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1234 Main St.
Thorndale, PA 19372
04/08/2020 9:00AM

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1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
Client, Client's Agent
Occupancy
Vacant
Style
Colonial
Temperature (approximate)
28 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Clear

Please refer to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice while reading this inspection report.  I performed the home inspection according to the standards and my clients wishes and expectations.  Please refer to the inspection contract or agreement between the inspector and the inspector's client.  

2 - Roof

IN NI NP D
2.1 Roof Covering X
2.2 Flashing X
2.3 Plumbing Vent Pipes X
2.4 Gutters & Downspouts X
Roof Covering: Homeowner's Responsibility

Your job as the homeowner is to monitor the roof covering because any roof can leak. To monitor a roof that is inaccessible or that cannot be walked on safely, use binoculars. Look for deteriorating or loosening of flashing, signs of damage to the roof covering and debris that can clog valleys and gutters.

Roofs are designed to be water-resistant. Roofs are not designed to be waterproof. Eventually, the roof system will leak. No one can predict when, where or how a roof will leak. 

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


Roof Covering: Type of Roof-Covering Described
Asphalt

I observed the roof-covering material and attempted to identify its type.  

This inspection is not a guarantee that a roof leak in the future will not happen. Roofs leak.  Even a roof that appears to be in good, functional condition will leak under certain circumstances. We will not take responsibility for a roof leak that happens in the future.  This is not a warranty or guarantee of the roof system.

Roof Covering: Roof Was Inspected
Inspected with at telescopic camera

We attempted to inspect the roof from various locations and methods, including from the ground and a ladder. 

The inspection was not an exhaustive inspection of every installation detail of the roof system according to the manufacturer's specifications or construction codes.  It is virtually impossible to detect a leak except as it is occurring or by specific water tests, which are beyond the scope of our inspection.  We recommend that you ask the sellers to disclose information about the roof, and that you include comprehensive roof coverage in your home insurance policy.  

Flashing: Wall Intersections

I looked for flashing where the roof covering meets a wall or siding material.  There should be step and counter flashing installed in these locations.  This is not an exhaustive inspection of all flashing areas.

Flashing: Eaves and Gables

I looked for flashing installed at the eaves (near the gutter edge) and at the gables (the diagonal edge of the roof).  There should be metal drip flashing material installed in these locations.  The flashing helps the surface water on the roof to discharge into the gutter.  Flashing also helps to prevent water intrusion under the roof-covering. 

Plumbing Vent Pipes: Homeowner's Responsibility

Your job is to monitor the flashing around the plumbing vent pipes that pass through the roof surface.  Sometimes they deteriorate and cause a roof leak.  

Be sure that the plumbing vent pipes do not get covered, either by debris, a toy, or snow.

Plumbing Vent Pipes: Plumbing Vent Pipes Inspected

I looked at DWV (drain, waste and vent) pipes that pass through the roof covering.  There should be watertight flashing (often black rubber material) installed around the vent pipes.  These plumbing vent pipes should extend far enough above the roof surface.    

Gutters & Downspouts: Homeowner's Responsibility

Your job is to monitor the gutters and be sure that they function during and after a rainstorm. Look for loose parts, sagging gutter ends, and water leaks. The rain water should be diverted far away from the house foundation. 

Roof Covering: Unable to See Everything

This is a visual-only inspection of the roof-covering materials. It does not include an inspection of the entire system. There are components of the roof that are not visible or accessible at all, including the underlayment, decking, fastening, flashing, age, shingle quality, manufacturer installation recommendations, etc. 

Roof Covering: Unable to Walk Upon Roof Surface

According to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice, a home inspector is not required to walk upon any roof surface.  However, as courtesy only, I attempted to walk upon the roof surface, but was unable.  It was not safe.  It was not accessible.  This was a restriction to my inspection of the roof system.  You may want to consider hiring a professional roofer with a lift to check your roof system.   

Roof Covering: Snow Covering the Roof

There was snow covering the roof surface.  This was an inspection restriction.  I was unable to observe everything that I needed to see, because of the snow.  Recommend further evaluation at a later date when the snow has melted. 

