Listed below is a description of the Categories used throughout the report to help understand the severity of an item. 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. 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. 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.
Cosmetic, Maintain, or 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 cosmetic, routine homeowner maintenance (DIY) or recommended upgrades.
Repair or Evaluation = 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. Items that may need further evaluation by a licensed contractor fall into this category.
High Importance/Safety Hazard = The item, component, or system may need immediate attention, inspector feels need addressing, or may pose a safety concern 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 replacement. Repair or replacement may be needed.