1234 Main St.
Everett WA 98201
12/12/2017 9:00AM

Sample agent

Agent Name

Agency Name
Items Inspected
Recommended repairs
Safety hazards

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
Dry, Hazy from Forest Fires
Temperature (approximate)
75 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Detached, Single Family
Historic, 1 1/2 Story
In Attendance
Client's Agent, Inspector
Front door faces
Age of House
97 Years
Lot Size
9.88 Acres

2 - Exterior / Site

Driveways: Driveway Material
Walkways: Walkway Materials
Front Door: Exterior Entry Doors
Front Porch: Guardrail
Front Porch: Porches
Wood Deck
Front Steps: Guardrail
Front Steps: Step Material
Side Doors: Exterior Entry Doors
Sliding Glass Door
Siding: Siding Material
Fiber Cement
Siding: Siding Style
Clapboard, Shakes
Flashing : Flashing Material
Metal Z-Flashing
Trim: Trim
Fascia: Fascia
1x8, 2x8
Eaves: Eaves
Soffits: Soffits
Beadboard, Engineered Wood
Back Doors: Exterior Entry Doors
Sliding Glass Door
Back Steps: Guardrail
Back Steps: Step Material
Drainage: Drainage
Unknown. No recent rain to make determination
Vegetation: Vegetation

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.

2.5.1 - Front Steps

Deck - Rotted Boards

One or more deck boards are showing signs of rot. Recommend a qualified contractor replace.

Wrenches Handyman
2.5.2 - Front Steps

Deck Steps -Paint

The finish is peeling off the deck steps.  Have a licensed contractor scrape off the loose paint and then repaint to protect the wood from deterioration.

Paint roller Painter
2.5.3 - Front Steps

Missing 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
2.14.1 - Back Steps

Deck Connection Hardware
Back Steps

The deck connectors tying the deck to the house structure are insufficient or improperly attached.  Have a licensed contractor repair or replace the deck connection hardware.

House front 1 Deck Contractor
2.14.2 - Back Steps

Missing 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

3 - Roofing

Roof Type/Style
Inspection Method
Ground, From ladder at various locations around the house
Safety Concern for Inspector
The roof is either too steep or too high or both to safely traverse without fall protection equipment.
Coverings: Material
Coverings: Age of Materials
approximately 15-20 Years
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Flashings: Material
Chimneys: Chimney
Roof Penetrations: Roof Penetrations
Skylight, Brick Chimney
Skylights: Skylight

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.

3.1.1 - Coverings


The shingles displayed overall wear.  Recommend having a licensed contractor clean and seal the shingles to help them last longer.  

Roof Roofing Professional
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
3.4.1 - 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.  

Wrenches Handyman

4 - Plumbing

Water Distribution Material
Copper, Polybuytlene
Water Source
Private Well
Water Heater: Brand
Water Heater: Power Source
Water Heater: Capacity
50 Gallons
Water Heater: Model
Water Heater: Serial number
GE 0610R04804
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Gas line
Black iron galvanized pipe
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Propane Tank
300 gal. approx.
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
Sewage System
Private Septic System
The house is on a septic system.  Recommend having the system inspected and pumped if required.
Main Fuel Shut-Off Location
Main Water Shut-Off Location
Water Heater: Location
Hall Closet
Water Heater: Age
> 7 years
The typical lifespan of a water heater is 10 to 15 years.  Expect to replace the water heater soon.

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.

4.1.1 - Water Heater


The water heater is reaching the end of its service life.  Expect to replace it in 3 to 5 years.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor
4.1.2 - Water Heater

Missing Leak Alarm

The water heater is located in finished space.  It has a drain pan and a drain line opening in the pan.  Water leakage could overflow the drain pan and water could damage the finish materials in the house.  Recommend placing a "leak alarm" in the drain pan of the water heater.  The leak alarm senses water in the pan and alerts the occupants of an active water leak.

Wrench DIY
4.3.1 - Plumbing Fixtures

Faucet Leak

Leaking faucet. The insta-hot faucet is leaking at the handle.  Have a licensed contractor repair or replace the faucet.

