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1234 Main St.
BRICK, NJ 08723
11/21/2019 9:00AM

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1 - Indispensable Information

IN D
1.1 Essential Information
  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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1.1.1 - Essential Information

Vital Information

This report can be read in a full version and a summary version.  It is absolutely necessary that you read all of the full report version to entirely comprehend this home inspection report.

To access and read the full report in the HTML format you must open all the tabs such as Overview, Information, Limitations, and Standards

If you do not understand how to navigate the HTML Format, all the information is displayed in the PDF Full Report Format.

If you have any questions or need any clarifications of the comments included in this report please contact your Inspector: 

Rick Vecchio 732-232-1092

richardv@gcahomeinspections.com

2 - General Information/Inspection Details

In Attendance
Client, Client's Agent
Occupancy
Occupied & Furnished
Style
Modern
Type of Building
Single Family
Elecrticity On/Off
ON
Gas On/Off
ON
Water On/Off
ON
Temperature (approximate)
85 Fahrenheit (F)
Weather Conditions
Clear
Introduction

Home Inspectors are required by state law to follow the NJ Standards of Practice. This document can be found in your report and inspection agreement. The standards are the guidelines for what is and is not to be expected of this home inspection.

This General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods and home inspectors are trained to identify material defects. Material defects are defined by the NJ Home Inspection Advisory Committee as: a condition, or functional aspect, of a structural component or system that is readily ascertainable during a home inspection that substantially affects the value, habitability or safety of the dwelling, but does not include decorative, stylistic, cosmetic, or aesthetic aspects of the system, structure or component.

The inspector will inspect to the best of his ability but since much of the home is hidden behind coverings, or is buried underground, it is possible that the inspector will not identify all deficiencies due to limitations beyond his control and/or responsibility. Knowing this, the inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of portions, and/or systems of the dwelling that are not readily accessible or viewable.

This General Home Inspection is not a confirmation of proper installations and does not determine compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances.


Environmental Hazards & Report Limitations

In accordance with the NJ Standards of Practice, this General Home Inspection does not determine the presence of any potentially hazardous plants, animals and diseases, suspected hazardous substances, adverse conditions such as mold, fungus, toxins, carcinogens, noise, or contaminants in the soil, water, and air. This Inspection will not determine the effectiveness of any system installed and/or method utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances.

This exclusion applies whether the hazards are visible or concealed. We do not express a finding about the presence or absence of environmental hazards whether visible or concealed. We may report about possible environmental hazards, but doing so does not mean that we report all hazards and doing so does not remove or change the environmental hazards exclusion.

Furthermore, the Inspector would like to inform the client that the older a home is the more likely it may contain hazardous substances such as lead and asbestos which have been banned in more recent years.

It is generally understood that homes in this area of the country have some fungal presence that varies with the seasons, especially homes on crawl space foundations. Fungi are almost always present on materials in the crawl space and inside HVAC ducts and equipment. Most people tolerate fungal existence without significant adverse effects; however, some people are allergic or sensitive to fungi.

In light of the above information, if the client wants assurance about the presence or not of any or all environmental hazards the home Inspector recommends the following: Consulting qualified contractor(s) that specializes in the detection and remediation of all possible residential environmental hazards, evaluation/testing as recommended, and if need be remediation of any problems that might be found.

Special Note For Older Homes

The older the home the less likely it is up to modern standards and codes. 

This home inspection does not determine compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances.

Please keep this in mind when reviewing the report.

Home Inspection Contingency Expiration Date

Before the expiration of your Home Inspection Contingency Deadline, the inspector recommends you consult with agents, qualified contractors/technicians to discuss options and costs of the following: Recommendations for evaluations, replacements, repairs, and maintenance; Recommendations for specific additional inspections or testing; Information that is mentioned in this report. While always taking into consideration the expressed and inherent limitations of this report.

To determine the date that a home inspection contingency should be released, read your purchase contract.  If the contingency expires before you report the inspection findings to the seller, your earnest money deposit may be at risk if you try to cancel the contract based on a defect disclosed in the inspection.

Marine Enviroment

The home was located with 5 mile(s) of the coast. High-salt content coastal environments can shorten the lifespans of many types of metal components.


