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1234 Main St.
Rome, NY 13440
10/14/2019 9:00AM

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Superior Quality Home Inspections

Scope, Limits, Exclusions of the Home Inspection Performed


Welcome and thank you for choosing Superior Quality Home Inspections. This report is designed to be as thorough as possible, but also clear and concise. Reading this complete document below as well as the complete home inspection report should be done to understand the complexity of a home inspection and to allow you, the client, to be fully informed during this process.
If you have any questions please call us at (315)-794-1565.


This home inspection is a visual, non-intrusive inspection that is in accordance with the current Standards of Practice set forth by New York State, Department of State. For more information on these standards please go to www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/homeinspect/hinspect_ethics.html


The inspection performed does not pertain to building codes or practices. A home inspection is a non-invasive evaluation of the visible and accessible components of the home based on their safety, operation, and overall condition.


Report Rating System

Maintenance ItemsItems denoted in this section are repair items a homeowner could potentially perform themselves. This rating does not mean the homeowner must perform these items themselves but should however seek a qualified contractor to perform them if need be. Always use a contractor that is licensed and insured and consider seeking to obtain at least two job estimates prior to hiring a contractor.  Never use a ladder if you not comfortable doing so as serious injuries could occur from the smallest falls. Never use power equipment without proper safety equipment (safety glasses, hearing protection, dust masks, etc) Do not perform any repairs that would otherwise make you uncomfortable for any reason. 


Repair ItemItems denoted in this section are repairs that a qualified contractor (general contractor, electrician, plumber, etc.) should be contacted to evaluate and repair as they see necessary. Always use a contractor that is licensed and insured and consider seeking to obtain at least two job estimates prior to hiring a contractor. Repairs in this section may not require immediate attention (prior to closing, unless otherwise noted in this report) and may be something the homeowner wishes to accomplish at a later time, after moving into the home. Repair(s) should still be completed in a timely fashion as repairs that are let go often escalate into larger, more costly repairs. 


Safety Issue/Significant Defect- Items denoted in this section pose a significant threat to safety for both the homeowner and/or structure. Items in this category may also inflict a significant financial outlay to the homeowner to complete the repair(s). Items in this section should be evaluated and/or repaired by a licensed contractor prior to closing. Always use a contractor that is licensed and insured and consider seeking to obtain at least two job estimates prior to hiring a contractor. Real estate agents/sellers should be notified immediately for severe issues such as natural gas/propane leaks, large plumbing leaks/problems, electrical issues, etc.


LIMITATIONS 

 

Property Contents

Numerous wall, floor and other surfaces may be obscured by furniture and/or stored items, preventing a full evaluation of some areas. New York State standards and insurance regulations do not allow home inspectors to move personal property in the home, basement, attic, outbuildings, and on the external grounds in order to complete the home inspection.


Snow Covering

Inspection of snow covered surfaces such as roofs, grounds surrounding the home and any other surfaces that can accumulate snow where it can limit or hinder a components ability to be visible and accessible is thereby not part of the inspection. A thorough inspection of the exterior could not be performed because of the snow cover. Home inspectors are not required to shovel/remove snow from the roof or exterior grounds to complete the inspection.


RECOMMENDATIONS 


House Numbers (Street address number) should be seen clearly from the street/road.  This is a safety hazard when numbers are not visible in the event emergency personnel are called to the house.  Installation of house numbers that can be seen easily from the street in day or night (reflective) is recommended.


Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Change all the homes smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with new and placing them on each floor of the home to include the basement. Many home improvement stores sell either separate or combined units. If battery powered units are purchased, recommend following the manufacturer's recommended frequency for changing the batteries. Units are now available with sealed 10 year batteries to eliminate changing batteries more frequently. Always test your units regularly for proper operation.


Locks When moving into the house, I strongly recommend having 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, I would recommend changing the code access also.

 

SCOPE

 

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 mold specialist/company inspect and test for mold. Superior Quality Home Inspections does not perform mold testing or mold inspections. Any mention of mold in this report should be considered a recommendation to bring in a mold specialist to inspect and test for mold. If you have a specific concern regarding mold, consult a mold specialist for advice.


Lead Paint- Homes constructed before 1978 may contain lead paint. Lead has been known to cause health problems especially in young children. Any remodeling projects in the home should consider using lead safe practices by a contractor that is lead certified.


Chimney(s) - Not all parts of the chimney are visible for inspection. A home inspector is not capable of viewing all parts or interior surfaces of a chimney flue due to the small size of the flue, angles, soot and lack of lighting. While the accessible parts of the chimney may appear functional, hidden problems could exist that were not documented in this report. A level two inspection by a certified chimney sweep is recommended.


Septic Inspections- Superior Quality Home Inspections does not perform septic inspections. If the home has a septic system, it will require periodic maintenance to operate properly including use of a monthly tank additive such as Riddex and pumping out every few years or as recommend by a septic system company. To have your system inspected, you should contact a septic system company that performs this. A septic system dye test can be performed by the home inspector. Since this type of septic inspection is a VISUAL inspection, it has many limitations. A home inspector can only report upon what is observed above-ground, which does not always give an accurate evaluation of the health and operation of a septic system. It is recommended to review past septic system maintenance records the seller may have and contacting the company that performed these services for verification of the services performed and conditions present. Septic system contractors can perform a more thorough inspection and evaluation of the septic system. Generally, dye tests are not performed by the inspector when the ground is frozen and when the home is not occupied at the time of the testing.


Log Homes Because there are a multitude of log home builders offering both manufactured and handcrafted homes, each using a method often of their own choosing and invention, and often requiring that the contractor who is building or assembling the home adheres to a similar multitude of proprietary engineering specifications, the adherence to which cannot be fully confirmed without disassembly of the relevant home components, inspecting for compliance with any manufacturers' or engineers' building specifications lies beyond the scope of the general home inspection and log home inspection. This includes any systems or components designed to accommodate or adjust for continual settling of logs in log walls.


Pools Pools are not inspected or operated, nor does New York State require it be included in the normal scope of a home inspection. The inspector may inspect the grounds surrounding the pool such as walkways, cement patios, fences and wooden porch decks as to their safety and condition on the day of the inspection. The inspector recommends a pool contractor perform a more thorough evaluation of the pool and related systems to ensure that any electrical, plumbing, and other pool related components are in safe and adequate  working order and that large repairs are not imminent.


Municipal Sewer System- Homes connected to a local municipal sewer system according to the real estate listing information. The inspector did not perform any kind of sewer scope to view the inside condition of these pipes that generally run underground from the home to the sewer main connect. This service is outside the scope of a home inspection. Unforeseen issues with the lines caused by tree roots, deteriorated or otherwise damaged pipes may not be apparent during regular running of water in the home during the inspection. For further evaluation of the sewer lines, the inspector recommends contacting a licensed plumber who performs this service.

 

Asbestos- Generally, homes constructed before 1978 may contain materials made with asbestos. There may be isolated cases where homes made in the 1980’s and 1990’s utilized these materials also. While the home inspector points out items that may contain or solely be made of asbestos the only true way to know something contains asbestos is to perform testing. Superior Quality Home Inspections does not perform this testing and recommends testing for asbestos be conducted upon any mention of possible asbestos in the home. Asbestos has been known to cause serious health problems. 


INSPECTION REPORTS

 

Inspection Reports This report is intended only as a general guide to help the client make his/her own evaluation of the overall condition of the home and is not intended to reflect the value of the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report expresses the personal opinions of the inspector, based upon his visual impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection only. The inspection and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive, or to imply that every component was inspected, or that every possible defect was discovered. No disassembly of equipment, opening of walls, moving of furniture, appliances or stored items, or excavation was performed. All components and conditions, which by the nature of their location are concealed, camouflaged or difficult to inspect, are excluded from the report. 

 

Warranties-   This report should not be construed as a guarantee or warranty of the premises or its equipment, or a warranty of future conditions of the home and its components. Materials and components change and wear out over time and may fail in the future. A home inspection is a snapshot of the home and its components on one specific day in time. Conditions may/will not be the same on subsequent days. 