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4.3.2 - Plumbing Fixtures

Leaking Water Supply Pipe

There are water leaks in the water supply lines.  It cannot be determined where or how many leaks there are.  Have a licensed plumber repair all of the water supply leaks.
Pipes Plumbing Contractor

5 - Electrical

Electric Service Overhead or Underground
Location of Subpanel(s)
No subpanel
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Electric Panel: Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Electric Panel: Panel Brand
Square D
Electric Panel: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Panel Contents: Branch Wire Material
Copper, Stranded Aluminum
Panel Contents: Wiring Method
Panel Contents: Service grounding conductor
Stranded copper
Panel Contents: Service grounding electrode
Metal grounding rod
Panel Contents: Solid aluminum wire?
Panel Contents: Type of branch wiring
Non-metallic sheathed copper/aluminum
Location of Main Disconnect
Dining Room

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.

5.2.1 - Electric Panel

Breaker tripping

The range circuit breaker trips when all burners and the oven are turned on.  It is unknown if the issue is with the range or with the electric circuit.  Have the proper licensed contractor evaluate the issue and make required repairs/replacement.

Electric Electrical Contractor
5.4.1 - Light Fixtures

Missing light shade

Install a new light shade to protect the light bulb from breakage.

Wrench DIY
5.6.1 - Receptacles

220V Oven

The oven outlet trips when burners and oven are turned on.  Have a licensed contractor check the oven and repair or replace as needed.  If it's electrical, have a licensed contractor repair the circuit.

Electric Electrical Contractor
5.7.1 - GFCI & AFCI

Missing GFCI receptacles at exterior

Exterior electrical receptacles should be GFCI protected and be inside weatherproof boxes

Electric Electrical Contractor
5.8.1 - Smoke Alarms

Missing smoke alarms
Bedrooms, Hall

A smoke alarm should be located in the hall adjacent to bedrooms and in each bedroom within three feet of the bedroom door.  Install a new photoelectric smoke alarm in the hallway and bedrooms.

Wrenches Handyman
5.9.1 - Carbon Monoxide Alarms


Carbon monoxide alarm is connected, but not functioning properly. Recommend replacement.

Wrench DIY
5.9.2 - Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Missing Carbon Monoxide Alarm
2nd Floor Hall

CO Alarms should be installed at each level of the house and in hallways adjacent to bedrooms.  Install a new CO alarm at each level of the house.

Wrenches Handyman

6 - Heating

Furnace Location
Interior closet
Gas Shutoff Location
Next to Furnace Cabinet
Upstairs bedrooms do not have heating ducts/registers. Other forms of heat are required to heat these rooms.
Heating Equipment: Heat Type
Gas-fired forced air
Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Heating Equipment: Filter Type
Electronic Air Cleaner
Heating Equipment: Filter Size
Heating Equipment: Model Number
Heating Equipment: Serial Number
Heating Equipment: Unit Age
> 22 years
Distribution Systems: Means of Heat Distribution
Metal duct, insulated flex duct
Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Heating Equipment: Brand

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.

6.1.1 - Heating Equipment

Furnace in Bedroom Closet

Because the furnace is in a bedroom closet, recommend not using the closet to store clothing or other combustible materials.  Install a CO alarm above the closet door to alert the occupants of a gas leak.
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6.2.1 - Distribution Systems

Dirty Ducts

Ducts are dirty.  Have a licensed contractor clean out the duct work.

Contractor Qualified Professional

7 - Interiors

Walls: Wall Material
Walls: Shower Surround
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Floors: Floor Coverings
Carpet, Laminate, Linoleum
Railings: Railing Material
Stairways: Stair Materials
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Laminate, Tile
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Windows: Window Type
Single-hung, Thermal, Sliders, Vinyl
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.

7.4.1 - Railings

No Graspable Handrail

Staircase had no handrails. This is a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified handyman install a graspable handrail. 

