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1234 Main St.
Bloomington, IL 61704
11/14/2019 9:00AM

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1 - Inspection Details

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Rafael Obediente, IL License # 450.012186, NACHI19042225

Property Type
Single Family
Style
Ranch
Approximate Age
15 years old
Age Based On
Internet Search
Bedrooms/Bath
4/3
Door Faces
West
Occupancy
Occupied, Furnished
Weather Conditions
Sunny, Recent Rain
Temperature (approximate)
80 Fahrenheit (F)
Soil Condition
Damp
Utilities On During Inspection
Electric Service, Gas Service, Water Service
In Attendance
Client
Client Signature
Inspection Details
Inspector Signature
Inspection Details
Homeownership: What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

Now that you've had your inspection, you may still have some questions about the property and the items revealed in your report. Please reach out at any time, and we will be happy to help. 

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, 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. 

And remember that home ownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call on us to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in good condition for years to come.

If you would like to be added to InterNachi's homeowner newsletter via e-mail, please let your inspector know. 

Homeownership: Yearly Home Maintenance Inspection Recommendation

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. 

Every house should be inspected every year as part of a homeowner's routine home maintenance plan. Catch problems before they become major defects and enjoy your home for years to come.

$10,000 Honor Guarantee: Details

InterNACHI is so certain of the integrity of our members that we back them up with our $10,000 Honor Guarantee. 

InterNACHI will pay up to $10,000 USD for the cost of replacement of personal property lost during an inspection and stolen by an InterNACHI-certified member who was convicted of or pleaded guilty to any criminal charge resulting from the member's taking of the client's personal property.  

For details, please visit www.nachi.org/honor

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

2 - Exterior

IN NI NP O
2.1 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X
2.2 Walkways & Driveways X X
2.3 Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim X X
2.4 Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps X X
2.5 Porches, Patios, Decks & Balconies X
2.6 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X X
2.7 GFCIs & Electrical X
2.8 Exterior Doors and Windows X
2.9 Exhaust Hoods X
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Site Grading
Sloped Away From Structure
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Vegetation
Generally Maintained
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Retaining Walls
No retaining walls
Walkways & Driveways: Driveway/Walkway Material(s)
West
Concrete
Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Exterior Trim Material
Vinyl
Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Siding Style
Brick
Porches, Patios, Decks & Balconies: Appurtenance
Deck
Porches, Patios, Decks & Balconies: Material
Composite
Exterior Doors and Windows: Windows Inspected

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

Exterior Doors and Windows: Exterior Doors Inspected

I inspected the exterior doors.

Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps: Steps/Stoops Material
Pavers
Exhaust Hoods: Laundry Exhaust to Exterior
East
Exhaust Hoods: Exhaust to exterior
Bathroom
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. 

Exterior Was Inspected

I inspected the exterior of the house by walking around the property a few times.

Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: 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.

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.

Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Inspected the Wall Covering, Flashing & Trim

I inspected the walls covering, flashing & trim according to the standards of practice. 

Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim: Wall-Covering Material
Brick

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

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

Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps: Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairsways & 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: 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.

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.

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.

Exterior Doors and Windows: Exterior Entry Doors
Glass, Wood
Exterior Doors and Windows: Exterior Windows (Trim)
Vinyl
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.

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.

Exterior Doors and 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.

Exhaust Hoods: Unidentified Hoods

I observed some exterior exhaust hoods, but I was unable to identify them as to what their purpose was.

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.

IV. The inspector is not required to: 

1. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting

2. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing. 

3. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions. 

4. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. 

5. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks. 

6. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures. 

7. inspect for safety-type glass. H. inspect underground utilities. 

8. inspect underground items. J. inspect wells or springs.

9. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems.

10. inspect swimming pools or spas.

11. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools.

12. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems. 

13. inspect drainfields or dry wells. 

14. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
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Comment
2.2.1 - Walkways & Driveways

Driveway Cracking - Minor

Minor cosmetic cracks observed, which may indicate movement in the soil. Recommend monitor and/or have concrete contractor patch/seal.