Flashing: Difficult to See Every Flashing

I attempted to inspect the flashing related to the vent pipes, wall intersections, eaves and gables, and the roof-covering materials.  In general, there should be flashing installed in certain areas where the roof covering meets something else, like a vent pipe or siding.  Most flashing is not observable, because the flashing material itself is covered and hidden by the roof covering or other materials.  So, it's impossible to see everything.  A home inspection is a limited visual-only inspection.  

Plumbing Vent Pipes: Unable to Reach All the Pipes

I was unable to closely reach and observe all of the vent pipes that pass through the roof-covering materials.  This was an inspection restriction. 

Gutters & Downspouts: Couldn't Reach the Gutters

I was unable to closely reach and closely inspect the installation of all of the gutter components and systems.  

Please refer to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice related to inspecting the roof of the house.  

Monitor the roof covering because any roof can leak.  To monitor a roof that is inaccessible or that cannot be walked on safely, use binoculars. Look for deteriorating or loosening of flashing, signs of damage to the roof covering and debris that can clog valleys and gutters. 

Roofs are designed to be water-resistant.  Roofs are not designed to be waterproof.  Eventually, the roof system will leak.  No one can predict when, where or how a roof will leak. 


I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves:

  1. the roof-covering materials;
  2. the gutters;
  3. the downspouts;
  4. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and 
  5. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. the type of roof-covering materials.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

  1. observed indications of active roof leaks.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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Comment
2.1.1 - Roof Covering

Cracked Roof-Covering Material

I observed cracked and damaged shingles.  Prone to leaking.  Correction and further evaluation by a professional roofer is recommended.

Roof Roofing Professional

3 - Exterior

Windows: Windows Inspected

A representative number of windows from the ground surface was inspected. 

Exterior Doors: Exterior Doors Inspected

I inspected the exterior doors. 

General: Homeowner's Responsibility

The exterior of your home is slowly deteriorating and aging. The sun, wind, rain and temperatures are constantly affecting it. Your job is to monitor the buildings exterior for its condition and weathertightness. 

Check the condition of all exterior materials and look for developing patterns of damage or deterioration. 

During a heavy rainstorm (without lightning), grab an umbrella and go outside. Walk around your house and look around at the roof and property. A rainstorm is the perfect time to see how the roof, downspouts and grading are performing. Observe the drainage patterns of your entire property, as well as the property of your neighbor. The ground around your house should slope away from all sides. Downspouts, surface gutters and drains should be directing water away from the foundation. 

Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Eaves, Soffits and Fascia Were Inspected

I inspected the eaves, soffits and fascia.  I was not able to inspect every detail, since a home inspection is limited in its scope. 

Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Type of Wall-Covering Material Described
Vinyl, Brick

The exterior of your home is slowly deteriorating and aging.  The sun, wind, rain and temperatures are constantly affecting it.  Your job is to monitor the house's exterior for its condition and weathertightness. 

Check the condition of all exterior wall-covering materials and look for developing patterns of damage or deterioration. 

Vegetation, Surface Drainage, Retaining Walls & Grading: Vegetation, Drainage, Walls & Grading Were Inspected

I inspected the vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.

GFCIs & Electrical: Inspected GFCIs

I inspected ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible.

Walkways & Driveways: Walkways & Driveways Were Inspected

I inspected the walkways and driveways that were adjacent to the house.  The walkways, driveways, and parking areas that were far away from the house foundation were not inspected. 

Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps: Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps Were Inspected

I inspected the stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps that were within the scope of my home inspection. 

All treads should be level and secure. Riser heights and tread depths should be as uniform as possible. As a guide, stairs must have a maximum riser of 7-3/4 inches and a minimum tread of 10 inches. 

Porches, Patios, Decks, Balconies & Carports: Porches, Patios, Decks, Balconies & Carports Were Inspected

I inspected the porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports at the house that were within the scope of the home inspection. 

Railings, Guards & Handrails: Railings, Guards & Handrails Were Inspected

I inspected the railings, guards and handrails that were within the scope of the home inspection. 

Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Inspection Was Restricted

I did not inspect all of the eaves, soffit, and facia.  It's impossible to inspect those areas closely during a home inspection.  A home inspection is not an exhaustive evaluation.  My inspection of the exterior was limited.  I did not reach and access closely every part of the eaves, soffit, and fascia.

Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Inspection Was Restricted

I did not inspect all of the exterior wall-covering material.  A home inspection is not an exhaustive evaluation.  My inspection of the exterior was limited.  I did not reach and access closely every part of the exterior wall-covering. 

GFCIs & Electrical: Unable to Inspect Everything

I was unable to inspect every electrical component or proper installation of the GFCI system according to modern code. A licensed electrician or township building code inspector could perform that type of test, which is beyond the scope of my visual-only home inspection. I inspected the electrical system as much as I could according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

Windows: Inspection Restricted

I did not inspect all windows. I did inspect a representative number of them. It's impossible to inspect every window component closely during a home inspection. A home inspection is not an exhaustive evaluation. I did not reach and access closely every window, particularly those above the first floor level. 

Please refer to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice related to inspecting the exterior of the house. 


I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the exterior wall-covering materials; 
  2. the eaves, soffits and fascia;
  3. a representative number of windows;
  4. all exterior doors;
  5. flashing and trim;
  6. adjacent walkways and driveways;
  7. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
  8. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
  9. railings, guards and handrails; and 
  10. vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. the type of exterior wall-covering materials.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

  1. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails.

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Comment
3.3.1 - Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim

Damaged Wall-Covering Material

I observed indications of a defect at the exterior wall-covering material.

Correction and further evaluation is recommended.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
3.11.1 - Exterior Doors

Door Hardware Damaged

I observed damage at the exterior door hardware.

Correction and further evaluation is recommended.

Wrench DIY

4 - Living Room

IN NI NP D
4.1 Doors X
4.2 Windows X
4.3 Floors X
4.4 Walls X
4.5 Ceilings X
4.6 Thermostat Controls X
4.7 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
4.8 GFCI & AFCI X
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Thermal
Windows: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Floors: Floor Coverings
Carpet
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Gypsum Board
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

5 - Kitchen

IN NI NP D
5.1 Kitchen Sink X
5.2 GFCI X
5.3 Countertops & Cabinets X
5.4 Floors, Walls, Ceilings X
5.5 USB outlet X
USB outlet: USB outlet

Kitchen USB outlet was not working at the time of the inspection.

GFCI: GFCI Tested

I observed ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection in the kitchen. 

The kitchen appliances are not included in the scope of a home inspection according to the Standards of Practice. 

The inspector will out of courtesy only check:

  • the stove, 
  • oven, 
  • microwave, and 
  • garbage disposer. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency
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Comment
5.2.1 - GFCI

Usb outlet

Kitchen USB outlet needs replacing 

Contractor Qualified Professional

6 - Master Bedroom

IN NI NP D
6.1 General X
6.2 Doors X
6.3 Windows X
6.4 Floors X
6.5 Walls X
6.6 Ceilings X
6.7 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
6.8 GFCI & AFCI X
6.9 Smoke Detectors X
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Thermal
Windows: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Floors: Floor Coverings
Carpet
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Gypsum Board
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

7 - Bedroom 2

IN NI NP D
7.1 General X
7.2 Doors X
7.3 Windows X
7.4 Floors X
7.5 Walls X
7.6 Ceilings X
7.7 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
7.8 GFCI & AFCI X
7.9 Smoke Detectors X
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Thermal
Windows: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Floors: Floor Coverings
Carpet
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Gypsum Board
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

8 - Doors, Windows & Interior

IN NI NP D
8.1 Doors X
8.2 Windows X
8.3 Switches, Fixtures & Receptacles X
8.4 Floors, Walls, Ceilings X
8.5 Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps X
8.6 Railings, Guards & Handrails X
8.7 Presence of Smoke and CO Detectors X
Doors: Doors Inspected

I inspected a representative number of doors according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice by opening and closing them. I did not operate door locks and door stops, which is beyond the scope of a home inspection. 


