THIS REPORT IS PAID AND PREPARED FOR THE PERSONAL, PRIVATE AND EXCLUSIVE USE BYAlex Touma & Lavina Touma THIS IS A COPYRIGHTED REPORT AND IS NOT VALID WITHOUT THE SIGNED INSPECTION AGREEMENT ATTACHED. THIS REPORT IS NOT TRANSFERABLE FROM THE CLIENT NAMED ABOVE.
This report contains representative pictures of certain deficiencies (not every area of deficiency) identified during the inspection. Additional photos, if any, can be viewed at the end of this report located in the PHOTO SUMMARY section,
Whenever a defect and/or deficiency of any kind is noted in a system and/or any part and/or item of this structure, we recommend that a properly licensed/certified specialist/technician to inspect, repair and/or service the entire system or part. Sometimes noted defects and/or deficiencies are symptoms of other and sometimes more serious conditions and/or defects.
It is also recommended that the buyer walks through the property the day before closing to assure conditions have not changed since inspection.
All areas of the home that are talked about in the report are oriented from the prospective of looking at the home from the front facing the home.
Do look through the report because technology is a wonderful thing and there may be areas where there is a box that has not been checked that we thought was checked or a box that is checked that shouldn't be. Also if a comment is used and it just doesn't make sense PLEASE give us a call and we will go through the report and answer these questions and revise the report. We are human and try to make as little mistakes as possible but then again we are human and we want to make sure that everything is professional and worded properly so again don't hesitate to question anything that doesn't seem right because that just helps us stay accountable. We appreciate our clients and we want feed back because that helps us get better at our jobs that we do.
SCOPE OF INSPECTION
These standards of practice define the minimum levels of inspection required for substantially completed residential improvements to real property up to four dwelling units. A real estate inspection is a non-technically exhaustive, limited visual survey and basic performance evaluation of the systems and components of a building using normal controls and does not require the use of specialized equipment or procedures. The purpose of the inspection is to provide the client with information regarding the general condition of the residence at the time of inspection. The inspector may provide a higher level of inspection performance than required by these standards of practice and may inspect components and systems in addition to those described by the standards of practice.
The inspector is not required to:
(i) items other than those listed within these standards of practice;
(iii) detached buildings, decks, docks, fences, or waterfront structures or equipment;
(iv) anything buried, hidden, latent, or concealed;
(v) sub-surface drainage systems;
(vi) automated or programmable control systems, automatic shut-off, photoelectric sensors, timers, clocks, metering devices, signal lights, lightning arrestor system, remote controls, security or data distribution systems, solar panels or smart home automation components; or
(vii) concrete flatwork such as; driveways, sidewalks, walkways, paving stones or patios;
(i) past repairs that appear to be effective and workmanlike except as specifically required by these standards;
(ii) cosmetic or aesthetic conditions; or
(iii) wear and tear from ordinary use;
(i) insurability, warrantability, suitability, adequacy, compatibility, capacity, reliability, marketability, operating costs, recalls, counterfeit products, product lawsuits, life expectancy, age, energy efficiency, vapor barriers, thermostatic performance, compliance with any code, listing, testing or protocol authority, utility sources, or manufacturer or regulatory requirements except as specifically required by these standards;
(ii) the presence or absence of pests, termites, or other wood-destroying insects or organisms;
(iii) the presence, absence, or risk of asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, mildew, corrosive or contaminated drywall Chinese Drywall or any other environmental hazard, environmental pathogen, carcinogen, toxin, mycotoxins, pollutant, fungal presence or activity, or poison;
(iv) types of wood or preservative treatment and fastener compatibility; or
(v) the cause or source of a conditions;
(D) anticipate future events or conditions, including but not limited to:
(i) decay, deterioration, or damage that may occur after the inspection;
(ii) deficiencies from abuse, misuse or lack of use;
(iii) changes in performance of any component or system due to changes in use or occupancy;
(iv) the consequences of the inspection or its effects on current or future buyers and sellers;
(v) common household accidents, personal injury, or death;
(vi) the presence of water penetrations; or
(vii) future performance of any item;
(E) operate shut-off, safety, stop, pressure or pressure-regulating valves or items requiring the use of codes, keys, combinations, or similar devices;
(F) designate conditions as safe;
(G) recommend or provide engineering, architectural, appraisal, mitigation, physical surveying, realty, or other specialist services;
(H) review historical records, installation instructions, repair plans, cost estimates, disclosure documents, or other reports;
(I) verify sizing, efficiency, or adequacy of the ground surface drainage system;
(J) verify sizing, efficiency, or adequacy of the gutter and downspout system;
(K) operate recirculation or sump pumps;
(L) remedy conditions preventing inspection of any item;
(M) apply open flame or light a pilot to operate any appliance;
(N) turn on decommissioned equipment, systems or utility services; or
(O) provide repair cost estimates, recommendations, or re-inspection services.