Credit
Comment
2.2.2 - Walkways & Driveways

Walkway Cracking - Minor

Minor cosmetic cracks observed. Recommend monitor and/or patch/seal.
Credit
Comment
2.3.1 - Wall-Covering, Flashing & Trim

Cracking - Minor

Brick mortar showed cracking in one or more places. This is a result of temperature changes and typical for homes with brick. Recommend repointing and monitoring.

Credit
Comment
2.4.1 - Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps

Caulking at stairs is deteriorating.

Caulking at entry stairs is deteriorating. Recommend re-caulk and monitor. 

Wrench DIY
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Comment
2.4.2 - Stairs, Steps, Stoops, Stairways & Ramps

Missing screw at stairs

Missing screws at back entry stairs. Recommend screwing board back in.

Wrench DIY
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Comment
2.6.1 - Eaves, Soffits & Fascia

Wasps Nest

Wasp nests were visible under the soffits. Recommend a qualified exterminator evaluate and remove.

3 - Roof

IN NI NP O
3.1 Roof Covering X X
3.2 Flashings X
3.3 Skylights & Roof Penetrations X
3.4 Gutters & Downspouts X
Roof Covering: Roof Design
Gable
Flashings: Material
Aluminum
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: Inspection Method
Binoculars, Ground, Ladder

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.  

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.

Flashings: 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.

Flashings: 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.

Skylights & Roof Penetrations: Homeowner's Responsibility (Vent Pipes)

Monitor the flashing around the plumbing vent pipes and flue gas 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.

Skylights & Roof Penetrations: 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.  

I looked at flue gas vent pipes that pass through the roof covering. 

All gas-fired appliances must be connected to venting systems. There should be watertight metal flashing installed around the flue gas vent pipes.  The vent pipes should extend far enough above the roof surface.  

Gutters & Downspouts: Homeowner's Responsibility

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.

Gutters & Downspouts: Gutters Were Inspected

I inspected the gutters.  I wasn't able to inspect every inch of every gutter.  But I attempted to check the overall general condition of the gutters during the inspection and look for indications of major defects.  

Monitoring the gutters during a heavy rain (without lightening) is recommended.  In general, the gutters should catch rain water and direct the water towards downspouts that discharge the water away from the house foundation. 

Gutters & Downspouts: Gutter Material
Aluminum
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.

Flashings: 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.  

Skylights & Roof Penetrations: Unable to Reach All the Vent 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.

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
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
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Comment
3.1.1 - Roof Covering

Discoloration

Roof shingles were discolored, which can be caused by moisture, rust or soot. Recommend a qualified roofing contractor evaluate and remedy with a roof cleaning or repair. 

Here is a helpful article on common roof stains. 

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Comment
3.1.2 - Roof Covering

Missing Roof-Covering Material
South Roof Covering

I observed missing roof-covering material.  Prone to leaking.  Correction and further evaluation by a roofing professional is recommended.

Roof Roofing Professional

4 - Chimney, Fireplace, or Stove

IN NI NP O
4.1 Fireplace X X
Fireplace: Type of Fireplace
Factory-Built
Fireplace: Lintel

I observed the lintel above the fireplace opening.

Type
Gas
Fireplace: Fireplace and Stack Inspection Limitations

Not everything of the fireplace and chimney stack system and components are inspected because they are not part of the Home Inspection Standards of Practice. I inspected only what I am required to inspect and only what was visible during the home inspection. I recommend hiring a certified chimney sweep to inspect, sweep, and further evaluate the interior of the fireplace system immediately and every year as part of a homeowner's routine maintenance plan.

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
  2. lintels above the fireplace openings;
  3. damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
  4. cleanout doors and frames.


II. The inspector shall describe:

  1. the type of fireplace.


