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1234 Main St.
Saranac Lake NY 12983
07/15/2018 9:00AM

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Agent Name

Agency Name
80
Items Inspected
1
Maintenance item
6
Recommendations
4
Immediate action

1 - Inspection Details

House Number
Clearly seen from the street
Location
Rural road
In Attendance
Client
Inspection time
8.30 - 10.45 AM
Occupancy
Furnished, Occupied
Type of Building
Single Family
Approximate age of home
14 years old
Temperature (approximate)
25 Fahrenheit (F)
Weather Conditions
Snow, Cloudy
Excluded From Inspection
Septic System
Standards of Practice
It is recommended that the New York State Standards of Practice for home inspectors be reviewed to help better understand what is and is not required of a home inspector.  This information along with the Code of Ethics is available at the Department of States website.
Mold
Concerning mold in a home / building. While we will report any substance that appears to be mold, the only true way to determine if mold is present is to have a New York state licensed mold assessor test for mold.  Saranac Lake Inspection Services does not perform mold testing or mold inspection's. Any mention of mold in this report should be considered a recommendation to bring in a New York state licensed mold assessor to inspect and test for mold. If you have a specific concern regarding mold, consult a mold specialist for advice.
Change Locks
 After moving into a house, it is strongly recommended to have the locks changed. Over the years, previous owners may have distributed the keys to family and friends. A new set of locks would insure privacy and security. If the house has remote garage door openers, it is also recommended to change the code access.
Code
 A home inspection is not a code inspection. If you desire an opinion on code compliance, please consult your local municipality.
Snow (Exterior Grounds)
There was snow covering some or all of the exterior grounds at the time of the inspection.  This can limit the visual inspection of various aspects of the exterior grounds such as, but not limited to, grading, walkways, patios, and driveways.
Snow (Roof)
There was snow covering some or all of the roof at the time of the inspection.  This does not allow for a full visual inspection of the roof covering, flashing, gutters, and other aspects of the roof system.
Stored Items
Numerous wall, floor and other surfaces were obscured by furniture and/or stored items, preventing a full evaluation of some areas.

2 - Roof & Ventilation

Inspection Method
Ground
Roof Type/Style
Cross Gable
Coverings: Material
Metal
Roof Penetrations: Chimney location
Interior
Roof Penetrations: Chimney material
Metal
Roof Penetrations: Other roof penetrations
Vent pipe
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Aluminum
Roof Drainage Systems: Downspout material
Aluminum
Flashings: Material
Aluminum
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Soffit Vents, Ridge Vents
General exterior photos
Coverings: Approximate age
Could not be visual determined

Snow cover prevented a full visual evaluation of the roof coverings at the time of the inspection. The condition of the roof coverings must be excluded from this report.

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2.2.1 - Roof Penetrations

Unfinished wood around chimney

The chase around the chimneys appeared to be covered in unfinished wood.  Wood on the exterior of a house should be finished in order to extend the life of the wood and help protect from moisture intrusion. Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.

Paint roller Painter

3 - Exterior Walls

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Wood
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Style
Clapboard
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Trim Material
Wood
Exterior Doors: Exterior Entry Doors
Steel
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Material
Wood
Electric Service: Service type
Underground
Electric Service: Service Size
Could not visually determine
Electric Service: Meter amperage
200 amp
Electric Service: Voltage
120/240 volts
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Item
Front Porch, Back porch
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Comment
3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Chipping and peeling paint

There were various areas of chipping and peeling paint around the house on the siding and exterior trim.  Paint prevents exterior wood from the elements and increases the lifespan of the wood.  Recommend scraping and repainting as needed, or contacting a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Paint roller Painter
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3.1.2 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Hole in siding

There was a hole in the siding along the back wall of the attached garage.  It appears as though there used to be a propane line entering the wall at this point, but there was not one at the time of the inspection. Any holes in the exterior of the house should be sealed to prevent moisture or pests from entering.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Siding Siding Contractor
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3.1.3 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Unused propane tank

