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1234 Main St.
Margate, Florida 33063
03/30/2020 9:00AM

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Cosmetic, maintenance, monitor
High importance/safety hazard

1 - Inspection details

Start Time
10:00 AM
Finish Time
Ground Condition
Present at time of the inspection
Client, Clients Agent
Property Occupancy
Unoccupied, but furnishings or stored items present
75 Fahrenheit
Weather Condition
Rain in the last few days
Structure Details: Inspected
House, Attached Garage
Structure Details: Type
Single Family
Structure Details: Age
46 Years
Structure Details: Foundation
Structure Details: Faces
Structure Details: Utilities
All Utilities on
The following items have been excluded from the inspection.
Categories Key

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. 


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 Florida State and InterNACHI 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 clients inspection contingency window or prior to closing, which 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.

Bless This Nest Inspections is pleased to submit the enclosed report. This report is a professional opinion based on a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas and components of the building. This report is neither an engineering inspection nor an exhaustive technical evaluation. An engineering inspection or a technical evaluation of this nature would cost many times more and take days, if not weeks, to complete. We adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Please understand that there are limitations to this type of visual inspection. Many components of the property are not visual during the inspection and very little historical information (if any) is provided in advance of, or even during, the inspection, While we believe we can reduce your risk of purchasing a property, we can not eliminate it, nor can or do we assume it. Even the most comprehensive inspection cannot be expected to reveal every condition you may consider significant to ownership. In addition to those improvements recommended in our report, we recommended that you budget for unexpected repairs. On the average, we have found it necessary for you to set aside a percentage of the value of the home on an annual basis that will be sufficient to cover unexpected repairs. This maybe 1 % for a modest home and a higher amount, say maybe 3 % or so, for a more complex and /or an older home with aging systems and some deferred maintenance.

The information provided in this report is solely for your use. Bless This Nest Inspections will not release a copy or this report, nor will we discuss its contents with any third party, without your written consent.

We know you had many options in your choice of an inspection company. Thank you for selecting us. We appreciate the opportunity to be your choice in the building inspection industry. Should you have any questions about the general conditions of the house in the future, we would be happy to answer these. 


1.1.1 - Structure Details

Change Locks

Bless This Nest Inspections recommends that ALL locks and Security codes be changed before moving into the house.

Wrench DIY

2 - Roof

General: Roof Type
Hipped, Gable, Flat
General: Roof covering
Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles, Modified bitumen
General: Estimated roof age (Main)
13 year(s)
General: Estimated roof age (Secondary)
13 year(s)
General: Roof Drainage
Gutter system
Shingles: Layers Visible
One Layer
General: Roof Inspected by a Licensed Roofing Company

The roof was inspected by a qualified, licensed roofing company at time of inspection.  Please see the attached roof inspection report regarding the condition of the roof. Any defects and pictures listed in the roofing section is a summary, reflective of the findings from the roof inspection report and is done so for illustration and your information only.  If you have any questions/concerns on the attached roof report, please contact them directly.

General: Roof Structure

Note that all areas of the attic and roof components may not be visible during the inspection, design and conditions may limit.  All accessible areas are visually inspected and reported based on the condition at the time of inspection.  The inspection is a snap shot in time, inspector can not predict future issue, which may occur post inspection. 

2.1.1 - General

Near life expectancy

The flat roofing surface may be near the end of its service life based on age or physical condition. Repairs may be made to extend life slightly.  There is no guarantee that issues may rise post inspection. See attached roof report.

Roof Roofing Professional
2.1.2 - General

Turbine vents

The house has turbine roof vents. It is recommended as part of the yearly maintenance to have the turbines checked for the proper operation of the venting.

Contractor Qualified Professional
2.2.1 - Shingles

Self Seal Strips Loose

Composition shingles were loose because the adhesive, self-sealing strips weren't sealed. Leaks can occur as a result. Self-sealing strips secure the lower edge of shingles and reduce vulnerability to wind damage. Strips may not be sealed because the sealant has failed or because the sealant never activated and cured after the original installation. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by hand sealing shingles with an approved sealant.

Roof Roofing Professional
2.2.2 - Shingles

Shingles Damaged

One or more composition shingles were Damaged. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by repairing or replacing shingles. This can reduce the life expectancy of the roofing material.  