13:40-15.16  NJ STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

 

a) All home inspectors shall comply with the standards of practice contained in this section when conducting home inspections. The scope of home inspection services performed in compliance with the requirements set forth in this section shall provide the client with objective information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as determined at the time of the home inspection.

b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a home inspector to: 1) Enter any area or perform any procedure which is, in the opinion of the home inspector, unsafe and likely to be dangerous to the inspector or other persons; 2) Enter any area or perform any procedure which will, in the opinion of the home inspector, likely damage the property or its systems or components; 3) Enter any area which does not have at least 24 inches of unobstructed vertical clearance and at least 30 inches of unobstructed horizontal clearance; 4) Identify concealed conditions and latent defects; 5) Determine life expectancy of any system or component; 6) Determine the cause of any condition or deficiency; 7) Determine future conditions that may occur including the failure of systems and components including consequential damage; 8) Determine the operating costs of systems or components; 9) Determine the suitability of the property for any specialized use; 10) Determine compliance with codes, regulations and/ or ordinances; 11) Determine market value of the property or its marketability; 12) Determine advisability of purchase of the property; 13) Determine the presence of any potentially hazardous plants, animals or diseases or the presence of any suspected hazardous substances or adverse conditions such as mold, fungus, toxins, carcinogens, noise, and contaminants in soil, water, and air; 14) Determine the effectiveness of any system installed or method utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances; 15) Operate any system or component which is shut down or otherwise inoperable; 16) Operate any system or component which does not respond to normal operating controls; 17) Operate shut-off valves; 18) Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private; 19) Insert any tool, probe or testing device inside electrical panels; 20) Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of main and sub panels;21) Walk on unfloored sections of attics; and 22) Light pilot flames or ignite or extinguish fires.

c) Home inspectors shall: 1) Inspect the following systems and components in residential buildings and other related residential housing components:  i) Structural components as required by (e) below; ii) Exterior components as required by (f) below; iii) Roofing system components as required by (g) below; iv) Plumbing system components as required by (h) below; v) Electrical system components as required by (i) below; vi) Heating system components as required by (j) below; vii) Cooling system components as required by (k) below; viii) Interior components as required by (l) below; ix) Insulation components and ventilation system as required by (m) below; and x) Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances as required by (n) below; 2) Prepare a home inspection report which shall: i) Disclose those systems and components as set forth in (c)1 above which were present at the time of inspection; ii) Disclose systems and components as set forth in (c)1 above which were present at the time of the home inspection but were not inspected, and the reason(s) they were not inspected; iii) Describe the systems and components specified in these standards of practice; iv) State material defects found in systems or components; v) State the significance of findings where any material defects in the systems and components of (c)1 above were found; and vi) Provide recommendations where material defects were found to repair, replace or monitor a system or component or to obtain examination and analysis by a qualified professional, tradesman, or service technician without determining the methods, materials or cost of corrections; and 3) Retain copies of all home inspection reports prepared pursuant to (c)2 above, for a period of five years upon completion of the report;

d) Subsection (c) above is not intended to limit home inspectors from: 1) Inspecting or reporting observations and conditions observed in systems and components in addition to those required in (c) 1 above and inspecting systems and components other than those mandated for inspection in (c) 1 above as long as the inspection and reporting is based on the licensee's professional opinion, prior work experience, education and training, unless these standards of practice prohibit the home inspector from inspecting such system or component; 2) Contracting with the client to provide, for an additional fee additional inspection services provided the home inspector is educated, trained, certified, registered or licensed, pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.22 and other applicable statutes and rules; and 3) Excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested in writing by the client.

e) When conducting the inspection of the structural components, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Foundation; ii) Floors;  iii) Walls; iv) Ceilings; and v) Roof; 2) Describe: i) Foundation construction type and material; ii) Floor construction type and material; iii) Wall construction type and material; iv) Ceiling construction type and material; and v) Roof construction type and material; 3) Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected unless such probing would damage any finished surface; and 4) Describe in the home inspection report the methods used to inspect under-floor crawl spaces and attics.

f) When conducting the inspection of the exterior components, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar seasonal accessories; ii) Exterior doors excluding storm doors or safety glazing; iii) Windows excluding storm windows and safety glazing; iv) Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings; v) Vegetation, grading, drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building, excluding fences, geological and/or soil conditions, sea walls, break-walls, bulkheads and docks, or erosion control and earth stabilization; vi) Attached or adjacent walkways, patios, and driveways; and vii) Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; and 2) Describe exterior wall surface type and material.

g) When inspecting the roof of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Roofing surface, excluding antennae and other installed accessories such as solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Exterior of chimneys; 2) Describe: i) Roof surface; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Chimneys; 3) Employ reasonable, practicable and safe methods to inspect the roof such as: i) Walking on the roof; ii) Observation from a ladder at roof level; or iii) Visual examination with binoculars from ground level; and 4) Describe the methods used to inspect the roof.