 

Inspection Pictures - Pictures are included in this report to help you understand and see what I (the inspector) saw at the time of the inspection. They are intended to show an example or illustration of an area of concern but may not show every occurrence and may not accurately depict its severity. Also note that not all areas of concern will be pictured. Do not rely on pictures alone. Please read the complete inspection report.


Home Inspection Report Property This report and the contents in it are the property of the home inspector named here-in and client(s) named here-in. The client(s) named in this report must expressly give permission for use/viewing to any third party. Third parties who view this report, do so at their own risk. Inspector has no obligation to third parties.


Pre-Listing Inspections - Inspection performed was done outside a formal real estate transaction and for the aforementioned client in this report who is considering selling this property. This report is the sole property of the client named in this report and the inspector. Any use by a third party is strictly for informational purposes only and at their own risk. Inspector(s) are not liable to third parties.


1 - Inspection Details

Location Overview
Busy Rural Road
In Attendance
Client, Listing Agent
Occupancy
Vacant, Home Owner Belongings Inside
Style
Multi-level
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Clear, Warm
Temperature At Start (approximate)
77 Fahrenheit (F)
Ground Condition
Dry
House Numbering (Location)
On Mailbox

House number should be clearly identifiable from the street and either located on the mailbox or side of the structure that faces the nearest road/street to allow emergency personnel prompt response in the event of an emergency at this location. 

Items Excluded From This Inspection
Dock

Items listed are not required by New York State standards for home inspectors and are therefore outside the scope of a normal home inspection. Items listed should still be evaluated by a licensed professional prior to purchasing the home to insure their proper operation, safety and condition. 

House Contents

There were numerous items throughout the home on the day of the inspection. This greatly limits the areas to be inspected including walls, floors, electric outlets, windows. NY State and insurance regulations do not allow home inspectors to move these items to complete the inspection. 

2 - Roof

IN NI NP D
2.1 Roof Coverings X
2.2 Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations X X
2.3 Flashings X
2.4 Roof Drainage Systems X X
Inspection Method
From Ground Using Binoculars
Roof Type/Style
Hipped Roof
Roof Coverings: Roof Material(s)
Architectural Shingle
Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Chimney Built
Interior
Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Chimney Spark Arrester/Rain Cap
Not Noted
Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Chimney Material
Stone
Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Roof Penetrations
Chimney(s), Plumbing Stack Vent Pipe(s)
Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Roof Ventilation
Soffit Vents, Ridge Vent
Flashings: Material
Aluminum
Roof Drainage Systems: Rain Gutter/Downspout Material
Seamless Aluminum
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Extensions
Some Not Long Enough
Roof Coverings: Roof Age- Approximate
Newer

Roof age is only approximate and beyond the scope of a normal home inspection. Many environmental variables play a part in the longevity of roofing materials.

Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations: Flue Noted
Noted

Some chimney crowns and flues (Top) may not be visible for many reasons due to height, tree cover, etc.

I. The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves: A. the roof-covering materials; B. the gutters; C. the downspouts; D. the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and E. the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of roof-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of active roof leaks. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. walk on any roof surface. B. predict the service life expectancy. C. inspect underground downspout diverter drainage pipes. D. remove snow, ice, debris or other conditions that prohibit the observation of the roof surfaces. E. move insulation. F. inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments. G. walk on any roof areas that appear, in the inspectors opinion, to be unsafe. H. walk on any roof areas if doing so might, in the inspector's opinion, cause damage. I. perform a water test. J. warrant or certify the roof. K. confirm proper fastening or installation of any roof-covering material.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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2.2.1 - Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Chimney Cap Missing

The chimney flue does not have a proper spark arrester/rain cap. This can allow for moisture intrusion into the chimney causing damage and deterioration. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.2.2 - Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Chimney Step Flashing Damaged

The chimney's step flashing where it meets the roof is pulling apart. No leaks were noted from inside the attic and/or home on the day of the inspection. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.2.3 - Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations

Chimney- Level 2 Inspection

Not all parts of the chimney are visible for inspection. A home inspector is not capable of viewing all parts or interior surfaces of a chimney flue due to the small size of the flue, angles, soot and lack of lighting. While the accessible parts of the chimney may appear functional, hidden problems could exist that were not documented in this report. A level two inspection by a certified chimney sweep is recommended.