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

  1. evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
  2. manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
  3. the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
  4. the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
  5. cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
Credit
Comment
4.1.1 - Fireplace

Hearth Insufficient Length

Fireplace hearth should extend a minimum of 20 inches from the front and 12 inches to both sides of fireplace. Potential fire hazard. Recommend a qualified fireplace contractor evaluate and remedy.

5 - Garage

IN NI NP O
5.1 Garage Floor X
5.2 Garage Vehicle Door/Door Opener X X
5.3 Electric in Garage X X
5.4 Ceiling, Walls & Firewalls in Garage X X
5.5 Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home) X X
Garage Size
2 Car
Garage Floor: Garage Floor Inspected

I inspected the floor of the garage.

Garage Vehicle Door/Door Opener: Type of Door Operation
Automatic
Electric in Garage: Inspected Receptacles in Garage

I inspected a representative number of receptacles in garage. 

Garage Type
Attached
Garage Vehicle Door/Door Opener: Material
Insulated
Garage Vehicle Door/Door Opener: Opener Safety Feature (Non-Contact) Was Inspected

I observed the auto-reverse feature during a non-contact test. 

Standing inside the garage but safely away from the path of the door, I used the remote control or wall button to close the door. As the door was closing, I waved an object in the path of the photoelectric eye beam. The door should automatically reverse.

Garage Vehicle Door/Door Opener: Opener Safety Feature (Force Sensitive) Was Inspected

I observed the auto-reverse feature during a non-contact test. 

Standing inside the garage but safely away from the path of the door, I used the remote control or wall button to close the door. As the door was closing, I put an object in the path of the door. The door should automatically reverse.

Ceiling, Walls & Firewalls in Garage: Garage Ceiling & Walls Were Inspected

I inspected the ceiling and walls of the garage according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home): Occupant Door Was Inspected

I inspected the door between the attached garage and the house. 

The door should be a solid wood door at least 1-3/8 inches thick, a solid or honeycomb-core steel door at least 1-3/8 inches thick, or a 20-minute fire-rated door. 

The door should be equipped with a self-closing or an automatic-closing device. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
Credit
Comment
5.3.1 - Electric in Garage

Open receptacle

Open receptacle above garage opener. Recommend installing cover plate.

Wrench DIY
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Comment
5.5.1 - Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home)

Not Self-closing

Door from garage to home should have self-closing hinges to help prevent spread of a fire and gases to living space. Recommend a qualified contractor install self-closing hinges. 

DIY Resource Link.

6 - Kitchen

IN NI NP O
6.1 Kitchen Sink X
6.2 GFCI/AFCI X
6.3 Countertops & Cabinets X
6.4 Dishwasher X
6.5 Garbage Disposal X
6.6 Refrigerator X
6.7 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
6.8 Built-in Microwave X
Kitchen Sink: Ran Water at Kitchen Sink

I ran water at the kitchen sink.

Countertops & Cabinets: Inspected Cabinets & Countertops

I inspected a representative number of cabinets and countertop surfaces.

Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Wood
Dishwasher: Brand
Bosch
Refrigerator: Brand
Samsung
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
Vented
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source
Gas
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Turned On Stove & Oven

I turned on the kitchen's stove and oven.

Built-in Microwave: Microwave Brand
Kenmore
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Granite
Garbage Disposal: Turned On Garbage Disposal

I turned on the garbage disposal.

Refrigerator: Refrigerator Temperature
37 F
Refrigerator: Freezer Temperature
-2 F
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
Kitchenaid
GFCI/AFCI: GFCI Tested

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

Dishwasher: Inspected Dishwasher

I inspected the dishwasher by turning it on and letting it run a short cycle.

Refrigerator: Refrigerator Was On

I checked to see if the refrigerator was on. Refrigerators are beyond the scope of a home inspection.

Range/Oven/Cooktop: Inspected Exhaust Fan

I inspected the exhaust fan in the kitchen. All mechanical exhaust fans should terminate outside. Confirming that the fan exhausts outside is beyond the scope of a home inspection.

Built-in Microwave: Microwave Turned On

I observed that the microwave turned on. Microwaves are beyond the scope of a home inspection.