 

h) When inspecting the plumbing system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Interior water supply and distribution systems including functional water flow and functional drainage, excluding wells, well pumps, well water sampling or water storage related equipment, determination of water supply quantity or quality and water conditioning systems and lawn irrigation systems; ii) All interior fixtures and faucets, excluding shut off valves, wells, well pumps, well water sampling and water storage related equipment; iii) Drain, waste and vent systems; iv) Domestic water heating systems, without operating safety valves or automatic safety controls, and excluding solar water heating systems; v) Combustion vent systems excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; vi) Fuel distribution systems; and  vii) Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping; and 2) Describe: i) Predominant interior water supply and distribution piping materials; ii) Predominant drain, waste and vent piping materials; and iii) Water heating equipment including energy sources.

i) When inspecting the electrical system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Service entrance system; ii) Main disconnects, main panel and sub panels, including interior components of main panel and sub panels; iii) Service grounding; iv) Wiring, without measuring amperage, voltage or impedance, excluding any wiring not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system, such as central vacuum systems, remote control devices, telephone or cable system wiring, intercom systems, security systems and low voltage wiring systems; v) Over-current protection devices and the compatibility of their ampacity with that of the connected wiring; vi) At least one of each interior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per room and at least one exterior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per side of house; and vii) Ground fault circuit interrupters; and 2) Describe: i) Amperage and voltage rating of the service; ii) Location of main disconnect, main panels, and sub-panels; iii) Type of over-current protection devices; iv) Predominant type of wiring; v) Presence of knob and tube branch circuit wiring; and vi) Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.

j) When inspecting the heating system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Installed heating equipment and energy sources, without determining heat supply adequacy or distribution balance, and without operating automatic safety controls or operating heat pumps when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the pumps, and excluding humidifiers, electronic air filters and solar heating systems; ii) Combustion vent systems and chimneys, excluding interiors of flues or chimneys; iii) Fuel storage tanks, excluding propane and underground storage tanks; and iv) Visible and accessible portions of the heat exchanger; and 2) Describe: i) Heating equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

k) When inspecting the cooling system, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Central cooling system, excluding electronic air filters and excluding determination of cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance and without operating central cooling equipment when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the cooling equipment; ii) Permanently installed hard-wired, through-wall individual cooling systems; and iii) Energy sources; and 2) Describe: i) Cooling equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

l) When inspecting the interior of a residential building, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Walls, ceilings, and floors excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments, carpeting and other non-permanent floor coverings; ii) Steps, stairways, and railings; iii) Installed kitchen wall cabinets to determine if secure;

iv) At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room excluding window treatments; and v) Household appliances limited to: (1) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self-cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats; (2) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and (3) Garbage disposer.

m) When inspecting the insulation components and ventilation system of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces without disturbing insulation; ii) Ventilation of attics and crawlspaces; and iii) Mechanical ventilation systems; and 2) Describe: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces adjacent to heated areas; and ii) Evidence of inadequate attic and crawlspace ventilation. 

n) When inspecting fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, without testing draft characteristics, excluding fire screens and doors, seals and gaskets, automatic fuel feed devices, mantles and non-structural fireplace surrounds, combustion make-up air devices, or gravity fed and fan assisted heat distribution systems; and ii) Chimneys and combustion vents excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; and 2) Describe: i) Type of fireplaces and/or solid fuel burning appliances; ii) Energy source; and iii) Visible evidence of improper draft characteristics.

3 - Roofing

IN D
3.1 Coverings X
3.2 Flashings X X
3.3 Roof Drainage Systems X X
Inspection Method
Ladder and Walked the Roof
Coverings: Material
Fiberglass , Asphalt Shingles
Flashings: Material
Aluminum, Fiber glass
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum, PVC
Roof Indroduction

The roof inspection portion of the General Home Inspection is a non-invasive, visual evaluation of the roof structure, roof-covering materials, flashing, and roof penetrations such as; chimneys, mounting hardware for roof-mounted equipment, attic ventilation devices, ducts, and combustion/plumbing vents. Due to its non-invasive nature, limitations of viewable portions, and variations in installation requirements of a large number of different roof-covering materials installed over the years, the home inspection will not be as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a qualified roofing contractor. Home Inspectors are trained to identify common deficiencies and to recognize conditions that could require evaluation by a specialist. This roof portion of the home inspection does not include; leak-testing, certification or warranty of the roof against concealed and/or future leakage, or confirmation of proper installation of systems. Other limitations may apply and will be included in the comments as necessary.

g) When inspecting the roof of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Roofing surface, excluding antennae and other installed accessories such as solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Exterior of chimneys;

2) Describe: i) Roof surface; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Chimneys;

3) Employ reasonable, practicable and safe methods to inspect the roof such as: i) Walking on the roof; ii) Observation from a ladder at roof level; or iii) Visual examination with binoculars from ground level; and

4) Describe the methods used to inspect the roof.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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3.2.1 - Flashings

Valley flashing deterioated

The roof covering the second floor had fiberglass valley flashings.  

