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1234 Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
07/20/2019 9:00AM

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Agency Name
11
Maintenance/monitor
23
Recommendation
4
Safety hazard

It is recommended that any noted deficiencies be evaluated and repaired by a certified contractor of trade.

This report is the exclusive property of this inspection company and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.

1 - Inspection Details

General: Present at Time of Inspection
Client
General: Property Occupancy
No
General: Ground Condition
Dry
General: Weather Condition
Overcast
General: Temperature
70-80℉
General: Rain in the Last Few Days
Yes
General: Inspection Fee
350
General: Additional Services
None
General: Payment Type
Check
Structure Details: Type of Structure
Single Family
Structure Details: Age of the Structure
16 Years
Structure Details: Structure Faces
East
Structure Details: Foundation Type
Basement
Structure Details: Utilities
All Utilities On
Information: Category description

Listed below is a description of the Categories used throughout the report to help understand the severity of an item.  Any items list in the below categories may be based on the inspectors opinion.  These categories are not designed to be considered as an enforceable repair or responsibility of the current homeowner, but designed to inform the current client of the current condition of the property and structure.  They may be used in negotiations between real estate professionals. 

Maintenance/Monitor =  The item, component, or system while perhaps is functioning as intended may be in need of minor repair, service, or maintenance; is showing wear or deterioration that could result in an adverse condition at some point in the future; or consideration should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency, and/or safety.  Items that fall into this category frequently be addressed by a homeowner or Licensed Handyman and are considered to be routine homeowner maintenance (DIY) or recommended upgrades.   


Deficiencies =  The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of moderate repair, service, is showing signs of wear or deterioration that could result is an adverse condition at some point in the future; consideration 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 licensed handyman or qualified contractor of trade and are not considered routine maintenance or DIY items.  


Safety & Immediate Attention =  The item, component, or system poses a safety concern to occupants in or around the home.  Some listed concerns may have been considered acceptable for the time of the structures construction, but pose a current risk.  

The item, component or system is not functioning as intended, or needs further inspection by a qualified license contractor of trade; possible damage to the structure, item, or component may occur. Repairs may be possible to satisfactory condition with out repair.  

General: Overview

A home inspection is not a pass or fail type of inspection. It is a visual only evaluation of the conditions of the systems and accessible components of the home 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. Conditions can and will change after the inspection over time. Future conditions or component failure can not be foreseen or reported on. Components that are not readily accessible can not be inspected. Issues that are considered as cosmetic are not addressed in this report. (Holes, stains, scratches, unevenness, missing trim, paint and finish flaws or odors). 


It is not the intent of this report to make the house new again. 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.

Structure Details: Change Locks

First-In Home Inspection recommends that ALL locks and Security codes be changed before moving into the house.

First-In Home Inspection is pleased to submit the enclosed report. This report is a professional opinion based on a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas and components of the building. This report is neither an engineering inspection nor an exhaustive technical evaluation. An engineering inspection or a technical evaluation of this nature would cost many times more and take days, if not weeks, to complete.


Please understand that there are limitations to this type of visual inspection. Many components of the property are not visual during the inspection and very little historical information (if any) is provided in advance of, or even during, the inspection. While we believe we can reduce your risk of purchasing a property, we can not eliminate it, nor can or do we assume it. Even the most comprehensive inspection cannot be expected to reveal every condition you may consider significant to ownership. In addition to those improvements recommended in our report, we recommended that you budget for unexpected repairs. 


The information provided in this report is solely for your use. First-In Home Inspection will not release a copy or this report, nor will we discuss its contents with any third party, without your consent.


We know you had many options in your choice of an inspection company. Thank you for selecting us. We appreciate the opportunity to be your choice in the building inspection industry. Should you have any questions about the general conditions of the house in the future, we would be happy to answer these. Our inspection fees are based on a single visit to the property. If additional visits are required for any reason, additional fees will be assessed. 

2 - Exterior

S IN R NI NP
2.1 Grading/Lot Drainage X X
2.2 Driveway X X
2.3 Sidewalk/Walkway X X
2.4 Exterior Stairs & Steps X X
2.5 Siding & Trim X X
2.6 Porches X X
2.7 Patios X X
2.8 Decks & Balconies X X
2.9 Exterior Doors X X
2.10 Doorbell X
2.11 Exterior Windows X X
2.12 Exterior Plumbing X X
2.13 Electrical X X
2.14 Vegetation X X
Driveway: Material
Concrete, Gravel/Dirt
Sidewalk/Walkway: Material
Concrete
Exterior Stairs & Steps: Material
Wood
Siding & Trim: Siding: Material
Vinyl
Siding & Trim: Trim: Material
Wood, Vinyl
Porches: Materials
Wood
Patios: Material
Concrete
Decks & Balconies: Guardrails/Handrails
Wood
Exterior Doors: Material
Metal
Doorbell: Not Present
Exterior Windows: Type
Vinyl
Exterior Plumbing: Condition
Present, Anti-siphon Present
Electrical: Main Electrical Service
Underground
Electrical: Exterior Electric
GFCI Protected Weather Cover Present, Exterior Outlets Present
Vegetation: Types
Bushes, Trees
Grading/Lot Drainage: Grading/Lot Drainage:
Positive (+)

Grading is inspected to determine that it allows rainwater to adequately drain away from the structure. The soil is recommended to slope away from the home, with a 6 inch drop in elevation, in the first 10 feet away from the structure (5% grade). Any flat or low areas around the home should be back-filled and sloped away from the foundation, to prevent potential moisture infiltration into areas below grade. No deficiencies were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Decks & Balconies: Structural Material
Wood

Balconies, decks, patios, porches and steps are inspected looking for water related damage, construction related deficiencies, and safety hazards. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Grading/Lot Drainage: Grading Limitations

The performance of lot drainage and the grading are limited to the conditions existing at the time of the inspection only. We cannot guarantee this performance as conditions constantly change. Heavy rain or other weather conditions may reveal issues that were not visible or foreseen at the time of inspection. Furthermore, items such as leakage in downspouts and gutter systems are impossible to detect during dry weather. The inspection of the grading and drainage performance in relation to moisture infiltration through foundation walls, therefore, is limited to the visible conditions at the time of inspection, and evidence of past problems. Recommend consulting with the sellers as to any previous moisture intrusion into the home, and / or ensuring that the Sellers disclosure has no mention of moisture infiltrating the structure.