There was an unused propane tank located behind the attached garage.  Unused fuel storage devises should not be left on a property, to prevent them from being forgotten about and falling into disrepair.  Recommend removal of the unused propane tank.
Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.1.4 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Non GFCI Outlets

The exterior outlets were not GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected.  GFCI outlets are recommended any location where there may be water present to reduce the risk of electric shock, such as the exterior of a house, the garage, or near any plumbing fixtures.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Electric Electrical Contractor
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3.3.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Improper deck support

The deck ledger boards for both the front and back porches did not have adequate fasteners.  Proper fasteners have the strength to prevent a deck from pulling away or dropping.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
House front 1 Deck Contractor

4 - Exterior Grounds

Exterior foundation: Foundation walls
Concrete
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Vegetation
Clear around house
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Trees
Clear over house
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Grading around house
Slopes away
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Snow cover
The snow cover at the time of the inspection prevented viewing of any walkways, and the driveway.  The condition of these elements must be excluded from this inspection.

5 - Garage

Location
Attached
Number of Bays
2
Garage Door: Material
Aluminum, Insulated
Garage Door: Type
Overhead
Garage Door: Number of Openers
2
Garage Door: Safety Features
Photo electric eye
Ceiling: Visibility
Covered
Floor: Material
Concrete
Walls & Firewalls: Wall covering
Drywall
Viewing
Limited by stored items
Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home): Fire Rated
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5.5.1 - Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home)

Self closing mechanism not strong enough

The entrance door to the house did not fully self close at the time of the inspection.  While equipped with proper hinges, they did not provide adequate force to fully close the door.  A self closing door is important in slowing the spread of fire from the garage to the rest of the house, and preventing carbon monoxide from running vehicles from entering the house.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Contractor Qualified Professional

6 - Attic

Roof Structure: Truss/Rafter spacing
24 inches
Roof Structure: Sheathing Material
OSB
Attic floor: Framing
Wood
Attic floor: Covering
No flooring
Attic Insulation: Insulation Location
Ceiling
Exhaust Systems: Bathroom vent ductwork
Noted and goes outside
Attic Access
Hatch
Roof Structure: Roof system
Truss system
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Batt, Fiberglass

7 - Full Bath

Plumbing Fixtures: Shower
Stall
Plumbing Fixtures: Tub
None
Plumbing Fixtures: Surround
Plastic
Plumbing Fixtures: Toilet
Flushed normally
Plumbing Fixtures: Functional flow test
No drop in pressure
Floor: Material
Tile
Outlets: Number
Two
Outlets: Type
GFCI protection
Ventilation: Type
Fan, Window
Location
Off of Master bedroom
Plumbing Fixtures: Sink
Single, Vanity
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Comment
7.3.1 - Outlets

GFCI inoperable

When tested, the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet did not trip.  GFCI outlets help prevent electric shock in the event of an electric device coming in contact with water.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Electric Electrical Contractor

8 - Full Bath

Plumbing Fixtures: Shower
With tub
Plumbing Fixtures: Tub
Built in
Plumbing Fixtures: Surround
Plastic
Plumbing Fixtures: Sink
Single, Vanity
Plumbing Fixtures: Toilet
Flushed normally
Plumbing Fixtures: Functional flow test
No drop in pressure
Floor: Material
Tile
Outlets: Number
One
Outlets: Type
GFCI protection
Ventilation: Type
Fan, Window
Location
Hallway

9 - General Interior

Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Drywall, Wood
Walls: Wall Material
Drywall
Wall Structure: Material
Wood Framed
Doors: Door materials
Solid wood
Windows: Window Type
Drop-down
Windows: Window Material
Wood, Aluminum Clad
Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Receptacles
Three prong
Viewing of interior
Limited by stored items
Ceilings: Ceiling style
Flat, Cathedral
Floors: Floor Coverings
Laminate, Carpet
Steps, Stairways & Railings: Stairs
To basement