Roof Roofing Professional
2.2.3 - Shingles

Shingles missing

Roofing shingles were missing. This can cause deterioration and moisture intrusion. Leaks can occur as a result.  Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by replacing shingles.

Roof Roofing Professional

3 - Exterior

General: Foundation Material
Stem wall
General: Exterior wall structure
Concrete Block(CBS)
General: Wall Covering
General: Driveway Material
General: Exterior doors
SC Wood
General: Fencing
General: Garage Door Material
General: Sidewalk/Patio Material
Asphalt, Tile
General: Vehicle Parking
Attached Garage, Driveway
Irrigation/Sprinker: Irrigation water supply
Lake or canal
Irrigation/Sprinker: Sprinkler system
West Exterior Wall Outside Garage

The irrigation system if present and accessible is evaluated for general condition and operation only. This is not a full system evaluation. Items such as timers can not be evaluated other than on and off operation. All irrigation heads are not located and individually tested for operation, coverage, volume and direction. The system is run through multiple zones to determine general operation only. Underground pipes obviously can not be viewed or tested. Any notations on the system should trigger a full evaluation by a specialist.

Soffit and Fascia: Fascia not visible

Some areas of the fascia board(wood trim around roof) may not be visible due to roof contour, design, and/or gutter installations.  

Shutters(decorative and storm): Shutters not Inventoried

The storm shutters are not inventoried as part of the inspection. while there may not appear to be any missing shutters, this can not be determined until the shutters are installed and inventoried.


3.2.1 - Driveway, Walkway, Patio

Significant Cracks

One area on the interior side of the the exterior wall of the enclosed porch has a significant crack that appears to be structural. Due to the size and gapping at the cracks, a structural engineer should evaluate. We recommend Troy Bishop of Axiom Structures.

House construction Structural Engineer
3.4.1 - Electrical

GFCI Issue
Exterior Porch Wall

One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles (outlets) were not functioning properly (would not trip/would not reset). Recommend a licensed electrical contractorreplacewith new GFCIoutlet.

$150 - $200
Electric Electrical Contractor
3.4.2 - Electrical

Hot-Neutral Reverse
Exterior Porch Wall

One or more electric receptacles had reverse-polarity wiring, where the hot and neutral wires were reversed. Sensitive electronics may result is damage. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.

Electric Electrical Contractor
3.4.3 - Electrical

Open Ground
Exterior Wall Side of House

One or more modern, 3-slot electric receptacles were found with an open ground. This is a shock hazard when appliances that require a ground are used with these receptacles. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary so all receptacles are grounded per standard building practices.
$150 - $200
Electric Electrical Contractor
3.7.1 - Gutters and Flashing

Downspout extensions

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 the installation of downspout extensions to discharge roof drainage a minimum of 6 feet from the foundation.

$0 - $50
Contractor Qualified Professional
3.9.1 - Vegetation and Grading

Front of House

Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.10.1 - Shutters(decorative and storm)

Shutter storage
East Side of House

The storm shutters are stored in an area that is not protected from the elements of the weather. Per the Insurance standards, storm shutters are to be stored in a location that is protected from the elements of the weather. It is recommended to have the storm shutters located in a protected area from the elements of the weather.

Tools Handyman/DIY

4 - Interiors

Floors, Walls, Ceilings: Wall material/covering
Drywall, Plaster
Smoke and CO alarms: Smoke Alarms Present
Windows and Door: Windows and doors

Windows and Doors need regular service.  It is recommended to lubricate windows and doors periodically for ease of operation. Non-Petroleum based products are recommended, wax based (Alumaslick) or dry graphites.  

Electrical: Obscured plugs

Not every electrical plug may have been tested, only a sample of plugs are normally tested.  Furniture or other items may have blocked electric plugs.

Floors, Walls, Ceilings: Condition in walls

The condition of the interior of the walls can not be seen, therefore an evaluation can not be made of these areas. 

Floors, Walls, Ceilings: Furniture/Stored items

There is furniture or stored items restricting views of wall areas.  Once items are moved areas should be evaluated.  

4.1.1 - Electrical

Doorbell inoperable
Front of House

The doorbell appears to be inoperable. It does not ring when pressed. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.

