Exterior penetrations need to be properly sealed to prevent vermin and water intrusion.
|2.1||Siding, Flashing & Trim||X||X|
|2.3||Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps||X||X|
|2.4||Eaves, Soffits & Fascia||X||X|
|2.5||Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls||X||X|
|2.6||Walkways, Patios & Driveways||X||X|
4.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. wall coverings, flashing, and trim. 2. exterior doors. 3. attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. 4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level. 5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building. 6. adjacent and entryway walkways, patios, and driveways. B. describe wall coverings. 4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories. B. fences, boundary walls, and similar structures. C. geological and soil conditions. D. recreational facilities. E. outbuildings other than garages and carports. F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks. G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.
Exterior penetrations need to be properly sealed to prevent vermin and water intrusion.
One or more nails were observed to be exposed. Recommend nails be reset.
One of more areas of the deck support appears unstable. This could cause a safety hazard and further deterioration of the deck. Recommend qualified deck contractor evaluate and repair.
Inspector recommends avoid planting shrubs, trees and plants 12 inches or closer to foundation to prevent possible damage to foundation.
Spigot is allowing water to pour into foundation recommended concrete installed under spigot to pitch water away.
Minor cracks observed. Recommend concrete contractor evaluate and correct to prevent trip hazard & preserve appearance.
Steps on deck need railings to prevent fall hazards. Contact a professional carpenter to correct.
|3.3||Skylights, Chimneys & Roof Penetrations||X|
|3.4||Roof Drainage Systems||X||X|
5.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. roofing materials. 2. roof drainage systems. 3. flashing. 4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. B. describe: 1. roofing materials. 2. methods used to inspect the roofing. 5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. antennas. B. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. C. other installed accessories.
Roof coverings exhibited general damage that could affect performance. Recommend a qualified roofer evaluate and repair.
Observed areas that appeared to be missing sufficient coverings. Recommend qualified roofing contractor evaluate & repair.
One or more downspouts drain too close to the home's foundation. This can result in excessive moisture in the soil at the foundation, which can lead to foundation/structural movement. Recommend a qualified contractor adjust downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation.
Here is a helpful DIY link and video on draining water flow away from your house.
|4.1||Service Entrance Conductors||X|
|4.2||Service and Grounding Equipment, Main Overcurrent Device, Main and Distribution Panels||X||X|
|4.3||Branch Circuit Conductors, Overcurrent Devices and Compatibility of Their Amperage & Voltage||X|
|4.4||Connected Devices and Fixtures||X||X|
|4.5||Polarity and Grounding of Receptacles||X|
|4.6||GFCI & AFCI||X||X|
|4.9||Carbon Monoxide Detectors||X||X|
|4.10||Outlets - other||X|
Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions. Replace the batteries at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.
7.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. service drop. 2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways. 3. service equipment and main disconnects. 4. service grounding. 5. interior components of service panels and subpanels. 6. conductors. 7. overcurrent protection devices. 8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles. 9. ground fault circuit interrupters and arc fault circuit interrupters. B. describe: 1. amperage rating of the service. 2. location of main disconnect(s) and subpanels. 3. presence or absence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 4. the predominant branch circuit wiring method. 7.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. remote control devices. 2. or test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, security systems, and other signaling and warning devices. 3. low voltage wiring systems and components. 4. ancillary wiring systems and components not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system. 5. solar, geothermal, wind, and other renewable energy systems. B. measure amperage, voltage, and impedance. C. determine the age and type of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Proper ground could not be found at the time of inspection. The ground may not be present or could be hidden from view or buried. This is a safety hazard and it is recommended that a licensed electrician verify or install proper ground.
Electrical panel is damaged/extensive rust. Recommend a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.
One of the most common electrical hazards that we find while inspecting older homes is exposed incandescent light bulbs. Its not only a fire hazard but also a shatter safety hazard. One can accidentally shatter a bulb and get glass in their eyes.
We recommend replacing existing bare bulb lights with lights that have globes enclosing the bulb. Replacing a light has always required special training and electrical knowledge, but theres a new product available that installs with as much effort as replacing a light bulb, called an Easy Light.
