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1234 Main St.
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ 08054
11/21/2019 9:00AM

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Agent Name

Agency Name
4
Minor item/recommendation
14
Repair
6
Major item/safety hazard

1 - Inspection Details

In Attendance
Client
Occupancy
Furnished, Occupied, Utilities on
Style
Contemporary
Temperature (approximate)
86 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family, Detached
Weather Conditions
Clear
General Information
General information

Introductory Information

This is intended as general information for you to view at the time of reading the report. Please refer to the pre-inspection agreement for specific details regarding the scope of the inspection. The inspector will perform a limited visual inspection of the building and provide client with a written report identifying the defects that were observed and deemed material. Material defect means a condition, or functional aspect, of a structural component or system that is readily ascertainable during a home inspection that substantially affects the value, habitability or safety of the dwelling, but does not include decorative, stylistic, cosmetic, or aesthetic aspects of the system, structure or component. The inspection is limited to the readily accessible and visible systems, equipment and components of the home. 

This report is intended only as a general guide to help the client make their own evaluation of the overall condition of the home, and is not intended to reflect the value of the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report expresses the opinions of the inspector, based upon his visual impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection only. The inspection and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive, or to imply that every component was inspected, or that every possible defect was discovered.  The inspection should not be considered a guarantee or warranty of any kind. The inspection is performed in compliance with NJ standards of practice, a copy of which was included in your pre-inspection agreement, and is available here: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-40-Subchapter-15-Home-Inspection-Advisory-Committee.pdf

All components designated for inspection in the NJ Standards of Practice are inspected, except as may be noted in the Limitations of Inspection sections within this report. It is recommended that all components noted in the Limitations should be made accessible and inspected prior to proceeding with the Sale/Purchase. We will not inspect anything not readily observable because it is concealed or due to obstructions including (but not limited to) floor coverings, suspended ceiling tiles, insulation, furniture or other personal property, soil, vegetation, water, ice or snow. The following list of exclusions is not exhaustive; we are not required to determine the remaining life or future failure of any component, the causes of any deficiency, methods/costs of corrections, suitability of the property for specialized use, market value, advisability of purchase of the property, the presence of, rodents, insects, rot/decay, fungus, or underground items. We are not required to operate any component that is shut down or is otherwise inoperable, operate valves, light pilot lights, determine the presence of hazardous substances, or enter hazardous areas. We are not required to inspect fences, soil conditions, spas/saunas, pools (and related equipment), outbuildings, sprinklers, private waste disposal systems, telephones, cable television, intercoms, security systems, low voltage lighting, timers, wells, window-unit air conditioners, furnace heat exchangers, and heating/cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage. We are not required to inspect cosmetic items such as paint, wallpaper, carpet, or other finishes on walls, ceilings or floors, and any window treatments (such as blinds or draperies). We are not required to determine non-compliance with manufacturers specifications or applicable regulatory requirements, including (but not limited to) building code compliance. 

Inspectors are not required to enter into or onto any area or surface, or perform any procedure or operation which will, in the sole opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or others or damage the property, its systems or components; this includes walking upon the roof surface. The inspector is not required to enter crawlspaces or attics that are not readily accessible nor any area which has less than 24 by 30 of clearance or a permanently installed walkway or which will, in the sole opinion of the inspector, likely to be dangerous, inaccessible, or partially inaccessible to the inspector or other persons, or where entry could possibly cause damage to the property or its systems or components.

Comments

The home inspection is NOT a building code-compliance inspection, but a visual inspection for safety and material defects. If you wish to ascertain the degree to which the home complies with any applicable building codes, you should discuss with the municipality. The home may not meet many generally-accepted current building standards. Older homes are inspected within the context of the time period in which they were built, taking into account the generally-accepted building practices of that time period. 

The functionality, operations and location of smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors is not part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited life span and should be replaced at recommended intervals. If no smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors are installed you should consider installation of battery operated and/or hardwired smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors in all recommended locations.

All repairs made to the property should be performed by qualified professionals only. Related parts of the repairable components should be inspected by the qualified professional when the repairs are made. We recommend that licensed and insured contractors evaluate and repair any concerns and defects. We recommend that you or your representative carry out a final walk-through inspection immediately before closing to check the condition of the property.

