Congratulations on buying your new home. Or if this is an inspection for another reason, thank you for hiring me to perform the inspection!
Please read this entire report. It contains important information about home maintenance, construction materials use when the home was built, and the use and maintenance of the appliances that should be read to gain an understanding of how to care for your new home.
Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations and minor defects. Good recommendations that you, the homeowner, can remedy. But, there are issues that really matter and should be corrected, such as:
- Major defects - An example would be a significant structural failure such as broken or out-of-line roof rafters or trusses, or foundation shifting, cracking, or up-lifted.
- Things that may lead to major defects; like a small water/rain leak coming from missing shingles or roof flashing.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure your home. Wood-Destroying insects that caused structural damage is an example.
- Safety hazards, such as lack of kitchen or bathroom electrical GFCI-protection or smoke emitting from a fireplace filling the room.
Anything listed in these categories should be corrected. Serious problems can be corrected inexpensively if done so quickly, thus protecting life and property. (Reference categories 2 and 4).
Defects discovered during an inspection are often surprising to the seller. They just didn't know about them. Keep in mind, sellers are under not obligation to repair everything mentioned in this report. All homes have defects.
Don't allow the little things destroy your deal. It is inappropriate to demand that the seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or "picky" items. For further information on "What Really Matters in a Home Inspection", please watch InterNACHI's video at "What Really Matters in a Home Inspection" (https://youtu.be/-y6xQL3Y3UU).
Alexander Inspections strives to perform all inspections in compliance with the Standards of Practice as set forth by InterNACHI, Boulder, Colorado. A complete listing of those standards are listed later in this report. In staying with the Standards of Practice, I inspect the readily accessible, visual, installed systems and components of the home. When systems or components designated in the Standards of Practice were present but were not inspected, the reason(s) the item was not inspected will be stated.
THE HOME INSPECTOR DID NOT DETERMINE AND THIS REPORT DOES NOT CONTAIN A DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THE HOME OR COMPONENTS AND/OR SYSTEMS OF THE HOME THAT HAVE BEEN INSPECTED CONFORM TO LOCAL OR STATE BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS.