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1234 Main St.
Clayton , NC 27527
03/27/2020 9:00AM

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1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
Vacant, Un furnished
Temperature (approximate)
60 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Partly Cloudy
Age Of Building (Approximate)
Ground / Soil Condition
Your Job As a Homeowner: What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

Home maintenance is a primary responsibility for every homeowner, whether you've lived in several homes of your own or have just purchased your first one. Staying on top of a seasonal home maintenance schedule is important, and your InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector can help you figure this out so that you never fall behind. Don't let minor maintenance and routine repairs turn into expensive disasters later due to neglect or simply because you aren't sure what needs to be done and when. 

Your home inspection report is a great place to start. In addition to the written report, checklists, photos, and what the inspector said during the inspection not to mention the sellers disclosure and what you noticed yourself it's easy to become overwhelmed. However, it's likely that your inspection report included mostly maintenance recommendations, the life expectancy for the home's various systems and components, and minor imperfections. These are useful to know about. 

But the issues that really matter fall into four categories: 

  1. major defects, such as a structural failure; 
  2. things that can lead to major defects, such as a small leak due to a defective roof flashing; 
  3. things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and 
  4. safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel. 

Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4). 

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It's important to realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep things in perspective as you move into your new home. 

Your Job As a Homeowner: Read Your Book

I have provided you a home maintenance book.  It includes information on how your home works, how to maintain it, and how to save energy.  Please write my contact information within the book's inside cover, so that you can always contact me. 

We're neighbors! So, feel free to reach out whenever you have a house question or issue.  

Your Job As a Homeowner: Schedule a Home Maintenance Inspection

Even the most vigilant homeowner can, from time to time, miss small problems or forget about performing some routine home repairs and seasonal maintenance. That's why an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection will help you keep your home in good condition and prevent it from suffering serious, long-term and expensive damage from minor issues that should be addressed now. 

The most important thing to understand as a new homeowner is that your house requires care and regular maintenance. As time goes on, parts of your house will wear out, break down, deteriorate, leak, or simply stop working. But none of these issues means that you will have a costly disaster on your hands if you're on top of home maintenance, and that includes hiring an expert once a year. 

Just as you regularly maintain your vehicle, consider getting an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection as part of the cost of upkeep for your most valuable investment your home. 

Your InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector can show you what you should look for so that you can be an informed homeowner. Protect your family's health and safety, and enjoy your home for years to come by having an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection performed every year. 

Schedule next year's maintenance inspection with your home inspector today!

Every house should be inspected every year as part of a homeowner's routine home maintenance plan. Catch problems before they become major defects.

2 - Roof

Coverings: Inspection Method
Walked on Roof
Coverings: Material
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
2.2.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Downspouts Drain Near House

One or more downspouts drain too close to the home's foundation. This can result in excessive moisture in the soil at the foundation, which can lead to foundation/structural movement. Recommend a qualified contractor adjust downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation.  Also it is recommended to add an extension under the main condensate line from the HVAC system.  On hot summer days this system can release up to 60 gallons per day.

2.2.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Extension Missing

One or more gutter extensions were missing.  This can allow water to accumulate around the foundation of the home and over time possibly contribute to shifting/ settling.  Recommend qualified contractor install extensions / splash blocks to direct water away from home.

2.3.1 - Eaves, Soffits & Fascia

Fascia - Damaged

One or more sections of the fascia are damaged. Recommend qualified roofer evaluate & repair.

3 - Exterior

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Overhead Doors: Safety Features
Photo Lenses Operational
3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Paint Aged/Missing

Paint on the siding flashing or trim of the home is missing or aged in multiple areas.  This can accelerate deterioration and allow moisture intrusion.  Recommend qualified contractor further evaluate and repair where needed. 

3.1.2 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Venting on the soffit

The vents coming from the bathroom fans were not correctly connected firmly to the structure. 

