INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this report is to render the inspector's professional opinion of the condition of the inspected elements of the referenced property (dwelling or house) on the date of inspection. Such opinions are rendered based on the findings of a standard limited time/scope home inspection performed according to the Terms and Conditions of the Inspection Order Agreement and in a manner consistent with applicable home inspection industry standards. The inspection was limited to the specified, readily visible and accessible installed major structural, mechanical and electrical elements (systems and components) of the house. The inspection does not represent a technically exhaustive evaluation and does not include any engineering, geological, design, environmental, biological, health-related or code compliance evaluations of the house or property. Furthermore, no representations are made with respect to any concealed, latent or future conditions. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standards of Practice attached to this report provides information regarding home inspections, including various limitations and exclusions.
PROFESSIONAL OPINION: This report is a professional opinion but not a guarantee or warranty. The inspection is intended to add to your knowledge of the building and help you understand the risks of owning it. The inspection is not intended to and cannot eliminate all the risks of purchase. We help you assess these risks; we do not assume them for you. Warranty programs for appliance and mechanical failure and building owners insurance for unforeseen disasters are the traditional avenues available to manage the risk of property ownership.
GENERAL OVERVIEW: The inspection is complete and thorough, but it is a general overview, not technically exhaustive. Specialists in each field could provide more detailed analysis of the building systems, but at considerably more cost. This visual and limited operational inspection provides the broadest overview of the property at less cost.
DEFICIENCIES AT TIME OF INSPECTION: This report is limited to deficiencies present at the time of the inspection. Roofs, mechanical equipment, plumbing and electrical systems often fail without warning. New deficiencies can develop in buildings vacant between the inspection and closing. The pre-closing walk through is your final opportunity to confirm that all systems in the building remain operable; that no new problems have developed; and that any requested repairs have been completed to your satisfaction. The information contained in this report was prepared exclusively for the named Clients and is not transferable without the expressed consent of the Company. The report, including all Addenda, should be reviewed in its entirety.
BUILDING CODES: I do not inspect for code compliance of any type. Compliance consists of multiple jurisdictions with overlapping authority and varying levels of enforcement. Generally municipalities and towns allow the older standards under a "grandfather" provision. While I have general knowledge about building standards and can answer many related questions, this report does not attempt to list all possible building standard infractions. Any references to code contained herein is to indicate generally accepted best practices.
RATING WHAT IS THERE: Home Inspections can be viewed as having two aspects. One is to give a professional opinion on the actual existing conditions. The second is to recommend upgrades or enhancements for energy efficiency, safety or financial reasons. These may be in different sections or tabs of the report. It is vital you do read all the report to get the most out of it
HOUSE ORIENTATION: Location descriptions/references are provided for general guidance only and represent orientations based on a view facing the front of the house. Any references using compass bearings are only approximations. If there are any questions, obtain clarification prior to closing.
PHOTOS and VIDEOS: Your report includes many photographs and videos. Some pictures are intended as a courtesy and are added for your information. Some are to help clarify where the inspector has been, what was looked at, and the condition of the system or component at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of deficiencies or problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and may allow you to see areas or items that you typically would not see. Not all problem areas or conditions will be supported with photos or videos. Photos and videos are taken at a high resolution, but the reporting software does compress for optimal viewing
REPORT BASICS: 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.
Recommendations are organized into three categories by level of severity:
1) Maintenance Suggestions - Maintenance items, DIY items, or recommended upgrades will fall into this category. They are not meant to be ignored or set aside. These items may ultimately lead to some required action if left neglected for extended periods of time. These items are generally more straightforward to remedy. Some of these recommendations may be 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.
2) Recommendations - A component that is not operating as intended or is defective. Most items typically fall into this category. These items may inevitably have an adverse impact on the value of the home, or present an unreasonable risk to people or property if not addressed. These items and their recommendations require a qualified contractor evaluate further and repair or replace.
3) Deficiency - Immediate safety concerns and/or items that could represent a significant expense to repair/replace. These items are often imminent or may be very difficult or expensive to remedy.
INFORMATIONAL DATA: This is information that is presented to inform or analyze on conditions in the dwelling. Sometimes this is to further expand on a condition that is present but that does not warrant any current remedial action, but that may be approached in a different manner when renewal is undertaken.
THIRD PARTIES: The report has been prepared for the exclusive use of our client. No use by third parties is intended. We will not be responsible to any parties for the contents of the report, other than the party named herein . The report is copyrighted and may not be used in whole or in part without our express written permission.