The inspector observed two valleys found on the opposite side of the roof closest to the deck, which had paint that was worn and in need of a fresh coat of paint.  It appeared the rest of the fiberglass flashings and the fiberglass covering decks had satisfactory coats of paint.

Paint protects the fiberglass from long-term degradation due to  UV light from the sun.

The inspector did notice at the base of one of the two valleys the fiberglass flashing was deteriorated, and a trim boar was exposed.

If not repaired the water infiltrations will eventually cause premature deterioration to the soffit in that area.

Recommend a qualified contractor with expertise in fiberglass installations repair/patch the damaged valley and paint any fiberglass that would need a fresh coat of paint.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.3.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Missing scuppers

The fiberglass deck facing the road 3rd floor above the garage was bordered by a wall and knee-walls.  

There were several floor-drains that from what the inspector could see all appear to be connected to one drain pipe.

Although the surrounding area has little vegetation and the likelihood of a clogged drain is low, it is always possible that the drain could get clogged and result in a back up of water on the deck.

Ideally, this deck should have one or more scuppers. 

A scupper is a direct opening at the base of the wall that in case of a drain gets backed up will permit the water to discharge from the deck.

Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate the deck and install the appropriate number of scuppers as deemed necessary.

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Contractor Qualified Professional

4 - Structural Components

IN D
4.1 Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces X X
4.2 Floor Structure X X
4.3 Wall Structure X
4.4 Ceiling Structure X
4.5 Roof Structure & Attic X
Inspection Methods
Visual
Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces: Foundation system(s)
slab, Wood piles
Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces: Material(s)
Concrete, Wood
Floor Structure: Material Floor structures
Wood Joists
Floor Structure: Material Sub-floors
Unknown
Wall Structure: Material
Wood
Ceiling Structure: Material
Wood
Roof Structure & Attic: Material
Wood framed
Roof Structure & Attic: Type
Flat, Hip
Structural Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the home structural elements that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. This typically includes the foundation, exterior walls, floor structures, and roof structure. Much of the home structure is hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings or is buried underground.  Since certain areas will not be accessible and the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all structural deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that structural problems may exist that are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of, portions and (or) systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable.

e) When conducting the inspection of the structural components, the home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Foundation; ii) Floors; iii) Walls; iv) Ceilings; and v) Roof;

2) Describe: i) Foundation construction type and material; ii) Floor construction type and material; iii) Wall construction type and material; iv) Ceiling construction type and material; and v) Roof construction type and material;

3) Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected unless such probing would damage any finished surface; and

4) Describe in the home inspection report the methods used to inspect under-floor crawl spaces and attics.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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4.1.1 - Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces

Dilation cracks

The inspector observed what appears to be a small dilation crack in the garage slab.

Large slabs such as this ideally have dilation joints separating a big slab into smaller ones or they can have control joints which are straight lines cut into the slab to control and direct the possible cracking due to dilation.

Dilation cracks are more of an aesthetic problem than anything else. 

The crack is small at the moment but could eventually grow.  Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and cut a control joint to direct the crack in a straight line. 



Contractor Qualified Professional
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4.1.2 - Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces

Blocked flood vents

Many flood vents had solid panels installed.

Flood vents are designed in the case of a flood to open and release the water back out of the flooded area after the water has receded. The concept is to eliminate unwanted pressure on the walls from the water that would remain if no vents were installed.

These flood vents should not be obstructed by any such panels that were observed.

Recommend removal of all such panels.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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Comment
4.2.1 - Floor Structure

Corrosion

The floor system has metal connectors and lag bolts.

The connectors and bolts exposed to the outdoors are corroded to varying degrees with some needing replacement. This is due to the high salt environment.

Some of these connectors and bolts are critical to the basic integrity of the structure, while others are in place for protection from extreme wind and flooding conditions.

Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate all such connections and bolts. Paint to protect rusty connectors and bolts that are considered to be adequate. Replace connectors and bolts that need to be replaced.


Contractor Qualified Professional
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4.2.2 - Floor Structure

Gaps in beams

Certain exterior beams between piles were created by tightly nailing separate beams together to form a more solid beam. 

The inspector observed that some of these beams had gaps between the boards that probably formed when the wood dried. 

Though it appears the beams are performing as intended, it would be considered prudent and good practice to clamp together the affected wood beams and add nails or screws by a qualified contractor.


Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Exterior

IN D
5.1 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X
5.2 Siding, Flashing & Trim X X
5.3 Main Entry Door X
5.4 Exterior Doors/Slider X
5.5 Garage Door X
5.6 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X X
5.7 Decks, Balconies, X
5.8 Sunroom X
5.9 Vegetation, Grading, & Drainage X
Inspection Method
Visual
Siding, Flashing & Trim : Siding Material
Fiber Cement, Wood, Cedar Shakes
Main Entry Door: Main Entry Door
Steel
Exterior Doors/Slider : Exterior Doors/Sliders
Glass, Steel
Garage Door: Material
Metal
Garage Door: Type
Sectional
Walkways, Patios & Driveways : Driveway Material
Pavers
Walkways, Patios & Driveways : Walkway Material
Gravel, Pavers
Decks, Balconies, : Appurtenance
Balcony, Deck
Decks, Balconies, : Material
Wood, Fiberglass
Sunroom : Material
Wood
Exterior Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes the inspection of the homes exterior elements and systems that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. This typically includes the foundation, exterior walls, floor structures, and roof structures. Much of the homes exterior components are hidden behind the roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or is buried underground. Certain areas will not be accessible or visible and because the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist that are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of, portions and/or systems not readily accessible or viewable.

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f) When conducting the inspection of the exterior components, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar seasonal accessories; ii) Exterior doors excluding storm doors or safety glazing; iii) Windows excluding storm windows and safety glazing; iv) Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings; v) Vegetation, grading, drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building, excluding fences, geological and/or soil conditions, sea walls, break-walls, bulkheads and docks, or erosion control and earth stabilization; vi) Attached or adjacent walkways, patios, and driveways; and vii) Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; and

2) Describe exterior wall surface type and material.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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Comment
5.2.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Trimmings- Maintenance (refinishing /sealing)

To protect the home from water infiltrations, trimmings need to be periodically refinished/sealed due to exposure to the outside environment.

Not all but some trimmings were worn and in need of periodic maintenance. 

Recommend a qualified contractor refinish/seal trimmings where needed. 

(The photos below and comments are not a complete list but shown to illustrate the situation.)

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5.6.1 - Walkways, Patios & Driveways

Settlement

In the driveway near a corner,  a few pavers have settled and are not level.

Recommend a qualified person reset the pavers.

Contractor Qualified Professional

6 - Insulation and Ventilation

IN D
6.1 Attic Insulation X
6.2 Floor Insulation X
6.3 Wall Insulation X
6.4 Ventilation X
6.5 Exhaust Systems Bathroom X
6.6 Exhaust Systems Dryer X
6.7 Soil cover-Crawl space X
Dryer Power Source
Gas
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Unknown
Floor Insulation: Insulation Type
Unknown
Wall Insulation: Insulation Type
unknown
Ventilation : Ventilation Type
Unknown
Exhaust Systems Bathroom: Exhaust Fans
Fan Only
Exhaust Systems Dryer: Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
Insulation and Ventilation Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the elements and/or systems that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. This typically includes insulation and ventilation systems, which are often hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings or buried underground. Certain areas will not be accessible and because the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist which are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of portions, and/or systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable.

Suggested Energy Audit

Since a home inspection is non-invasive, it is impossible to verify the presence of insulation without opening closed cavities, and much of the system is concealed.

 If the client desires to know the dwellings insulation/ventilation systems values and/or performance, the home inspector recommends a comprehensive evaluation by qualified energy consultant/technician.

m) When inspecting the insulation components and ventilation system of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces without disturbing insulation; ii) Ventilation of attics and crawlspaces; and iii) Mechanical ventilation systems; and 2) Describe: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces adjacent to heated areas; and ii) Evidence of inadequate attic and crawlspace ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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Comment
6.6.1 - Exhaust Systems Dryer

Annual Cleaning

Fires from dryer duct being clogged are a major cause of house fires. 

Recommend annual cleaning by a qualified person.

Contractor Qualified Professional

7 - Air Conditioning

IN D
7.1 Cooling Equipment System 1 X
7.2 Cooling Equipment System 2 X X
7.3 Distribution System 1 X
7.4 Distribution System 2 X
Cooling Equipment System 1: Brand
Goodman
Cooling Equipment System 1: Energy Source
Electric
Cooling Equipment System 1: Type
Split system
Cooling Equipment System 2: Brand
Goodman
Cooling Equipment System 2: Energy Source
Electric
Cooling Equipment System 2: Type
Split system
Distribution System 1: Distrabution
Duct (non observable)
Distribution System 2: Distrabution
Duct (non observable)
Air Conditioning Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the cooling systems and elements that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. Some of the cooling components and systems are hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or buried underground so certain areas will not be accessible. Since the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist that are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for the inspection of portions, and/or systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable.


k) When inspecting the cooling system, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Central cooling system, excluding electronic air filters and excluding determination of cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance and without operating central cooling equipment when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the cooling equipment; ii) Permanently installed hard-wired, through-wall individual cooling systems; and iii) Energy sources; and 2) Describe: i) Cooling equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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Comment
7.1.1 - Cooling Equipment System 1

Needs Servicing/Cleaning

A/C system should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify.