Personal belongings

The home was occupied at the time of the inspection, and certain areas of the home had personal belongings, furniture, etc. This limits our access to view those areas. We do our best to work around the belongings, but do not move, or alter belongings.

2 - Roof

IN NI NP D
2.1 Coverings X X
2.2 Roof Drainage Systems X X
2.3 Flashings X X
2.4 Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations X
2.5 Roof structure X
Roof Type/Style
Gable



Coverings: Material
Architectural fiberglass /asphalt
Roof structure: Structure
dimensional lumber rafters, plywood sheathing
Inspection Method
Walked roof

Our roof inspection is primarily to determine if any of the roof or it's components are damaged, deteriorating, missing or improperly installed. We do our best to walk every roof, but sometimes that is not possible due to weather, steep slope, height or safety concerns. Portions of the flashing, underlayment, and ice shield are not in view and cannot be evaluated for condition or presence by a visual inspection; therefore, our review is not a guarantee nor a certification against roof leaks, it is simply a visual inspection of accessible areas. The best way to determine whether a roof is water tight is to thoroughly inspect it for an extended period of time, during a heavy rainfall. Normally, this is not the condition during our inspection. Any repair or replacement work recommended should be made by a professional licensed roofing contractor.

Coverings: Roof covering info - architectural shingles

This type of shingle is typically warranteed by manufacturers to last for 25-30 years, but can vary depending on age/manufacturer. The actual service life of the roof will vary, depending on a number of factors including the quality of the material and the method of installation. 

Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum

Properly functioning gutters will help with keeping foundation walls and basements drier. Gutter end caps and joints, and downspout connections commonly leak. Properly sealing these connections will help prevent water intrusion and issues in the future. Gutters should be cleaned as part of a regular maintenance routine to allow for proper water drainage.

Roof Drainage Systems: Downspout material
aluminum

Properly installed and functioning downspouts will help with keeping foundation walls and basements drier. All downspouts should empty at least 6' from the foundation.

Flashings: Material
Metal, Rubber

Some flashing components will not be visible during a routine home inspection and cannot be evaluated for condition or presence by a visual inspection; therefore, our review is not a guarantee that flashing is present, nor a certification against roof leaks, it is simply a visual inspection of accessible areas. 

When inspecting the roof of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Roofing surface, excluding antennae and other installed accessories such as solar heating systems, lightning arresters, and satellite dishes; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Exterior of chimneys; 2) Describe: i) Roof surface; ii) Roof drainage systems; iii) Flashing; iv) Skylights; and v) Chimneys; 3) Employ reasonable, practicable and safe methods to inspect the roof such as: i) Walking on the roof; ii) Observation from a ladder at roof level; or iii) Visual examination with binoculars from ground level; and 4) Describe the methods used to inspect the roof.



  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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2.1.1 - Coverings

Overhanging branches

There are branches overhanging the roof. The branches close to, or rubbing on the roof can damage the shingles and allow pests access to the roof. Recommend having them trimmed back a few feet from house to prevent damage.

Yard scissors Tree Service
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2.2.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Debris/clogged

Debris has accumulated in the gutters and clogged downspouts. Recommend cleaning to facilitate water flow.

Gutter cleaning icon Gutter Contractor
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2.2.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Downspouts Drain Near House

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 and water intrusion issues. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor adjust downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation.

Gutter cleaning icon Gutter Contractor
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2.3.1 - Flashings

Damaged flashing boot
Roof

There is a damaged vent boot. It appears the damage may be from an animal. It also appears water is entering the structure through the damage. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor specializing in roofing replace boot.

Roof Roofing Professional

3 - Exterior

IN NI NP D
3.1 Siding, Flashing & Trim X X
3.2 Exterior Doors X
3.3 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X X
3.4 Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps X X
3.5 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X
3.6 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Vinyl
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Style
Lap
Exterior Doors: Exterior Entry Door
Fiberglass, Steel
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Patio material
concrete
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Material
Composite
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Soffit material
vinyl
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Concrete
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Appurtenance
Deck
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Ventilated soffits
Yes
Inspection Method
Visual

The home inspector is not required to observe or report on storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings, fences, safety glazing in doors and windows, garage door operator remote control transmitters, geological conditions, soil conditions, spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, detached buildings, sheds or structures. The home inspector does not search for or report on the presence or condition of underground fuel storage tanks. The home inspector is not required to move personal items, furniture, equipment, plants, debris, soil, snow, or ice that obstructs access or visibility.