Exterior Plumbing: Exterior Spigots

The spigots were inspected by operating them (if weather permits) looking for leaks, their attachment to the home, presence of anti-siphon, etc. No deficiencies were observed unless otherwise noted in this report.

3.2. Exterior


I. The inspector shall inspect:
A. the exterior wall-covering materials;
B. the eaves, soffits and fascia;
C. a representative number of windows;
D. all exterior doors;
E. flashing and trim;
F. adjacent walkways and driveways;
G. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
H. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
I. railings, guards and handrails; and
J. 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:


A. the type of exterior wall-covering materials.
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
A. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
A. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting.
B. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing.  
C. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical,  hydrological or soil conditions.

D. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. 

E. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks.  
F. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures.  
G. inspect for safety-type glass.  
H. inspect underground utilities.  
I. inspect underground items.  
J. inspect wells or springs.  
K. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems.  
L. inspect swimming pools or spas.  
M. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools.  
N. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems.  
O. inspect drainfields or dry wells.  
P. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
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Comment
2.5.1 - Siding & Trim

Warping/Buckling

Vinyl siding was warping or buckling in areas. This is often as a result of nailing siding boards to tight to the home, preventing expansion/contraction. Recommend a qualified siding contractor evaluate and repair.

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Comment
2.5.2 - Siding & Trim

Moss/Algae (Siding)

Moss/Algae present on exterior covering. Recommend removal to prevent premature wear. 

Wrench DIY
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Comment
2.5.3 - Siding & Trim

Weathered Wood Trim

Areas of wood trim had peeling paint or were weathered and in need of fresh paint. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
2.5.4 - Siding & Trim

Bee Nest

Recommend removal of bee nest. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
2.5.5 - Siding & Trim

Missing J-Channel at Exterior Siding

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
2.12.1 - Exterior Plumbing

Loose Hose Bib

The exterior faucet was loose and needs properly secured to prevent damage to the water lines. Recommend repair.  

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
2.14.1 - Vegetation

Vegetation (Contact w/ Exterior)

There was vegetation in contact with the exterior of the dwelling. Vegetation in contact with the exterior can cause premature deterioration of roof and siding, and make an easy entry point for pest. Recommend clearance of 12 inches of the vegetation from exterior walls.

Contractor Qualified Professional

3 - Roofing

S IN R NI NP
3.1 Shingles X X
3.2 Valley X X
3.3 Chimney X X
3.4 Eaves, Soffit and Fascia X
3.5 Flashings X
3.6 Roof Drainage Systems X X
3.7 Roof Penetrations/Ventilation X
3.8 Skylights X
Style
Gable
Shingles: Material
Dimensional Shingles
Shingles: Layers
1 Layer
Shingles: Estimated Age
10-15 Years
Valley: Type
Asphalt
Chimney: Material
Metal
Chimney: Chimney Crown
Sheet Metal
Chimney: Flue Material
Metal
Inspection Method
Roof

The roof inspection portion of the General Home Inspection will not be as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a qualified roofing contractor. Because of variations in installation requirements of the huge number of different roof-covering materials installed over the years, the General Home Inspection does not include confirmation of proper installation. Home Inspectors are trained to identify common deficiencies and to recognize conditions that require evaluation by a specialist. Inspection of the roof typically includes visual evaluation of the roof structure, roof-covering materials, flashing, and roof penetrations like chimneys, mounting hardware for roof-mounted equipment, attic ventilation devices, ducts for evaporative coolers, and combustion and plumbing vents. The roof inspection does not include leak-testing and will not certify or warranty the roof against future leakage. Other limitations may apply and will be included in the comments as necessary.

Pictures Of Roof
Eaves, Soffit and Fascia: Soffit/Fascia Information

The soffit and fascia was inspected at visible portions looking for any water damage or other significant defects. No reportable conditions were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Flashings: Material
Metal

Visible portions of the flashing's were inspected looking for installation related deficiencies or damage (drip edge, sidewall, head-wall, counter, etc - if applicable). Typically most areas of flashing's are not visible as they are covered by the roof covering material, and therefore functionality has to be determined by looking for moisture intrusion on the sheathing in the attic or ceilings where the flashing was presumed to be in place. No deficiencies were observed at visible portions, at the time of inspection, unless otherwise noted in this report.

Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter/Downspout Material
Aluminum

The gutters were inspected looking for proper securement, debris in the channel, standing water, damage, etc. Leaking gutters can not be diagnosed if an active rain was not occurring at the time of inspection. If leaks are noticed after taking ownership of the home, sealing may be needed at seams or end-caps. No deficiencies were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Roof Penetrations/Ventilation: Types
Ridge Vents, Power Vents, Plumbing Vent Pipe(s), Soffit Vents

The plumbing stack vents, their related rain boots, and other roof penetrations were inspected by looking at their clearance, the integrity of their boots, for proper installation, or any significant defects. No reportable conditions were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Disclaimer: Safety/Limited Inspection

The Inspector was unable to safely walk the roof due to its steep slope and inspected the roof-covering materials and components from a ladder and from the ground. Not all portions of the roof were visible. A full roof inspection will require special equipment, the use of which exceeds the scope of the General Home Inspection. If you wish to have a more detailed roof inspection, the Inspector recommends that before the expiration of your Inspection Objection deadline, you hire a qualified roofing contractor with the equipment required to safely access the entire roof.

Shingles: Roof Limitations

The inspection of the roof and it's covering material is limited to the conditions on the day of the inspection only. The roof covering material, visible portions of the roof structure (from within the attic), and interior ceilings are inspected looking for indications of current or past leaks, but future conditions and inclement weather may reveal leaks that were not present at the time of inspection. Any deficiencies noted in this report with the roof covering or indications of past or present leaks should be evaluated and repaired by licensed professionals.