The Client, by accepting this Property Inspection Report or relying upon it in any way, expressly agrees to the SCOPE OF INSPECTION, GENERAL LIMITATIONS and INSPECTION AGREEMENT included in this inspection report.
This inspection report is made for the sole purpose of assisting the purchaser to determine his and/or her own opinion of feasibility of purchasing the inspected property and does not warrant or guarantee all defects to be found. If you have any questions or are unclear regarding our findings, please call our office prior to the expiration of any time limitations such as option periods.
This report contains technical information. If you were not present during this inspection, please call the office to arrange for a consultation with your inspector. If you choose not to consult with the inspector, this inspection company cannot be held liable for your understanding or misunderstanding of the reports content. Also it is important that you read through the report! If we are driving down the road giving you the highlights there may be some thing that we did not say due to being preoccupied with driving and it will be in the report so please read the report so that you get an understanding or everything that was found.
This report is not intended to be used for determining insurability or warrantability of the structure and may not conform to the Texas Department of Insurance guidelines for property insurability. This report is not to be used by or for any property and/or home warranty company.
The digital pictures in this report are a sample of the damages in place and should not be considered to show all of the damages and/or deficiencies found. There will be some damage and/or deficiencies not represented with digital imaging. It is important to read the full report to gain the most knowledge that you can about the home. When one or two like deficiencies are found they will be listed, when three to six or more like deficiencies are found the term various or multiple will be used . This eliminates the exhaustive reporting of like defects. Also look at the Pictures of this report the majority will be labeled unless on the roof, in the attic, or crawlspace as to where the area in question is located. in the HTML version of the report at the bottom of the photo there will be a "conversation bubble" when you hover over that box it will tell you the location or just open the picture and it will be listed below the photo. In the PDF Version the photos are labeled, I have noticed that there are times where the PDF does not have the label below it as it was written in the HTML.
This report is lengthy due to the current inspection standards that are required by T.R.E.C. to be applied regardless of a home's age. There will also be many areas in this report that will be marked deficient. this does not necessarily mean that this is a bad home the word deficient means that things are not as they should be and therefore we mark this box if there is an issue in a certain area, we recommend that if the deficient box is marked that you look into this section and see what wasn't up to par it may not be a major concern but do look at the area and see how you want to move forward with it. As with any home, some safety, electrical and plumbing issues are always present, some due to code and building procedure changes that occur each year. Should you desire for me to meet you at the home to discuss any of the report contents please just let me know.
Comment Key - Definitions
This report divides deficiencies into three categories In need of immediate attention or repair or Saftey Concern (in red), Maintenance Recommendations, Items To Monitor, Further Evaluation Recommended (in orange), and Maintenance Items/FYI/Minor Defects (colored in blue). Safety Hazards or concerns will be listed in the Red or Orange categories depending on their perceived danger, but should always be addressed ASAP.
In need of immediate attention or repair or Saftey Concern - Items or components that were not functional, may pose a dangerous situation in the future/or may require a major expense to correct. Items categorized in this manner require further evaluation and repairs or replacement as needed by a Qualified Contractor.