$50 - $100
Electric Electrical Contractor
4.3.1 - Smoke and CO alarms

No Carbon Monoxide Detector Present

Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Recommended to be installed in the appropriate locations as a precaution. Most importantly the garage

Article on CO Alarms

$0 - $50
Contractor Qualified Professional
4.4.1 - Windows and Door

Window hard to open
Front and Master Bedroom

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.

Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Plumbing

General: Location of Water meter
Exterior wall outside of garage
General: Service Pipe to house
Copper, Where Visiable
General: Interior Supply piping
Not visible
General: Water Source
Public Water
General: Drain Pipe
General: Location of Main Shut off
Exterior wall outside of garage
General: Plumbing In Walls
As is typical of most buildings, the majority of the supply piping is concealed from view. Basically it is installed inside the walls and under the floors. Where the supply piping was noted, it was found to be copper. This is an excellent water piping material with an indefinite lifespan.
General: Not Visible

Not all components of the plumbing system are visible.  Components in walls, floors, under insulation, etc can not be evaluated.  

Supply Lines: Not Visible

Much of the water lines are hidden from view.  Lines in walls, floors, and/or ceiling are not evaluated.  An adequate evaluation can not be completed for such lines. 

Drain and Waste: Not Visible

Much of the waste and drain lines are not visible.  A full evaluation of these lines can not be made.  A more intrusive inspection would be required. 

6 - Water Heater

Water Heater: Serial #
RU 0381M81636
Water Heater: Model #
Water Heater: Estimated Age
38 Years
Water Heater: Energy Source
Water Heater: Manufacturer
Water Heater: Location
Water Heater: Capacity
Water Heater: Type
Water Heater: Water Heater failure

The inspector can not determine when a water heater will or may fail.  They can only give a time based on the visual condition or age.  Water heaters may fail without notice.  

6.1.1 - Water Heater

Exceeds Life Expectancy

Water heater was operable during time of inspection and no signs of rust or leaks. However, the estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8 to 12 years. This water heater appears to be much older and could need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.

Life Expectancy

$800 - $900
Pipes Plumbing Contractor

7 - Electric Service

Electric Panel: Amperage
Electric Panel: Panel Manufacturer
Federal Pacific
Electric Panel: Protection
Electric Panel: Service Type
Electric Panel: Service Voltage
Electric Panel: Branch Wiring
Electric Panel: Location of Main Disconnect
Top of Panel
Electric Panel: Service Conductor
Electric Panel: Location of Exterior Main Panel
Outside next To the garage
Electric Panel: Location of Main Panel
Inside the garage near entry door
Electric Panel: Panel pictures
Electric Panel: Testing of GFCI's

GFCI receptacles and breakers should be tested regularly.  All GFCI circuits have test and reset buttons.  Click the link below for more information. 

Testing GFCI's

7.1.1 - Electric Panel


An electric panel was manufactured by the Federal Pacific Electric/Challenger company and used "Stab-Lok" circuit breakers. There is evidence that both double and single pole versions of these circuit breakers fail by not tripping when they are supposed to. However, in 2011 the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) closed an investigation into this product because they did not have enough data to establish that the circuit breakers pose a serious risk of injury to consumers. Regardless, and due to other evidence of safety issues, recommend that a qualified electrician carefully evaluate all Federal Pacific panels and make repairs as necessary. Consider replacing Federal Pacific panels with modern panels that offer more flexibility for new, safer protective technologies like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCls) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCls).

$1,550 - $2,000
Electric Electrical Contractor

8 - HVAC

General: Cooling source
General: Heat Source
General: Distribution
Flex Duct
General: A/C Type
Package unit
Package Unit: Estimated Age Package Unit
3 Year(s)
Package Unit: Package unit Serial #
Package Unit: Package unit Model #
Package Unit: Manufacturer
Package Unit: Good condition

The condensing unit was in good condition.

General: Temperature Differential
21 Degrees

This is the number of degrees the system is cooling (or heating) the house air. Normal range for this number is 14-22 degrees when operating the system during hot weather, lower when ambient temperatures are lower. The system functioned as expected when tested and appeared to be serviceable at the time of the inspection. As with all mechanical equipment, the unit may fail at any time without warning. The inspector cannot determine future failures.

Package Unit: Pictures of Unit
East Side of Exterior
General: Air Conditioning system failure

The inspector can not make a determination on when a system will or may fail.  Air conditioning systems should always be evaluated and serviced upon taking ownership. 

