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1234 Main St.
Mesquite, TX 75150
11/14/2019 9:00AM

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The following are definitions of comment descriptions in this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to repair or replace 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.


Maintenance Item (MI) =The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of minor repair, service, or maintenance; is showing signs of wear or deterioration that could result in an adverse condition at some point in the future; or considerations should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency, safety, and/or more closely align with current construction standards. Items falling into this category can frequently be addressed by a homeowner or handyman and are considered to be routine homeowner maintenance or recommended upgrades.


Deficient (D) = 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.

1 - Information

In Attendance
Owner, Builder, Inspector
Occupancy
Furnished, Occupied
Temperature (approximate)
75 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Raining, Recent Rain, Cloudy
Furnished and Occupied

Some items couldn't be inspected due to multiple personal belongings in the way. The attempt was made to inspect all major items and concerns. 

2 - I. Structural Systems

IN NI NP D
2.1 A. Foundations X
2.2 B. Grading and Drainage X X
2.3 C. Roof Covering Materials X X
2.4 D. Roof Structure & Attic X
2.5 E. Walls (Interior and Exterior) X X
2.6 F. Ceilings and Floors X
2.7 G. Doors (Interior and Exterior) X
2.8 H. Windows X
2.9 I. Stairways (Interior and Exterior) X
2.10 J. Fireplaces and Chimneys X
2.11 K. Porches, Balconies, Decks, and Carports X
Inspection Method
Attic Access, Visual
A. Foundations: Method used to inspect
Visual of Exterior
A. Foundations: Signs of foundation issues
No
A. Foundations: Type of Foundation(s)
Slab on Grade
B. Grading and Drainage: Grade ( Ground) slopes away from property
Yes

The grade or (ground) around property slopes away from foundation

C. Roof Covering Materials: Types of Roof Covering
Metal
C. Roof Covering Materials: Viewed From
Drone, Roof, Ground
D. Roof Structure & Attic: Material
OSB
D. Roof Structure & Attic: Type
Flat, Hip
D. Roof Structure & Attic: Viewed From
Attic
E. Walls (Interior and Exterior): Material
Hardi board
A. Foundations: Foundation Condition ( Satisfactory)

Satisfactory - 

In my opinion, the foundation appears to be providing adequate support for the structure at the time of this inspection. I did not observe any apparent evidence that would indicate the presence of adverse performance or significant deficiencies in the foundation. The interior and exterior stress indicators showed little affects of adverse performance and I perceived the foundation to contain no significant unlevelness after walking the 1st level floors.




  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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2.2.1 - B. Grading and Drainage

Gutter Extension or Splash Block Needed

Downspout extensions are add-ons to gutter systems that make it possible for water to fall to the earth in a controlled manner rather than splashing everywhere and potentially going where it can do damage. Downspout extensions divert water away from the foundation and structure of your home. When water accumulates around the base of your home it will inevitably lead to problems

Splash blocks are devices made of plastic or concrete that channel the water away from the foundations of a building or house. They are usually rectangular, with a close-ended side positioned underneath the downspout and an open-ended side that direct the water away from the construction's foundations.


Installing splash blocks to your property is more important than most people realize to maintain its structural integrity. If you need a breakdown of why you should definitely not forgo installing them, here are the main reasons why splash blocks are essential:


  • They carry the water away from the foundations of your home. When it rains, fast-flowing water comes from the downspouts. The strong current during a heavy storm or hurricane cannot flow into the ground swiftly and linearly without something that helps channel the water in one direction. That's what splash blocks are for: to help water flow in one direction and away from your property. This helps protect the house's foundations from water, which if left unchecked can cause irreparable and costly damages.
  • They prevent mud stains on the walls. As the name implies, splash blocks prevent muddy water from splashing into the ground. If your property is surrounded by grass, your exterior walls might get stained when it rains and dirty water falls to the ground from the downspouts and splatters on the walls. To avoid this and keep your exterior walls, floors, and grass in perfect condition, it is best to redirect water away with the splash blocks.

  • They can be a nice decoration item for your outdoor spaces. There are different styles of splash blocks to choose from in today's market. There are classic, rectangle shaped blocks or others with an Asian pond style or even some made in the shape of animals or leaves. Also, if you prefer to have another kind of drain system, there are underground pipes that are connected to the downspout and carry the water to a specific point on the ground.
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2.2.2 - B. Grading and Drainage

Improper slope

slope on gutter is slanted in away that will cause poor drainage. There is standing water in gutter, meaning it is not flowing towards down spout. Recommend adjusting slope. 

