Scope of Inspection & Comment Explanations
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to considered a major concern potentially needing repair or replacement and suggests a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
Inspected (IN) = I visually observed the item, component or unit and if no other comments were made then it appeared to be functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.
Not Inspected (NI)= I did not inspect this item, component or unit and made no representations of whether or not it was functioning as intended and will state a reason for not inspecting.
Not Present (NP) = This item, component or unit is not in this home or building.
Inquire with seller (IQ) = Inquire with seller for further details. This can simply be a reminder to the buyer to ask for further information from the present occupant/owner. If the information or reasoning is not clear and cohesive with details covered we recommend further evaluation by the appropriate professional.
Deferred Maintenance (DM) = These are common maintenance items for the age of the home, that in our opinion have been overly deferred. These are items that will need to be maintained and serviced sooner than typical common home maintenance items. As with any item improper maintenance can lead to additional cost of ownership and potential safety hazards. These items are mentioned as a courtesy and are not included in the repair summary.
Major Concern (MC) = The item, component or unit is not functioning as intended, or needs further inspection by a qualified contractor. Items, components or units that can be repaired to satisfactory condition may not need replacement.
Potential Safety Hazard (SH): Denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention.This may include a simple repair to significant hazard. Safety hazard may become more significant depending on the occupants of the home (i.e. small children, elderly, etc.).
Thank you for the opportunity to service your inspection needs. As inspectors we strive in every way to give each client a competent and thorough inspection, there may be specific features, systems/components, or issues we are not able to inspect or perhaps even confirm their existence. Even in the case of those items which receive the most thorough examination, there may be further tasks which you as the property buyer and new owner, will need to address during your period of ownership.
OUR FOCUS: We are focused on major items found during the course of a visual inspection. If items are found needing further professional evaluation we will recommend these items be address per the below recommendations. This is not a checklist for maintenance items, this is a Major Concerns report for items having the following considerations. A Maintenance list can be added for an additional fee but is not included in this inspection report. Are focus is onsite education and inspection focusing on Major Safety Items, Structural Concerns, Components at or nearing the end of their design life.
Maintenance items are not included in this report for additional fee we can add maintenance items. If maintenance are mentioned these are only mentioned as a courtesy.
Not visible review during final walk through due to the potential for portions of the home not being completely visible for inspection due to personal belongings; boxes, chairs, tables, wall hanging, etc. We recommend reviewing such areas for damages, repairs, functionality, during final walk through prior to taking formal ownership. We urge you to make arrangements, as part of a Pre-Closing-Walk-Through to cover all of the points concerning the maintenance and operation of this property with the previous owner and/or occupants. We may have made suggestions items or tasks throughout the report which we believe you should cover with the outgoing occupants before they leave and you take over.
An inspection is NOT a guarantee, warranty, value appraisal, or construction repair guideline. The inspector is providing a visual inspection of all major components of the home based on the above criteria.
This inspection is only a beginning of the journey of property ownership. You have the advantage of being better educated about your property due to this inspection and report. However, as property inspectors we are human and therefore not perfect, we cannot see through walls and do not carry a crystal ball to predict the future. Our services include a visual non-destructive evaluate of the property of interested. A property inspection is not the end of the ownership journey but the beginning.
Qualified licensed contractors, experienced in the types of repairs recommended, should be consulted to further investigate the items contained in this report and perform all necessary repairs. All repairs or improvements shall be completed to present day industry standards.