9 - Kitchen

9.3.1 - Electrical

GFCI-wont trip
Left Side of Kitchen Sink

One or more ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electric receptacles did not trip when tested. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary. 

$150 - $200
Electric Electrical Contractor
9.5.1 - Sink

Drain Flexible pipe
Under Kitchen Sink

One or more sink drains use flexible drain pipe. This type of drain pipe is more likely to clog than smooth wall pipe. Recommend having a qualified plumber replace this pipe with standard plumbing components (smooth wall pipe) to prevent clogged drains.
$150 - $200
Pipes Plumbing Contractor

10 - Bathrooms

10.3.1 - Electrical

GFCI Missing
Hallway Bathroom

One or more electric receptacles at the bathroom(s) had no visible ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if GFCI protection was present. If not GFCI-protected, receptacles in wet areas pose a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install GFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for GFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:

Outdoors (since 1973)
Bathrooms (since 1975)
Garages (since 1978)
Kitchens (since 1987)
Crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990)
Wet bar sinks (since 1993)
Laundry and utility sinks (since 2005)
$150 - $200
Electric Electrical Contractor
10.8.1 - Toilets

No or bad caulk base
Both Bathrooms

Caulk around the base of the toilet was missing, substandard and/or deteriorated. Modern standards require caulk to be installed around the entire toilet base where it meets the floor for sanitary reasons. Without it, soiled water can soak into flooring and sub-floor materials if the toilet overflows. Condensation from the toilet can also soak into the flooring. Recommend that a qualified person caulk around toilet bases per standard building practices.
Wrench DIY

11 - Laundry

General: Dryer Manufacturer
General: Washer Manufacturer
General: Dryer Observation
The dryer unit was operated through a cycle. It heated it's drum and then stopped at the end of the cycle.
General: Washer Observation
Both hot and cold water was available to the washer. The unit was operated through a full cycle. It filled, cycled through a wash, initial spin and drain, rinse and final spin cycle. No leakage was detected and there were no unusual conditions noted.

For equipment more than a few years old, we recommend that all clothes washer machine hoses and their gaskets be replaced upon your taking possession of the unit.
General: Washer and Dryer Failure

There is no way to determine when a washer or dryer may fail. They may fail at anytime with out warning.  

12 - Garage

Vehicle door: Door Maintenance

The garage door should be maintained on a regular schedule.  Hinges and spring should be lubricated with the proper lubricant.  This will help extend the life of door components.  

Garage Door Maintenance

Vehicle door: Vehicle Door safety

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

12.3.1 - Floors, walls, Ceiling

Peeling paint ceiling

Paint is peeling at one or more locations in the ceiling. This is typically due to the heat in the garage and/or poor preparation. The areas should be properly repaired.

Contractor Qualified Professional

13 - Appliances

Dishwasher: Dishwasher
Garbage Disposal: Disposer
Garbage Disposal: Normal operation

The garbage disposal was serviceable at the time of the inspection.

Hood/Vent: Normal operation

The vent hood was serviceable at the time of the inspection.

Microwave: Microwave
Microwave: Normal operation

The microwave was serviceable at the time of the inspection.

Range-Cooktop-Oven: Oven
Range-Cooktop-Oven: Normal operation

The oven, range, or cooktop was serviceable at the time of the inspection. 

Range-Cooktop-Oven: Range
Refrigerator: Refrigerator
Refrigerator: Chiller and freezer temp
40 - 0 Fahrenheit
General: Appliance failure

All though appliance were serviceable at the time the inspection was completed. Appliances may fail at anytime.  An inspector can not project when an item will or may fail.  

13.2.1 - Dishwasher

Dishwasher inop

The dishwasher was not run during the inspection. The inspector was informed of a leak and asked not to run it. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) about this, and if necessary, the dishwasher should be replaced, or a qualified appliance technician should evaluate and repair.

Wash Appliance Repair

14 - Attic

General: Ceiling Structure
General: Inspection Method
General: Roof Structure
General: Attic pictures
General: Areas inaccessible
Some attic areas were inaccessible due to lack of permanently installed walkways, the possibility of damage to insulation, low height and/or stored items. These areas are excluded from this inspection.
General: Limited Visiblity

Due to the nature of the attic area, not all areas may be adequately visible. Other factors may also limit visibility (i.e. excessive heat, pest evidence, live animals, limited light areas, shadows).