Dishwasher: Obstructed
This area was obstructed and inaccessible. If you are interested in having this area inspected, please contact me about a follow-up inspection.

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

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

7 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

IN NI NP O
7.1 Attic Observations X
7.2 Attic Insulation X
7.3 Attic Ventilation X
7.4 Exhaust Systems X
Attic Entry
Garage
Attic Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents
Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
None
Structural Components Were Inspected

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

Attic Observations: Roof Framing Type
Wood Trusses
Attic Observations: Flooring Insulation
Loose Fill
Attic Insulation: 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.

Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Cellulose, Loose-fill
Attic Insulation: Approximate Average Depth of Insulation
3-6 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.  

Attic Ventilation: 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.

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.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; B. ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and C. mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of insulation observed; and B. the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter the attic or any unfinished spaces that are not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or, in the inspector's opinion, pose a safety hazard. B. move, touch or disturb insulation. C. move, touch or disturb vapor retarders. D. break or otherwise damage the surface finish or weather seal on or around access panels or covers. E. identify the composition or R-value of insulation material. F. activate thermostatically operated fans. G. determine the types of materials used in insulation or wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets, boilers or wiring. H. determine the adequacy of ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

8 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

IN NI NP O
8.1 Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace X
8.2 Floor Structure X
8.3 Insulation/Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Foundation Type
Partially Finished Basement
Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Material
Concrete
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Concrete, Dirt
Floor Structure: Material Floor System
Wood I-Joists
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Plywood
Insulation/Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement): Type of Insulation/Vapor Retarder
Extruded Polystyryne
Homeowner's Responsibility

One of the most common problems in a house is a wet basement or foundation. You should monitor the walls and floors for signs of water penetration, such as dampness, water stains, peeling paint, efflorescence, and rust on exposed metal parts. In a finished basement, look for rotted or warped wood paneling and doors, loose floor tiles, and mildew stains. It may come through the walls or cracks in the floor, or from backed-up floor drains, leaky plumbing lines, or a clogged air-conditioner condensate line.

Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Basement Was Inspected

The basement was inspected according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice

The basement can be a revealing area in the house and often provides a general picture of how the entire structure works. In most basements, the structure is exposed overhead, as are the HVAC distribution system, plumbing supply and DWV lines, and the electrical branch-circuit wiring. I inspected those systems and components. If the basement is finished, this is an inspection restriction.

Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Foundation Was Inspected

The foundation was inspected according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Structural Components Were Inspected

Structural components were inspected according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice, including readily observed floor joists.

Foundation - Basement/Crawlspace: Radon Mitigation System Installed
Yes - Radon Mitigation system installed but recommend further testing

It is recommended that a radon measurement is taken every two years in homes in the Midwest area of the country.

Insulation/Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement): Approximate Average Depth of Insulation
1-3 inches

Determining how much insulation should be installed in a house depends upon where a home is located.   proper amount of insulation should be installed at a particular area of a house is dependent upon which climate zone the house is located.

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
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

9 - Heating

IN NI NP O
9.1 Heating System Information X
9.2 Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls X
9.3 Distribution Systems X
9.4 Gas Meter X
9.5 Humidifier X
Heating System Information: HVAC System Type
Central Split System
Heating System Information: Location
Basement
Heating System Information: Heating Method
Forced Air
Heating System Information: Energy Source
Gas
Heating System Information: Input BTUs

100,000max 68,000 min

Heating System Information: Approximate Age
15 years
Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat Location
Hallway
Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat
Digital
Heating System Information: Filter Type
Disposable
Humidifier: Manufacturer
HVAC Solutions
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. If your system has an air filter, be sure to keep that filter cleaned. 

Heating System Information: Manufacturer
Lennox
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Metal Ducting

I observed ductwork in the house.  Warm-air heating systems, including heat pump systems, use ductwork to distribute the warm air throughout the house. I will attempt to determine if the each room has a heat source, but I may not be able to find every duct register.  