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Comment
7.2.1 - Cooling Equipment System 2

Needs Servicing/Cleaning

A/C system should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify.

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Comment
7.2.2 - Cooling Equipment System 2

Failed to respond

The air conditioning unit operating the lower zone failed to respond to commands.

This appeared to be adversely affecting the upper zone that was operating and was producing cold air.

It appears the cold air from the upper floor was sinking to the lower floors and the temperature drop upstairs was not adequate since hot air from the lower zone was apparently rising to replace the cooler air.

Recommend a qualified specialist repair the lower zoned A/C unit and verify both zones are properly functioning.

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8 - Heating

IN D
8.1 Heating Equipment System 1 X X
8.2 Heat Distribution System 1 X
8.3 Vent Connectors System1 X
8.4 Heating Equipment System 2 X X
8.5 Heat Distribution System 2
8.6 Vent Connectors System 2 X
Heating Equipment System 1: Heat - System
Hot Air Furnace
Heating Equipment System 1: Brand
Goodman
Heating Equipment System 1: Energy Source
Gas
Heating Equipment System 1: Filter Type
Disposable
Heat Distribution System 1: Distrabution
Duct -Non Insulated
Heating Equipment System 2: Heat - System
Hot Air Furnace
Heating Equipment System 2: Brand
Goodman
Heating Equipment System 2: Energy Source
Gas
Heating Equipment System 2: Filter Type
Disposable
Heat Distribution System 2: Distrabution
Duct (Non observable)
Heating Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the heating systems and elements that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. Some of the heating components and systems are hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or are buried underground. Certain areas may not be accessible and because the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist which are not readily visible, the Inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of portions, and (or) systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable.


j) When inspecting the heating system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Installed heating equipment and energy sources, without determining heat supply adequacy or distribution balance, and without operating automatic safety controls or operating heat pumps when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the pumps, and excluding humidifiers, electronic air filters and solar heating systems; ii) Combustion vent systems and chimneys, excluding interiors of flues or chimneys; iii) Fuel storage tanks, excluding propane and underground storage tanks; and iv) Visible and accessible portions of the heat exchanger; and 2) Describe: i) Heating equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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8.1.1 - Heating Equipment System 1

Needs Servicing/Cleaning

The furnace should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify furnace.

Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.

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8.1.2 - Heating Equipment System 1

Incorrect filter location


It appears that in both furnaces the filters were positioned inside the cabinets and that these areas were not intended to be the locations for such filters. 

One of the filters was sucked up to the motor and in the other, the filter was being held back by some rigged brackets and that the filter could easily come loose since this appears to be an ill-adapted bracket.

This could cause damage to the blower motors.

Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and make all necessary corrections.

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8.4.1 - Heating Equipment System 2

Needs Servicing/Cleaning

The furnace should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify furnace.

Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.

9 - Electrical

IN D
9.1 Service Entrance Conductors X
9.2 Main Disconnect/Panel X
9.3 Branch Circuit Conductors X X
9.4 Connected Devices and Fixtures X
9.5 Polarity and Grounding of Receptacles X
9.6 GFCI X X
9.7 Exterior Electrical X
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Overhead
Main Disconnect/Panel: Panel Locations
Interior
Main Disconnect/Panel: Service Wire Material
unknown
Main Disconnect/Panel: Service Voltage Ratings (nominal)
240v
Main Disconnect/Panel: Panel Capacity Amperage
150 AMP
Main Disconnect/Panel: Panel Manufacturer
Square D
Main Disconnect/Panel: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Branch Circuit Conductors: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Circuit Conductors: Wiring Method
Non metalic sheathing PVC (romex)
Electrical Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the electrical systems and elements that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. Much of the electrical components and systems are hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or are buried underground. Certain areas may not be accessible and since the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist that are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures.

Due to its non-invasive nature, limitations of viewable portions, and variations in installation requirements of the huge number components and materials installed over the years, and that this home inspection is not a confirmation of proper installation of systems. 

Consideration of comprehensive Inspection

Due to its non-invasive nature, limitations of viewable portions, and variations in installation requirements of the huge number components and materials installed over the years, and that this home inspection is not a confirmation of proper installation of systems. The home inspection will not be as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a qualified electrical contractor.

As your Home Inspector, safety is one of my primary concerns. Since defaults in electrical systems are safety issues, I strongly advise to consider following the Electrical Safety Foundations recommendation; In any of the following situations a licensed electrician should perform a comprehensive electrical inspection: When purchasing a home, When a home is 40 years or older, If an appliance has been added, and When a home has had a major renovation.