This is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions: 

  •  Not the entire underside of the roof sheathing is inspected for evidence of leaks. 
  • Interior finishes may disguise evidence of prior leaks. 
  • Estimates of remaining roof life are approximations only and do not preclude the possibility of leakage. Leakage can develop at any time and may depend on rain intensity, wind direction, ice build up, and other factors. 
  • Antennae, chimney/flue interiors that are not readily accessible are not inspected and could require repair. 
  • Roof inspection may be limited by access, condition, weather, or other safety concerns.
Chimney: Disclaimer: Flue Inspection

Accurate inspection of the chimney flue lies beyond the scope of the General Home Inspection. Although the Inspector may make comments on the condition of the portion of the flue readily visible from the roof, a full, accurate evaluation of the flue condition would require the services of a specialist. Because the accumulation of flammable materials in the flue as a natural result of the wood-burning process is a potential fire hazard, the inspector recommends that before the expiration of your Inspection Objection Deadline you have the flue inspected by a specialist.

Flashings: Disclaimer: Cannot Inspect Flashing

Due to the way the siding was installed inspector cannot visually identify flashing installed underneath.

3.1. Roof

I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves:
A. the roof-covering materials;
B. the gutters;
C. the downspouts;
D. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and  
E. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.
II. The inspector shall describe:
A. the type of roof-covering materials.
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
A. observed indications of active roof leaks.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
A. walk on any roof surface.
B. predict the service life expectancy.  
C. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes.  
D. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces.
E. move insulation.  
F. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments.
G. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the inspectors opinion, to be unsafe.
H. walk on any roof areas if doing so might, in the inspectors opinion, cause damage.

I. perform a water test.
J. warrant or certify the roof.
K. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
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Comment
3.1.1 - Shingles

Damage (Wind)

Creased or torn tabs

The roof had areas of wind damage such as broken adhesive strips and creased or torn shingle tabs. The Inspector recommends replacement of the damaged shingles by a qualified roofing contractor to avoid damage from moisture intrusion.

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Comment
3.1.2 - Shingles

Loose or Missing Shingles (Wind)

The roof had loose or missing shingles.

The Inspector recommends replacement of any loose or missing shingles by a qualified roofing contractor to avoid damage from moisture intrusion.

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Comment
3.1.3 - Shingles

Moss Build-Up

Moss build up on the roof usually results from excessive shade and can lead to shortened roof life and increased risk of leaks.

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Comment
3.6.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Gutters (Disconnected)

One or more gutter sections needed to be re-connected in order to properly control roof run-off. This condition can result in excessively high moisture levels in soil at the foundation. Excessive moisture levels in soil near the foundation can effect the ability of the soil to support the weight of the structure above and can cause damage related to soil/foundation movement. The Inspector recommends repair to help protect the home structure and occupants. All work should be performed by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
3.6.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Gutters (Loose)

Gutters were loose in areas and should be securely re-attached by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional

4 - Garage

S IN R NI NP
4.1 Automatic Opener X X
4.2 Ceiling X
4.3 Electrical X X
4.4 Garage Door X X
4.5 Floor X X
4.6 Stairs X
4.7 Man Doors X X
Automatic Opener: Manufacturer
Chamberlain
Automatic Opener: Number of Openers
1
Automatic Opener: Photo Electric Eye Sensor
Present, Reversed When Tested
Ceiling: Material
Unfinished
Garage Door: Material
Metal
Floor: Floor
Concrete
Stairs: Material
Not Present
Type
Detached, 4 car

Whats inspected?
Inspection of the garage typically includes examination of the following:
- general structure;
- floor, wall and ceiling surfaces;
- operation of all accessible conventional doors and door hardware;
- overhead door condition and operation including manual and automatic safety component operation and switch placement;
- proper electrical condition including Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection;
- interior and exterior lighting;
- stairs and stairways
- proper firewall separation from living space; and
- proper floor drainage

Electrical: GFCI Protection
Present, Not Present

At the time of the inspection, the garage had ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection that appeared to comply with generally-accepted modern safety standards. A representative number of GFCI-protected electrical receptacles were tested and responded in a satisfactory manner at the time of the inspection. Any individual GFCI receptacle defects will be listed separately.

Garage Door: Type
Automatic Opener, Manual Open

What's inspected?
Inspection of overhead garage doors typically includes examination for presence, serviceable condition and proper operation of the following components:
- door condition;
- mounting brackets;
- automatic opener;
- automatic reverse;
- photo sensor;
- switch placement;
- track & rollers; and
- manual disconnect.

Man Doors: Type
Metal

The occupant door is the door between your attached garage and your living space. The door from the garage should lead to a non-sleeping area of the house.

In addition to providing easy access to your garage, the occupant door should provide a barrier between your (usually) unheated garage and the rooms of your home. Poorly-installed, an occupant door can cause heated air to leak from your house, wasting energy and adding to your heating bill. In addition, since combustible gasoline is stored in most vehicle gas tanks, an occupant door should be part firewall, not just a decorative, wooden door.

Limited View

At the time of the inspection, the occupant's belongings significantly limited the Inspector's view of the garage floor.

Automatic Opener: Auto Reverse Not Tested

Due to a possibility of damaging the door, the auto reversal system was not tested. The Auto Reversl System senses resistance when lowering and should automatically return to the open position. 

Floor: Limited View: Items Covering Interior

There were items stored in areas of the garage. Because of this areas of the garage can not be evaluated. 

