas fireplace was not tested and is outside of the scope of this inspection. Recommend consulting with the owner to ensure that the fireplace operates as intended.
12.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. fuel-burning fireplaces, stoves, and fireplace inserts. 2. fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces. 3. chimneys and vent systems. B. describe systems and components listed in 12.1.A.1 and .2. 12.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. fire screens and doors. 3. seals and gaskets. 4. automatic fuel feed devices. 5. mantles and replace surrounds. 6. combustion air components and to determine their adequacy. 7. heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted). 8. fuel-burning fireplaces and appliances located outside the inspected structures. B. determine draft characteristics. C. move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents.
Recommend replacing the gas line for the installed fireplace.
11.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas. 3. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and similar exhaust systems. 4. clothes dryer exhaust systems. B. describe: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces. 11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.