GENERAL INFORMATION / OVERVIEW
This inspection was performed for the buyer and represent the state of the property at the time of inspection. The use of this report by a prospective buyer is to be used as a guide only and not be relied upon for your buying decision.
Thank you for choosing RHA Inspection Services LLC for your Home Inspection! The inspection performed is to provide data for this report was visual in nature only, and non-invasive. The purpose of this report is to reflect as accurately as possible the visible condition of the home at the time of the inspection. This inspection is not a guarantee or warranty of any kind but is an inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety hazards. The inspection is not Pass / Fail. A property does not “Pass” or “Fail” a general home inspection. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about either the report or the property.
The goal of this inspection report is not to make a purchase recommendation, but to provide you with useful, accurate information that will be helpful in making an informed purchase decision. Please read your entire inspection report carefully! Although the report has a summary that lists the most important considerations, the maintenance, materials used in the construction of this home, and appliance use and maintenance that should be read to gain an understanding of how to care for your home.
The summary is meant to organize the defects or important repairs needed in the home. Most anything can be repaired in a home, although some repairs can be very expensive to complete. Safety hazards or poorly performed work can continue to be a problem, or even be made worse when unqualified workers complete the work.
We’re here to help! If you have any questions about either the contents of this report, or about the home, please don’t hesitate to contact us for help, no matter how much time has passed since your home inspection. We’ll be happy to answer your questions to the best of our ability. (585) 444-0109 or www.rhainspections.com
SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION:
RHA Inspection Services LLC will perform all inspections in compliance with the New York State Standards of Practice. As such, we inspect the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components of a home as designated in the New York State Standards of Practice. When systems or components designated in the New York State Standards of Practice are present but are not inspected, the reason(s) the item was not inspected is identified within the “Limitations” tab of this report. This report contains observations of those systems and components that, in the professional judgement of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives. If the cause for the deficiency is not readily apparent, the suspected cause or reason why the system or component is at or near end of expected service life is reported, and recommendations for correction or monitoring are made as appropriate.
USE OF PHOTOS:
Your report includes many photographs. Some pictures are informational and of a general view, to help you understand where the inspector has been, what was looked at and the condition of the item or area at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and to help you see areas or items that you normally would not see. Not all problem areas or conditions will be supported with photos. It is our goal to protect the privacy of others while conducting a thorough inspection. Photographs that may breach the privacy of other parties will be locally stored but not transmitted through digital means.
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. Any recommendations by the inspector suggest 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.
1. Apparent Condition: Systems and components are rated as follows:
SATISFACTORY (Sat.) - Indicates the component is functionally consistent with its original purpose but may show signs of normal wear and tear and deterioration.
MARGINAL (Marg.) - Indicates the component may require repair or replacement anytime within five years.
POOR - Indicates the component may require repair or replacement now or in the very near future.
MAJOR CONCERNS - A system or component that is considered significantly deficient, inoperable or is unsafe.
SAFETY HAZARD - Denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention.
2. Installed systems and components: structural components; exterior; interior; roofing; plumbing; electrical; heating; central air-conditioning (weather permitting); insulation and ventilation.
3. Readily accessible systems and components: only those systems and components where Inspector is not required to remove personal items, furniture, equipment, soil, snow, or other items which obstruct access or visibility.
4. Any component not listed as being deficient in some manner is assumed to be satisfactory.
This categorization is the opinion of the inspector and is based on what was observed at the time of inspection. It is not intended to imply that items documented in any one category are not in need of correction. Maintenance items or latent defects left unrepaired can soon become significant defects. It should be considered very likely there will be other issues you personally may consider deficient, and you should add these as desired. There may also be defects that you feel belong in a different category, and again, you should feel free to consider the importance you believe they hold and act accordingly.
Please review the report in its entirety. It is up to your discretion to interpret its findings and to act accordingly. This report does not offer an opinion as to whom among the parties to this transaction should take responsibility for addressing any of these concerns. As with all aspects of your transaction, you should consult with your Realtor® and or agent for further advice regarding the contents of this report. Any repairs should be performed by the applicable licensed and bonded tradesman or qualified professional who will provide copies of all receipts, warranties and applicable permits for any repairs that are carried out.
For agents viewing the summary may be a more efficient use of your time! On the right side of the screen is the PDF button that allow you to view or print the summary only. On the top edge is the "Agent Tools" button that opens a window you can easily copy/paste from. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into this transaction! We appreciate all of your hard work into this deal!
An inspector is to be a "Generalist" in that the job is to identify and report potential issues rather than diagnose the specific cause or repair items. For this reason, you will find that it is often recommended to seek further evaluation by a qualified professional such as an Electrical, Plumbing, or Roofing contractor.
The report includes informational data on various components of the home, Limitations that affected the ability to inspect certain items/areas, and Recommendations for items that require immediate or future attention. Observations and Recommendations are organized into three categories by level of severity:
1) Minor / Maintenance Issues - Primarily comprised of small cosmetic items and simple Handyman or Do-It-Yourself maintenance items. These observations are more informational in nature and represent more of a future to-do list rather than something you might use as a negotiation or Seller-repair item. A Summary Report can be created should you choose to view a report without these minor items or informational data.
2) Moderate Recommendations - Most items typically fall into this category. These observations may require a qualified contractor to evaluate further and repair or replace but the cost is somewhat reasonable.
3) Significant and/or Safety Concerns - This category is comprised of immediate safety concerns or items that could represent a significant expense to repair/replace.
This is meant to be an Honest, Impartial, Third-Party Assessment.
General: About Thermal Imaging
Note: A Thermal Imaging camera may be used as a means of evaluating certain suspect issues or systems. Any anomalies found are always verified by other means such as a moisture meter. Moisture must be present for infrared thermography to locate its existence. During dry times a leak may still be present but undetectable if materials have no moisture present. Thermal Imaging is not X-ray vision. It cannot see through walls and cannot detect mold.