Windows: Windows Inspected

I inspected a representative number of windows according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice by opening and closing them. I did not operate window locks and operation features, which is beyond the scope of a home inspection. 

Switches, Fixtures & Receptacles: Inspected a Switches, Fixtures & Receptacles

I inspected a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles. 

Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps: Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps Were Inspected

I inspected the stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps that were within the scope of my home inspection. 

All treads should be level and secure. Riser heights and tread depths should be as uniform as possible. As a guide, stairs must have a maximum riser of 7-3/4 inches and a minimum tread of 10 inches. 

Railings, Guards & Handrails: Railings, Guards & Handrails Were Inspected

I inspected a representative number railings, guards and handrails that were within the scope of the home inspection. 

Presence of Smoke and CO Detectors: Inspected for Presence of Smoke and CO Detectors

I inspected for the presence of smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. 

There should be a smoke detector in every sleeping room, outside of every sleeping room, and one every level of a house. 

Switches, Fixtures & Receptacles: Unable to Inspect Everything

I was unable to inspect every electrical component or proper installation of the system according to modern code. A licensed electrician or township building code inspector could perform that type of test, which is beyond the scope of my visual-only home inspection. I inspected the electrical system as much as I could according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

Presence of Smoke and CO Detectors: Unable to Test Every Detector

I was unable to test every detector. We recommend testing all of the detectors.  Ask the seller about the performance of the detectors and of any issues regarding them.  We recommend replacing all of the detectors (smoke and carbon monoxide) with new ones just for peace of mind and for safety concerns.  

The inspector shall inspect: 

  • a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; 
  • floors, walls and ceilings; stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; 
  • railings, guards and handrails; and 
  • garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls. 

The inspector shall describe: 

  • a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener. 

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

  • improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings; 
  • photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and 
  • any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

9 - Laundry

IN NI NP D
9.1 Clothes Washer X
9.2 Clothes Dryer X
9.3 Laundry Room, Electric, and Tub X
Clothes Washer: Water Source
Public
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Power Source
Gas
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
Clothes Washer: Did Not Inspect

I did not inspect the clothes washer and dryer fully. These appliances are beyond the scope of a home inspection. I did not operate the appliances. The clothes dryer exhaust pipe must be inspected and cleaned every year to help prevent house fires. 

Clothes Dryer: Did Not Inspect

I did not inspect the clothes washer and dryer fully. These appliances are beyond the scope of a home inspection. I did not operate the appliances. The clothes dryer exhaust pipe must be inspected and cleaned every year to help prevent house fires. 

The inspector shall inspect:

  • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.


  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

10 - Misc. Interior

IN NI NP D
10.1 Distribution Systems X
10.2 Smoke Detectors X
10.3 Steps, Stairways & Railings X

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; B. floors, walls and ceilings; C. stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; D. railings, guards and handrails; and E. garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings; B. photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and C. any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect paint, wallpaper, window treatments or finish treatments. B. inspect floor coverings or carpeting. C. inspect central vacuum systems. D. inspect for safety glazing. E. inspect security systems or components. F. evaluate the fastening of islands, countertops, cabinets, sink tops or fixtures. G. move furniture, stored items, or any coverings, such as carpets or rugs, in order to inspect the concealed floor structure. H. move suspended-ceiling tiles. I. inspect or move any household appliances. J. inspect or operate equipment housed in the garage, except as otherwise noted. K. verify or certify the proper operation of any pressure-activated auto-reverse or related safety feature of a garage door. L. operate or evaluate any security bar release and opening mechanisms, whether interior or exterior, including their compliance with local, state or federal standards. M. operate any system, appliance or component that requires the use of special keys, codes, combinations or devices. N. operate or evaluate self-cleaning oven cycles, tilt guards/latches, or signal lights. O. inspect microwave ovens or test leakage from microwave ovens. P. operate or examine any sauna, steamgenerating equipment, kiln, toaster, ice maker, coffee maker, can opener, bread warmer, blender, instant hot-water dispenser, or other small, ancillary appliances or devices. Q. inspect elevators. R. inspect remote controls. S. inspect appliances. T. inspect items not permanently installed. U. discover firewall compromises. V. inspect pools, spas or fountains. W. determine the adequacy of whirlpool or spa jets, water force, or bubble effects. X. determine the structural integrity or leakage of pools or spas.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