Fireplace Chimney Sweep
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2.4.1 - Roof Drainage Systems

Rain Gutters Partially Missing

Rain gutters were not noted on part of the structure. Gutters and proper soil grading next to the home help move rain water away from the home's foundation and reduces hydro-static pressure that can damage the foundation. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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2.4.2 - Roof Drainage Systems

Downspouts Drain Near House

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 and water leaks into the basement. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Here is a helpful DIY link and video on draining water flow away from your house. 

Tools Handyman/DIY

3 - Exterior

IN NI NP D
3.1 Siding, Flashing & Trim X X
3.2 Electrical- Exterior Components X X
3.3 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X
3.4 Exterior Doors X
3.5 Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps X X
3.6 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X X
3.7 Foundation Exterior X
3.8 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X X
3.9 Cooling Equipment X
3.10 Window Wells X
3.11 Well(s) X
Inspection Method
Visual
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Wall Structure
Wood Frame
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Vinyl
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Style
Shiplap
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Condition Of Wall
Good
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Trim Material
Vinyl, Aluminum
Siding, Flashing & Trim: Trim Condition
Window Trim Caulking Needed
Electrical- Exterior Components : Electrical ServiceType
Overhead
Electrical- Exterior Components : Drip Loop Present
Yes

Electrical- Exterior Components : Electric Service Caulking (Condition)
Below
Electrical- Exterior Components : Exterior Electrical Outlets
Not GFCI
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Asphalt
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Condition
Good
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Main Entry Walkway Material/Condition
None
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Patio Material/Condition/Location
Back Yard
None
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Appurtenance(s)
Deck, Sunroom, Stoop
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Appurtenance Materials
Wood
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Main Entry Porch Material
Wood
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Number Of Steps
1 1
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Porch Roof/Condition
No
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Eves/Fascia Material/Condition
Metal
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Soffit Material/Condition
Vinyl
Foundation Exterior : Exterior Foundation Wall Material
Masonry Block
Foundation Exterior : Foundation Exposure
2 Feet Or Less
Foundation Exterior : Condition
Acceptable Condition, Many Areas Not Visible Due To Plants
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Grading Within 6' Feet of the House
Some Areas Slope Toward House
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Grading Beyond 6' Feet of the Home
Some Areas Slope Toward Home
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Trees and Shrubs Too Close To House
In Front, In Back
Window Wells : Window Well Material/Condition
Metal, Debris Inside
Electrical- Exterior Components : Service Size
200 Amp

Size of the electric service drop wire cannot be determined when run underground or encapsulated in electrical piping/conduit. 

Electrical- Exterior Components : Electric Meter Voltage
120/240 Volts

Most residential electric meters are rated at 200 Amps unless otherwise noted in this report.

Exterior Doors: Exterior Entry Door(s)
Metal

Some homes have more than one exterior entry door. This report section will identify each one if materials differ (i.e. Metal, Wood etc.)

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim; B. all exterior doors; C. adjacent walkways and driveways; D. stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps; E. porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports; F. railings, guards and handrails; G. the eaves, soffits and fascia; H. a representative number of windows; and I. vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of exterior wall-covering materials. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting. B. inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing. C. inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions. D. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment. E. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks. F. inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures. G. inspect for safety-type glass. H. inspect underground utilities. I. inspect underground items. J. inspect wells or springs. K. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems. L. inspect swimming pools or spas. M. inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools. N. inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems. O. inspect drainfields or dry wells. P. determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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3.1.1 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Plants In Contact With Siding

Small plants were in contact with the siding around much of the perimeter of the home.  Plants against the siding could cause damage to the siding and walls over time from water and/or pest infiltration. Plants, shrubs, small trees  should be maintained 6-12 inches away from the home. 

Tools Handyman/DIY
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3.1.2 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Flashing/Trim Improperly Installed

Flashing & trim pieces were improperly installed, not visible, and/or missing, which could result in moisture intrusion and damaging leaks in the area where the deck attaches to the home. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.2.1 - Electrical- Exterior Components

Non-GFCI External Outlets

Home contained one or more electric outlets on the exterior of the home that were not GFCI (rated for wet areas) This is a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified electrician repair as necessary.