Main Disconnect/Panel: Panel painted shut

The panel was painted shut. Since opening the panel would have likely damaged the wall the inspector did not remove the panel to inspect the inside.

i) When inspecting the electrical system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Service entrance system; ii) Main disconnects, main panel and sub panels, including interior components of main panel and sub panels; iii) Service grounding; iv) Wiring, without measuring amperage, voltage or impedance, excluding any wiring not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system, such as central vacuum systems, remote control devices, telephone or cable system wiring, intercom systems, security systems and low voltage wiring systems; v) Over-current protection devices and the compatibility of their ampacity with that of the connected wiring; vi) At least one of each interior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per room and at least one exterior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per side of house; and vii) Ground fault circuit interrupters; and 2) Describe: i) Amperage and voltage rating of the service; ii) Location of main disconnect, main panels, and sub-panels; iii) Type of over-current protection devices; iv) Predominant type of wiring; v) Presence of knob and tube branch circuit wiring; and vi) Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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9.3.1 - Branch Circuit Conductors

not protected/supported- Subject to damage
Garage

It is generally considered that standard electrical wires within seven feet of the floor and in cabinets should be protected/concealed correctly since they are subject to damage.

All electrical wires and conduits must be supported and attached correctly.

The reason being that if anyone leans or pulls on such wires or boxes could accidentally dislodge or damage the wires which could lead to electrical shock. 

The inspector observed in the garage such conditions existed. Highly recommend an electrician inspect the home for any such conditions and add supports/attachments/protect when needed

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9.6.1 - GFCI

Missing GFCI Protection
Sun room / Balcony

Today it is generally accepted that for the protection of people that certain outlets of the home require what is called GFCI protection. GFCI protected outlets help prevent electrical shock.  Areas that require this protection are in bathrooms, garages, outdoors, and kitchens, The inspector observed some of these areas had GFCI protection that was missing.   This is a shock hazard. 

Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing ground fault receptacles in all places required by current standards.

Here is a link to read about how GFCI receptacles keep you safe. 

10 - Plumbing

IN D
10.1 Water Ditrabution System X
10.2 Fuel Gas Distribution Systems X
10.3 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
10.4 Fixtures / Faucets X X
10.5 Water Heater X
10.6 Vent Connectors X
10.7 Exterior Plumbing X
Main Fuel Shut-Off (Location)
Exterior
Main Water Shut-Off Device (Location)
Garage
Water Ditrabution System: Material - Maine Water Supply Pipe
Polyethylene (PE)



Water Ditrabution System: Material - Water Distribution
Copper, Unknown
Water Ditrabution System: Source
Public
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems : Material
PVC, Unknown
Water Heater: Location
Garage
Water Heater: Manufacturer
Bradford & White
Water Heater: Power Source
Gas
Plumbing Introduction

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the plumbing systems and elements that were readily accessible and visible at the time of the inspection. Most of the plumbing is hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or buried underground so certain areas may not be accessible. The General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods and this report may not identify all deficiencies. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist which are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures.

This section does not include confirmation of proper installation or current code compliance. This plumbing inspection does not include leak-testing, nor will it certify or warranty against concealed, and/or future leakage, and it does not guarantee present and future performance of the plumbing systems and its components.

 The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of portions, and/or systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable. Other limitations may apply and will be included in as necessary.

Comprehensive inspection consideration (Fuel gas included)

The plumbing portion of this general home inspection will not be as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a qualified licensed plumbing contractor because of variations in installation requirements of a large number of different plumbing materials installed over the years and the need of expertise that a licensed plumber has.

In light of this information, the inspector recommends considering the costs and benefits of having or not having a qualified licensed plumber inspect and certify proper functioning of the plumbing system and any recommendations of such an inspection.

Defaults in the Fuel gas system can be dangerous to life and property.

If the client decides not to have a complete plumbing inspection, the Home Inspector highly recommends for safety reasons to have, at a minimum, the fuel gas system, and its components inspected for any deficiencies by a qualified and licensed plumber.

Excluded system(s) recommendations

In accordance with the NJ standards of practice, lawn irrigation systems, wells, well pumps, and water conditioners are excluded from this report.

If any of the above-mentioned components or systems are present, the inspector recommends a corresponding specialist evaluate and report on the condition(s) of any such components or system. Follow recommendations of repairs that might be needed and annual maintenance.

Consideration Of The Possibility of Underground Tanks

The possibility of discovering underground tanks that could have contained oil, gas or septic is not guaranteed with the typical home inspection. The presence of an underground tank can considerably affect the conditions of the sale of a home.

As mentioned in the New Jersey standards of practice this home inspection does not certify the existence or not of such tanks.