Gutter cleaning icon Gutter Contractor
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2.2.3 - B. Grading and Drainage

Paint chipping

Paint chipping in newly installed gutters. Recommend having them repainted to prevent rust or further damage. 

Paint roller Painting Contractor
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2.2.4 - B. Grading and Drainage

Debris In Gutter

Tools left in gutter. 

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2.3.1 - C. Roof Covering Materials

Sealant Needed

All connections / seams should be sealed to prevent water intrusion into home. 

Roof Roofing Professional
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2.3.2 - C. Roof Covering Materials

Missing Fasteners

Metal roof is missing self sealing fasteners. 

Roof Roofing Professional
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2.5.1 - E. Walls (Interior and Exterior)

Paint or Stained Recommended

All exposed wood should be painted or stained. Exposed wood will absorb moisture and damage much sooner than painted or stained wood. 

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2.5.2 - E. Walls (Interior and Exterior)

Siding In Need of Repair

Siding, has damage and gaps in various locations and should be repaired or replaced. 

Siding Siding Contractor

3 - II. Electrical Systems

IN NI NP D
3.1 A. Service Entrance and Panels X
3.2 B. Branch Circuits, Connected Devices, and Fixtures X
3.3 Outdoor light fixtures X X
B. Branch Circuits, Connected Devices, and Fixtures: Type of Wiring
Copper
A. Service Entrance and Panels: Meter
A. Service Entrance and Panels: Panel
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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3.3.1 - Outdoor light fixtures

Sealant Recommend

Sealant Recommend around exterior light fixtures to prevent water intrusion and water contact with electrical

4 - III. Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems

IN NI NP D
4.1 HVAC Performed Satisfactory X
4.2 A. Heating Equipment X
4.3 B. Cooling Equipment X
4.4 C. Duct System, Chases, and Vents X X
4.5 Register Temps X
4.6 Seasonal Maintenance Recommended X
A. Heating Equipment: Energy Source
Electric
A. Heating Equipment: Type of System
Forced Air
B. Cooling Equipment: Type of System
Central Air Conditioner
B. Cooling Equipment: Manufacturer Information
Register Temps: Return Air Temp
HVAC Performed Satisfactory : Condenser Video

This video is to show that the condenser was or was not running at the time of the inspection. What the condenser sounded like during the inspection. 

In addition, In the event you need to make a insurance claim for what ever reason you have documentation of the condition of the unit. 

HVAC Performed Satisfactory : Condenser Pictures
A. Heating Equipment: Brand
Payne
Register Temps: AC Register Temperature
Register Temps: Heat register temp
Seasonal Maintenance Recommended : Why should you get seasonal maintenance?

Seasonal preventive maintenance on your heating and cooling system may guard against many unexpected failures and could maximize the lifecycle of your heating or cooling unit.1Preseason inspections may uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires and/or corroded electrical contacts on your air conditioner or heat pump that can lead to bigger equipment failures if left untreated.

Proper maintenance may also keep your system running at peak performance levels.  Effective maintenance can reduce HVAC energy costs by 5 to 40 percent depending on the system or equipment involved.2


here is a link with more info Seasonal Maintenance

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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4.4.1 - C. Duct System, Chases, and Vents

Duct on floor

The flexible air ducts are improperly installed, They are laying on the attic floor. Air ducts should be suspended from the over head and supported every 4 feet, with no more than 2 inches of sag between each supporting strap.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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4.4.2 - C. Duct System, Chases, and Vents

Restriction of flow

Duct work is turn too sharp restricting the flow to the room this can cause a pressure difference and a temperature difference in that room. Recommend be adjusting the straps holding the ductwork in place to allow more flow

5 - IV. Plumbing Systems

IN NI NP D
5.1 A. Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, and Fixtures X X
5.2 B. Drains, Wastes, & Vents X
5.3 D. Hydro-Massage Therapy Equipment X
5.4 Water Temp X
5.5 Bathroom ( Master) X X
Location of Main Water Supply Valve
Front Yard
A. Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, and Fixtures: Material - Distribution
Pex, Copper
A. Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, and Fixtures: Material - Water Supply
PVC
B. Drains, Wastes, & Vents: Drain Size
1 1/2"
B. Drains, Wastes, & Vents: Material
PVC
Location of Water Meter
Exterior
Water Temp : Temp
Static Water Pressure Reading
78

Most plumbing fixture manufacturers recommend their products be used with water pressure no higher than 80 psi. Anything higher than that can cause fixtures such as water heaters, faucets,shut-off valveand toilet parts to fail prematurely. If pressure is above 80 psi. A licensed plumber should be contacted to install a pressure reducing valve. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/high-water-pressure-causes-plumbing-problems.htm

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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5.1.1 - A. Plumbing Supply, Distribution Systems, and Fixtures

Outdoor Fixture

Outdoor fixture is missing sealant, this will allow water and pest intrusion into home. Recommend sealing with a good waterproof based sealant. 