10 - Kitchen

Floor: Material
Tile
Plumbing Fixtures: Sink
Stainless Steel
Plumbing Fixtures: Garbage Disposal
None
Appliances: Exhaust Hood Type
Re-circulate
Appliances: Oven
Part of stove
Outlets: Number
Three or more
Outlets: Type
GFCI protection
Cabinets & Counter tops: Cabinetry
Wood
Cabinets & Counter tops: Countertop Material
Laminate
Appliances: Dishwasher
Kenmore
Appliances: Refrigerator
Kenmore
Appliances: Range
Kenmore, Electric

11 - Laundry

Location
First floor hallway
Washer: Brand
Maytag
Dryer: Dryer Brand
Maytag
Dryer: Dryer Power Source
220 Electric
Dryer: Dryer Vent
Metal (Flex)
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Comment
11.2.1 - Dryer

Crushed dryer vent

The vent pipe for the dryer was crushed.  Restricting the air flow exiting a dryer can cause lint to accumulate, increasing the chance of fire.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Contractor Qualified Professional

12 - Heating

Equipment: Heat Type
Forced Hot Water
Equipment: Energy Source
Fuel Oil
Equipment: Combustion air supply
Interior
Equipment: Safety relief
Valve noted, Extension noted
Vents, Flues & Chimneys: Vent Pipe Material
Steel
Distribution Systems: Materials
Copper pipe
Presence of Installed Heat Source in Each Room: Heat Source in Room
Baseboard heaters
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Oil Tank Location
Garage
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Tank Type
Bottom tap
Equipment: Brand
Weil-McLain
Equipment: Service Heat
It is always recommended when moving into a new home that you have your main heat source serviced to ensure proper safety and function.  
Operating Controls: Thermostat Location
Living room
Operating Controls: Emergency shut off
Attached to unit

13 - Cooling

No System
There was no house wide cooling system installed at the time of the inspection.

14 - Plumbing

Water Source
Public
Waste System
Septic, Unknown
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
PVC
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Meter Location
Basement
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Main Supply Entry Material
Copper
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Material
Copper
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
Weil-McLain
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source/Type
Indirect
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
40 gallons
Main Water Shut-off Device: Location
Basement
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Basement
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14.3.1 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Water supply not bonded

The water supply system did not appear to be bonded to the electrical system.  Proper bonding of the water to the electrical system helps prevent possible electric shock in the event of electric appliances negatively interacting with the plumbing system.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.

Electric Electrical Contractor

15 - Electrical

Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Basement
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main disconnect rating
200 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Manufacturer
Siemens
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Grounding Observed
Exterior ground rod
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Romex
Smoke Detectors: Locations
In bedrooms, On each floor
Smoke Detectors: Replace smoke detectors

Smoke detectors should be replaced at least every 10 years. Since it is difficult to date smoke detectors, it is recommended that all smoke detectors be replaced when moving into a new home.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: C/O Detectors
All houses, buildings and each unit in a multi-family house should have a carbon monoxide (C/O) detector. Several C/O detectors are best. One near the heating system and hot water supply and one on each floor of the home.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replace C/O detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five to seven years.  Since it is difficult to date carbon monoxide detectors, it is recommended that all carbon monoxide detectors be replaced when moving into a new home.
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Comment
15.1.1 - Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device

Cover removed

The electrical panel cover was not in place at the time of the inspection.  It is not recommended that the face of the panel be removed for long periods of time to reduce the risk of electric shock.  Recommend a qualified contractor to repair as needed.
Electric Electrical Contractor

16 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace

Access
Interior stairs
Foundation: Type
Basement
Foundation: Material
Concrete
Foundation: Ventilation
Windows
Floor Structure: Basement floor /Crawlspace vapor barrier
Concrete
Floor Structure: Floor structure above
Wood joists
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Inaccessible
Floor Structure: Floor supports
Steel posts, Engineered Beam
Inspection Method
Limited viewing from stored items, Limited viewing from finished/covered walls