It is always possible that signs that one exists were not visible at all and in light of this information, the home inspector recommends taking into consideration the costs and benefits of obtaining or not obtaining a tank sweep by a qualified technician to confirm the presence or not of such tanks.

h) When inspecting the plumbing system, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect:i) Interior water supply and distribution systems including functional water flow and functional drainage, excluding wells, well pumps, well water sampling or water storage related equipment, determination of water supply quantity or quality and water conditioning systems and lawn irrigation systems; ii) All interior fixtures and faucets, excluding shut off valves, wells, well pumps, well water sampling and water storage related equipment; iii) Drain, waste and vent systems; iv) Domestic water heating systems, without operating safety valves or automatic safety controls, and excluding solar water heating systems; v) Combustion vent systems excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; vi) Fuel distribution systems; and vii) Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping; and

2) Describe: i) Predominant interior water supply and distribution piping materials; ii) Predominant drain, waste and vent piping materials; and iii) Water heating equipment including energy sources.


  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency
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10.4.1 - Fixtures / Faucets

Diverter not working correctly

The diverter in the outdoor shower was not functioning well. Water was still coming out of the spigot at the same time the shower was activated.

Recommend a qualified contractor repair.

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10.4.2 - Fixtures / Faucets

Stop not functioning
2nd floor

The stop for the main bathrooms sink was not functioning at the time of inspection.

Recommend a qualified person repair.

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10.5.1 - Water Heater

Annual Maintenance Flush Needed

Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency. Recommend a qualified plumber service and flush. 

Here is a DIY link to help

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10.5.2 - Water Heater

Water Temperature is too High

The water temperature was too hot to touch and could cause burns.

Recommend a qualified person regulate the temperature to acceptable level which is  120 degrees or lower Fahrenheit.

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11 - Interiors

IN D
11.1 Walls X
11.2 Ceilings X
11.3 Floors X
11.4 Steps, Stairways & Railings X
11.5 Doors X
11.6 Windows X
11.7 Bathroom cabinets X
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Gypsum Board
Floors: Floor Coverings
Hardwood, Tile
Interiors Indroduction

The General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods.  The inspector will inspect to the best of his ability, but it is possible that this report may not identify all deficiencies since much of the homes interior components are hidden behind floors, walls, and ceiling coverings. Upon observing indicators that problems may exist which are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures. The Inspector disclaims responsibility for inspection of portions, and (or) systems of the dwelling not readily accessible or viewable.

l) When inspecting the interior of a residential building, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Walls, ceilings, and floors excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments, carpeting and other non-permanent floor coverings; ii) Steps, stairways, and railings; iii) Installed kitchen wall cabinets to determine if secure; iv) At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room excluding window treatments; and v) Household appliances limited to: (1) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self-cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats; (2) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and (3) Garbage disposer.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency

12 - Built-in Appliances / Kitchen

IN D
12.1 Dishwasher X
12.2 Refrigerator X
12.3 Built-in Microwave X
12.4 Garbage Disposal X
12.5 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
12.6 Countertops & Cabinets X
Dishwasher: Brand
Bosch
Refrigerator: Brand
Kitchen-Aid
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
Vented
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
Jenn-Air
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source
Gas
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Wood
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Composite


 

l) When inspecting the interior of a residential building, a home inspector shall:

 1) Inspect: i) Walls, ceilings, and floors excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments, carpeting and other non-permanent floor coverings; ii) Steps, stairways, and railings; iii) Installed kitchen wall cabinets to determine if secure; iv) At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room excluding window treatments; and v) Household appliances limited to: (1) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self-cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats; (2) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and (3) Garbage disposer.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency

13 - Garage (Fire Containment)

IN D
Fire Containment Introduction

This section (Garage /Fire Containment) does not determine complete compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances, but for safety reasons, it may make recommendations from observations that might indicate a need to consider updating the existing condition to meet current fire barrier requirements.

Please keep this in mind when reviewing this section.

Consider update

Fires that begin in garages which are physically attached to a house can spread to living areas. For this reason, combined with the multitude of flammable materials commonly found in garages, attached garages should be adequately sealed from living areas. A properly sealed attached garage will ideally restrict the potential spread of fire long enough to allow the occupants time to escape the home or building.

Link for additional info: https://www.nachi.org/attached-garage-fire-hazards.htm

The older the home the less likely it is up to modern fire standards and codes. This section (Garage /Fire Containment) does not determine complete compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances. In light of the information provided and possible concerns about fire safety, the inspector highly recommends to consider a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified contractor and updating any existing condition(s) that does(do) not meet current fire barrier requirements for garages.

This section (Garage /Fire Containment) does not determine complete compliance with codes, regulations and/or ordinances, but for safety reasons, it may make recommendations from observations that might indicate a need to consider updating the existing condition to meet current fire barrier requirements.

  • IN = Inspected
  • D = Deficiency