Wrenches Handyman
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3.2.2 - Electrical- Exterior Components

Wires Threatened

Service lateral wires from street/pole are threatened by tree overhang and/or branches. These wires are usually maintained by the local utility company. Recommend the utility company evaluate and repair as necessary.

Contractor Utility Company
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3.2.3 - Electrical- Exterior Components

Service Lateral Wire Clearances

Service lateral wire does not meet clearance requirements in one or more areas. This wire is usually maintained by the local utility company. To achieve proper clearances, modifications to the structure may be required. Recommend the local utility company evaluate and repair as necessary. 

Contractor Utility Company
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3.5.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck - Rotted Boards

One or more deck boards are showing signs of rot. This is a safety issue as this deck is 8-12 feet off the ground. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.5.2 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Improper Deck Construction Practices

Deck was observed to have general poor construction. Deck sagging noted as a result of improper attachment to support posts and improper support post spacing were noted. These are safety issues.  I strongly urge a qualified contractor to repair as necessary. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.5.3 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Ledger Board Improperly Installed

The ledger board is not properly attached to the building. This can cause the deck to pull away from the building and possibly collapse. Attachment with lag bolts is preferred. I strongly urge the deck ledger board be repaired as necessary by a qualified contractor. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.5.4 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Guardrail loose and broken

Guardrail on the deck is loose and poses a safety hazard. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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3.5.5 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Missing Steps

No steps with railings noted in front of both sliding glass doors. This is a safety issue. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Wrenches Handyman
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3.6.1 - Eaves, Soffits & Fascia

Fascia/Soffit Opening

There is opening in the soffit. This can allow water, air, pest and rodent intrusion in the attic. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Wrenches Handyman
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3.8.1 - Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls

Negative Grading
Back

Grading is sloping towards the home in some areas. This could lead to water intrusion and foundation issues. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Here is a helpful article discussing negative grading. 

Contractor Qualified Professional

4 - Garage- Attached

IN NI NP D
4.1 General X
4.2 Ceiling/Floor/Foundation X X
4.3 Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors X X
4.4 Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home) X X
4.5 Garage Door X X
4.6 Garage Door Opener X
4.7 Sub Panel X
General: Number Of Bays
1
General: Visibility Limited By
Parked Car, Stored Items
Ceiling/Floor/Foundation : Ceiling Material
Drywall
Ceiling/Floor/Foundation : Floor Material/Condition
Concrete, Good
Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors: Firewall Material (Between Garage And Home)
Wood
Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors: Window Material/Condition
Wood
Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors: Non-Automobile Doors
Two
Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors: Door Material/Condition
Wood
Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home): Door Material/Hinges
Metal
Garage Door: Material
Wood
Garage Door: Type
Overhead
Garage Door: Spring Condition
Good
Garage Door: Spring Safety Cables
Missing
Garage Door Opener: Number Of Electric Door Openers
One
Garage Door Opener: Condition
Operated As Designed
Garage Door Opener: Photo Electric Device
Operated As Designed
Sub Panel : Sub Panel In Garage
Yes
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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4.2.1 - Ceiling/Floor/Foundation

Taping and Joint Compound (Firewall)

Sheetrock in several areas is not completed with taping and joint compound. This doesn't allow complete firewall protection for the living space above the garage. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Wrenches Handyman
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4.3.1 - Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors

Firewall Does Not Meet Standards

Firewall separating the home and garage is not compliant with modern building standards. Firewalls should be built with materials such as sheet rock/fire-rock to prolong the spreading of a fire into the living space.  Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Link for more info. 

Wrenches Handyman
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4.3.2 - Walls, Firewalls, Windows, Doors

Keyed Indoor Lock

One or more entry doors have keyed deadbolt locks. This can be a safety hazard in the event of a fire when the key is not available. The door cannot be used as an exit, causing entrapment. Key-only deadbolts should be replaced with deadbolts that have a handle on the inside. Recommend replacing with a key-less lock.