11 - Bathroom 1

IN NI NP D
11.1 Bathroom Toilets X
11.2 Sinks, Tubs & Showers X
11.3 Bathroom Exhaust Fan / Window X
11.4 GFCI & Electric in Bathroom X
11.5 Heat Source in Bathroom X
11.6 Cabinetry, Ceiling, Walls & Floor X
11.7 Door X
Bathroom Toilets: Toilets Inspected

I flushed all of the toilets. 

Sinks, Tubs & Showers: Ran Water at Sinks, Tubs & Showers

I ran water at all bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and showers. I inspected for deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously. 

GFCI & Electric in Bathroom: GFCI-Protection Tested

I inspected the GFCI-protection at the receptacle near the bathroom sink by pushing the test button at the GFCI device or using a GFCI testing instrument. 

All receptacles in the bathroom must be GFCI protected. 

The home inspector will inspect: 

  • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
  • all toilets for proper operation by flushing; and 
  • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

12 - Plumbing

IN NI NP D
12.1 Main Water Shut-Off Valve X
12.2 Water Supply X
12.3 Hot Water Source X
12.4 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
12.5 Water Supply & Distribution Systems X
Main Water Shut-Off Valve: Location of Main Shut-Off Valve
Basement
Hot Water Source: Inspected TPR Valve

I inspected the temperature and pressure relief valve.  

Hot Water Source: Inspected Venting Connections

I inspected the venting connections. 

Main Water Shut-Off Valve: Homeowner's Responsibility

It's your job 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. 

Water Supply : Water Supply Is Public

The water supply to the house appeared to be from the public water supply source based upon the observed indications at the time of the inspection.  To confirm and be certain, I recommend asking the homeowner for details. 

Hot Water Source: Type of Hot Water Source
Gas-Fired Hot Water Tank

I inspected for the main source of the distributed hot water to the plumbing fixtures (sinks, tubs, showers).  I recommend asking the homeowner for details about the hot water equipment and past performance. 

Hot Water Source: Inspected Hot Water Source

I inspected the hot water source and equipment according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice

Water Supply & Distribution Systems: Inspected Water Supply & Distribution Pipes

I attempted to inspect the water supply and distribution pipes (plumbing pipes). Not all of the pipes and components were accessible and observed. Inspection restriction. Ask the homeowner about water supply, problems with water supply, and water leaks in the past.  

Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Not All Pipes Were Inspected

The inspection was restricted because not all of the pipes were exposed, readily accessible, and observed.  For example, most of the drainage pipes were hidden within the walls.  

Water Supply & Distribution Systems: Not All Pipes Were Inspected

The inspection was restricted because not all of the water supply pipes were exposed, readily accessible, and observed.  For example, most of the water distribution pipes, valves and connections were hidden within the walls.  

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the main water supply shut-off valve;
  2. the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  3. the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing;
  4. interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
  5. all toilets for proper operation by flushing;
  6. all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  7. the drain, waste and vent system; and
  8. drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence;
  2. the location of the main water supply shut-off valve;
  3. the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  4. the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and
  5. the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

  1. deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously;
  2. deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets;
  3. active plumbing water leaks that were observed during the inspection; and  
  4. toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate.


  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

13 - Electrical

IN NI NP D
13.1 Electric Meter & Base X
13.2 Service-Entrance Conductors X
13.3 Main Service Disconnect X
13.4 Electrical Wiring X
13.5 Panelboards & Breakers X
13.6 Service Grounding & Bonding X
13.7 AFCIs X
13.8 GFCIs X
Electric Meter & Base: Inspected the Electric Meter & Base

I inspected the electrical electric meter and base. 

Service-Entrance Conductors: Inspected Service-Entrance Conductors

I inspected the electrical service-entrance conductors. 

