1234 Main St.
Everett WA 98201
06/23/2018 9:00AM

Sample agent

Agent Name

Agency Name
Items Inspected
Maintenance item
Recommended repairs
Safety hazard

JAKE Home Inspections has prepared this confidential report for your personal use. This report is based on my opinions of the condition of the systems and components inspected on this date. The scope of this inspection is intended to be an overview rather than an exhaustive evaluation of a particular system or component.
My inspection is performed by visual examination only. Representative samples of building components are viewed in areas that are accessible at the time of the inspection. I do not include examination of concealed items within the walls, under concrete slabs or in other areas not visible without removing permanently assembled components or moving personal property. Not all needed repairs can be identified during the inspection. Unexpected repairs should be anticipated.
The inspection is conducted according to the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The inspection should not be considered a guarantee or warranty of any kind for the continued use of any system component, nor does it dictate what should or should not be included in the property.

1 - Inspection Details

Weather Conditions
Cloudy, Cool, Light Rain
Outside Temperature
43 Fahrenheit
Type of Building
Detached, Single Family
Multi-level, Contemporary
Age of House:
39 Years
Front Door Faces:
Lot Size:
9148 Square Feet
In Attendance
Client, Client's Agent, Inspector, Client's Family
Main Water Shut-Off Location
Not found
Main Fuel Shut-Off Location
Garage-side of house

2 - Exterior / Site

Driveways: Driveway Material
Walkways: Walkway Materials
Concrete, Gravel, Pavers
Front Door: Exterior Entry Doors
Steel and glass
Front Porch: Guardrail
Front Porch: Porch Material
Front Steps: Guardrail
Front Steps: Step Material
Fascia: Fascia
1x6, Wood
Eaves: Eaves
Soffits: Soffits
Metal Panel
Siding: Siding Material
Metal, Plywood
Siding: Siding Style
Clapboard, Panels
Flashing : Flashing Material
Metal Z-Flashing
Trim: Trim
Wood, Metal Corner Pieces
Back Deck: Deck Material
Back Deck: Guardrail Material
Back Steps: Guardrail
Back Steps: Step Material
Patios: Patio Materials
Back Doors: Exterior Entry Doors
Sliding Glass Door
Drainage: Drainage
Unknown. Not enough rain to make determination
Vegetation: Vegetation
Shrubs, Trees
Fencing: Fencing Materials

4.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. wall coverings, flashing, and trim. 2. exterior doors. 3. attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. 4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. 5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building. 6. adjacent and entryway walkways, patios, and drive- ways. B. describe wall coverings. 4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories. B. fences, boundary walls, and similar structures. C. geological and soil conditions. D. recreational facilities. E. outbuildings other than garages and carports. F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks. G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.

2.1.1 - Driveways

Driveway Crack

Water can penetrate the crack and erode the substrate below the concrete.  The freeze-thaw cycle during the winters could also further deteriorate the concrete at the crack.  Recommend filling the crack with a high-quality caulk or cement filler.

Tools Handyman/DIY
2.2.1 - Walkways

Trip Hazard - Perimeter walkway
West Side

Uneven surfaces at perimeter walkway could pose a trip hazard.  Homeowner could be liable for injuries caused by the trip hazards.  Have a licensed contractor repair or replace uneven walking surfaces to eliminate trip hazards.

Yard scissors Landscaping Contractor
2.2.2 - Walkways

Walkway Cracking - Minor
Front Walk

Minor cosmetic cracks observed. Recommend monitor and/or patch/seal.

Here is a DIY article on repairing cracked sidewalks. 

Tools Handyman/DIY
2.5.1 - Front Porch

Porch Concrete Shifting

The porch is shifting which indicates ground movement.  The soil may not have been properly compacted when the house was built and now the porch has settled.  The new homeowner should monitor the porch for continued movement.  If the porch continues to separate from the house, recommend having a licensed contractor further evaluate and provide repair solutions.

Foundation Foundation Contractor
2.7.1 - Fascia

New Fascia not painted
Several locations

New fascia board has not been painted.  Paint the fascia board to protect the wood from the weather and premature deterioration.

Paint roller Painter
2.10.1 - Siding

Damaged Metal Siding
South Side

There are several locations where the siding is damaged from hanging items.  Fill the holes with a paintable caulk and then paint the patches.

Tools Handyman/DIY
2.10.2 - Siding

Metal Siding Working Loose
East Side

Several panels of siding are working loose. This type of siding is susceptible to working loose during high winds. Have a licensed contractor secure loose slats of siding where needed. The new homeowner should inspect the siding for loose or missing pieces after high wind events.

Siding Siding Contractor
2.12.1 - Trim

Wood Trim In Contact with Concrete

Wood trim pieces were in direct contact with concrete. Wood trim contacting concrete surfaces will deteriorate at a faster rate as water is soaked up. Recommend a licensed contractor repair by cutting the bottom of the trim, cutting enough off the end of the trim piece to leave a gap between the trim and the surface of the concrete to allow for air circulation and quick drying.

Hardhat General Contractor
2.13.1 - Back Deck

Improper Deck Construction Practices

Deck was observed to have general poor construction. Recommend qualified deck contractor correct all deck deficiencies.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.13.2 - Back Deck

Improper Fastners

The deck joists, stair stringers and beam-to-joist brackets are secured with improper fasteners. The existing fasteners are designed for deck boards only and not structural metal brackets, they do not have the same shear strength as dedicated bracket fasteners.  Have a licensed contractor replace the existing fasteners with new, proper fasteners as prescribed by the bracket manufacturer.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.13.3 - Back Deck

4 x 4 Posts Notched

The deck 4x4 guardrail posts have been notched making them weak and in danger of breaking if put under a heavy load such as an adult falling into the guardrail. The posts should be replaces with new posts that are not notched. Have a licensed contractor replace the notched posts with new posts.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.13.4 - Back Deck

Deck Attached to House Cantilever

The new deck is attached to the house at a cantilever.  This is not recommended deck-building practice.  Although the house is almost 40 years old and previous decks may have been built this way, the deck could potentially pull away from the house and cantilever.  Recommend installing new vertical deck supports and new beam under the deck near the cantilever to remove the dead weight of the deck off of the house structure.  

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.14.1 - Back Steps

Missing Graspable Handrails

Missing graspable handrails at steps.  Have a licensed contractor install a graspable handrail at steps.  Handrail should be continuous and uninterrupted.  

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.14.2 - Back Steps

Gap Between Risers

Space between the stair treads is greater than 4 inches.  Add wood material at the risers to close the gap or make the gaps smaller between the stair treads.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.15.1 - Patios

Hot Tub on Patio

A hot tub sits on top of the patio.  If the patio was not designed to support the hot tub, concrete could settle and crack under the weight of the hot tub.  Recommend asking seller if special thought was put into the design of the patio where the hot tub sits. 

Foundation Foundation Contractor
2.20.1 - Vegetation

Shrubs - Conditions conducive for Wood Destroying Organisms
South Side

Vegetation growing against the house provides food and shelter for potential WDO activity.  Recommend cutting back or removing (and relocating if possible) all vegetation growing against the house.  Clearing a 2' or wider path between the house and vegetation will allow the homeowner to monitor the perimeter of the house, promote drying of siding components and discourage WDO and rodent activity around the house.

Wrenches Handyman
2.20.2 - Vegetation

Trees- Conditions conducive for Wood Destroying Organisms
NW Corner

Tree(s) growing close tothe house and/or over the roofline providefood and shelter and a means for entry into the structure for potential WDO activity. Recommend cutting back trees.

Yard scissors Tree Service
2.21.1 - Fencing

Fence post damaged/missing

A fence panel is leaning due to a broken/missing fence post. Have a licensed contractor repair/replace the broken/missing fence post.

Fence Fence Contractor
2.21.2 - Fencing

Wood Fencing Weathered

Wood posts/ fence picketsare weathered and require repair or replacement.Sometimes wood fencing just needs a good power washing and sealing to make it look good again.

Tools Handyman/DIY

3 - Roofing

Roof Type/Style
How Many Roofing Layers?
Inspection Method
With camera mounted on extension pole
Coverings: Asphalt composition
Roof Drainage Systems: Aluminum gutters and downspouts
Roof Drainage Systems: Surface drainage system with splash blocks
Flashings: Metal
Chimneys: Masonry
Roof Penetrations: Roof vents
Roof Penetrations: Plumbing vents
Safety Concern for Inspector
The roof is too high and wet. It was not safe to traverse.
The roof is either too steep or too high or both to safely traverse without fall protection equipment.

5.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. roofing materials. 2. roof drainage systems. 3. flashing. 4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. B. describe: 1. roofing materials. 2. methods used to inspect the roofing. 5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. antennas. B. interiors of vent systems, ues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. C. other installed accessories.

3.2.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Debris in Gutter

Debris has accumulated in the gutters. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow. Install basket strainers in the downspout openings in the gutters to help prevent debris from clogging the footing drains.

Here is a DIY resource for cleaning your gutters.

Wrenches Handyman
3.2.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Downspouts Drain Near House
West Side

One or more downspouts drain too close to the home's foundation. This can result in excessive moisture in the soil at the foundation, which can lead to foundation/structural movement. Recommend a qualified contractor adjust downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation. 

Here is a helpful DIY link and video on draining water flow away from your house. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
3.3.1 - Flashings

Chimney Flashing

The flashing at the chimney is improperly installed.  It is making a dam and holding water.  That water may be seeping below the shingles and reaching the wood decking.  Have a licensed contractor replace the flashing so that water can drain off the roof.

Roof Roofing Professional
3.4.1 - Chimneys

Chimney Cap Missing

No chimney cap was observed. This is important to protect from moisture intrusion and protect the chimney. Recommend installing a cap over the flue opening.

Roof Roofing Professional
3.4.2 - Chimneys

Heavy Moss growth

Clean moss off chimney. The moss retains moisture that can deteriorate the mortar joints and crow. Have a licensed contractor power wash the chimney.  Cracks in the crown should be caulked with a high-quality caulk.

Contractor Qualified Professional

4 - Garage

General: Attached or Detached Garage
Garage Structure: Firewall
Garage Structure: Garage Structure
Wood frame
Overhead Garage Door: Material
Insulated Metal
Overhead Garage Door: Type
Roll-Up, Sectional
Door Opener: Brand
Door Opener: Auto Reverse
Present & working normally
Door Opener: Photoelectric Edge Sensors
Improperly Installed
Garage Pedestrian Door: Door
4.2.1 - Garage Structure

Damaged Drywall

Damaged drywall at walls and/or ceiling in garage adjacent to the living space is a safety hazard.  Smoke, fire and toxic fumes could enter the house through the damaged drywall harming the occupants.  Have a licensed contractor fill cracks in the drywall and repair damaged drywall.

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
4.2.2 - Garage Structure

Add Fire-Caulk in Wall / Ceiling Penetrations

Holes in drywall around penetrations could allow smoke and fire to spread to the living space quickly.  Fill the holes with a fire-caulk or fire-retardant expanding foam.

Wrench DIY
4.4.1 - Door Opener

Photoelectric Sensors missing or Improperly Installed

The overhead garage door is missing photoelectric edge sensors.  The sensors work by reversing the door if an obstacle is in the path of the door.  People could be injured or property can be damaged without operable sensors.  Have a licensed contractor install new photoelectric edge sensors to help prevent personal injuries or property damage.

Garage Garage Door Contractor
4.4.2 - Door Opener

Extension Cord

An extension cord is feeding power to the garage door opener.  The cord sweeps across a wall and ceiling to reach the opener.  Recommend having a licensed contractor install a new outlet close to the opener to eliminate the cord.

Electric Electrical Contractor
4.4.3 - Door Opener

Opener Not Functioning Properly

The garage door opener was operating normally the first few times it was opened and closed.  After the 3rd or 4th cycle of opening and closing, the door did not want to stay closed.  The door lowered to within 1 foot of the garage floor and then pop back up to the open position.  Have a licensed contractor make adjustments to the opener and the safety features so that the opener works reliably.  

Garage Garage Door Contractor
4.5.1 - Garage Pedestrian Door

Missing Auto-Closing Hinges

The pedestrian door is missing auto-closing hinges.  Garage sourced gases and fire could spread quickly into the dwelling if the pedestrian door was left open.  Have a licensed contractor install new auto-closing hinges on pedestrian door.

Wrenches Handyman
4.5.2 - Garage Pedestrian Door

Missing weatherstripping / Threshold

The garage pedestrian door is missing weatherstripping and/or a threshold.  The weatherstripping and threshold help prevent toxic fumes such as CO2 gases, smoke and flames from entering the living space through the garage.  Have a licensed contractor install new weatherstripping and/or threshold around the garage door frame.

Wrenches Handyman

5 - Plumbing

Sewer System
Connected to public utility
Water Source
Water Heater: Brand
Water Heater: Power Source
Natural Gas
Water Heater: Capacity
50 Gallons
Water Heater: Age:
8 Years
Water Heater: Was the water temperature tested?
Water Heater: Generally accepted safe water temperature is 120 degrees.
Fuel Distribution System: Black Iron galvanized pipe
Water Distribution Material: Copper
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: ABS pipe
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: PVC pipe
Water Heater: Location

6.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets. 2. interior drain, waste, and vent systems including fixtures. 3. water heating equipment and hot water supply systems. 4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys. 5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. 6. sewage ejectors, sump pumps, and related piping. B. describe: 1. interior water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials. 2. water heating equipment including energy source(s). 3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves. 6.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. clothes washing machine connections. 2. interiors of vent systems, flues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 3. wells, well pumps, and water storage related equipment. 4. water conditioning systems. 5. solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy water heating systems. 6. manual and automatic re extinguishing and sprinkler systems and landscape irrigation systems. 7. septic and other sewage disposal systems. B. determine: 1. whether water supply and sewage disposal are public or private. 2. water quality. 3. the adequacy of combustion air components. C. measure water supply ow and pressure, and well water quantity. D. fill shower pans and fixtures to test for leaks.

5.1.1 - Water Heater

Missiing Expansion Tank

Missing an expansion tank at the water heater.  A safety device known as a water heater expansion tank(sometimes called a thermal expansion tankcan help minimize the risk of pressure damage to the plumbing system. ... Since water expands when it is heated due to thermal expansion, the water heater creates extra water volume every time it heats water.  Have a licensed contractor install a new expansion tank.
Pipes Plumbing Contractor
5.1.2 - Water Heater

Missing seismic straps.

 Install new seismic straps around the water heater to prevent it from tipping over in the event of an earthquake.

Wrenches Handyman
5.1.3 - Water Heater

Missing T&P discharge pipe

With discharge/overflow pipe missing or too short; potential for scalding injuries.  Have a licensed contractor install a new discharge pipe that terminates within 2 to 6 inches from the floor when the water heater is replaced.

Contractor Qualified Professional
5.1.4 - Water Heater

Water Temperature

The water temperature is above the recommended water temperature of 120 degrees.  Turn the water temperature dial(s) down to 120 degrees to prevent potential scalding injuries.  Aligning the white triangles or red markers on the gas control housing and on the dial provide the 120 degree water temperature.

Wrench DIY
5.1.5 - Water Heater

Missing Pipe Insulation

Wrap water lines and T&P valve with insulation.

Wrench DIY
5.1.6 - Water Heater

Missing Insulating Jacket

Because the water heater is located in an unheated space, recommend installing an insulating jacket specifically made for wrapping around water heaters. This may help keep the water in the tank hotter for a longer period of time saving on heating bills.
Wrench DIY
5.1.7 - Water Heater

Exhaust Flue Imroperly Installed

The exhaust flue is loose and falling out of place. Exhaust gases are escaping into the garage and potentially into the living space above the garage.  Have a licensed contractor repair the exhaust flue so that gases travel through the flue and diverted to the exterior of the house.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
5.1.8 - Water Heater

Plate is loose

Plate loose. The plate should be reinstalled and fire-caulked to make it smoke and gas tight.

Fire HVAC Professional
5.2.1 - Plumbing Fixtures

Hose bibs - anti siphon
Front Yard, Back Yard

Existing hose bib does not have anti siphon valve.  The anti siphon valve prevents potentially contaminated water from being sucked back into the house's potable water supply in the event the municipal water system should lose water pressure.  Install a new anti siphon hose bib or install an anti siphon valve at the existing hose bib.  They can be found at any home improvement store.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
5.2.2 - Plumbing Fixtures

Sink Vanity Loose

The vanity is loose.  Have a licensed contractor secure it to the wall.  A secured cabinet will prevent the plumbing drain and water supply lines from being damaged.

Wrenches Handyman
5.5.1 - Water Distribution Material

Leaking water valve

Evidence of water leak at water shut off valve.  Replace with new valve.

Wrenches Handyman

6 - Electrical

Electric Service Overhead or Underground
Electric Panel: Panel Brand
Square D
Electric Panel: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Service Entrance Conductors: Panel Capacity
100 AMP
Light Fixtures: Light located at top and bottom of stairs?
Smoke Alarms: In a typical home fire, occupants have just minutes to escape. And because smoke in one area may not reach a smoke alarm in another, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends placement of at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home (including basements) and in every bedroom , and outside each sleeping area. The NFPA also recommends interconnection of alarms to provide better whole-home protection than stand-alone alarms. Leading authorities recommend that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help insure maximum detection of the various types of fires that can occur within the home. Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms: We recommend choosing carbon monoxide alarms that have the most accurate sensing technology available. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. (Centers for Disease Control) At a minimum, industry experts recommend a CO alarm be installed on each level of the home--ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas. Additional CO alarms are recommended 5-20 feet from sources of CO such as a furnace, water heater or fireplace. Alarms can alert you to a problems only after smoke or carbon monoxide reach their sensors. Choose locations free of obstructions, where the alarm will stay clean and protected from adverse environmental conditions. Do not place the unit in dead air spaces or next to a window or door.
Location of Main Disconnect
Location of Subpanel(s)
North Side
Exterior of house, Hot Tub
Service Entrance Conductors: Cannot Remove Panel Cover

Shelving is blocking access to the electric panel. It is important  to keep the area in front of the electric panel clear for easy access to the panel.

Panel Contents: Not accessible

7.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. service drop. 2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. 3. service equipment and main disconnects. 4. service grounding. 5. interior components of service panels and subpanels. 6. conductors. 7. overcurrent protection devices. 8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. 9. ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters. B. describe: 1. amperage rating of the service. 2. location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels. 3. presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 4. the predominant branch circuit wiring method. 7.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. remote control devices. 2. or test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, security systems, and other signaling and warning devices. 3. low voltage wiring systems and components. 4. ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system. 5. solar, geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy systems. B. measure amperage, voltage, and impedance. C. determine the age and type of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

6.1.1 - Electric Panel

Sub Panel and connections

The conduit and fittings leading up to the hot tub sub panel or falling apart leaving the wires exposed.  Have a licensed contractor reconnect the fittings and conduit so that the electrical wires are protected.

Electric Electrical Contractor
6.5.1 - Light Switches

Cover Plates Missing

One or more receptacles are missing a cover plate. This causes short and shock risk. Recommend installation of plates.

Wrenches Handyman
6.6.1 - Receptacles

Missing cover plates
Living Room

Receptacle(s) missing cover plates.  Potential electric shock.  Install new covers.

Wrench DIY
6.6.2 - Receptacles

Receptacles Not working - interior

There are non-working receptacles in the house.  It is unknown why these receptacles are not working.  Have a licensed contractor further evaluate the non-working receptacles and make repairs to the electric system as needed.

Electric Electrical Contractor
6.7.1 - GFCI & AFCI

Missing GFCI receptacles in Kitchen / Bath

Electric receptacles within 6 feet of a water source should be GFCI protected.  Recommend having a licensed electrician install new GFCI outlets in wet locations of the house.

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

Electric Electrical Contractor
6.8.1 - Smoke Alarms

Missing smoke alarms - Bedrooms

Install a new photoelectric smoke alarm in each bedroom.  Smoke alarm should be located within 3 feet of the bedroom door.

Wrench DIY
6.9.1 - Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Missing Carbon Monoxide Alarm

CO Alarms should be installed in hallways adjacent to bedrooms.  Have a licensed contractor install a new CO alarm at each hall adjacent to bedrooms.  

Wrench DIY

7 - Heating

Evidence of of an underground storage tank?
Working normally at time of inspection?
Heating Equipment: Heat Type
Natural gas-fired forced air
Heating Equipment: Heater Brand
Heating Equipment: Furnace Age:
16 Years
Heating Equipment: Filter Type
Heating Equipment: Filter Size
16 x 25 x 1
Distribution Systems: Means of Heat Distribution
Metal duct
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Furnace Location
Gas Shutoff Location
Garage Wall
Heating Equipment: Filter Location
inside furnace cabinet

8.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. installed heating equipment. 2. vent systems, ues, and chimneys. 3. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. heating systems. 8.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, ues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. heat exchangers. 3. humidi ers and dehumidi ers. 4. electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. 5. heating systems using ground-source, water-source, solar, and renewable energy technologies. 6. heat-recovery and similar whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. B. determine: 1. heat supply adequacy and distribution balance. 2. the adequacy of combustion air components.

7.1.1 - Heating Equipment

Service & Clean Furnace

Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify furnace before the next heating season starts.

Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.

Fire HVAC Professional
7.1.2 - Heating Equipment

Blower - Excessive Noise

Furnace blower was excessively noisy during operation. Recommend a qualified HVAC technician evaluate and repair.

Fire HVAC Professional
7.1.3 - Heating Equipment

Ill-fitting filter

The filter does not properly fit in the filter niche.  Dirty air is getting around the filter.  Have a licensed HVAC contractor correct the problem so that the filter fits properly.

Fire HVAC Professional
7.1.4 - Heating Equipment

Weatherstripping at Furnace Door

Missing weatherstripping at furnace door.  Since there is direct venting from the garage into the furnace closet, this door should be fire-rated and have weather stripping and air-tight threshold like a typical exterior door would have.  Have a licensed contractor install new weatherstripping to door jamb and install a gasketed threshold / door sweep.  If the closet door is hollow, replace it with a new fire-rated door.

Hardhat General Contractor
7.1.5 - Heating Equipment

Makeup Air May be Contaminated

The furnace closet has 2 vents in the garage that provide air supply for the combustion of natural gas. Toxic fumes originating from the garage could be sucked into the furnace.  It is recommended that make up air is taken from the exterior of the house such as a side wall or roof.  Have a licensed HVAC professional further evaluate the furnace and alternate make up air supply sources.

Fire HVAC Professional
7.3.1 - Distribution Systems

Dirty Ducts

Dust, dander and miscellaneous trash are in the ducts. This could be a health problem for people with respiratory allergies. Recommend having a licensed air-duct cleaning company clean out the ducts.
Contractor Qualified Professional

8 - Interiors

Interior rooms were inspected for general condition. Minor cracks on surfaces are usually cosmetic and are not mentioned in the report. Doors and windows are randomly inspected for proper operation. Not all windows and doors may be accessible during the inspection due to personal property and window dressings blocking access.
Walls: Wall Material
Walls: Shower Surround
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Floors: Floor Coverings
Carpet, Laminate, Vinyl
Stair / Balcony Railings: Railing Material
Stairways: Stair Materials
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Windows: Window Type
Horizontal sliders, Aluminum, Single Pane
Windows: Window Manufacturer

10.1 The inspector shall inspect: A. walls, ceilings, and floors. B. steps, stairways, and railings. C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. D. a representative number of doors and windows. E. garage vehicle doors and garage vehicle door operators. F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments. B. floor coverings. C. window treatments. D. coatings on and the hermetic seals between panes of window glass. E. central vacuum systems. F. recreational facilities. G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or confirm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.

8.1.1 - Walls

Caulk in poor condition
Tub Surround

Have a licensed contractor remove the deteriorating caulk and install new caulk.

Wrenches Handyman
8.1.2 - Walls

Minor Wall Damages

Throughout the house, there are minor wall damages due to child gates and every day living. Have a licensed contractor patch all of the wall dings throughout the house. Paint the repairs to match the surrounding color.

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
8.1.3 - Walls

Poor Patching
Hall, Hall Bath

Sub-standard drywall patching observed at time of inspection. Recommend re-patching. 

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
8.1.4 - Walls

Shower Surround Damaged

The old shower door and frame have been removed.  The result are screw holes and adhesive left on the walls.  Have a licensed contractor repair or replace the damaged shower surround.

Wrenches Handyman
8.2.1 - Ceilings

Acoustic Texture

The acoustic texture may potentially contain asbestos; a material that can be hazardous to people.  If disturbed, the asbestos fibers could be inhaled and cause damage to the lungs.  If the ceiling texture is to be removed, recommend having a licensed contractor safely remove it.  Otherwise, the texture if left undisturbed can be harmless.

Here is a link to a local asbestos testing lab; http://www.seattleasbestostest.com/asbestos-house-buying.html

You may also want to contact similar testing labs to find good pricing.

Contractor Qualified Professional
8.2.2 - Ceilings

Unfinished ceilings
Basement Bedroom

Ceilings are unfinished.  Tape, joint compound poorly applied.  Have a licensed contractor finish the ceilings where needed.
Contractor Qualified Professional
8.3.1 - Floors

Unfinished floors

It is unknown why flooring is missing in a portion of the basement.  Was there a water issue?  Mold?  Mildew?  Recommend asking the seller if any event occurred that required them to remove the flooring.  Finish floors in basement if there are no underlying issues.

Flooring Flooring Contractor
8.4.1 - Trim

Missing Trim
Laundry , Back Bedroom

Trim boards are missing throughout the house.  Have a licensed contractor install trim at door frames, window frames, floor base and ceiling.

Hammer Carpenter
8.7.1 - Countertops & Cabinets

Cabinet Drawer Slider

Sliding shelf bracket off track.  Repair or replace.

Wrenches Handyman
8.8.1 - Doors

Door Rubbing Flooring
Basement Bedroom

Interior door is rubbing against the flooring.  Have a licensed contractor trim about 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of the door so that there is a gap between the bottom of the door and the flooring. Install a rubber door sweep to help keep the door weather tight.
Wrenches Handyman
8.10.1 - Bathroom Hardware

Missing Bathroom Hardware

Bathroom missing towel bar(s) and toilet paper holder.  Have a licensed contractor install new bathroom hardware.
Wrenches Handyman
8.12.1 - Closets

Closet Doors Missing
Basement Bedrooms , Back Bedroom

Closet doors missing. Have a licensed contractor install new doors or reinstall existing doors at all closets. Replace damaged door hardware if needed.
Hammer Carpenter

9 - Fireplaces and Stoves

How Many Fireplaces?
How Many Stoves?
Fireplaces: Type of Fireplace
Fireplaces: Hearth
Stoves : Type of Stove
Stoves : Hearth

12.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. fuel-burning replaces, stoves, and replace inserts. 2. fuel-burning accessories installed in replaces. 3. chimneys and vent systems. B. describe systems and components listed in 12.1.A.1 and .2. 12.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, ues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. fire screens and doors. 3. seals and gaskets. 4. automatic fuel feed devices. 5. mantles and replace surrounds. 6. combustion air components and to determine their adequacy. 7. heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted). 8. fuel-burning replaces and appliances located out- side the inspected structures. B. determine draft characteristics. C. move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents.

9.1.1 - Fireplaces

Firebox Dirty

Clean out the fire box.  Have a licensed contractor check the flue for creosote.  Clean as needed.

Fireplace Chimney Repair Contractor
9.1.2 - Fireplaces

Firewall Cracked

The brick lining of the fireplace was cracked in one or more places, which could lead to chimney damage or toxic fumes entering the home. Recommend a qualified fireplace contractor evaluate and repair.

Fire Fireplace Contractor
9.2.1 - Stoves

Firebox Dirty

Clean out the fire box.  Have a licensed contractor check the flue for creosote.  Clean as needed.

Fireplace Chimney Repair Contractor
9.3.1 - Chimney & Vent Systems

Condition of flue unknown

The chimney flue was not visible for inspection.  Have a licensed contractor clean the flue before using the pellet stove.

Fireplace Chimney Repair Contractor

10 - Insulation and Ventilation

Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Blown, Fiberglass
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Gable Vents, Soffit Vents, Roof Vents
Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
Laundry Fan, Bathroom Fan, Kitchen Fan
Crawlspace / Basement Insulation: Crawlspace Insulation
Crawlspace / Basement Insulation: Basement level of the house is finished. Insulation was not visible.

11.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in un nished spaces. 2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas. 3. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and similar exhaust systems. 4. clothes dryer exhaust systems. B. describe: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces. 11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.

10.1.1 - Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation Disturbed

The attic insulation has been disturbed and compressed by people working in there. The insulation has been compressed or pushed out of position. Consider having a licensed contractor redistribute the existing insulation so that it evenly covers the attic floor.

House construction Insulation Contractor
10.1.2 - Attic Insulation

Inadequate Insulation

Insulation depth was inadequate. Inadequate insulation in the attic results in a colder living space and higher heating costs in the winter.  Recommend a qualified insulation contractor install additional insulation to raise the insulation value to between R-38 and R-60.

House construction Insulation Contractor
10.3.1 - Exhaust Systems

Dirty Dryer Duct

The dryer duct has built-up dryer lint in it.  The lint could potentially clog up the duct and cause the dryer to perform poorly or even catch fire.  Recommend having a licensed air-duct cleaning company clean out the dryer duct. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
10.3.2 - Exhaust Systems

Dirty Exhaust Fan
Bathrooms, Laundry, Kitchen

Clean the exhaust fan to ensure it is removing excess moisture from the house.  Recommend replacing the old, inefficient exhaust fan with a new, more efficient fan.

Wrench DIY

11 - Structural Components

Foundation Type: Finished Basement with Concrete Floor
Foundation Type: Concrete Slab-on-Grade
Foundation Type: Inspection Method
Traversed basement
Floor Structure: Wood joists supporting plywood floor decking
Wall Structure: Unknown; finish materials covering walls
Ceiling Structure: Material
Wood trusses
Ceiling Structure: Unknown; finish materials covering ceiling structure
Roof Structure & Attic: Wood trusses and plywood roof decking
Roof Structure & Attic: Inspection Method
Traversed Attic

3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS 3.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect structural components including the foundation and framing. B. describe: 1. the methods used to inspect under floor crawlspaces and attics. 2. the foundation. 3. the floor structure. 4. the wall structure. 5. the ceiling structure. 6. the roof structure. 3.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. provide engineering or architectural services or analysis. B. offer an opinion about the adequacy of structural systems and components. C. enter under floor crawlspace areas that have less than 24 inches of vertical clearance between components and the ground or that have an access opening smaller than 16 inches by 24 inches. D. traverse attic load-bearing components that are concealed by insulation or by other materials.

12 - Built-in Appliances

HVAC, Water Heater, Dishwasher, Oven/Range/Cooktop/Wall Oven & Microwave Oven model numbers and serial numbers are submitted to RecallChek for potential recalls. RecallChek may contact you with further information about your appliances.
Garbage Disposal: Brand
Garbage Disposal: Working normally at time of inspection?
Dishwasher: Brand
Dishwasher: Working normally at time of inspection?
Range/Oven: Brand
Range/Oven: Range/Oven Energy Source
Range/Oven: Working normally at time of inspection?
Exhaust Hood: Brand
Exhaust Hood: Working normally at time of inspection?
Appliances are inspected for general condition. Temperature and calibration are not part of the inspection. Anti-tip safety anchor for freestanding stoves are recommended, if not present for increased child safety. Dishwasher and disposal are operated and inspected for leaks. Ventilators are operated and inspected for proper ventilation. Searches for recalls on appliances or other products is not part of this inspection. If you would like information about recalls, visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/

10.1 The inspector shall inspect: F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or con rm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.

12.1.1 - Garbage Disposal


The garbage disposal is an older model and may be reaching the end of its lifespan.  Expect to replace it soon.

Contractor Qualified Professional
12.1.2 - Garbage Disposal

Old appliance

The disposal is older and may be reaching the end of its life.  Expect to replace it soon.

Tools Handyman/DIY
12.4.1 - Exhaust Hood

Dirty Filter

The air filter at the exhaust hood is dirty. Clean the filter with warm soapy water, dry and then reinstall.
Contractor Qualified Professional