Wrenches Handyman
7.6.1 - Countertops & Cabinets

Countertop Cracked/Chipped

Countertop had one or more cracks or chips. Recommend qualified countertop contractor evaluate and repair. 

Here is a helpful article on repairing cracks, chips & fissures. 

House building Countertop Contractor
7.6.2 - Countertops & Cabinets

Grout Deteriorating

Grout lines were cracked or deteriorated. Recommend a qualified contractor repair or replace grout. 

House building Countertop Contractor
7.7.1 - Doors

Damaged door

Repair or replace the damaged door.

Wrenches Handyman
7.7.2 - Doors

Door is Binding
Master Bedroom, upstairs bedroom

Door sticks and does not open smoothly. Recommend having a licensed contractor adjust the door.

Here is a helpful DIY article on how to fix a sticking door. 

Wrenches Handyman
7.7.3 - Doors

Door rubbing carpet

Interior door is rubbing against the carpet.  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 carpet.
Wrenches Handyman
7.12.1 - Trim

Missing Trim

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 - Fireplaces and Fuel-Burning Appliances

Model Number
Serial Number
Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts: Type of Fireplace
Pre-fab metal
Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts: Type of Stove

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.

8.1.1 - Fireplaces, Stoves & Inserts

Firebox Dirty

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

Fireplace Chimney Repair Contractor
8.3.1 - 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

9 - Insulation and Ventilation

Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Batt, Fiberglass
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Soffit Vents, Wall Vents at Crawlspace
Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
Crawlspace / Basement Insulation: Crawlspace Insulation
Batt, Fiberglass
Attic Insulation: Weatherstripping
Seal the perimeter of the attic access hatch/pull-down ladder to make it air-tight when it is in the closed position.

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.

9.1.1 - Attic Insulation

Attic Hatch

Attic hatch does not fit properly.  Attic air is escaping into the living area.  Replace the hatch cover with a new one or install weatherstripping around the door opening to make it air-tight.

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9.4.1 - Exhaust Systems

Dirty Exhaust Fans

Have a licensed contractor clean all bathroom, laundry and kitchen exhaust fans to ensure they are working effectively at removing excess moisture from the house.  Excess moisture in the house can lead to mildew and mold.

Contractor Qualified Professional
9.4.2 - Exhaust Systems

Vinyl Dryer Duct

Vinyl dryer duct is susceptible to melting when lint is allowed to build up inside.  Recommend replacing the vinyl duct with a rigid metal duct to reduce the chance of lint build up and potentially catching fire.

Wrenches Handyman
9.5.1 - Crawlspace / Basement Insulation

Falling insulation

Insulation in the crawlspace is falling from the subfloor.  Have a licensed contractor secure the installation to prevent it from falling.

House construction Insulation Contractor
9.5.2 - Crawlspace / Basement Insulation

Missing Insulation
Around Bathroom Floor

Insulation is missing from between the floor joists.  Install new insulation where missing.
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10 - Structural Components

Foundation Type: Crawlspace
concrete perimeter wall, Pier and Beam
Foundation Type: Inspection Method
Traversed Crawlspace
Floor Structure: Joist Material
Wood Joists
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Wood plank
Floor Structure: Crawlspace Floor
Wall Structure: Material
Wood Studs
Ceiling Structure: Material
1st Floor Unknown, 2nd floor Trusses
Roof Structure & Attic: Material
Wood Rafters
Roof Structure & Attic: Type
Roof Structure & Attic: Inspection Method
Viewed Attic from access panel

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.

11 - Built-in Appliances

Dishwasher: Brand
Dishwasher: Model Number
Dishwasher: Serial number
Range/Oven: Range/Oven Brand
Range/Oven: Range/Oven Energy Source
Range/Oven: Model number
Range/Oven: Serial number
Exhaust Hood: Brand
Exhaust Hood: Model Number
Refrigerator: Brand
Refrigerator: Model Number
Refrigerator: Serial Number
Dryer: Brand
Dryer: Model Number
Dryer: Serial Number
Washing Machine: Brand
Washing Machine: Model Number
Washing Machine: Serial Number

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.