Main Service Disconnect: Inspected Main Service Disconnect

I inspected the electrical main service disconnect.

Electrical Wiring: Type of Wiring, If Visible
NM-B (Romex)
Service Grounding & Bonding: Inspected the Service Grounding & Bonding

I inspected the electrical service grounding and bonding.

Main Service Disconnect: Homeowner's Responsibility

It's your job to know where the main electrical panel is located, including the main service disconnect that turns everything off. 

Be sure to test your GFCIs, AFCIs, and smoke detectors regularly. You can replace light bulbs, but more than that, you ought to hire an electrician. Electrical work is hazardous and mistakes can be fatal. Hire a professional whenever there's an electrical problem in your house. 

Main Service Disconnect: Main Disconnect Rating, If Labeled
200

I observed indications of the main service disconnect's amperage rating. It was labeled. 

Panelboards & Breakers: Inspected Main Panelboard & Breakers

I inspected the electrical panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses). 

Panelboards & Breakers: Inspected Subpanel & Breakers

I inspected the electrical subpanel and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses). 

AFCIs: Inspected AFCIs

I inspected receptacles observed that were deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible.

GFCIs: Inspected GFCIs

I inspected ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible.

Electrical Wiring: Unable to Inspect All of the Wiring

I was unable to inspect all of the electrical wiring. Obviously, most of the wiring is hidden from view within walls. Beyond the scope of a visual home inspection. 

Service Grounding & Bonding: Unable to Confirm Proper Grounding and Bonding

I was unable to confirm proper installation of the system grounding and bonding according to modern code. A licensed electrician or township building code inspector could perform that type of test, which is beyond the scope of my visual-only home inspection. I inspected the grounding and bonding as much as I could according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice. 

AFCIs: Unable to Inspect Everything

I was unable to inspect every electrical component or proper installation of the AFCI system according to modern code. A licensed electrician or township building code inspector could perform that type of test, which is beyond the scope of my visual-only home inspection. I inspected the electrical system as much as I could according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

GFCIs: Unable to Inspect Everything

I was unable to inspect every electrical component or proper installation of the GFCI system according to modern code. A licensed electrician or township building code inspector could perform that type of test, which is beyond the scope of my visual-only home inspection. I inspected the electrical system as much as I could according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the service drop;
  2. the overhead service conductors and attachment point;
  3. the service head, gooseneck and drip loops;
  4. the service mast, service conduit and raceway;
  5. the electric meter and base;
  6. service-entrance conductors;
  7. the main service disconnect;
  8. panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);
  9. service grounding and bonding;
  10. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;
  11. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and
  12. for the presence of smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and 
  2. the type of wiring observed.


III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

  1. deficiencies in the integrity of the service-entrance conductors insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs;
  2. any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled;
  3. the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible;
  4. any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and
  5. the absence of smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors. 


  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

14 - Utility Room

IN NI NP D
14.1 Cooling System Information X
14.2 Condensate X
14.3 Cooling Equipment X
14.4 Heating System Information X
14.5 Heating Equipment X
14.6 Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls X
14.7 Distribution System X
Cooling System Information: Service Disconnect Inspected

I observed a service disconnect within sight of the cooling system. 

Cooling Equipment: Brand
Carrier
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Central Air Conditioner, Electric
Cooling Equipment: Location
Exterior South
Heating System Information: Energy Source
Gas
Heating System Information: Heating Method
Warm-Air Heating System
Heating Equipment: Brand
Carrier
Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Natural Gas
Heating Equipment: Heat Type
Forced Air
Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat Location
First floor
Distribution System: Ductwork
Insulated
Distribution System: Configuration
Central
Cooling System Information: Homeowner's Responsibility

Most air-conditioning systems in houses are relatively simple in design and operation. The adequacy of the cooling is often quite subjective and depends upon occupant perceptions that are affected by the distribution of air, the location of return-air vents, air velocity, the sound of the system in operation, and similar characteristics. 

It's your job to get the air conditioning system inspected and serviced every year. And if you're system as an air filter, be sure to keep that filter cleaned. 