Overall photos

General exterior photos for your use.

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Window and siding flashing

Some window and siding flashing components are not visible during a routine home inspection and cannot be evaluated for condition or presence by a visual inspection; therefore, our review is not a guarantee that flashing is presence, nor a certification against leaks, it is simply a visual inspection of accessible areas and components.

Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Deck construction and safety

Decks are one of the leading safety issues in homes. If proper construction and safety standards aren't followed, decks and railings can fail and cause harm. Some portions of decks are not always accessible to inspectors. Flashing at house connection, footings, and posts/beams are often out of sight. In many cases lattice or screening enclose the bottom of the deck, or the deck may sit close to ground, limiting access to critical connections and details. I always recommend checking with township to see if permits were pulled for deck construction.

Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Mulch info

Mulch is good for several reasons, including controlling weeds, keeping moisture around plant roots, and decorative looks. At the same time,  that same contained moisture, can do damage to the structure if allowed. Do not pile mulch up each season, without removing some. This can raise the grade to close to siding, as well as hold too much moisture close to foundation and structure. This can cause moisture, mold and interior damage. Limit mulch to 2-3 inches in beds. Also keep in mind that heavily mulched areas can be a host for insects and termites.

Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: In ground floor drain present

There is a floor drain at the bottom of the basement stairs. This is a maintenance item. Drain needs to be kept clear and clean otherwise water intrusion into basement may occur.

No access to underside of deck/steps

Underneath of deck/steps was inaccessible. This prohibits us from inspecting wood structure, footings, connections at house, flashing and other important aspects of construction. 

When conducting the inspection of the exterior components, a home inspector shall:
1) Inspect:
i) Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar seasonal accessories;
ii) Exterior doors excluding storm doors or safety glazing;
iii) Windows excluding storm windows and safety glazing;
iv) Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings;
v) Vegetation, grading, drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building, excluding fences, geological and/or soil conditions, sea walls, break-walls, bulkheads and docks, or erosion control and earth stabilization;
vi) Attached or adjacent walkways, patios, and driveways; and
vii) Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; and
2) Describe exterior wall surface type and material.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Loose/damaged siding
Right side

There is loose siding in one area. This can allow for moisture/insect intrusion. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor repair.

Siding Siding Contractor
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3.3.1 - Walkways, Patios & Driveways

Driveway cracks
Driveway

Cracks observed in concrete driveway likely due to settlement and soil movement over time. Recommend the cracks be repaired by a licensed NJ home improvement contractor.

Hardhat General Contractor
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3.4.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Missing graspable handrail

There is no continuous graspable handrail at the steps. Steps without a graspable handrail can be a fall hazard. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor install.

Hardhat General Contractor

4 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

IN NI NP D
4.1 Foundation X X
4.2 Basements & Crawlspaces X
4.3 Floor Structure X
4.4 Wall Structure X
4.5 Ceiling Structure X
Inspection Method
Visual
Foundation: Material
Concrete block
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Concrete
Floor Structure: Floor structure material
Dimensional lumber
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Plywood
Wall Structure: Wall framing material
Dimensional lumber
Ceiling Structure: Ceiling structure
Dimensional lumber
Limited access to foundation

All or part of the foundation is enclosed/finished on the interior. This limits our ability to inspect foundation, framing, sill and insulation in these areas.

Foundation walls are painted/parged

The foundation walls are painted/parged making it difficult to inspect the condition of the walls. Parging and paint can hide cracks, deteriorating mortar, moisture stains, and organic microbial growth.

When conducting the inspection of the structural components, the home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Foundation; ii) Floors; iii) Walls; iv) Ceilings; and v) Roof;

2) Describe: i) Foundation construction type and material; ii) Floor construction type and material; iii) Wall construction type and material; iv) Ceiling construction type and material; and v) Roof construction type and material;

3) Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected unless such probing would damage any finished surface; and

4) Describe in the home inspection report the methods used to inspect under-floor crawl spaces and attics.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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4.1.1 - Foundation

Foundation cracks/bowing
Basement east wall

Several cracks appear to have been sealed with caulk, and others were sealed with mortar and painted over. It also appears a portion of the top of the wall is bowing toward the exterior. It is my understanding that foundation repairs were made previously and inspected by an engineer. It is unknown why the caulking was needed to fill cracks after the repairs were made. I recommend asking sellers for information regarding the latest repairs, and consulting with the engineer that designed/approved the repairs to confirm the repairs are approved and that the wall has not had further movement since the repairs.

Foundation Foundation Contractor
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4.1.2 - Foundation

Exterior wall cracks
Basement stair walls

One or more cracks were noted at the exterior of the foundation. This is sometimes caused by concrete shrinkage and settlement of soils. Recommend a licensed NJ home improvement contractor seal cracks to prevent further damage from freeze/thaw cycles.

Hardhat General Contractor
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4.1.3 - Foundation

Unsealed openings
Back right corner

There is a hole in foundation wall that should be sealed up to prevent pest and moisture intrusion. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor repair. 

Hardhat General Contractor

5 - Doors, Windows & Interior

IN NI NP D
5.1 Doors X
5.2 Windows X X
5.3 Floors X
5.4 Walls X
5.5 Ceilings X X
5.6 Steps, Stairways & Railings X X
5.7 Countertops & Cabinets X
Windows: Window Manufacturer
Unknown
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Sliders
Windows: Window material
vinyl
Floors: Floor Coverings
Hardwood, Tile, Carpet
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Drywall
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
Wood
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Granite

When inspecting the interior of a residential building, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Walls, ceilings, and floors excluding paint, wallpaper and other finish treatments, carpeting and other non-permanent floor coverings; ii) Steps, stairways, and railings; iii) Installed kitchen wall cabinets to determine if secure; iv) At least one interior passage door and operate one window per room excluding window treatments; and v) Household appliances limited to: (1) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self-cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats; (2) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and (3) Garbage disposer.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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5.2.1 - Windows

Failed Seal
Kitchen, bedroom 2

Observed condensation and staining between the window panes, which indicates a failed seal. Recommend a licensed NJ home improvement contractor evaluate & repair/replace.

Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor
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5.2.2 - Windows

Windows won't lock
Kitchen, master bedroom, bedroom 2, bedroom 3

The window would not lock at the time of the inspection. It appears that it may not align properly. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor repair.

Window Window Repair and Installation Contractor
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5.5.1 - Ceilings

Ceiling Damage
Bathroom

Minor damage to the ceiling was visible at the time of the inspection. It appears water is collecting at the latex paint. There was staining at back of drywall in attic, and this area is below the damaged roof boot. Recommend a licensed NJ home improvement contractor repair after roof boot is replaced.

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
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5.6.1 - Steps, Stairways & Railings

No "Graspable" Handrail
Basement

Staircase had no proper "graspable" handrails. This does not meet current safety standards. Recommend a licensed NJ home improvement contractor install a handrail.

Hardhat General Contractor

6 - Heating

IN NI NP D
6.1 Equipment X
6.2 Normal Operating Controls X
6.3 Distribution Systems X
6.4 Presence of Installed Heat Source in Each Room X
Equipment: Brand
Gibson
Equipment: Heat Type
Forced Air
Distribution Systems: Baseboards
N/A
Distribution Systems: Radiators
N/A
Equipment: Energy Source
Natural Gas
Equipment: Location of furnace
Basement
Equipment: Location of gas main
Left, Exterior
Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat location
living room
Heating information

The evaluation of the heating system is visual and functional provided power and/or fuel is supplied to the component. Items not listed here as well as things we cannot see, such as utilities, drains, and ducts inside walls, floors and underground are beyond the scope of this inspection. Invasive or extensive inspection of internal heater appliance components is beyond the scope of the inspection. A heating contractor or the local utility may conduct such an inspection at your request. We do not analyze sufficiency of heat, or engineering of the system for proper distribution. We suggest you obtain the maintenance history of the furnace as well as receipts for any recent repairs for which a warranty might apply. Clients are encouraged to purchase a home warranty plan, since furnaces can require repair or replacement at any time. Regular cleaning or replacement of furnace filters is vital to the health of your furnace and can improve the efficiency of attached central air conditioning. We suggest an annual cleaning and safety check by a licensed contractor who is trained in this furnace model. We also suggest that when an oil tank is present a service contract with the oil company for maintenance and service of the tank be purchased. Identifying or testing for the presence of asbestos, oil leaks or other potentially hazardous materials is not within the scope of this report.

Equipment: Air filter

There is an air filter inside the furnace. It should be replaced every 4-6 weeks, depending on season and activity inside house, for optimal performance.

Equipment: Age of furnace (years)
15

A furnace can have an average life expectancy of 15-20 years, depending on care and maintenance intervals. Proper maintenance can extend the life of the system, but there is no accurate way to pinpoint remaining life of the unit. This life expectancy estimate is strictly to provide you with some general idea of average lifespan. I recommend regular annual maintenance by a licensed HVAC service company to extend the life of the unit.

Distribution Systems: Ductwork
Non-insulated

We always recommend having ductwork cleaned when moving into a new home. Allergens, dust and debris can build up in ductwork over time. Contact a local licensed hvac contractor or duct cleaning company for more info.

Limited access to ductwork

Some of the ductwork is concealed within floors, walls and ceilings, and therefore can not be inspected. We make every effort to confirm each duct is connected by testing air flow at registers.

When inspecting the heating system, a home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Installed heating equipment and energy sources, without determining heat supply adequacy or distribution balance, and without operating automatic safety controls or operating heat pumps when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the pumps, and excluding humidifiers, electronic air filters and solar heating systems; ii) Combustion vent systems and chimneys, excluding interiors of flues or chimneys; iii) Fuel storage tanks, excluding propane and underground storage tanks; and iv) Visible and accessible portions of the heat exchanger; and 2) Describe: i) Heating equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies

7 - Cooling

IN NI NP D
7.1 Cooling Equipment X
7.2 Normal Operating Controls X
7.3 Distribution System X
7.4 Presence of Installed Cooling Source in Each Room X
Cooling Equipment: Brand
Gibson
Cooling Equipment: Energy Source/Type
Electric
Distribution System: Configuration
Central, Split
Cooling Equipment: Location
Back of house
Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat location
Living room
Cooling Equipment: Age of unit (years)
3

A central air system can have an average life expectancy of 12-20 years, depending on care and maintenance. Proper maintenance can extend the life of the system, but there is no accurate way to pinpoint remaining life of the unit. This life expectancy estimate is strictly to provide you with some general idea of average lifespan. I recommend regular annual maintenance by a licensed HVAC service company to extend the life of the unit.

When inspecting the cooling system, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Central cooling system, excluding electronic air filters and excluding determination of cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance and without operating central cooling equipment when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause damage to the cooling equipment; ii) Permanently installed hard-wired, through-wall individual cooling systems; and iii) Energy sources; and 2) Describe: i) Cooling equipment and distribution type; and ii) Energy sources.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies

8 - Electrical

IN NI NP D
8.1 Service Entrance Conductors X
8.2 Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X
8.3 Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses X
8.4 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X X
8.5 GFCI & AFCI X
8.6 Smoke Detectors X
8.7 Carbon Monoxide Detectors X
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Sub Panel Location
Not present
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Romex
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Garage
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
150 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Manufacturer
Siemens
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Meter location
Exterior, right
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Overhead, Aluminum, 240 volts
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Smoke Detectors: Not tested

The smoke alarms were not tested. Smoke alarms should be tested and certified by a fire inspector/official prior to settlement. They should also be tested by the owner on a regular basis to ensure operation. Recommend replacing batteries in battery operated or back-up units twice per year.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Not tested

Carbon monoxide detectors are not inspected for placement, or tested during a home inspection. This devices should be tested and certified by a fire official prior to settlement. They should also be tested by the owner on a regular basis. Recommend that batteries be replaced twice per year for safety.

When inspecting the electrical system, a home inspector shall:

1) Inspect: i) Service entrance system; ii) Main disconnects, main panel and sub panels, including interior components of main panel and sub panels; iii) Service grounding; iv) Wiring, without measuring amperage, voltage or impedance, excluding any wiring not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system, such as central vacuum systems, remote control devices, telephone or cable system wiring, intercom systems, security systems and low voltage wiring systems; v) Over-current protection devices and the compatibility of their ampacity with that of the connected wiring; vi) At least one of each interior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per room and at least one exterior installed lighting fixture, switch, and receptacle per side of house; and vii) Ground fault circuit interrupters; and 2) Describe: i) Amperage and voltage rating of the service; ii) Location of main disconnect, main panels, and sub-panels; iii) Type of over-current protection devices; iv) Predominant type of wiring; v) Presence of knob and tube branch circuit wiring; and vi) Presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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8.4.1 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Junction box cover plate(s) missing/damaged
Attic

Junction boxes have cover plates that are missing or not installed properly. This causes short circuit and shock risk. There are live wires outside the box for an old attic fan which appear to be scorched, possibly from touching the metal box. Recommend cover plate be secured/installed properly. Also recommend the fan wiring be removed or put in proper junction box.

Electric Electrical Contractor
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8.4.2 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Receptacle/switch cover plate missing/damaged
Attic

One or more receptacles/switches have cover plate that is missing, loose or damaged. This causes short and shock risk. Recommend cover plate be secured properly.

Electric Electrical Contractor
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8.4.3 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Loose light fixture
Basement

The light socket is loose. Recommend a NJ licensed electrician repair.

Electric Electrical Contractor
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8.4.4 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Inoperable ceiling fan
Master bedroom, living room

Ceiling fans are inoperable. The lights work, but it appears there's no power to the fans. Remote controls were not located. Recommend repair/replacement by a NJ licensed electrician. 

Electric Electrical Contractor
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8.4.5 - Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles

Chewed wires
Attic

Several chewed wires were observed. Two of them were through sheathing and insulation to bare copper.  It should be confirmed that there are not additional wires chewed, as there are wires in the attic that were not accessible. Recommend a NJ licensed electrician evaluate and repair.

Electric Electrical Contractor

9 - Plumbing

IN NI NP D
9.1 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X X
9.2 Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures X
9.3 Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents X
9.4 Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems X
9.5 Faucets, tubs and showers X
9.6 Sump Pump X
Filters
None
Water Source
Public
Water main shutoff location
Laundry room

Water main is located at the meter behind the washing machine. 

Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
Iron
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Material
Copper
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Supply Material
Copper
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
0 gallons

N/A

Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source/Type
Natural gas
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Tank or tankless
tankless
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Oil tank location
N/A
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Drain Size
4"
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Laundry room
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
Rheem
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Gas Meter, Exterior
Faucets, tubs and showers: Showers/tubs

All shower heads and tubs were operated at the time of the inspection.

Sump Pump: Location
Basement
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Main waste line

The house main waste line is only inspected on the house side where visible. The pipe between the home and the street is not inspected, or visible at the time of the inspection. The client may wish to have this line camera scoped by a NJ licensed plumber prior to settlement.

Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Age of water heater (years)
3

The average life expectancy of a water heater is about 10 to 12 years. That varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and water quality. This life expectancy estimate is strictly to provide you with some general idea of average lifespan. Recommend flushing & servicing your water heater tank annually for optimal performance. Water temperature should be set to at least 120 degrees F to kill microbes and no higher than 130 degrees F to prevent scalding. 

Faucets, tubs and showers: Faucets

All faucets were operated at the time of the inspection.

Sump Pump: Battery backup present?
no

A battery backup is a good way to insure that the sump pump continues to operate if there is a power outage during a storm. A missing battery backup is NOT a defect. This is for informational purposes only.

When inspecting the plumbing system, a home inspector shall: 

1) Inspect: i) Interior water supply and distribution systems including functional water flow and functional drainage, excluding wells, well pumps, well water sampling or water storage related equipment, determination of water supply quantity or quality and water conditioning systems and lawn irrigation systems; ii) All interior fixtures and faucets, excluding shut off valves, wells, well pumps, well water sampling and water storage related equipment; iii) Drain, waste and vent systems; iv) Domestic water heating systems, without operating safety valves or automatic safety controls, and excluding solar water heating systems; v) Combustion vent systems excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; vi) Fuel distribution systems; and vii) Drainage sumps, sump pumps and related piping; and

2) Describe: i) Predominant interior water supply and distribution piping materials; ii) Predominant drain, waste and vent piping materials; and iii) Water heating equipment including energy sources.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
Credit
Comment
9.1.1 - Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems

Clogged drain
Outside basement door

The floor drain outside the basement door is clogged. There was standing water in the stairway at time of the inspection. It is unknown if this drains to the sump pump. Recommend a NJ licensed plumber clear the line and confirm it connects to sump. 

Pipes Plumbing Contractor

10 - Fireplace and solid fuel burning appliances

IN NI NP D
10.1 Vents, Flues & Chimneys X
10.2 Lintels X
10.3 Damper Doors X
10.4 Cleanout Doors & Frames X
Type
No fireplace present

When inspecting fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, a home inspector shall:

1) Inspect: i) Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, without testing draft characteristics, excluding fire screens and doors, seals and gaskets, automatic fuel feed devices, mantles and non-structural fireplace surrounds, combustion make-up air devices, or gravity fed and fan assisted heat distribution systems; and ii) Chimneys and combustion vents excluding interiors of flues and chimneys; and 2) Describe: i) Type of fireplaces and/or solid fuel burning appliances; ii) Energy source; and iii) Visible evidence of improper draft characteristics.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies

11 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

IN NI NP D
11.1 Attic Insulation X X
11.2 Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
11.3 Ventilation X
11.4 Exhaust Systems X X
Dryer Power Source
Gas
Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
Flooring Insulation
None
Attic inspection access
hatch
Attic inspection method
entered attic

 

Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Gable Vents, Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents
Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
Fan Only
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Fiberglass, Batt
Partial attic access

Some parts of the attic were not accessible due to missing walkways, equipment, personal belongings, and/or insulation covering framing which limits walking capability.

Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) not present.

When inspecting the insulation components and ventilation system of a residential building, the home inspector shall: 1) Inspect: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces without disturbing insulation; ii) Ventilation of attics and crawlspaces; and iii) Mechanical ventilation systems; and 2) Describe: i) Insulation in unfinished spaces adjacent to heated areas; and ii) Evidence of inadequate attic and crawlspace ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
Credit
Comment
11.1.1 - Attic Insulation

Missing insulation

There is missing insulation in an area of the attic between joists. Recommend a licensed NJ home improvement contractor install insulation.

Hardhat General Contractor
Credit
Comment
11.4.1 - Exhaust Systems

Bathroom Vents Into Attic

Bathroom fans vent into the attic, which can cause moisture related issues in the attic. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor properly terminate ducts to the exterior.

Hardhat General Contractor

12 - Built-in Appliances

IN NI NP D
12.1 Dishwasher X X
12.2 Refrigerator X
12.3 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
12.4 Garbage Disposal X
12.5 Washer and dryer X
Dishwasher: Brand
Frigidaire
Refrigerator: Brand
Frigidaire
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
Re-circulate
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
Frigidaire
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source
Natural gas
Full washer

The washer was full of clothing at time of inspection. Therefore, it was not operated.

Full dryer

The dryer was full of clothes at the time of inspection. Therefore, it was not operated.

Washer and dryer not inspected.

The inspector shall inspect: Household appliances limited to: (1) The kitchen range and oven to determine operation of burners or heating elements excluding microwave ovens and the operation of self-cleaning cycles and appliance timers and thermostats; (2) Dishwasher to determine water supply and drainage; and (3) Garbage disposer. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
Credit
Comment
12.1.1 - Dishwasher

Not secured

The dishwasher is not secured properly to the underside of the countertop and is loose. This allows the dishwasher to move and the door is hitting the cabinet. Recommend dishwasher be positioned properly and secured tightly to countertop to stop movement.

Wash Appliance Repair

13 - Garage

IN NI NP D
13.1 Ceiling X
13.2 Floor X X
13.3 Walls & Firewalls X
13.4 Garage Door X
13.5 Garage Door Opener X
13.6 Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home) X
Garage Door: Type
Sectional
Garage Door: Material
Metal, Insulated
Garage Door Opener: Brand
Chamberlain
Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home): Material
steel
Personal belongings limit access

Personal belongings in the garage limited access to much of the space. Areas that were accessible were inspected.

The inspector shall inspect: A. walls. ceilings, and floor; B. Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; C. Door leading to house. Inspector is not required to determine fire wall ratings.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
Credit
Comment
13.2.1 - Floor

Settling/cracks
Garage

Garage floor shows signs of settling and cracking. Recommend a NJ licensed home improvement contractor evaluate and repair.