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
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Comment
4.3.1 - Electrical

Outlets (OK/No GFCI)

Electrical receptacles in the garage appeared to be in serviceable condition at the time of the inspection but had no Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection. Although this condition may have been commonly considered safe or acceptable at the time the home was originally constructed, as general knowledge of safe building practices has improved with the passage of time, building standards have changed to reflect current understanding.  Consider having GFCI protection installed as a safety precaution. This can be achieved by:  1. Replacing the current standard receptacles with GFCI receptacles 2. Replacing the receptacle in the garage circuit which is nearest the main electrical service panel with a GFCI receptacle.  3. Replacing the breaker currently protecting the electrical circuit that contains these garage receptacles with a GFCI breaker.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
4.3.2 - Electrical

Cover Plates (Missing)

At the time of the inspection, electrical receptacle cover plates were missing in the garage. This condition left energized electrical components exposed to touch, a shock/electrocution hazard.  The Inspector recommends that cover plates be installed by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Attic

S IN R NI NP
5.1 General X
5.2 Attic Hatch X X
5.3 Attic Ventilation X X
5.4 Attic Insulation X
5.5 Vent Terminations X X
5.6 Electrical X X
General: Access Location
Bedroom, Kneewall
General: Inspection Method
Inside Attic
General: Roof Structure
Trusses
Attic Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents, Thermostatically Controlled Fan
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Batt/Rolled, Spray Foam
Attic Insulation: Insulation Depth
6-9 Inches
Vent Terminations: To Outside

The bathroom vents were properly vented to the outside of the house. 

General: Areas inaccessible
Some attic areas were inaccessible due to lack of permanently installed walkways, the possibility of damage to insulation, low height and/or stored items. These areas are excluded from this inspection.
Attic Ventilation: Disclaimer: Attic Ventilation

The Inspector disclaims confirmation of adequate attic ventilation year-round performance, but will comment on the apparent adequacy of the system as experienced by the inspector on the day of the inspection. Attic ventilation is not an exact science and a standard ventilation approach that works well in one type of climate zone may not work well in another. The performance of a standard attic ventilation design system can vary even with different homesite locations and conditions or weather conditions within a single climate zone.
The typical approach is to thermally isolate the attic space from the living space by installing some type of thermal insulation on the attic floor. Heat that is radiated into the attic from sunlight shining on the roof is then removed using devices that allow natural air movement to carry hot air to the home exterior. This reduces summer cooling costs and increases comfort levels, and can help prevent roof problems that can develop during the winter such as the forming of ice dams along the roof eves.
Natural air movement is introduced by providing air intake vents low in the attic space and exhaust vents high in the attic space.  Thermal buoyancy (the tendency of hot air to rise) causes cool air to flow into the attic to replace hot air flowing out the exhaust vents. Conditions that block ventilation devices, or systems and devices that are poorly designed or installed can reduce the system performance.

Attic Ventilation: Spray Foam Insulation

It is not known if the entire attic is insulated with spray foam insulation as there are areas that are not accessible. Recommend adding a second point of entry for inspection to verify installation of spray foam. Spray foam insulation makes the attic “conditioned” and removes the need for ventilation. 

Vent Terminations: Not Visible

Some terminations were not visible due to limited access or covered in insulation. 

The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of the attic ventilation system. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high/low temperatures, high/low humidity, high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing. 


Some attic areas were inaccessible due to the lack of permanently installed walkways, the possibility of damage to insulation, low height and/or stored items. These areas are excluded from this inspection. We conducted our typical attic inspection by walking through the attic areas as much as possible, in what we call the " random walk" methodology. This method of inspection is not intended to cover every square foot of the attic area, nor will it. Further we could not recreate the route of a random walk even if we tried. We do arrive at an overall impression of the attic's condition developed during this random walk inspection and extrapolate it to the entire attic area. In all the attics area shows normal wear and tear for a home of this age.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
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Comment
5.3.1 - Attic Ventilation

Thermostatic Fan(s) (Not Accessible)

Thermostatic fan(s) was not accessible and, therefore, was not tested at the time of inspection.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
5.3.2 - Attic Ventilation

Ridge and Power Roof Vent

Combining an attic power vent fan with a ridge vent is usually not recommended because:  It could reverse the natural flow of hot air out the ridge vent. If air is drawn in through the ridge vent while it’s raining, it might pull rainwater in with it, which could lead to leaking or mold in the attic.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
5.6.1 - Electrical

Cover Plate Missing

Cover plate(s) are missing from one or more electric boxes, such as for receptacles, switches and/or junction boxes. They are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire and shock. Cover plates should be installed where missing.
Electric Electrical Contractor

6 - Interior Rooms

S IN R NI NP
6.1 Floors, Walls, Ceilings X X
6.2 Stairs/Handrails/Guardrails X X
6.3 Windows and Doors X X
6.4 Electrical X X
6.5 Smoke and CO alarms X X
Smoke and CO alarms: Smoke Alarms Present
Yes
Electrical: Switches Use Unknown

While every attempt is made to determine the use of all the switches in the house, some switch uses may be undetermined by the inspector. We recommend you ask the seller to identify the use of switches that may have an unknown use. 

The following items are not included in this inspection: security, intercom and sound systems; communications wiring; central vacuum systems; elevators and stair lifts; cosmetic deficiencies such as nail-pops, scuff marks, dents, dings, blemishes or issues due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment; deficiencies relating to interior decorating; low voltage and gas lighting systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. Some items such as window, drawer, cabinet door or closet door operability are tested on a sampled basis. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects. If furnishings were present during the inspection, recommend a full evaluation of walls, floors and ceilings that were previously obscured when possible. Carpeting and flooring, when installed over concrete slabs, may conceal moisture. If dampness wicks through a slab and is hidden by floor coverings that moisture can result in unhygienic conditions, odors or problems that will only be discovered when/if the flooring is removed. Determining the cause and/or source of odors is not within the scope of this inspection. 

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
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Comment
6.1.1 - Floors, Walls, Ceilings

Ceiling patch
2nd Floor North Bedroom

There is a patch in the ceiling. It is un-known what this patch is from. It is recommended to consult with the current owner as to what the patch is from.