3.3.1 - Overhead Doors

Door Operation
The single third garage door

The overhead door was not operating properly in some way.  This is not performing as intended.  Recommend qualified contractor evaluate and repair

4 - HVAC

Cooling: Energy Source
Cooling: Inspection Method
Visual, No panels were removed
Heating: Manufacturer
American standard
Heating: Energy Source
Heating: Heat Type
Forced Air, Heat Pump
Heating: Inspection Method
Visual, Panels not removed
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Cooling: Manufacturer
American standard
Fuel Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
No fuel source connected
Fuel Systems: Gas Shut Off

Gas was off or not installed during the time of inspection. Recommend local utility company turn on / install and check all gas appliances prior to deadlines.

4.2.1 - Heating

Condensate Next to Foundation

The condensate line for the HVAC system is draining closely to the foundation or into the crawlspace area.  Over time this could accelerate shifting to surrounding soil and foundation, or build up moisture in the crawlspace .  Recommend a qualified contractor further evaluate and direct water away from the structure.

4.2.2 - Heating

Insulation on Condensate line

There was little or no insulation on the primary condensate line.  We recommend insulation is installed by a qualified professional to prevent moisture staining on components below.  

5 - Interior

Fireplace: Energy Source
Ceilings / Walls: Material
Wood Framed / Drywall Ceilings & Walls
Fireplace: Not Operated

The fireplace was not operated due to obstruction, lack of access, power, Pilot off, or lack or fuel source.  A full inspection of the system was not performed.  Recommend qualified professional perform inspection to ensure proper operation and ventilation.

5.4.1 - Windows

Difficult to Operate
2nd Floor Living Room

One or more windows appeared to be difficult to operate.  This could lead to accelerated wear of the window or it components.  Recommend qualified window contractor make proper adjustments or replace as needed.

5.5.1 - Steps, Stairways & Railings

Un-Even Risers

The risers do not appear to be even in height.  This can pose a tripping hazard.  Recommend a qualified contractor further evaluate. 

6 - Plumbing

Distribution Material
Water Supply Material
Drain & Waste Systems: Material
Hot Water System: Capacity
50 gallons
Hot Water System: Location
Hot Water System: Power Source
Location of Main Shut Off
Coat Closet
Homeowner's Responsibility

It's a good idea as a homeowner to know where the main water and fuel shutoff valves are located. And be sure to keep an eye out for any water and plumbing leaks. 

Hot Water System: Manufacturer
Ao smith

7 - Appliances

Dishwasher: Operated
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Inspected
Built-in Microwave: Inspected
Vent Fan : Inspected
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Not Operated

The range was not operated due to lack of power or other obstruction.  This prevents a full inspection.  Recommend range is connected properly and tested to ensure proper operation.

7.1.1 - Dishwasher


Dishwasher leaks when cycle was ran. Recommend qualified professional evaluate.

8 - Attic

Roof Structure: Inspection Method
Entered Attic Access
Roof Structure: Ventilation Type
Soffit Vents
Roof Structure: Material
Wood Truss System, OSB Sheathing
Roof Structure: Insulation

9 - Electrical

Service Entrance / Main & Sub-panels: Main Panel Location / Capacity / Type
Exterior Left, 200 AMP, Circuit Breaker
Smoke / Carbon Detectors: Present
Smoke detectors
Service Entrance / Main & Sub-panels: Electrical Service Conductors
Below Ground
Service Entrance / Main & Sub-panels: Sub Panel Locations
Garage, Copper Branch Wire

10 - Crawlspace, Foundation, & Basement

Crawlspace / Basement / Foundation: Inspection Method
Crawlspace / Basement / Foundation: Foundation Type / Material
Crawlspace / Basement / Foundation: Floor Support & Material
Concrete, Slab
Crawlspace / Basement / Foundation: Under Floor Insulation Type

11 - Ventilation

Ventilation: Dryer Power Source
No Dryer installed
Ventilation: Dryer Vent