Repair or replace any damaged siding to avoid water damages
|2.1||Siding, Flashing & Trim||X||X|
|2.3||Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps||X||X|
|2.4||Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls||X|
|2.5||Walkways, Patios & Driveways||X|
4.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. wall coverings, flashing, and trim. 2. exterior doors. 3. attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. 4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. 5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building. 6. adjacent and entryway walkways, patios, and driveways. B. describe wall coverings. 4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories. B. fences, boundary walls, and similar structures. C. geological and soil conditions. D. recreational facilities. E. outbuildings other than garages and carports. F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks. G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.
Repair or replace any damaged siding to avoid water damages
Rot in decking, replace all damaged materials, may be more out of view.
Trees observed overhanging the roof. This can cause damage to the roof and prevent proper drainage. Recommend a qualified tree service trim to allow for proper drainage.
|3.2||Roof Drainage Systems||X|
|3.4||Skylights, Chimneys & Roof Penetrations||X||X|
Flues are not inspected, this goes beyond the scope of a home inspection. Have a chimney company evaluate flues, some may need liners.
5.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. roofing materials. 2. roof drainage systems. 3. flashing. 4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. B. describe: 1. roofing materials. 2. methods used to inspect the roofing. 5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. antennas. B. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. C. other installed accessories.
No evidence of damage or deterioration, continue to monitor, repair/replace as needed. NOTE: No roof is immune to leakage. We do not determine how many layers are present, it is not advisable to have more than one.
Keep gutters clean to allow proper water flow to downspouts.
Replace any loose mortar. Replace/reset any loose/damaged bricks.
Have a mason correct chimney crown to avoid water damage to chimney
|4.4||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X|
|4.5||Countertops & Cabinets||X|
Obstructions, may conceal defects; issues may exist unknown to the inspector.
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: A. walls, ceilings, and floors. B. steps, stairways, and railings. C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. D. a representative number of doors and windows. E. garage vehicle doors and garage vehicle door operators. F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments. B. floor coverings. C. window treatments. D. coatings on and the hermetic seals between panes of window glass. E. central vacuum systems. F. recreational facilities. G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or confirm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
Stains on the walls visible at the time of the inspection appeared to be the result of moisture. The source of moisture may have been corrected. Recommend further examination by a qualified contractor to provide confirmation.
Bathroom countertop was missing sufficient caulk/sealant at the wall. This can lead to water damage. Recommend adding sealant at sides and corners where counters touch walls.
Some windows were difficult to open.
Safety cables needed in garage door springs to avoid damage/injury when they break.
Dryer vent should be metal, not plastic; correct for safety.
If washer and dryer are to remain, confirm operability with owners.
11.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas. 3. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and similar exhaust systems. 4. clothes dryer exhaust systems. B. describe: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces. 11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.
Insulation depth was inadequate. Recommend a qualified attic insulation contractor install additional insulation.
We highly recommend having an energy audit done, these programs are free and pay for the majority of the cost to upgrade insulation and ventilation. For more information contact, Mass Save or CET.
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or con rm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
|7.1||Service Entrance Conductors||X|
|7.2||Service and Grounding Equipment, Main Overcurrent Device, Main and Distribution Panels||X|
|7.3||Branch Circuit Conductors, Overcurrent Devices and Compatibility of Their Amperage & Voltage||X|
|7.4||Connected Devices and Fixtures||X|
|7.5||Polarity and Grounding of Receptacles||X||X|
|7.6||GFCI & AFCI||X||X|
|7.8||Carbon Monoxide Detectors||X|
Not all wires visible in all areas, deficiencies my exist in areas out view, crawl spaces, behind wall or ceiling coverings.
Smoke alarms/Carbon monoxide detectors not evaluated. In MA it is the responsibility of the seller to have fire department inspect devices for proper function and location.
Smoke alarms/Carbon monoxide detectors not evaluated. In MA it is the responsibility of the seller to have fire department inspect devices for proper function and location
7.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. service drop. 2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. 3. service equipment and main disconnects. 4. service grounding. 5. interior components of service panels and subpanels. 6. conductors. 7. overcurrent protection devices. 8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. 9. ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters. B. describe: 1. amperage rating of the service. 2. location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels. 3. presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 4. the predominant branch circuit wiring method. 7.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. remote control devices. 2. or test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, security systems, and other signaling and warning devices. 3. low voltage wiring systems and components. 4. ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system. 5. solar, geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy systems. B. measure amperage, voltage, and impedance. C. determine the age and type of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Replace any two prong receptacles with properly grounded three prong receptacles
No GFCI protection present in all locations. Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing ground fault receptacles in all locations.