Maintenance Recommendations, Items To Monitor, Further Evaluation Recommended - Items or components that were found to include a deficiency but were still functional at the time of inspection, although this functionality may be impaired or not ideal. Repairs are recommended to items categorized in this manner for optimal performance and/or to avoid future problems or adverse conditions that may occur due to the defect. Items categorized in this manner typically require repairs from a Handyman or Qualified Contractor and are not considered routine maintenance or DIY repairs.
Maintenance Items/FYI/Minor Defects - Items or components that were found to be in need of recurring or basic general maintenance and/or may need minor repairs which may improve their functionality. Typically these items are considered to represent a less significant immediate cost than those listed in the previous two categories and can be addressed by a Homeowner or Handyman. Also included in this section are items that were at the end of their typical service life or beginning to show signs of wear, but were in the opinion of the inspector, still functional at the time of inspection. Items that are at, or past their typical service life will require subsequent observation to monitor performance with the understanding that replacement or major repairs should be anticipated.
These categorizations are in my professional opinion and based on what I observed at the time of inspection, and this categorization should not be construed as to mean that items designated as "Minor defects" or "Recommendations" do not need repairs or replacement. The recommendation in the text of the comment is more important than it's categorization. Due to your opinions or personal experience you may feel defects belong in a different category, and you should feel free to consider the importance you believe they hold during your purchasing decision. Once again it's the "Recommendations" in the text of the comment pertaining to each defect that is paramount, not it's categorical placement.
Comment on the nearby water course is not within the scope of our inspection. The owner/occupant may have information regarding the volume of water during adverse weather and if there has been flooding or erosion in the past. It is important to inquire about water intrusion in areas such as the garage of homes, this is an issue that may not be obvious unless there is rain on the day of inspection.
We are not soil, geotechnical, civil, or structural engineers and cannot render an opinion regarding soil stability, potential soil and/or structural movement. If desired, qualified specialists should be consulted on these matters.
New construction lumber shrinkage
Lumber in a new house takes up to five years to 'dry' or reach an equilibrium. During that time, minor cracks may appear in the drywall at intersections of structural elements. They can be eliminated during the course of routine maintenance.
Not visual out of scope
Buyers Advisory Notice: The Inspector has attempted to discover and report conditions requiring further evaluation or repair. However; determining the condition of any component that is not visible and/or accessible, such as plumbing components that are buried, beneath the foundation, located within construction voids or otherwise concealed, and reporting any deficiency that does not appear or become evident during our limited cursory and visual survey is outside the scope of this inspection.
Your inspector may choose to include photos in your inspection report. There are times when only a picture can fully explain the condition or if the client is unable to attend the inspection. Photo inclusion is at the discretion of the inspector and in no way is meant to emphasize or highlight the only conditions that were seen. We always recommend full review of the entire inspection report.
Life expectancy of the roofing material is not covered by this property inspection report. If any concerns exist about the roof covering life expectancy or potential for future problems, a roofing specialist should be consulted. The Inspector cannot offer an opinion or warranty as to whether the roof has leaked in the past, leaks now or may be subject to future leaks ... either expressed or implied.
We make efforts to note visible staining on roof sheathing and visible defects and maintenance that is needed on the roof structure.
It is important to understand that flashings, fasteners, and underlayment are not readily visible in most cases on the roof covering surface. We cannot give an opinion on what we cannot readily see. As deficiencies are noted in this report it is recommended that the entire roof covering be evaluated by a roofing contractor and your insurance carrier, prior to the end of any option periods or time limitations to assure condition, life expectancy, and insurability.
It is recommended that you research your property casualty insurance (home insurance) carefully. Many insurance providers offer actual cash value (ACV) instead of replacement cash value (RCV) policies. ACV means they deduct their estimate of depreciation from the settlement and this shifts more cost to you. Google what is ACV versus RCV and understand the differences. If a hail storm destroys the roof you might be paid only the depreciated value less the deductible. This can be a significant expense. Additionally, many providers include policy limitations that exclude their opinion of damage to cosmetic items (dented gutters for example). Be aware of your deductible amount, it can be expensive. Lastly, know that some companies will cancel coverage if they think your roof is more than 15 to 20 years old (a variable number). All of these considerations can mean your roof may have very little insurance coverage. This home inspection does not determine the age of the roof or its insurability. You should have your insurance company approve the roof to their underwriting standards prior to the end of any option periods in your real estate contract, and be aware of the policy language. Also be aware that they can change policy language and coverage; do not take them for granted.