Contractor Builder
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5.5.1 - Bathroom ( Master)

Rain Head

Rain head is to close to the exit of the shower, with out a barrier or the head moved further back, the floors will eventually suffer from water intrusion and damage. Recommend moving head back further in shower. 

Contractor Builder
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5.5.2 - Bathroom ( Master)

Possible Ceiling Leak

There is indication, via the use of a infrared gun that there is a possible water leak in shower stall. 

Contractor Builder

6 - V. Appliances

IN NI NP D
6.1 A. Dishwashers X
6.2 B. Food Waste Disposers X
6.3 C. Range Hood and Exhaust Systems X
6.4 D. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens X
6.5 E. Microwave Ovens X
6.6 C. Water Heating Equipment X
6.7 F. Mechanical Exhaust Vents and Bathroom Heaters X
6.8 H. Dryer Exhaust Systems X X
6.9 Refrigerator X
C. Range Hood and Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Hood Type
Re-circulate
D. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens: Range/Oven Brand
Whirlpool
D. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens: Range/Oven Energy Source
Electric
C. Water Heating Equipment: Capacity
50 Gallons
C. Water Heating Equipment: Power Source
Electric
A. Dishwashers: Manufacturer Information
B. Food Waste Disposers: Manufacturer Information
D. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens: Manufacturer Information
C. Water Heating Equipment: Location
Utility Room
C. Water Heating Equipment: Manufacturer
AO Smith
Refrigerator: Manufacturer Information
D. Ranges, Cooktops, and Ovens: Cook Top Burner Photo - Oven Temp Photo

This section is to show cooktop burners and oven temp at the time of the inspection. All ovens are set to 350 degrees and tested with oven thermoset. Cooktops are tested with either a visual inspection or Thermal camera 

E. Microwave Ovens: Manufacturer information

Manufacturer Information and Microwave video in operation. The light inside the microwave is a tester and glows when waves are present. 

C. Water Heating Equipment: Annual Maintenance Flush Recommended

Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency. Recommend a qualified plumber service and flush. 

Here is a DIY link to help

H. Dryer Exhaust Systems: Annual Cleaning Recommend

We recommend your dryer vents be cleaned prior to moving in and annually after that. 


Dirty vents are a known fire hazard, and reduce the life and efficiency of the dryer. 

Refrigerator: Temperatures
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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6.8.1 - H. Dryer Exhaust Systems

Vent Damaged

Vent is damaged and restricted. This will cause issues with the dryer discharge. Repair vent, reduce restriction. 

Wash Appliance Repair

7 - Thermal Imaging

IN NI NP D
7.1 General X X
General: Thermal Imaging

What is Thermal Imaging?

Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that cant be revealed using conventional inspection methods

Thermal Imaging Limitations

  • Thermal imaging only displays surface temperatures of solid objects.
  •  IR detects the temperature based upon the wavelength of the light emitted by the object (longer wavelength, colder).  IR, therefore, does not show the temperature of objects that reflect light, (glass, shiny metal, light-colored objects in direct sunlight).
  • IR does not see through walls, but only displays the very slight differences in surface temperature of the wall.  Images of areas behind and not in contact with walls depend upon the temperature difference of the area.  It is easier to see hot objects because they will be radiating heat to the not-in-contact surface.  

Any finding or images presented in this report will need to be further investigated 

If we call out moisture as an issue, it will be backed up with a moisture reading, and that reading will be included in the pictures. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficient
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7.1.1 - General

High moisture readings

High moisture readings (above 20%)

Contractor Qualified Professional
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7.1.2 - General

Missing insulation

The thermal images below represent missing insulation. This can easily be fixed. But until fixed may reduce efficiency in the area of missing insulation. 


In the case of doors, insulation reefers to door seals and or gaskets. 

Contractor Qualified Professional

8 - Additional Resources And Important Information

IN NI NP D
Home Warranty Offer

We want to say thank you for choosing Level Up Home Inspections to perform your home inspection. Below, is a link to get an extra 6 months FREE on your home warranty. With our partnership with Residential Warranty Service, you get an 18-month warranty for the price of a 12 month. 