Gas Meter: Location
Exterior

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the heating system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the heating system; B. the energy source; and C. the heating method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any heating system that did not operate; and B. if the heating system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers, combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems. B. inspect fuel tanks or underground or concealed fuel supply systems. C. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the heating system. D. light or ignite pilot flames. E. activate heating, heat pump systems, or other heating systems when ambient temperatures or other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. F. override electronic thermostats. G. evaluate fuel quality. H. verify thermostat calibration, heat anticipation, or automatic setbacks, timers, programs or clocks.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

10 - Cooling

IN NI NP O
10.1 Cooling Equipment X X
10.2 Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls X
10.3 Condensate X
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Electric
Cooling Equipment: Type of Equipment
Split System
Cooling Equipment: Location
Exterior South
Cooling Equipment: Compressor Appoximate Age
15 years
Thermostat and Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat Location
Hallway
Condensate: Condesate Drainage
To Floor Drain
Cooling Equipment: Compressor Manufacturer
Lennox
Condensate: Condensate Discharge Confirmed

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

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the cooling system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the cooling system; and B. the cooling method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any cooling system that did not operate; and B. if the cooling system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the cooling system. B. inspect portable window units, through-wall units, or electronic air filters. C. operate equipment or systems if the exterior temperature is below 65 Fahrenheit, or when other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. D. inspect or determine thermostat calibration, cooling anticipation, or automatic setbacks or clocks. E. examine electrical current, coolant fluids or gases, or coolant leakage.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
Credit
Comment
10.1.1 - Cooling Equipment

Age of Unit
South Exterior

Unit is at its estimated end of useful life. Recommend monitoring and expect replacement in near future.

Mag glass Monitor

11 - Electrical

IN NI NP O
11.1 Electric Meter & Base X
11.2 Service Entrance Conductors X
11.3 Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X
11.4 Service Grounding & Bonding X
11.5 AFCI and GFCI X
Electric Meter & Base: Location of Electric Meter
Exterior
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Entrance
Lateral
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Panel Location
Basement
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Wiring Method
NM
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Panel Manufacturer
Unknown
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Panel Capacity/Overcurrent Protection
200 AMP
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Line Material
Aluminum
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Service Voltage
240 Volts
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: GFCI/AFCI Breakers
Present
Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Service Grounding & Bonding: Service Panel Ground
Unknown - Not Visable
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 Disconnect Location
Service Panel
Electric Meter & Base: Inspected the Electric Meter & Base

I inspected the electrical electric meter and base.

AFCI and GFCI : Inspected AFCIs

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

AFCI and GFCI : Inspected GFCIs

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

Main, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: 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.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the service drop; B. the overhead service conductors and attachment point; C. the service head, gooseneck and drip loops; D. the service mast, service conduit and raceway; E. the electric meter and base; F. service-entrance conductors; G. the main service disconnect; H. panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses); I. service grounding and bonding; J. 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; K. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and L. smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and B. the type of wiring observed. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the integrity of the serviceentrance conductors insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs; B. any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled; C. the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible; D. 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 E. the absence of smoke detectors. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. insert any tool, probe or device into the main panelboard, sub-panels, distribution panelboards, or electrical fixtures. B. operate electrical systems that are shut down. C. remove panelboard cabinet covers or dead fronts. D. operate or re-set over-current protection devices or overload devices. E. operate or test smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors or alarms F. inspect, operate or test any security, fire or alarms systems or components, or other warning or signaling systems. G. measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment, if not visibly labeled. H. inspect ancillary wiring or remote-control devices. I. activate any electrical systems or branch circuits that are not energized. J. inspect low-voltage systems, electrical de-icing tapes, swimming pool wiring, or any timecontrolled devices. K. verify the service ground. L. inspect private or emergency electrical supply sources, including, but not limited to: generators, windmills, photovoltaic solar collectors, or battery or electrical storage facility. M. inspect spark or lightning arrestors. N. inspect or test de-icing equipment. O. conduct voltage-drop calculations. P. determine the accuracy of labeling. Q. inspect exterior lighting.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

