A home inspection is a non invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of the property, designed to identify areas of concern within specific systems or components defined by the InterNACHI Standards of Practice, that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector at the exact date and time of inspection. 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. The inspection report documents a representative number of the issues. For example, if the report has multiple photos of cracks on the exterior stucco finish, there could be more cracks that are not photo documented.
California has seasonable rains which occur at the end and the beginning of each calendar year. Occasionally, the rainfall is exceptionally high. This is called an El Nino year. In recent years Southern California has been going through a drought. During drought periods many conditions visible following rains do not appear. The duty of a home inspector is to disclose visible conditions. If a condition is not visible it cannot be reported.
Read the Standards of Practice set forth by the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors for an insight into the scope of the inspection.
Excluded Items- Cable tv systems, generator systems, solar systems, sprinkler systems, water filtration systems, water softeners systems, water wells systems, septic systems, fire suppression systems and laundry appliances are not tested or inspected as part of a standard home inspection. Some of these systems require a specialist to perform the inspection on the specific system. Defects commented on these items are noted as a courtesy to the clients.
The inspection represents the condition of the visually inspected areas of the property on the date of the inspection. Component conditions may change between the date of the inspection and the title transfer date. A thorough walk-through prior to title transfer helps protect against unexpected surprises, and is recommended. Attached to the report is a walk threw check list to help you with this process.
A Thermal Imaging camera may be used as a means of evaluating certain suspect issues or systems. Any anomalies found are always verified by other means such as a moisture meter. Moisture must be present for infrared thermography to locate its existence. During dry times a leak may still be present but undetectable if materials have no moisture present. Thermal Imaging is not X-ray vision, cannot see through walls and cannot detect mold.
Notice to Third Parties: This report is the exclusive property of Citrus Home Inspection and the Client(s) listed above and is not transferable to any third parties or subsequent buyers. Our Inspection and this report have been performed with a written contract agreement that limits its scope and usefulness. Unauthorized recipients are therefore advised not to rely upon this report, but rather to retain the services of an appropriately qualified property inspector of their choice to provide them with their own inspection and report.
For the purpose of this report, all directional references (left, right, rear, front) are based on when facing the front of the structure as depicted in the cover image above.
Comment Key / Definitions
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any findings / comments that are listed under "Maintenance Item, Recomendations & Safety Hazard" by the inspector, suggests a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified person. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
Inspected (IN) = The item, component or system was visually inspected and if no other comments were made, then it appeared to be functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.
Not Inspected (NI) = The item, component or system was not inspected and no representations made of whether or not it was functioning as intended and will state a reason for not inspecting.
Not Present (NP) = The item, component or system is not in this home or building.
Recommendations (R) = The item, component or system was inspected and a concern, observation and/or deficiency was found and falls under one of the categories below.
Note = The item or discovery indicated is considered cosmetic, nuisance or is "For Your Information". The items, although should be repaired, are not considered to be in need of immediate repair. Any items or recommendations in this category should not be considered as an enforceable repair or responsibility of the sellers, but designed only to provide you with specific information about the property.
Maintenance Item = The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of maintenance service; and could result in decrease efficiency, an adverse condition at some point in the future. Items falling into this category can frequently be addressed by a handyman / DIY.
Recommendation = The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of minor, moderate repair, service; is showing signs of wear or deterioration that could result in an adverse condition at some point in the future; or considerations 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 handyman / DIY or a qualified contractor.
Safety / Major = The item, component or system poses a safety concern to occupants in or around the home. Some listed concerns will be considered acceptable for the time period of construction but pose a current risk.
The item, component or system is Not functioning as intended, or needs further evaluation by a specialized qualified licensed contractor or can cause damage to the structure. Items, components or units that can be repaired to satisfactory condition may not need replacement.