Thank you again and Congratulations!


18 month for the price of a 12 month home warranty 

How Did We Do?

I wanted to take the time to thank you again for your trust in Level Up Home Inspections. We would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time and let us know how we did. Simply click the link below and let us know. 


How Did We Do?

Scope of Inspection

This property inspection report may include an inspection agreement (contract), addenda, and other information related to property conditions. If any item or comment is unclear, you should ask the inspector to clarify the findings. It is important that you carefully read ALL of this information.

This inspection is subject to the rules ("Rules") of the Texas Real Estate Commission ("TREC"), which can be found atwww.trec.texas.gov.

The TREC Standards of Practice (Sections 535.227-535.233 of the Rules) are the minimum standards for inspections by TREC-licensed inspectors. An inspection addresses only those components and conditions that are present, visible, and accessible at the time of the inspection. While there may be other parts, components or systems present, only those items specifically noted as being inspected were inspected. The inspector is NOT required to turn on decommissioned equipment, systems, utility services or apply an open flame or light a pilot to operate an appliance. The inspector is NOT required to climb over obstacles, move furnishings or stored items. The inspection report may address issues that are code-based or may refer to a particular code; however, this is NOT a code compliance inspection and does NOT verify compliance with manufacturer's installation instructions. The inspection does not imply insurability or warrantability of the structure or its components. Although some safety issues may be addressed in this report, not inspected this inspection is NOT a safety/code inspection, and the inspector is NOT required to identify all potential hazards.

In this report, the inspector shall indicate, by checking the appropriate boxes on the form, whether each item was not inspected, not present or deficient and explain the findings in the corresponding section in the body of the report form. The inspector must check the Deficient (D) box if a condition exists that adversely and materially affects the performance of a system or component constitutes a hazard to life, limb or property as specified by the TREC Standards of Practice. General deficiencies include operability, material distress, water penetration, damage, deterioration, missing components, and unsuitable installation. Comments may be provided by the inspector whether or not an item is deemed deficient. The inspector is not required to prioritize or emphasize the importance of one deficiency over another.

Some items reported may be considered life-safety upgrades to the property. For more information, refer to Texas Real EstateConsumer Notice Concerning Recognized Hazards or Deficiencies below.

THIS PROPERTY INSPECTION IS NOT A TECHNICALLY EXHAUSTIVE INSPECTION OF THE STRUCTURE, SYSTEMS OR COMPONENTS. This inspection may not reveal all deficiencies. A real estate inspection helps to reduce some of the risk involved in purchasing a home, but it cannot eliminate these risks, nor can the inspection anticipate future events or changes in performance due to changes in use or occupancy. It is recommended that you obtain as much information as is available about this property, including seller's disclosures, previous inspection reports, engineering reports, building/remodeling permits, and reports performed for and by relocation companies, municipal inspection departments, lenders, insurers, and appraisers. You should also attempt to determine whether repairs, renovation, remodeling, additions, or other such activities have taken place at this property. It is not the inspector's responsibility to confirm that information obtained from these sources is complete or accurate or that this inspection is consistent with the opinions expressed in previous or future reports.

ITEMS IDENTIFIED IN THE REPORT DO NOT OBLIGATE ANY PARTY TO MAKE REPAIRS OR TAKE OTHER ACTIONS, misreported or IS THE PURCHASER REQUIRED TO REQUEST THAT THE SELLER TAKE ANY ACTION. When a dis reported, it is the client's responsibility to obtain further evaluations and/or cost estimates from qualified service professionals. Any such follow-up should take place prior to the expiration of any time limitations such as option periods.

Promulgated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) P.O. Box 12188, Austin, TX 78711-2188 (512) 936-3000(http://www.trec.texas.gov).


REI 7-5 (5/4/2015)

Report Identification:

Evaluations by qualified tradesmen may lead to the discovery of additional deficiencies which may involve additional repair costs.Failure to address deficiencies or comments noted in this report may lead to further damage to the structure or systems and add to the original repair costs. The inspector is not required to provide follow-up services to verify that proper repairs have been made.

Property conditions change with time and use. For example, mechanical devices can fail at any time, plumbing gaskets and seals may crack if the appliance or plumbing fixture is not used often, roof leaks can occur at any time regardless of the apparent condition of the roof, and the performance of the structure and the systems may change due to changes in use or occupancy, effects of weather,etc. These changes or repairs made to the structure after the inspection may render information contained herein obsolete or invalid.This report is provided for the specific benefit of the client named above and is based on observations at the time of the inspection. If you did not hire the inspector yourself, reliance on this report may provide incomplete or outdated information. Repairs, professional opinions or additional inspection reports may affect the meaning of the information in this report. It is recommended that you hire an unlicensed inspector to perform an inspection to meet your specific needs and to provide you with current information concerning this property.

TEXAS REAL ESTATE CONSUMER NOTICE CONCERNING HAZARDS OR DEFICIENCIES

Each year, Texans sustain property damage and are injured by accidents in the home. While some accidents may not be avoidable, electrical receptacles many other accidents, injuries, and deaths may be avoided through the identification and repair of certain hazardous conditions.Examples of such hazards include:

  • malfunctioning, improperly installed, or missing ground fault circuit protection electrical receptacle sin garages, bathrooms, kitchens, and exterior areas;

  • malfunctioning arc fault protection (AFCI) devices;

  • ordinary glass in locations where modern construction techniques call for safety glass;

  • malfunctioning or lack of fire safety features such as smoke alarms, fire-rated doors in certain locations, and

    functional emergency escape and rescue openings in bedrooms;

  • malfunctioning carbon monoxide alarms;

  • excessive spacing between balusters on stairways and porches;

  • improperly installed appliances;

  • improperly installed or defective safety devices;

  • lack of electrical bonding and grounding; and

  • lack of bonding on gas piping, including corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST).

    To ensure that consumers are informed of hazards such as these, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has adopted Standards ofPractice requiring licensed inspectors to report these conditions as "Deficient" when performing an inspection for a buyer or seller, ifthey can be reasonably determined.

    These conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they mayhave been "grandfathered" because they were present prior to the adoption of codes prohibiting such conditions. While the TRECStandards of Practice do not require inspectors to perform a code compliance inspection, TREC considers the potential for injury orproperty loss from the hazards addressed in the Standards of Practice to be significant enough to warrant this notice.

    Contract forms developed by TREC for use by its real estate license holders also inform the buyer of the right to have the homeinspected and can provide an option clause permitting the buyer to terminate the contract within a specified time. Neither theStandards of Practice nor the TREC contract forms require a seller to remedy conditions revealed by an inspection. The decision tocorrect a hazard or any deficiency identified in an inspection report is left to the parties to the contract for the sale or purchase of thehome.

    INFORMATION INCLUDED UNDER "ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY INSPECTOR", OR PROVIDED AS ANATTACHMENT WITH THE STANDARD FORM, IS NOT REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSION AND MAY CONTAINCONTRACTUAL TERMS BETWEEN THE INSPECTOR AND YOU, AS THE CLIENT. THE COMMISSION DOES NOTREGULATE CONTRACTUAL TERMS BETWEEN PARTIES. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE EFFECT OF ANYCONTRACTUAL TERM CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION OR ANY ATTACHMENTS, CONSULT AN ATTORNEY. 

Texas Real Estate Consumer Notice Concerning Hazards Or Deficiencies

Each year, Texans sustain property damage and are injured by accidents in the home. While some accidents may not be avoidable, many other accidents, injuries, and deaths may be avoided through the identification and repair of certain hazardous conditions. Examples of such hazards include:


  • malfunctioning, improperly installed, or missing ground fault circuit protection (GFCI) devices for electrical receptacles in garages, bathrooms, kitchens, and exterior areas;
  • malfunctioning arc fault protection (AFCI) devices;
  • ordinary glass in locations where modern construction techniques call for safety glass;
  • malfunctioning or lack of fire safety features such as smoke alarms, fire-rated doors in certain locations, and functional
  • emergency escape and rescue openings in bedrooms;
  • malfunctioning carbon monoxide alarms;
  • excessive spacing between balusters on stairways and porches;
  • improperly installed appliances;
  • improperly installed or defective safety devices; and
  • lack of electrical bonding and grounding.
  • Information Regarding Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing(CSST)
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) is a flexible, stainless steel pipe (coated with yellow, or in some cases, a
  • black exterior plastic coating) used to supply natural gas and propane in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Since 1990,CSST has been installed in millions of homes across the country. If lightning strikes on or near a structure, there is a risk it can travel through the structures gas piping system and cause a leak , and in some cases a fire. Since 2006 manufacturers instructions have required direct bonding and grounding of yellow CSST in new installations. A bonding connection installed on a gas piping system will reduce the likelihood of electrical arcing to or from other bonded metallic systems in the structure, thus reducing the likelihood of arc induced damage. The CSST industry and Texas State Fire Officials have launched a consumer education campaign to address some specific safety concerns including the importance of properly bonding CSST. For more information, please visit: www.csstsafety.com.
  • To ensure that consumers are informed of hazards such as these, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has adopted Standards of Practice requiring licensed inspectors to report these conditions as Deficient when performing an inspection for a buyer or seller, if they can be reasonably determined.
  • These conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they may have been grandfathered because they were present prior to the adoption of codes prohibiting such conditions. While the TREC Standards of Practice do not require inspectors to perform a code compliance inspection, TREC considers the potential for injury or property loss from the hazards addressed in the Standards of Practice to be significant enough to warrant this notice.


Your Resources

UTILITY BILL, REBATES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE

Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1579

Take a Load Off Texashttp://www.takealoadofftexas.com

Texas Weatherization Assistance Programhttps://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/community-affairs/wap/

PRE-CLOSING WALK-THROUGHThe final walk-through prior to closing is the time for buyer to inspect the property. Conditions can change between the time of a home inspection and the time of closing. Visual restrictions that existed during the inspection may have been removed for the walk-through. Defects or problems that were not found during the home inspection may be discovered during the walk-through. The buyer should be thorough in their evaluation of the propertyduring the walk-through.

Any defect orproblem discovered during the walk-through should be negotiated with the owner/seller of the property prior to closing.

The following are recommendations for the pre-closing walk-through your new house.

1. Check the heating and cooling system.

  • Switch the thermostat to HEATand adjust the temperature setting above the ambient temperature of the house. The system should ignite the furnace and begin air slow within a few minutes.Confirm that the heating system is running and generating sufficient heat.
  • Switch the system to standby by switching the thermostat to OFF and wait a few minutes (this can take as long as 30 minutes on some systems).
  • Switch the thermostat to COOLmode and adjust the temperature setting below the ambient temperature of the house.Confirm the outside air conditioning unit is running and the system is generating sufficiently cool air inside. Note: The cooling system should not be checked if the temperature is below 60 degrees. You should not operate a heat pump in the heating mode when it is over 75 degrees outside.

2. Operate all appliances.

3. Run water at all fixtures and toilets.

4. Operate all exterior doors, windows and locks.

5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

6. Ask for all remote controls to any garage door openers, fans, gas fireplaces, etc.

7. Inspect areas that may have been restricted at the time of the inspection.

8. Ask seller questions about anything that was not covered during the home inspection.

9. Ask seller about prior infestation treatment and warranties that may be transferable.

10. Read sellers disclosure.

ENERGY SAVING WEBSITES/TIPS:

Perhaps you never thought of your home as a likely place to save you a lot of money, but it is. Most homes are far from being energy-efficient. That means if you are using more energy than you have to, you are also paying higher monthly bills than necessary. By checking out the following energy saving web-sites, you will be able to gain some wise energy saving ideas that you will be able to put to use right away. You can do many of them yourself, others may require the services of a licensed contractor:

http://www.energystar.gov/

http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america

http://www.aceee.org/consumerguide

http://www.efficientwindows.org


Cost Helper

http://home.costhelper.com

Important Limitations and Disclaimers

This Inspection Report reports only on the items listed and only on the present condition of those items. This Report reflects only if the items inspected are observed to be "operable" or "inoperable" at the time of inspection that is whether such items at this time are observed to serve the purpose for which they are ordinarily intended. This Report reflects only those items that are reasonably observed at the time of inspection.

NO REPRESENTATION OR COMMENT is made concerning any later defect or defects not reasonably observable at the time of the inspection or of items, which require the removal of major or permanent coverings. The inspection of swimming pools and spas is limited to the above ground accessible equipment and plumbing. For example, but without limitation, recent repairs, painting or covering may conceal prior or present leak damage, which is not reasonably observable by the inspector and no representation, or comment can be made.

NO REPRESENTATION IS MADE CONCERNING ANY OTHER CONDITION OR THE FUTURE PERFORMANCE OF ANY ITEM. NO REPRESENTATION IS MADE AS TO ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY COMMENTED UPON. ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, NOT SPECIFICALLY STATED HEREIN ARE EXCLUDED AND DISCLAIMED.

If a comment is made concerning the condition of any item, the Buyer is URGED to contact a qualified SPECIALIST to make further inspections or evaluations of that item before closing.


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