Contractor Qualified Professional
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4.4.1 - Occupant Door (From garage to inside of home)

Not Self-closing

Door from garage to home should have self-closing hinges to help prevent spread of a fire and carbon monoxide in to the living space. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

DIY Resource Link.

Wrenches Handyman
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4.5.1 - Garage Door

No Safety cables

No safety cables noted inside the garage door springs.  These cables prevent the springs from harming people in the garage in the event of spring failure.  Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

IN NI NP D
5.1 Roof/Floor Structure X X
5.2 Ventilation X
5.3 Attic Insulation X X
5.4 Exhaust Systems X X
Attic Access
Pull Down Ladder, Walk Up Attic
How Attic Was Observed
Walked Throughout
Roof/Floor Structure: Roof System
Rafters
Roof/Floor Structure: Rafter Spacing (Inches Apart)
16
Roof/Floor Structure: Roof Decking Material
Plywood
Roof/Floor Structure: Moisture Penetration
Past Stains Noted On Decking
Roof/Floor Structure: Attic Floor Framing
Wood
Roof/Floor Structure: Attic Floor System
Catwalk
Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Ridge Vents
Ventilation: Soffit Vents
Obstructed
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Fiberglass, Vermiculite
Attic Insulation: Insulation Location
Floor
Exhaust Systems: Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Noted- Vented To Exterior
Stored Items In Attic

Numerous items were stored in the attic on the day of the inspection. This limits the areas evaluated as a result. NY State and insurance regulations do not permit home inspectors to move such items. 

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; B. ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and C. mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area. II. The inspector shall describe: the type of insulation observed; and B. if the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure meets current R-Value standards (currently R-49). Just the very age of a home may put the insulation R-value below the standard. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter the attic or any unfinished spaces that are not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or, in the inspector's opinion, pose a safety hazard. B. move, touch or disturb insulation. C. move, touch or disturb vapor retarders. D. break or otherwise damage the surface finish or weather seal on or around access panels or covers. E. identify the composition or R-value of insulation material. F. activate thermostatically operated fans. G. determine the types of materials used in insulation or wrapping of pipes, ducts, jackets, boilers or wiring. H. determine the adequacy of ventilation.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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5.1.1 - Roof/Floor Structure

Mold-Like Substance Noted

Mold-like substance noted in the attic on the roof decking (dark shading). Mold can be a health hazard. Lack of enough insulation and ventilation may foster these conditions. Recommend a qualified mold contractor repair as necessary. 

Hardhat Mold Inspector
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5.1.2 - Roof/Floor Structure

Damaged rafer

Noted one or more damaged rafters in the attic. This may cause roof sagging. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
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5.3.1 - Attic Insulation

Insulation Less Than R-49

Insulation depth was less then the current standard (R-49).  Installing additional insulation should be considered for improved efficiency. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

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5.3.2 - Attic Insulation

Vermiculite Insulation Noted

The attic floors contained a vermiculite type of insulation. Vermiculite forms over millions of years due to weathering of the mineral biotite. Unfortunately, biotite deposits are often in close proximity to deposits of diopside, which transform into asbestos due to the same weathering processes that create vermiculite.  Never disturb vermiculite or any asbestos insulation. These products must be airborne to cause a health risk through inhalation, which most likely happens when they are removed or handled. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For more information please visit:  www.nachi.org/vermiculite

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6 - General Interior

IN NI NP D
6.1 General X
6.2 Ceilings X X
6.3 Walls X X
6.4 Floors/Flooring/Stairs X
6.5 Doors/Windows X X
6.6 Electric Outlets/Light Switches X X
6.7 Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors X X
6.8 Skylights X
General : Inspection Method
Visual
Ceilings: Ceiling Material/Condition
Drywall/Plaster, Wood-Like Tiles
Ceilings: Ceiling Style
Flat
Walls: Wall Material/Condition
Drywall/Plaster
Floors/Flooring/Stairs: Floor Covering
Wall to Wall Carpet, Hardwood
Floors/Flooring/Stairs: Floor Condition
Normal Bounce, Good
Doors/Windows: Door Material/Condition
Wood, Good
Doors/Windows: Window Material
Wood and Vinyl
Doors/Windows: Window Type
Awning
Electric Outlets/Light Switches : Electric Outlet Type
Three Prong, Two Prong, Some Hot/Neutral Wires Reversed
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors : Smoke Detectors Noted
Not Noted
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors : Carbon Monoxide Detector
Not Noted

