HomeScan Inspection Services LLC strives to perform all inspections in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice as set forth by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. As such, we inspect the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components of the home. This inspection is not technically exhaustive.
1) MINOR/Maintenance or Upgrades - Maintenance items, DIY items, or recommended upgrades will fall into this category. These observations are more informational in nature and represent more of a future to-do list rather than something you might use as a negotiation or Seller-Repair Item. Some however, may ultimately lead to Moderate Concerns and Significant Concerns if left neglected for extended periods of time.
2) Moderate Concerns - Most items will fall into this category. Concerns that inevitably lead to, or directly cause (if not addressed in timely manner) adverse impact on the value of the home, or an unreasonable risk (Unsafe) to people or property. These concerns may require further evaluation by a qualified professional and may be more complicated to remedy.
3) Significant and/or Safety Concerns - A specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people or property. These concerns may be imminent, difficult or expensive to remedy.
Appeared Serviceable, Condition - Systems or components inspected in the report with a Condition identified as "Appeared Serviceable" are defined as capable of being used, or serving the purpose for which they were intended. Serviceable systems or components may however, show some wear or deterioration consistent with their age.
Direction Orientation - For the sake of this inspection the front of the home is regarded as the exterior wall that faces the road that corresponds with the home address. References to the "left" or "right" of the home are determined by facing the front of the home.
This report is meant to be an Honest, Impartial, Third-Party assessment. Oftentimes, in the mind of a buyer, minor items are given too much weight and significant items are under-appreciated. That being said, I would be more than happy to discuss anything in more detail. Please reach out if you have any questions or need further explanation on anything identified in this report.
If this residence was furnished at the time of the inspection portions of the interior were hidden by the occupants belongings. In accordance with industry standards, the inspection is limited to only those surfaces that are exposed and readily accessible. The Inspector does not move furniture, lift floor-covering materials, or remove or rearrange items within closets or on shelving. On your final walk through, or at some point after furniture and personal belongings have been removed, it is important that you inspect the interior portions of the residence that were concealed or otherwise inaccessible at the time of the inspection. Contact the Inspector immediately if any adverse conditions are observed that were not commented on in your inspection report.
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 inspector's 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.
Downspout extensions are recommended over roof coverings to extend the life of the roof covering and prevent water intrusion. Prolonged periods of concentrated water travel from downspouts can remove granular coatings and if too close to wall structures can cause leaks. Recommend extending the downspout closer to the nearest downstream gutter.
One or more gutters are installed with negative pitch. If left in this condition, gutters with negative pitch will hold water limiting their capacity during storms causing overflow which can lead to moisture intrusion in basements, as well as foundation or structural issues. Recommend it be repaired by a qualified gutter contractor.
I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim; B. all exterior doors; C. adjacent walkways and driveways; D. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps; E. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports; F. railings, guards and handrails; G. the eaves, soffits and fascia; H. a representative number of windows; and I. 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.
Trim on one or more exterior doors / windows requires caulk and paint repairs to prevent water penetration.
Some / Many sections of siding and/or trim were deteriorated / loose / split / warped / missing / damaged / substandard. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
Some nail heads at the composition wood siding were protruding from the wood, or had been nailed in so as to break the surface of the siding, and caulk was missing. Most manufacturers of composition wood siding specify that nail heads should be flush with the surface, and that the surface of the siding should not be broken. If broken, then caulk should be applied to the nail heads to prevent water penetration and subsequent deterioration of the siding. Recommend that a qualified person repair per the siding manufacturer's specifications.
One or more gutters / downspouts were loose / incomplete / missing / leaking / corroded / damaged. Rainwater can come in contact with the building exterior or accumulate around the building foundation as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Recommend installing egress covers to prevent moisture intrusion.
Windows above garage have damaged trim. recommend monitoring or repair if necessary.
No safety mechanisms
|Crank handles at some / many windows were missing / stripped / loose / broken. Recommend that a qualified person replace handles or make repairs as necessary.|
The Chimney key was not present and therefore the fireplace gas burner was not inspected and disclaimed from this inspection report.
One or more wood-burning fireplaces or stoves were found at the property. When such devices are used, they should be professionally inspected and cleaned annually to prevent creosote build-up and to determine if repairs are needed. The National Fire Protection Association states that a "Level 2" chimney inspection should be performed with every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Recommend consulting with the property owner about recent and past servicing and repairs to all wood-burning devices and chimneys or flues at this property. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate all wood-burning devices and chimneys, and clean and repair as necessary. Note that if a wood stove insert is installed, it may need to be removed for such an evaluation. For more information, search for "chimney inspection" at:
Chimney Crown/Mortar Cap appears defective allowing water penetration. This condition can lead to water or ice penetrating mortar joints damaging the brick veneer. Additionally, water intrusion can lead to structural damage as well as the formation and growth of mold. Recommend repair as necessary by qualified professional.
Some areas of the basement walls/floors/foundation were inaccessible and therefore were not able to be inspected. Those areas concealed from visual inspection at the time the home inspection was performed are disclaimed from this report.
Evidence of water intrusion was found in one or more sections of the basement. For example, water stains or rust at support post bases, efflorescence on the foundation, etc. Accumulated water is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms and should not be present in the basement. Recommend reviewing any disclosure statements available and ask the property owner about past accumulation of water in the basement. The basement should be monitored in the future for accumulated water, especially after heavy and/or prolonged periods of rain. If water is found to accumulate, then recommend that a qualified contractor who specializes in drainage issues evaluate and repair as necessary. Typical repairs for preventing water from accumulating in basements include:
Ideally, water should not enter basements, but if water must be controlled after it enters the basement, then typical repairs include installing a sump pump.
Irrigation Not Inspected
A sump pump was installed in the basement. These are specialty systems and only a limited evaluation was performed as part of this inspection. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of sump pumps and their associated drainage systems. The presence of a sump pump may indicate that water routinely accumulates below or inside the structure. Recommend asking the property owner how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. The client should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is 5-7 years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how often it operates. It is also recommended that sump pumps should have battery back ups and a notification device to alert homeowners when the sump pump ceases operation.
Main plumbing vent stack was partially obstructed by finish construction and a full evaluation was not conducted.
The gas line above the water heater is installed without support and is vulnerable to being disturbed based on its position relative to open space. This is a potential safety concern and should be addressed by a qualified professional.
Temperature differences were between 14-20 which is optimal for service efficiency.
|At the time of inspection, the furnace was functioning as designed, however the estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15-20 years. This furnace appeared to be near / at / beyond this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.|
This filter was sitting inside furnace cabinet blocking the fan. It should be removed and the correct filter installed in correct location, properly secured to insure sufficient air flow mechanics.
Furnace Flue was installed with a negative pitch. This could lead to leakage of combustion gasses. There were also signs of inadequate repairs to previous leaks as evidenced by caulking of the furnace flue joints with window & door caulk as well as silicone caulk indicating two prior repair attempts. This is a hazardous condition and should be repaired immediately by a qualified HVAC professional.