SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION:
Guardsman Inspections will perform all inspections in compliance with the New York State Standards of Practice. As such, we inspect the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components of a home as designated in the New York State Standards of Practice. When systems or components designated in the New York State Standards of Practice are present but are not inspected, the reason(s) the item was not inspected is identified within the “Limitations” tab of this report. This report contains observations of those systems and components that, in the professional judgement of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives. If the cause for the deficiency is not readily apparent, the suspected cause or reason why the system or component is at or near end of expected service life is reported, and recommendations for correction or monitoring are made as appropriate.
USE OF PHOTOS:
Your report includes many photographs. Some pictures are informational and of a general view, to help you understand where the inspector has been, what was looked at and the condition of the item or area at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and to help you see areas or items that you normally would not see. Not all problem areas or conditions will be supported with photos. It is our goal to protect the privacy of others while conducting a thorough inspection. Photographs that may breach the privacy of other parties will be locally stored but not transmitted through digital means.
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. Any recommendations by the inspector suggest a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
1. Apparent Condition: Systems and components are rated as follows:
SATISFACTORY (Sat.) - Indicates the component is functionally consistent with its original purpose but may show signs of normal wear and tear and deterioration.
MARGINAL (Marg.) - Indicates the component may require repair or replacement anytime within five years.
POOR - Indicates the component may require repair or replacement now or in the very near future.
MAJOR CONCERNS - A system or component that is considered significantly deficient, inoperable or is unsafe.
SAFETY HAZARD - Denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention.
2. Installed systems and components: structural components; exterior; interior; roofing; plumbing; electrical; heating; central air-conditioning (weather permitting); insulation and ventilation.
3. Readily accessible systems and components: only those systems and components where Inspector is not required to remove personal items, furniture, equipment, soil, snow, or other items which obstruct access or visibility.
4. Any component not listed as being deficient in some manner is assumed to be satisfactory.
This categorization is the opinion of the inspector and is based on what was observed at the time of inspection. It is not intended to imply that items documented in any one category are not in need of correction. Maintenance items or latent defects left unrepaired can soon become significant defects. It should be considered very likely there will be other issues you personally may consider deficient, and you should add these as desired. There may also be defects that you feel belong in a different category, and again, you should feel free to consider the importance you believe they hold and act accordingly.
Please review the report in its entirety. It is up to your discretion to interpret its findings and to act accordingly. This report does not offer an opinion as to whom among the parties to this transaction should take responsibility for addressing any of these concerns. As with all aspects of your transaction, you should consult with your Realtor® for further advice regarding the contents of this report. Any repairs should be performed by the applicable licensed and bonded tradesman or qualified professional who will provide copies of all receipts, warranties and applicable permits for any repairs that are carried out.