Condensate: Condensate Discharge Confirmed

I observed a discharge pipe apparently connected to the condensate pump installed at the cooling system. 

Condensate: Condensate Pump

I observed a condensate pump installed at the cooling system.  This component collects condensate water that is created when the cooling system is operating.  The condensate pump should collect and discharge the water properly. 

Heating System Information: Homeowner's Responsibility

Most HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems in houses are relatively simple in design and operation. They consist of four components: controls, fuel supply, heating or cooling unit, and distribution system. The adequacy of heating and cooling is often quite subjective and depends upon occupant perceptions that are affected by the distribution of air, the location of return-air vents, air velocity, the sound of the system in operation, and similar characteristics. 

It's your job to get the HVAC system inspected and serviced every year. And if you're system as an air filter, be sure to keep that filter cleaned. 

Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Emergency Shut-Off Switch Inspected

I observed an emergency shut-off switch. I inspected it. It worked when I used it during my inspection.

Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Service Switch Inspected

I observed a service switch. I inspected it. It worked when I used it during my inspection. 

Cooling System Information: Cool Temperature Restriction

Because the outside temperature was too cool to operate the air conditioner without the possibility of damaging the system, I did not operate the cooling system.  Inspection restriction.  Ask the homeowner about the system, including past performance. 

Cooling Equipment: Low Temperature
The A/C unit was not tested due to low outdoor temperature. This may cause damage the unit.
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

15 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

IN NI NP D
15.1 Structural Components & Observations in Attic X
15.2 Insulation in Attic X
15.3 Ventilation in Attic X
Insulation in Attic: Type of Insulation Observed
Fiberglass
Structural Components & Observations in Attic: Structural Components Were Inspected

Structural components were inspected from the attic space according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice

Insulation in Attic: Insulation Was Inspected

During the home inspection, I inspected for insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas.  I inspected for ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas.  And I inspected mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.

I attempted to describe the type of insulation observed and the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure.

I reported as in need of correction the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces.


Insulation in Attic: Approximate Average Depth of Insulation
9-12 inches

Determining how much insulation should be installed in a house depends upon where a home is located. The amount of insulation that should be installed at a particular area of a house is dependent upon which climate zone the house is located and the local building codes.  

Ventilation in Attic: Ventilation Inspected

During the home inspection, I inspected for ventilation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas. And I inspected for mechanical exhaust systems. 

I report as in need of correction the general absence of ventilation in unfinished spaces.

Structural Components & Observations in Attic: Could Not See Everything in Attic

I could not see and inspect everything in the attic space. The access is restricted and my inspection is limited. 

The inspector shall inspect: 

  • insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; 
  • ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and 
  • mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. 

The inspector shall describe: 

  • the type of insulation observed; and 
  • the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure. 

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: 

  • the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

16 - Basement, Crawlspace & Structure

IN NI NP D
16.1 Basements & Crawlspaces X
16.2 Floor Structure X
16.3 Wall Structure X
16.4 Sump Pump X
Inspection Method
Visual
Floor Structure: Material
Concrete
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
OSB
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Concrete
Sump Pump: Location
Basement

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the foundation; B. the basement; C. the crawlspace; and D. structural components. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of foundation; and B. the location of the access to the under-floor space. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil; B. observed indications of active water penetration; C. observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors; and D. any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself. B. move stored items or debris. C. operate sump pumps with inaccessible floats. D. identify the size, spacing, span or location or determine the adequacy of foundation bolting, bracing, joists, joist spans or support systems. E. provide any engineering or architectural service. F. report on the adequacy of any structural system or component.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency

17 - Attached Garage

IN NI NP D
17.1 Garage Floor X
17.2 Garage Vehicle Door X
17.3 Garage Vehicle Door Opener X
17.4 Electric in Garage X
17.5 Ceiling, Walls & Firewalls in Garage X
Garage Vehicle Door: Type of Door Operation
Opener

The inspector shall inspect:

  • garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.


The inspector shall describe:

  • a garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener.


  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiency