Thank you for choosing Summit Home Inspection, LLC for your Home Inspection! The inspection performed 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 a "snap shot" of the overall condition of the home, visible to the inspector, at the time of the home inspection. The inspection is not Pass/Fail. A property does not "Pass" or "Fail" a general home inspection.
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 body of the report also contains important information. There is important information about home 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. For your protection, and that of others, all repairs, corrections, or specialist evaluations should be performed by qualified contractors or licensed professionals. Safety hazards or poorly performed work can continue to be a problem, or even be made worse when unqualified workmen complete the work.
Below is a brief description of the definitions you will see in the report:
IN = INSPECTED. This means the system or component was inspected and found to be functioning properly, or in acceptable condition at the time of the inspection. No further comment is necessary but whenever possible additional information about materials used in the construction and how to care for or maintain the home
NI = NOT INSPECTED. This indicates that at least part of a system or component could not be inspected or inspected thoroughly.
X = NOT PRESENT. This indicates that a system or component was not present at the time of inspection. If the system or component should have been present, a comment will follow.
RR = REPAIR/REPLACE. This indicates that an action is recommended, and/or a safety hazard was observed and should be repaired, replaced, monitored or removed by a licensed contractor. Minor maintenance issues will be addressed in the report, however will not be rated as defective.
For Agents, viewing the summary may be a more efficient use of your time. On the right side 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.
A home inspector is considered 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, plumber, HVAC specialist, 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 composed of immediate safety concerns or items that could represent a significant expense to repair/replace.
Summit Home Inspection, LLC recommends ALL listed deficiencies and recommendations be fully evaluated and inspected by a licensed and qualified contractor PRIOR to the expiration of the inspection contingency period. Failure to have systems or components fully inspected and evaluated may result in the client's responsibility for all unexpected repair costs.
We wish to remind you, that every property will require a certain amount of ongoing maintenance: Drains can clog, hardware fails, systems age and become less efficient or inoperable; gutters, downspouts & grading around the property must be properly maintained to help prevent water intrusion in to the basement or crawlspace; roofs, furnaces, air conditioners and other components require regular maintenance and inspections. This property will be no exception and we strongly suggest that you both expect and budget for regular maintenance/repairs. For additional maintenance information, please refer to your "Now That You've Had A Home Inspection" manual provided to you at your home inspection.
This is meant to be an honest, impartial, third-party assessment. If you have questions about either the contents of this report, or about the home, please don't hesitate to contact us for help. We'll be happy to answer your questions to the best of our ability.