The following is a description of the comment and category methodology contained in the report. It is important to clarify that one deficiency category is not necessarily more important or significant than another. A "maintenance" item could pose larger issues to the home than a "recommendation" or "repair needed". It just depends upon unknown future circumstances that might lead one category item to be more significant than another.
Inspected (IN) = The item, component or system was visually inspected and if no other comments were made, then it appeared to be functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.
Not Inspected (NI) = The item, component or system was not inspected and no representations made of whether or not it was functioning as intended and will state a reason for not inspecting.
Not Present (NP) = The item, component or system is not in this home or building.
Deficiency (D) = The item, component or system was inspected and a concern, observation and/or deficiency was found and falls under one of the categories below.
Maintenance Item = The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning requires maintenance or service as part of routine care. Typical items that fall under this category are replacement of filters, faucet mineral build up, clearing roof debris, clogged rain gutters, etc. Items falling into this category can frequently be addressed by a homeowner or handyman and are considered to be routine homeowner maintenance.
Recommendation = The item, component, or system in this category has an indication of potential issues but should be evaluated further by the designated professional for possible repair, or simply a recommendation to replace a particular item due to age. Typical items in this category are, water heaters that are near end of life, replacement of smoke alarms due to age, corroded water fittings that may likely leak in the future, etc. Items falling into this category should be evaluated or repaired by the designated professional.
Repair Needed = The item, component or system does not function as intended and requires repair by the designated professional. The category also includes items that are heavily worn to the extent that replacement would likely be suggested by the designated professional.
The report will describe deficiencies by including a photo or photo(s) of the locations observed with the standard directional reference of North, South, East, West or North East, North West, South East, South West. Furthermore, the references of Left, Right, Front, Rear, Upper, Lower may be used to describe a location and should be understood from the viewpoint of the photo taken. The report may also include videos of certain items to further illustrate the deficiency. The videos are only accessible from the interactive web based version of the report that you initially received.