Exposed bulbs are a fire and shatter hazard. Recommend adding covers to all exposed bulbs for protection.
No GFCI protection present in all locations. Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing ground fault receptacles in all locations.
Here is a link to read about how GFCI receptacles keep you safe.
One or more outlets won't "trip" when tested. Recommend a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.
Smoke detector is connected, but not functioning properly, missing or connected improperly. Recommend replacement.
As a general rule, consumers should install one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement).
Five feet from the ground. Carbon monoxide detectors can get the best reading of your home's air when they are placed five feet from the ground. Near every sleeping area. If your CO levels get too high during the nighttime, it's important that detectors can be heard by everyone sleeping in your home.
In order to ensure that your home has maximum protection, it's important to have a CO detector on every floor. Five feet from the ground. Carbon monoxide detectors can get the best reading of your home's air when they are placed five feet from the ground. Near every sleeping area.
|5.1||Foundation, Basement & Crawlspaces||X|
|5.2||Roof Structure & Attic||X||X|
Please review at final walk through.
3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS 3.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect structural components including the foundation and framing. B. describe: 1. the methods used to inspect under floor crawlspaces and attics. 2. the foundation. 3. the floor structure. 4. the wall structure. 5. the ceiling structure. 6. the roof structure. 3.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. provide engineering or architectural services or analysis. B. offer an opinion about the adequacy of structural systems and components. C. enter under floor crawlspace areas that have less than 24 inches of vertical clearance between components and the ground or that have an access opening smaller than 16 inches by 24 inches. D. traverse attic load-bearing components that are concealed by insulation or by other materials.
Minor settlement hairline cracks noted. This is normal but should be monitored by owner.
Here is an informational article on foundation cracks.
All penetrations should be sealed properly to avoid vermin and water intrusion.
Temperature in attic is over 10 degrees hotter than exterior. Lack of ventilation will cause attics to overheat. Recommending correct to prevent ambering and shingles to deteriorate pre-maturely.
|6.1||Fixtures / Faucets||X||X|
|6.2||Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||X|
|6.4||Vents, Flues, & Chimneys||X|
|6.5||Sump Pumps / Sewage Ejectors||X||X|
|6.6||Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems||X||X|
6.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. interior water supply and distribution systems including fixtures and faucets. 2. interior drain, waste, and vent systems including fixtures. 3. water heating equipment and hot water supply systems. 4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys. 5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems. 6. sewage ejectors, sump pumps, and related piping. B. describe: 1. interior water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials. 2. water heating equipment including energy source(s). 3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves. 6.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. clothes washing machine connections. 2. interiors of vent systems, flues, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 3. wells, well pumps, and water storage related equipment. 4. water conditioning systems. 5. solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy water heating systems. 6. manual and automatic re-extinguishing and sprinkler systems and landscape irrigation systems. 7. septic and other sewage disposal systems. B. determine: 1. whether water supply and sewage disposal are public or private. 2. water quality. 3. the adequacy of combustion air components. C. measure water supply low and pressure, and well water quantity. D. fill shower pans and fixtures to test for leaks.
Loose toilets are unsanitary, a fall hazard and a potential leak hazard if not corrected.
Loose fixtures present throughout. Should be corrected or replaced before more damage of fixtures or leaks occur.
Water heaters should be flushed annually to prevent sediment buildup and maintain efficiency. Recommend a qualified plumber service and flush.
Hot water temperature reading at 112 degrees. Target temperature is 120 degrees to avoid bacteria growth and scalding. Simple turn of knob at thermostat.
Water tank sits on untreated wood planks which can and will deteriorate.
If there are future changes in groundwater levels, a pump can be installed in the sump pit. The sump pit should be covered with a gas-tight lid. ... Uncovered or improperly sealed sump pumps can also allow radon and other soil gases to enter the basement and crawlspace, and then mix with the air inside the home.
Sump pump should be cleaned, serviced possibly replaced. Contract licensed plumber to further evaluate and correct.
Gas pipes were not bonded to the home electrical system. Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and correct.