If the property appears to be a 'flipped' property the home may be in visibly good cosmetic condition, the client must understand that new paint and carpet does not make a new house, there are things that may not be able to be seen in this home due to patching and repair that may have been able to be seen earlier prior to remodeling.
This inspection is based in part upon the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD standards), the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Title 24, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 3280. The standards within this inspection shall be referenced as The Standard or HUD Code.
1976- Mobile homes built since June 15, 1976, must conform to the National Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards established under a law passed by the U. S. Congress. The Standards are administrated by the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Mobile Homes are the only homes with a National Building Code. These homes are the only homes (Manufactured homes) as defined by HUD since June 15, 1976.
The manufactures certified label (HUD insignias) on this home are located on the North side of the home. The data plate containing specific manufacturing information is located in the left side kitchen sink lower cabinet. Every manufacture is required to provide instructions on site preparation, installation and anchoring.
During this inspection the inspector will check the supply piping and drain lines for leaks and corrosion of the piping where readily visible. There are issues that may not be present or visible at the time of inspection and could manifest themselves over time and even after the inspection is over. Seals and valves will fail especially in older home and leaks will likely occur in the future. Seals and packing on valve stems/handles will eventually give way and need replacement. We would like to help you understand, These are all part of living in a home and it is not a matter of if these issues will come up, it is when they will come up. If you remodel your bathrooms, spend a little extra money on fixtures with a lifetime warranty so that when these issues occur you can have the manufacturer send the parts to you for replacement.
Mechanical components like dishwashers, ovens, stoves, water heaters, HVAC units, ect. can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time of the home inspection. The inspector is not required to determine life expectancy of any system or component. [Rule 535.227(b)(3)(C)(i)]
There is not any "fool proof" way to determine the future performance of any mechanical systems.
All areas of the home are inspected in a time frame of a few hours of one day and are not representative of regular full load, every day use by occupants. We strive to find the obvious visible deficiencies in our home inspections and report on such deficiencies. We cannot see items that are behind walls, under a slab, or otherwise concealed from view.
Bonding and Grounding:
Bonding conductors cannot be observed in finished buildings to determine serviceability, continuity or connecting fittings and clamps. While we may be able to identify missing Grounding and Bonding, we cannot affirm, nor do we warranty, that all pipes, either gas, including CSST, or water, plumbing, metal flues, metal framing, appliances or similar conductive materials are bonded.
We recommend that a certified electrician be contacted to assure proper bonding and grounding installation in the home.
Our observations regarding evidence of pests is not a substitute for inspection by a licensed pest control operator or exterminator. We report current visible conditions only and cannot render an opinion regarding their cause or remediation.
Lead Based Paint:
Homes Constructed before the 1980s should be tested for lead before purchasing or renovating--Lead wasn't the paint itself, lead was used as a pigment and drying agent in alkyd oil-based paint. Whereas, the newer Latex type water-based paints generally have not contained lead and are much safer. Unless properly sealed or encapsulated, lead based paint can leach through other paint coatings/ surfaces and adhere to those as well. About two-thirds of the homes built before 1940 have lead based paint issues. Approximately one-half of the homes built from 1940 to 1960 contain heavily-leaded paint. Some homes built after 1960 also contain heavily-leaded paint. It may be on any interior or exterior surface, particularly on woodwork, doors, and windows. In 1978, the US CPSC lowered the legal maximum lead-content in most kinds of paint to 0.06% (which is a trace amount).
Does this home have lead based paint? We cannot tell you that it does or does not. Providing lead based paint inspections is beyond the scope of the Texas Real Estate Commissions Standards of Practice and thus, not accomplished.