12 - Plumbing

IN NI NP O
12.1 Main Water Shut-off Device X
12.2 Water Supply & Distribution Systems X
12.3 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
12.4 Hot Water System X X
12.5 Main Fuel Supply Shut-Off Valve X
12.6 Sump Pump X
Water Source
Public
Filters
Unknown
Water Supply & Distribution Systems : Water Supply Material
Copper
Water Supply & Distribution Systems : Distribution Material
Copper
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Sewer System
Public
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Drain Size
4’
Hot Water System: Location
Basement
Hot Water System: Type of Hot Water Source
Gas
Hot Water System: Capacity
50 gallons
Hot Water System: Approximate Age
8 years old
Hot Water System: Overflow Pan
Not Present
Hot Water System: Seismic Straps
Not Installed
Main Fuel Supply Shut-Off Valve: Main Fuel Shut-off Valve Location
Gas Meter
Sump Pump: Location
Basement
Sump Pump: Sump Pump Crock
Sealed Crock
Main Water Shut-off Device: Location of Main Water Shut-Off Valve
Basement
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Waste Pipe Material
PVC
Hot Water System: Temp & Pressure Relief Valve
Present With Blow Off Leg
Hot Water System: Fuel Disconnect
Within Sight of Equipment
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 & 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: Inspected Drain, Waste and Vent Pipes

I attempted to inspect the drain, waste, and vent pipes.  Not all of the pipes and components were accessible and observed.  Inspection restriction.  Ask the homeowner about water and sewer leaks or blockages in the past.  

Hot Water System: Manufacturer
Bradford & White

I recommend flushing & servicing your water heater tank annually for optimal performance. Water temperature should be set to at least 120 degrees F to kill microbes and no higher than 130 degrees F to prevent scalding. 

Here is a nice maintenance guide from Lowe's to help. 

Sump Pump: Sump Pump Installed

I observed a sump pump was installed in the house. 

Neglecting to test a sump pump routinely, especially if it is rarely used, can lead to severe water damage when a heavy storm, snow melt, or flooding sends water against the home. 

Overload of the sump pump due to poor drainage elsewhere on the property can lead to pump failure. Frequent sump operation can be a sign of excessive water buildup under the basement floor due to poorly sloped landscaping, poor rain runoff, gutter back-flows, and other problems. 

Lack of a back-up sump pump, which can be quickly installed in the event the first pump fails, can lead to serious water damage and property loss. This is especially important if the sump pump is relied upon to maintain a dry basement, or if the house is located in an area of seasonally high groundwater. Sump failure can cause extensive water damage and the loss of valuable personal belongings. 

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.

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.  

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the main water supply shut-off valve; B. the main fuel supply shut-off valve; C. the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; D. interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; E. all toilets for proper operation by flushing; F. all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; G. the drain, waste and vent system; and H. drainage sump pumps with accessible floats. II. The inspector shall describe: A. whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence; B. the location of the main water supply shut-off valve; C. the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve; D. the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and E. the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously; B. deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets; C. mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and D. toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. light or ignite pilot flames. B. measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater. C. inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems. D. determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply. E. determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source. F. open sealed plumbing access panels. G. inspect clothes washing machines or their connections. H. operate any valve. I. test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage or functional overflow protection. J. evaluate the compliance with conservation, energy or building standards, or the proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping. K. determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, backflow prevention or drain-stop devices. L. determine whether there are sufficient cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains. M. evaluate fuel storage tanks or supply systems. N. inspect wastewater treatment systems. O. inspect water treatment systems or water filters. P. inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps, or bladder tanks. Q. evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements. R. evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air. S. test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure-relief valves, control valves, or check valves. T. examine ancillary or auxiliary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those related to solar water heating and hot water circulation. U. determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing. V. inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations

13 - Bathrooms

IN NI NP O
13.1 Bathroom Toilets X
13.2 Sinks, Tubs & Showers X
13.3 Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Window X X
13.4 GFCI & Electric in Bathroom X X
13.5 Heat Source in Bathroom X
13.6 Cabinetry, Ceiling, Walls & Floor X
13.7 Door X
Bathroom Toilets: Toilets Inspected
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

I flushed all of the toilets. 

Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Window: Ventilation Type
Bathroom 1
Ventilator
Heat Source in Bathroom: Heat Source in Bathroom Was Inspected
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

I inspected the heat source in the bathroom (register/baseboard).

Cabinetry, Ceiling, Walls & Floor: Inspected cabinets, walls and ceiling
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

I inspected the cabinets, walls and ceilings to the standards of practice

Sinks, Tubs & Showers: Ran Water at Sinks, Tubs & Showers
Bathroom 1, 2,3

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.

Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Window: Inspected Bath Exhaust Fans
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

I inspected the exhaust fans of the bathroom(s). All mechanical exhaust fans should terminate outside. Confirming that the fan exhausts outside is beyond the scope of a home inspection.

GFCI & Electric in Bathroom: GFCI-Protection Tested
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

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. 

Door: Inspected door
Bathroom 1, 2, 3

I inspected the door to the bathroom to open and close properly according to the standards of practice.

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
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
Credit
Comment
13.3.1 - Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Window

Fan Exhaust Excessive Noise/Rattling
Basement Bathroom

Fan exhaust made excessive noise. Recommended further evaluation and repair by a licensed handyman.

Tools Handyman/DIY
Credit
Comment
13.4.1 - GFCI & Electric in Bathroom

Open Neutral/ Not GFCI
Basement Bathroom

I observed an open neutral receptacle in the bathroom. Receptacle is not GFCI protected. Recommend further evaluation and repair by a licensed electrician. 

Electric Electrical Contractor

14 - Doors, Windows & Interior

IN NI NP O
14.1 Doors X
14.2 Windows X
14.3 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
14.4 Floors, Walls and Ceilings X
14.5 Steps, Stairways & Railings X
14.6 Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors X X
Windows: Window Material
Vinyl
Windows: Window Type
Casement
Floors, Walls and Ceilings: Floor Coverings
Hardwood
Floors, Walls and Ceilings: Wall Material
Drywall
Floors, Walls and Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Compressed Board
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Smoke Detectors
Bedroom 1, 2, 3, hallway, basement living room Basement
Present
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon Monoxide
1st Floor
Present
Doors: Doors Inspected
1st Floor

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

Windows: Windows Inspected
Bedroom 1,3, First Floor

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

Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Inspected Switches, Fixtures & Receptacles
Bedroom 1, 2, 3, office, hallway, first floor, laundry

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

Floors, Walls and Ceilings: Floors, Walls, Ceilings Inspected
Bedroom 1, 2

I inspected the readily visible surfaces of floors, walls and ceilings. I looked for material defects according to the Home Inspection Standards of Practice.

Steps, Stairways & Railings: 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. 

Steps, Stairways & Railings: Railing, Guards & Handrails Were Inspected

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

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide 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. 

Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Unable to Inspect Everything

I was unable to inspect every electrical component or proper installation of the system according to modern standard. 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: 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
  • O = Observations/Recommendations
Credit
Comment
14.6.1 - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Missing Smoke Detector
Basement Bedroom

I observed indications of a missing smoke detector. Hazard. Recommend installation. 

Contractor Qualified Professional

15 - Laundry

IN NI NP O
15.1 Laundry Room, Electric and Tub X
15.2 Clothes Washer X
15.3 Clothes Dryer X
Laundry Room, Electric and Tub: GFCI Protected
Unable to test
Clothes Washer: Washer Manufacturer
Whirlpool
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Manufacturer
Whirlpool
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Vent
Unknown
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Venting
To Exterior
Clothes Dryer: Dryer Power Source
120/208V
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.

The inspector shall inspect:

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

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • O = Observations/Recommendations