All plumbing penetrations should be sealed to prevent water intrusion and mold growth should a leak occur.
|7.3||Vents, Flues & Chimneys||X|
8.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. installed heating equipment. 2. vent systems, uses, and chimneys. 3. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. heating systems. 8.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect: 1. interiors of vent systems, uses, and chimneys that are not readily accessible. 2. heat exchangers. 3. humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 4. electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. 5. heating systems using ground-source, water-source, solar, and renewable energy technologies. 6. heat-recovery and similar whole-house mechanical ventilation systems. B. determine: 1. heat supply adequacy and distribution balance. 2. the adequacy of combustion air components.
Furnace was corroded in one or more areas. This could be the result of improper venting, which the source would need to be identified. Recommend a HVAC contractor evaluate and repair.
Furnace should be cleaned and serviced annually. Recommend a qualified HVAC contractor clean, service and certify furnace.
Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.
Recommend cleaning vents as they are extremely dirty and can effect the efficiency of the system. Contact licensed hvac to further evaluate and correct.
Modern standards call for at least 13 SEER rating for new install.
Read more on energy efficient air conditioning at Energy.gov.
9.1 The inspector shall: A. open readily openable access panels. B. inspect: 1. central and permanently installed cooling equipment. 2. distribution systems. C. describe: 1. energy source(s). 2. cooling systems. 9.2 The inspector is NOT required to: A. inspect electric air cleaning and sanitizing devices. B. determine cooling supply adequacy and distribution balance. C. inspect cooling units that are not permanently installed or that are installed in windows. D. inspect cooling systems using ground source, water source, solar, and renewable energy technologies.
Missing or damaged insulation on refrigerant line can cause energy loss and condensation.
11.1 The inspector shall: A. inspect: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas. 3. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and similar exhaust systems. 4. clothes dryer exhaust systems. B. describe: 1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces. 2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces. 11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.
Attic insulation was improperly installed. Recommend a qualified insulation contractor evaluate and correct.
Insulation depth was inadequate. Recommend a qualified attic insulation contractor install additional insulation.
Over recommended 10 degrees hotter than exterior can cause pre-deterioration on shingles. Recommend adding more ventilation. A temperature control power vent is idea.
Attic venting was insufficient at time of inspection. Modern standards recommend 1.5 square feet of venting area for every 300 square feet of attic floor space. Recommend an attic contractor evaluate and remedy.
Improper material and installation. Should rigid pipe and sealed properly. Contact licensed hvac to further evaluate and correct.
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or con rm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
Safety anti tip bracket not installed to prevent child safety hazard. Contact a professional carpenter to further evaluate and correct.
Washer was inoperable at time of inspection.
|11.4||Steps, Stairways & Railings||X|
|11.5||Countertops & Cabinets||X|
10.1 The inspector shall inspect: A. walls, ceilings, and floors. B. steps, stairways, and railings. C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets. D. a representative number of doors and windows. E. garage vehicle doors and garage vehicle door operators. F. installed ovens, ranges, surface cooking appliances, microwave ovens, dishwashing machines, and food waste grinders by using normal operating controls to activate the primary function. 10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect: A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments. B. floor coverings. C. window treatments. D. coatings on and the hermetic seals between panes of window glass. E. central vacuum systems. F. recreational facilities. G. installed and free-standing kitchen and laundry appliances not listed in Section 10.1.F. H. appliance thermostats including their calibration, adequacy of heating elements, self cleaning oven cycles, indicator lights, door seals, timers, clocks, timed features, and other specialized features of the appliance. I. operate, or confirm the operation of every control and feature of an inspected appliance.
Wall paint was cracking in one or more areas. Recommend a qualified painter evaluate and apply a new coat.
Here is a DIY article on treating cracking paint.
Floors in the home exhibited moderate surface wear along major paths of travel. Recommend a qualified flooring contractor evaluate for possible re-finish.
Missing door in bedroom closet.
Broken windows is a safety hazard and can cause vermin or water intrusion if not corrected. Contact professional carpenter to further evaluate and correct.
Missing or torn screens will cause vermin intrusion.
Windows were stiff. Difficult opening which can be a safety hazard. Should be corrected by professional carpenter
Weather strip is needed to prevent water or vermin intrusion.