Mag glass Monitor
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Comment
6.1.2 - Floors, Walls, Ceilings

Ceiling-minor cracks

Minor cracks were found in ceilings in one or more areas. They do not appear to be a structural concern, but the client(s) may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.
Putty knife Drywall Contractor
Credit
Comment
6.3.1 - Windows and Doors

Door-binds in jamb
2nd Floor South Bedroom, 2nd Floor Closet

One or more doors bind in their jamb and cannot be closed and latched, or are difficult to open and close. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary. For example, adjusting jambs or trimming doors.
Door Door Repair and Installation Contractor
Credit
Comment
6.3.2 - Windows and Doors

Window-Double pane seal

Seals between double-pane glass in one or more windows appear to have failed based on condensation or stains between the panes of glass. A qualified contractor should evaluate and replace glass where necessary.

The client(s) should be aware that evidence of broken seals may be more or less visible from one day to the next depending on the temperature, humidity, sunlight, etc. Windows or glass doors other than those that the inspector identified may also have failed seals and need glass replaced too.
 
Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor
Credit
Comment
6.5.1 - Smoke and CO alarms

Smoke alarms missing

Smoke alarms were missing from one or more bedrooms / from one or more hallways leading to bedrooms / on one or more levels. Smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning alarm exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, on each level, in rooms with a fireplace and in any attached garage.

Wrench DIY

7 - Bathrooms

S IN R NI NP
7.1 General X X
7.2 Shower/Tub X X
7.3 Sinks and Faucets X X
7.4 Electrical X X
General: Ventilation
Ventilation Fan
General: Heat Source
Present
General: Cabinets & Countertops

The cabinets and counter-tops were inspected looking for damage and by testing a representative number of doors and drawers evaluating their operation. No reportable conditions were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

General: Toilet(s)
Satisfactory

The toilets were inspected by flushing them to ensure they were flushing adequately and to determine no leaks were present at the water supply line or tank location. Toilets will also be checked for an adequate connection at the floor. No deficiencies were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

General: Visible Plumbing
Satisfactory

Visible portions of sink plumbing is inspected by running water through the drain pipe for over one minute and looking for leaks from the drain pipe / trap assembly, water supply lines, and areas underneath of the sink area (ceiling below/basement/crawl space). Other significant defects are also looked for with the plumbing. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

General: Functional Water Flow
Satisfactory

The bathroom sink(s), shower(s) and bathtub(s) had functional flow at the time of the inspection. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

General: Functional Drainage
Satisfactory

The bathroom sink(s), shower(s) and bathtub(s) had functional drainage at the time of the inspection. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Shower/Tub: Bathtub(s)

The bathtub(s) were inspected by operating the faucet valves checking for proper flow and drainage, looking for leaks and/or any cracks or damage to the tub itself. No deficiencies were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Shower/Tub: Shower(s)

The shower(s) were inspected by operating the water valve(s) and ensuring proper flow and drainage was present, looking for leaks, and/or any significant defects. No reportable conditions were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Shower/Tub: Shower Wall(s)
Fiberglass

The shower walls were inspected looking for any significant damage or areas that could allow for water infiltration behind the walls. No reportable conditions were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Electrical: GFCI/AFCI Protection
Present

At the time of the inspection, the bathroom had ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection that appeared to comply with generally-accepted modern safety standards. A representative number of GFCI-protected electrical receptacles were tested and responded in a satisfactory manner at the time of the inspection. Any individual GFCI receptacle defects will be listed separately.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
7.1.1 - General

Supply Pipes (Corroded/Not Actively Leaking)

Heavily corroded faucet supply pipes beneath the sink in this bathroom are liable to leak soon. The Inspector recommends  replacement by a qualified contractor to prevent future damage to the cabinet floor and possibly the home wall/floor structures.

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
7.1.2 - General

Shower Door Loose

The shower door is loose. Recommend repair.  

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
7.1.3 - General

Radon Mitigation Fan Noise

There is an obvious noise that comes from the radon fan that can be heard while in the master bedroom. Outside the fan runs quiet but inside a deep continuous sound can be heard. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
7.3.1 - Sinks and Faucets

Faucet Leaking

A fixture is leaking which is causing wasted water. Recommend correction by replacing faucet.

8 - Fireplaces

S IN R NI NP
8.1 General
General: Location
Living Room
General: Damper
Operates
General: Insert
Pre-Fabricated Panels
General: Blower
Not Present
General: Hearth
Present, Satisfactory
General: Type
Wood
General: Disclaimer: Direct Vent Wood Stove

The wood stove in the living room was a direct vent type. Direct vent stoves have specific manufacturer's requirements for installation. Their inspection exceeds the scope of the General Home Inspection. The Inspector recommends inspection by a qualified HVAC contractor to ensure that safe conditions exist.

3.8. Fireplace  


I. The inspector shall inspect:
A. readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;
B. lintels above the fireplace openings;

C. damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and
D. cleanout doors and frames.


II. The inspector shall describe:


A. the type of fireplace.
III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:
A. evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;
B. manually operated dampers that did not open and close;
C. the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;
D. the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and
E. cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.


IV. The inspector is not required to:


A. inspect the flue or vent system.
B. inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.  
C. determine the need for a chimney sweep.  
D. operate gas fireplace inserts.  
E. light pilot flames.  
F. determine the appropriateness of any installation.  
G. inspect automatic fuel-fed devices.  
H. inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.  
I. inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravitycontrolled or fan-assisted.  
J. ignite or extinguish fires.  
K. determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.  
L. move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.  
M. perform a smoke test.
N. dismantle or remove any component.
O. perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.
P. perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present

9 - Kitchen

S IN R NI NP
9.1 Kitchen X
9.2 Sink X X
9.3 Countertops & Cabinets X X
9.4 Electrical X X
9.5 Flooring X X
Kitchen: Exhaust Fan
Microwave
Kitchen: Visible Plumbing

The supply and drain pipes were inspected looking for leaks, improper installation, and other deficiencies. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Kitchen: Functional Flow
Satisfactory

The kitchen sink(s) had functional flow at the time of the inspection. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Kitchen: Functional Drainage
Satisfactory

The kitchen sink(s) had functional drainage at the time of the inspection. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Sink: Sink(s)

The kitchen sink was inspected by operating the faucet valves and faucet looking for any leaks or signs of significant deficiencies. No reportable conditions were observed at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Sink: Spray Wand

The spray wand, whether standalone or attached to the faucet, was operated looking for proper flow and to ensure no leaks were present. No deficiencies were present at the time of inspection unless otherwise noted in this report.

Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinets & Countertops

The cabinets and counter-tops were inspected looking for damage and by testing a representative number of doors and drawers evaluating their operation.

Electrical: GFCI/AFCI Protection
Present, ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)

At the time of the inspection, the garage had ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection that appeared to comply with generally-accepted modern safety standards. A representative number of GFCI-protected electrical receptacles were tested and responded in a satisfactory manner at the time of the inspection. Any individual GFCI receptacle defects will be listed separately.

Sink: Stored items

There are stored items, under the sink can not be fully evaluated.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
9.2.1 - Sink

Spray Wand Is Loose

The spray wand is loose and needs secured. 

Contractor Qualified Professional

10 - Appliances

S IN R NI NP
10.1 Garbage Disposal X
10.2 Refrigerator X X
10.3 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
10.4 Microwave X X
10.5 Dishwasher X X
10.6 Appliance Photos X
Appliances Present
Range, Dishwasher, Exhaust Fan, Refrigerator
Garbage Disposal: Brand
Not Present
Refrigerator: Brand
Whirlpool
Refrigerator: Type
Side-By-Side
Refrigerator: Water Dispenser Operated
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Anti-Tip
Not Present
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
General Electric
Microwave: Brand
General Electric (GE)
Microwave: Type
Over the Range
Dishwasher: Brand
General Electric (GE)
Refrigerator: Ice Maker Turned Off
About Conveyance

Some appliances may not "convey" or be included with the home. This should be spelled out in your contract. Typically appliances that are permanently installed and directly wired to the electrical or plumbing system may be considered as "fixtures". Your home inspector doesn't determine what should be included with the sale of the home. If you are not certain about what is include or "conveys" check the contract or ask your agent.

Owner's Manuals

An owner's manual is very useful for learning how to operate an appliance, order parts and for general maintenance. If the owner's manual isn't provided by the seller it may be available online at the manufacturer's website. You would need the model number to select the correct manual.

Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven: Heating Units

All of the heating elements on the range were turned to "High", and were functional at the time of inspection. No indications of deficiencies were observed unless otherwise noted in this report.

Appliance Photos: Photos
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Limitation: Gas-Fired Range

The range was gas-fired. Inspection of gas ranges is limited to basic functions, such as testing of the range-top burners, and bake/broil features of the oven.

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.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
10.4.1 - Microwave

Light Did Not Operate

The lights on the microwave did not operate when tested. The bulbs may need replaced. And the the plastic cover is damaged. 

Contractor Qualified Professional

11 - Electrical

S IN R NI NP
11.1 Main & Sub Panels X X
Main & Sub Panels: Panel Amperage Rating
200 AMP
Main & Sub Panels: Service Line Material
Aluminum
Main & Sub Panels: Panel Protection
Circuit Breaker
Main & Sub Panels: Panel Location
Basement
Main & Sub Panels: Panel Manufacturer
Siemens
Main & Sub Panels: Service Type
120/240 Volt
Main & Sub Panels: Branch Circuit Wiring
Copper

Branch Circuits: The portion of the wiring system extending past the final over-current device. These circuits usually originate at a panel and transfer power to load devices. Any circuit that extends beyond the final over-current protective device is called a branch circuit.

Main & Sub Panels: Subpanel Location
Garage, Basement
Main & Sub Panels: Picture of Panel

3.7. Electrical


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. for the presence of 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 service entrance 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 and/or carbon monoxide 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.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
11.1.1 - Main & Sub Panels

Panel Screws (Improper/Missing)

Improper and/or missing panel screws. Recommend use of proper panel screws for the dead front cover.

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
11.1.2 - Main & Sub Panels

Subpanel (Neutral/Ground Bond)

Neutral and equipment ground wires were bonded (connected) at sub-panel(s). This should only occur in the main service panel, not sub-panels, and is a shock hazard. Neutral wires should be attached to a "floating" neutral bar not bonded to the panel, and grounding wires should be attached to a separate grounding bar bonded to the sub-panel. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
11.1.3 - Main & Sub Panels

Water Lines Above Panel

(a) Dedicated Electrical Space. The space equal to the width and depth of the equipment and extending from the floor to a height of 1.8 m (6 ft) above the equipment or to the structural ceiling, whichever is lower, shall be dedicated to the electrical installation. No piping, ducts, leak protection apparatus, or other equipment foreign to the electrical installation shall be located in this zone.

(b) Foreign Systems. The area above the dedicated space required by 110.26(F)(1)(a) shall be permitted to contain foreign systems, provided protection is installed to avoid damage to the electrical equipment from condensation, leaks, or breaks in such foreign systems.

Contractor Qualified Professional

12 - Laundry

S IN R NI NP
12.1 General
General: Dryer Manufacturer
Kenmore
General: Washer Manufacturer
Kenmore
General: Gas Hookup For Dryer

Gas line present for dryer connection. 

General: Laundry Area Pictures
General: Washer Observation
Both hot and cold water was available to the washer. The unit was operated through a full cycle. It filled, cycled through a wash, initial spin and drain, rinse and final spin cycle. No leakage was detected and there were no unusual conditions noted.

MAINTENANCE TIP:
For equipment more than a few years old, we recommend that all clothes washer machine hoses and their gaskets be replaced upon your taking possession of the unit.
General: Dryer Observation
The dryer unit was operated through a cycle. It heated it's drum and then stopped at the end of the cycle.

LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT:
Cautionary Statement; We normally operate on-site laundry equipment. Washers and dryers have special safety concerns to owners. During our inspection, we attempt to check the utility connections, supply of hot and cold water, grounded electrical receptacles and some safety devices. During our inspection we endeavor to verify that the equipments operates properly, however we do NOT verify the proper operation of ALL safety devices and other built in safe guards. This is a job for an appliance specialist.

