SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION:
Alto Home Inspection, LLC endeavours to perform all inspections in compliance with the New York State Home Inspector Standards of Practice, and as detailed within the preinspection agreement. As such, we inspect the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components of a home. This report contains observations of those systems and components that, in the professional judgement of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives. If the cause for the deficiency is not readily apparent, the suspected cause or reason why the system or component is at or near end of expected service life is reported, and recommendations for correction or monitoring are made as appropriate.
USE OF PHOTOS:
Your report includes many photographs. Some pictures are informational and of a general view, to help you understand where the inspector has been, what was looked at and the condition of the item or area at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and to help you see areas or items that you normally would not see. Not all problem areas or conditions will be supported with photos.
This report divides deficiencies into three categories; Maintenance Items (colored in blue), Recommendations (in orange), and Significant Defects (in red).
MAINTENANCE ITEMS: Include components that were found to be in need of recurring or basic general maintenance to protect either a the component or the occupants. Also included in this section are items that were beginning to show signs of wear, but were, in the opinion of the inspector, still functional at the time of inspection. Typically these items are considered to represent a less significant immediate cost than those listed in the following two categories.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Include comments of a deficiency, a latent defect or a suggested improvement of a system which may have appeared functional at the time of inspection, however some benefit may be achieved by adhering to the recommendation.
SIGNIFICANT DEFECTS: Will denote a brief comment of a significantly deficient component or a condition which, will require a relatively short term correction and/or expense. These will typically fall into one of the following four categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
2. Things that may lead to major defects, such as a small roof-flashing leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home
4. Safety hazards
This categorization is the opinion of the inspector and is based on what was observed at the time of inspection. It is not intended to imply that items documented in any one category are not in need of correction. Maintenance items or latent defects left unrepaired can soon become significant defects. It should be considered very likely there will be other issues you personally may consider deficient, and you should add these as desired. There may also be defects that you feel belong in a different category, and again, you should feel free to consider the importance you believe they hold and act accordingly.
Please review the report in its entirety. It is ultimately up to your discretion to interpret its findings and to act accordingly. This report does not offer an opinion as to whom among the parties to this transaction should take responsibility for addressing any of these concerns. As with all aspects of your transaction, you should consult with your real estate agent for further advice regarding the contents of this report.