This report is divided into three categories:
Safety Hazard/Significant Defect - Items or components that were not functional and/or may require a major expense to correct. These require further evaluation and repairs or replacement as needed by a qualified professional. Safety hazards or concerns should be addressed as soon as possible.
Recommendation - Items or components where the functionality may be impaired, not ideal, or found to include a deficiency but were still functional at the time of inspection. Repairs are recommended to items in this category for optimal performance and/or to avoid future problems. These typically require repairs from a qualified professional and are not considered routine maintenance or DIY repairs.
Maintenance Item/FYI - Items or components that were found to be in need of basic general maintenance and/or may need minor repairs. Typically they are considered to represent a less significant immediate cost than those listed in the previous two categories and can be addressed by a homeowner or handyman. Also included in this section are items that were at the end of their typical service life or beginning to show signs of wear, but were still functional at the time of inspection. These may require subsequent observations to monitor performance with the understanding that replacement or repairs may be necessary in the future.
These categorizations are in our professional opinion and based on what we observed at the time of inspection, and this categorization should not be construed as to mean that items designated as "Maintenance Item" or "Recommendation" do not need repairs or replacement. The recommendation in the text of the comment is more important than it's categorization. Due to your opinions or personal experience you may feel defects belong in a different category, and you should feel free to consider the importance you believe they hold during your purchasing decision.