Please be aware that with any appliance being used everyday, owners often forget, or over look the potential hazards that are present in these day-to-day helpmates. All laundry equipment operates both with electricity and high speed motors and rotating drums. Because of the combination of water and electricity along with high-speed rotation, all laundry equipment should be respected. PLEASE SECURE ALL OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MANUALS FROM PRESENT OWNERS OR THE MANUFACTURERS. Virtually all manufacturers have this consumers information available to you-contact the respective manufacturer.

Please instruct all children that these appliances are potentially hazardous and they should not be played with, nor should anyone under any circumstances, place a hand inside any operating laundry equipment.

LIMITATIONS OF APPLIANCES INSPECTION:

As we discussed and is described in your inspection contract, this is a visual limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions.

Thermostats, timers and other specialized features and controls are not tested.

The temperature calibration, functionality of timers, effectiveness, efficiency and overall performance of appliances is outside the scope of this inspection.

Please refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
12.1.1 - General

No Catch Pan

The washing machine is installed over a finished living space and has no catch pan or drain installed. These are not commonly installed, but they are recommended to prevent water damage to finished interior spaces below if or when the washing machine leaks, overflows or is drained. Recommend having a qualified contractor install both a catch pan and drain.
Contractor Qualified Professional

13 - Plumbing

S IN R NI NP
13.1 General X
13.2 Distribution Pipes X X
13.3 Drain & Waste Lines X X
13.4 Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors X X
13.5 Water Heater X X
General: Main Water Supply Material
PVC
General: Main Water Source
Private Well
Distribution Pipes: Material
Copper
Drain & Waste Lines: Material
PVC
Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors: Sewage Ejector Pump
Present, Tested, Leaking
Water Heater: Manufacturer
AO Smith
Water Heater: Model Number
FPSH 40 260
Water Heater: Serial Number
MD02-1658899-260
Water Heater: Age
16 Year(s)
Water Heater: Capacity
40 Gallons
Water Heater: Location
Basement
Water Heater: Power Source
Gas-Fired
Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors: Sump Pump
Present, Tested
Distribution Pipes: Functional Flow (All Flow Functional)

All plumbing fixtures in the home exhibited functional flow at the time of the inspection.

Water Heater: Pictures Of Water Heater
Drain & Waste Lines: Supply Plumbing (Not Visible)

Areas of the supply plumbing in the home are located inside of walls or floors and was not visible at the time of inspection.

3.6. Plumbing


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. the 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; andE. 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, polyethylene, or similar plastic plumbing.
V. inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
13.2.1 - Distribution Pipes

Uncapped Water Line

Recommend capping unused water lines to prevent a leak. 

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
Credit
Comment
13.4.1 - Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors

Sewage Ejector Pump (Leaking/Fumes)

The area around the sewage ejector pump had a strong odor, indicating that sewer gas is leaking into the living space. This condition should be corrected by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional

14 - Air Conditioning

S IN R NI NP
14.1 Cooling Equipment X X
Cooling Equipment: Brand
Goodman
Cooling Equipment: Model Number
CKL36-1H
Cooling Equipment: Serial Number
0208408343
Cooling Equipment: Age
16 Year(s)
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Electric
Cooling Equipment: Max Circuit Breaker/Fuse
40
Cooling Equipment: Pictures Of A/C
Cooling Equipment: AC Tested and Operates

The differences in air temperature measured at supply and return registers fell within the acceptable range of between 14 and 22 degrees F.

3.5. Cooling


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.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
14.1.1 - Cooling Equipment

System (Inadequate Cooling)
2nd Floor

The air-conditioning system operated, but the air produced by the system was not cool enough. The Inspector recommends service by a qualified HVAC technician.

Contractor Qualified Professional
Credit
Comment
14.1.2 - Cooling Equipment

Wall Penetration (Seal)

The hole in the exterior wall-covering cut to allow penetration of air-conditioning lines should be sealed with an appropriate sealant to prevent moisture and insect entry.

Contractor Qualified Professional

15 - Garage Heating

S IN R NI NP
15.1 Heating Equipment
15.2 Fuel Pipes X X
15.3 Venting & Flues X X
15.4 Thermostat X X
Heating Equipment: Brand
Air-Ease
Heating Equipment: Model Number
HAS130E
Heating Equipment: Serial Number
None
Heating Equipment: Age
20 + Years
Heating Equipment: Location
Garage
Heating Equipment: Type
Forced Air
Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Natural Gas
Heating Equipment: Filter Type
Missing
Heating Equipment: Filter Location
Side Compartment
Heating Equipment: Shut-Off Valve
Gas Shut Off, Electric Shut Off
Venting & Flues: Materials
Metal
Thermostat: Location
Upstairs Garage
Heating Equipment: Pictures Of Furnace
Heating Equipment: Disclaimer: Heat Exchangers

The Inspector specifically disclaims furnace heat exchangers because proper evaluation requires invasive, technically exhaustive measures that exceed the scope of the General Home Inspection.

Heating Equipment: Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless toxic gas produced by furnaces and boilers during the combustion process. This gas is especially dangerous because its presence can only be detected by specialized instruments. You can't see it or smell it.  Inefficient combustion, such as that caused by furnaces and boilers with components that are dirty or out of adjustment can create elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide in exhaust gasses. Carbon Monoxide can cause sickness, debilitating injury, and even death. Carbon Monoxide detectors are inexpensive and installing one in a home with a furnace or boiler is recommended. Detectors should not be placed next to heating appliances like furnaces and boilers, but should be placed to protect living and sleeping areas.