Here is a link to read about how GFCI receptacles keep you safe.
GFCI protected receptacle needed outside.
|8.3||Vents, Flues & Chimneys||X|
AFUE (Annual fuel utilization efficiency) is a metric used to measure furnace efficiency in converting fuel to energy. A higher AFUE rating means greater energy efficiency. 90% or higher meets the Department of Energy's Energy Star program standard.
8.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. installed heating equipment. 2. vent systems, uses, and chimneys. 3. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. heating systems. 8.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. heat exchangers. 3. humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 4. electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. 5. heating systems using ground-source, water-source, solar, and renewable energy technologies. 6. heat-recovery and similar whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. B. determine: 1. heat supply adequacy and distribution balance. 2. the adequacy of combustion air components.
Service Heating system per manufacturer specifications.
Corrosion noted at tankless water heater connection, have systems serviced and evaluated further, repair as needed
Secure loose electric baseboard heaters to wall better
Electric baseboard become very hot. Keep personal items and finishings well away
|9.1||Fixtures / Faucets||X|
|9.2||Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||X||X|
|9.4||Vents, Flues, & Chimneys||X|
|9.5||Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors||X|
|9.6||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X|
Chimney flues not evaluated, this goes beyond the scope of a home inspection, have flues evaluated by a reputable chimney company, may need lining or other repair.
We do not inspect or determine capacity of any sump pumps or ejector pumps.
6.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets. 2. interior drain, waste, and vent systems including fixtures. 3. water heating equipment and hot water supply systems. 4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys. 5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. 6. sewage ejectors, sump pumps, and related piping. B. describe: 1. interior water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials. 2. water heating equipment including energy source(s). 3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves. 6.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. clothes washing machine connections. 2. interiors of vent systems, flues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 3. wells, well pumps, and water storage related equipment. 4. water conditioning systems. 5. solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy water heating systems. 6. manual and automatic re-extinguishing and sprinkler systems and landscape irrigation systems. 7. septic and other sewage disposal systems. B. determine: 1. whether water supply and sewage disposal are public or private. 2. water quality. 3. the adequacy of combustion air components. C. measure water supply low and pressure, and well water quantity. D. fill shower pans and fixtures to test for leaks.
Poor/slow drainage was observed at time of inspection. Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and repair.
Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency. Recommend a qualified plumber service and flush.
9.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. central and permanently installed cooling equipment. 2. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. cooling systems. 9.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. B. determine cooling supply adequacy and distribution balance. C. inspect cooling units that are not permanently installed or that are installed in windows. D. inspect cooling systems using ground source, water source, solar, and renewable energy technologies.
Service air conditioning system to manufacturer’s specifications. Check/change air filters often.
|11.1||Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts||X|
|11.3||Chimney & Vent Systems||X|
Flues not evaluated this goes beyond the scope of a home inspection. Have chimney swept and evaluated before use.
Chimney flue not evaluated, it is beyond the scope of a home inspection; have a chimney company evaluate, flue may need liner.
12.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. fuel-burning replaces, stoves, and replace inserts. 2. fuel-burning accessories installed in fireplaces. 3. chimneys and vent systems. B. describe systems and components listed in 12.1.A.1 and .2. 12.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. fire screens and doors. 3. seals and gaskets. 4. automatic fuel feed devices. 5. mantles and replace surrounds. 6. combustion air components and to determine their adequacy. 7. heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted). 8. fuel-burning replaces and appliances located outside the inspected structures. B. determine draft characteristics. C. move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents.
|12.1||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X|
|12.5||Roof Structure & Attic||X|
Home inspectors are not allowed to move items, more than typical stored items may conceal defects, issues may exist unknown to inspector.
Foundation/substructure, i.e. joists,beams, columns, not visible or partially not visible due to fixed wall/ceiling covers.
Basement is partially finished, areas of foundation not visible.
3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS 3.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect structural components including the foundation and framing. B. describe: 1. the methods used to inspect under floor crawlspaces and attics. 2. the foundation. 3. the floor structure. 4. the wall structure. 5. the ceiling structure. 6. the roof structure. 3.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. provide engineering or architectural services or analysis. B. offer an opinion about the adequacy of structural systems and components. C. enter under floor crawlspace areas that have less than 24 inches of vertical clearance between components and the ground or that have an access opening smaller than 16 inches by 24 inches. D. traverse attic load-bearing components that are concealed by insulation or by other materials.