3.4. Heating


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 make-up air, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems.
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, measure or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers,  combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes,make-up air, 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.
I. measure or calculate the air for combustion, ventilation or dilution of flue gases for appliances.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
15.1.1 - Heating Equipment

No Response

This furnace did not respond to the thermostat. The Inspector recommends that before the expiration of the Inspection Objection Deadline you have this furnace serviced by a qualified HVAC contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional

16 - Heating

S IN R NI NP
16.1 Heating Equipment
16.2 Condensate Drain X X
16.3 Fuel Pipes X X
16.4 Venting & Flues X
16.5 Thermostat X X
Heating Equipment: Brand
Ameristar
Heating Equipment: Model Number
M951P100CU48AAB
Heating Equipment: Serial Number
174842N82G
Heating Equipment: Age
1 Year(s)
Heating Equipment: Location
Basement
Heating Equipment: Type
Forced Air
Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Natural Gas
Heating Equipment: Filter Type
Accordian
Heating Equipment: Filter Location
Rear Panel
Heating Equipment: Shut-Off Valve
Electric Shut Off, Gas Shut Off, Safety Shut Off
Venting & Flues: Materials
PVC
Thermostat: Location
Hallway
Heating Equipment: Pictures Of Furnace
Heating Equipment: Disclaimer: Heat Exchangers

The Inspector specifically disclaims furnace heat exchangers because proper evaluation requires invasive, technically exhaustive measures that exceed the scope of the General Home Inspection.

Heating Equipment: Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless toxic gas produced by furnaces and boilers during the combustion process. This gas is especially dangerous because its presence can only be detected by specialized instruments. You can't see it or smell it.  Inefficient combustion, such as that caused by furnaces and boilers with components that are dirty or out of adjustment can create elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide in exhaust gasses. Carbon Monoxide can cause sickness, debilitating injury, and even death. Carbon Monoxide detectors are inexpensive and installing one in a home with a furnace or boiler is recommended. Detectors should not be placed next to heating appliances like furnaces and boilers, but should be placed to protect living and sleeping areas.

Heating Equipment: Heating System Efficiency

The U.S EPA sets minimum efficiency standards for appliances such as heating and cooling equipment. Many older furnaces still operating and functioning well have efficiencies between 70% and 75%. Furnaces installed after 1992 must have efficiency ratings above 78%. Modern, high-efficiency furnaces have ratings in the mid-90%.  Heating systems with leaky, un-insulated ducts or which are improperly sized can reduce even a high-efficiency furnace to an efficiency of under 65%.

3.4. Heating


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 make-up air, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems.
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, measure or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers,  combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes,make-up air, 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.
I. measure or calculate the air for combustion, ventilation or dilution of flue gases for appliances.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present

17 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

S IN R NI NP
17.1 General X
17.2 Floor X X
17.3 Foundation Walls X X
17.4 Stairs/Handrails/Guardrails X X
17.5 Girders and Columns X X
17.6 Joists And Trusses X X
17.7 Electrical
General: Type
Basement
Floor: Material
Concrete
Foundation Walls: Material
Concrete Block
Girders and Columns: Type
Steel, Wood
Joists And Trusses: Type
Wood, 2x10
Floor: Sub-floor
Plywood

Because of interior floor and ceiling coverings, not all floor structural members were able to be inspected. At the time of inspection, the floor structure and material appeared to be in good condition. Any specific defects will be listed in the report.

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.

  • S = Satisfactory
  • IN = Inspected
  • R = Recommendation
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
Credit
Comment
17.6.1 - Joists And Trusses

Improper Notching

Contractor Qualified Professional

18 - Main Shut Off Locations

Main Gas Shut Off
Gas Meter Outside
Main Electrical Shut Off
At The Main Panel, Basement
Main Water Shut Off Valve
Basement, At The Well Pump

19 - Important Information

Items Not Operating : Garage Furnace
Major Concerns: None Apparent
Major Mechanicals To Budget For Repair Or Replacement Based On Age: A/C Unit

7 to 15 years

Major Mechanicals To Budget For Repair Or Replacement Based On Age: Furnace

15 to 25 Years

Major Mechanicals To Budget For Repair Or Replacement Based On Age: Water Heater

6 to 12 years

Major Mechanicals To Budget For Repair Or Replacement Based On Age: Sump Pump

7 Years

Excluded items: The Following Items Have Been Excluded From the Inspection
Shed, Generator, Radon Mitigation System, Private septic system, Private well, Water Softner
Major Mechanicals To Budget For Repair Or Replacement Based On Age: Life Expectancy

These life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather or other conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse.  Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees or warranties.

20 - Buy Back Guarantee

Buy Back: Buy Back Guarantee

If your participating inspector misses anything, we'll buy your home back.

And now for the fine print:

It's valid for home inspections performed for home buyers only by participating InterNACHI members.
The home must be listed for sale with a licensed real estate agent.
The Guarantee excludes homes with material defects not present at the time of the inspection, or not required to be inspected, per InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice.
The Guarantee will be honored for 90 days after closing.
We'll pay you whatever price you paid for the home.

Privacy Policy:  We don't collect identifiable consumer contact information; therefore, we can't sell or release it.  No data is sold or released to any third party.

Forum Selection:  The exclusive venue for any litigation arising out of InterNACHIs Buy-Back Guarantee Program shall be in Boulder, Colorado.  Any person who brings an action against InterNACHI waives a trial by jury and agrees to pay InterNACHIs attorneys fees, expenses, and costs if InterNACHI prevails.

More Legal Terms:  www.nachi.org/buy-legal (Please read these binding legal terms carefully.)

21 - Home Assistant Gold

General: Home Assistant Gold

Enjoy complimentary Porch Home Assistant Gold (a $350/yr value FREE) and $100 towards handyman services.


As a way to say thank you for your business, when you complete a home inspection using Hope Home Inspections, we will provide you with a Home Assistant, free of charge. This service is normally $350 per year, but we have partnered with Porch to gift this service to you for free!

In ADDITION to this wonderful service, after your inspection you will get $100.00 worth of coupons  to use towards Porch Handyman Services!  (coupons are tracked electronically and you receive the benefit when you contact the home assistant.)

Think of your Porch Home Assistant as your personal assistant for your home and move-in projects; they are there 24/7 and ready to help. Your personal Home Assistant will contact you to help with your move-in, including scheduling services for all items on your repair list. Ongoing, they are there for you any time you need to get maintenance done on your new home.

This is our way of saying thank you for using our inspection services. If you know of anyone else needing an inspector, we appreciate you sending them along our way.