This section includes the evaluation of the interior of the home to include rooms and areas such as the entry hall, living room, family room, dining room, den, bedrooms, finished areas in the attic and basement and other finished areas, not including the bathroom(s) and kitchen(s). Their inspection includes evaluation/inspection of a minimum of a representative number of windows, electric outlets, doors, light switches, walls, ceilings, ceiling fans. These are can only evaluated fully when they are accessible. New York State and liability insurance regulations do permit home inspectors to move items in the house to evaluate these areas further, which thereby limits the home inspection. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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6.2.1 - Ceilings

Ceiling Repaired

Damage/repair to the ceiling was visible at the time of the inspection. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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6.2.2 - Ceilings

Seam Cracks
1st Floor Bedroom

Drywall seam cracks noted in one or more areas. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

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6.2.3 - Ceilings

Ceiling Tiles (Asbestos-Like Material)

Noted possible asbestos-like tiles in one or more areas. Asbestos can be a health hazard. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate/test further and repair as necessary. Click Here for more information on these ceiling tiles. 

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6.3.1 - Walls

Moisture Damage

Stains on the walls visible at the time of the inspection appeared to be the result of past moisture intrusion. The source of moisture may have been corrected. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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6.5.1 - Doors/Windows

Failed Thermal Seal

Observed condensation between several window panes, which indicates a failed thermal seal. Recommend a qualified window contractor repair as necessary.

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6.5.2 - Doors/Windows

Keyed Indoor Lock

One or more entry doors have keyed deadbolt locks. This can be a safety hazard in the event of an emergency when the key is not available. The door cannot be used as an exit, causing entrapment. Key-only deadbolts should be replaced with deadbolts that have a handle on the inside. Recommend replacing with a key-less lock.

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6.6.1 - Electric Outlets/Light Switches

Open Ground Outlets

Several three prong electric outlets tested in the home contained open grounds. These outlets will not protect appliances that require a proper ground. Recommend having a licensed electrician repair as necessary.

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6.6.2 - Electric Outlets/Light Switches

Two Prong Outlets

Noted one or more two prong electric outlets in the home. These are outdated by the current electricity demand and usage. Recommend a qualified electrician repair as necessary. 

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6.7.1 - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

No Carbon Monoxide Detector Noted

Home did not contain a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless/colorless gas that can cause death. This is a safety issue when the home contains fossil fuel burning appliances such as furnaces, hot water tanks, kitchen stoves, etc. Recommend a unit be put on each floor of the home, especially near heating appliances and sleeping areas. 

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6.7.2 - Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

No Smoke Detectors

Home did not contain smoke detector(s). This is a safety issue. Recommend a unit be put on each floor of the home, especially near heating appliances and sleeping areas.

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7 - Main Bathroom

IN NI NP D
7.1 Shower/Tub/Surround X X
7.2 Sink(s)/Toilet X X
7.3 Electric Outlets X
7.4 Flooring X
7.5 Ventilation X X
Bathroom Location
First Floor
Shower/Tub/Surround : Shower Style
Walk-In Shower
Shower/Tub/Surround : Tub Style
None
Shower/Tub/Surround : Surround Style/Condition
Plastic, Ceramic Tile, Good
Shower/Tub/Surround : Functional Flow Test
No Drop In Pressure
Sink(s)/Toilet: Sink Style
Pedestal
Sink(s)/Toilet: Toilet Condition
Flushed, Good
Sink(s)/Toilet: Leaks
None Noted
Electric Outlets: Electric Outlets
Non-GFCI Outlet
Flooring: Floor Material/Condition
Ceramic Tiles
Ventilation : Ventilation
Window
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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7.1.1 - Shower/Tub/Surround

Ceiling Damaged

Ceiling is damaged in one or more areas. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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7.2.1 - Sink(s)/Toilet

Slow Drain

Sink drained slowly on the day of the inspection. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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7.5.1 - Ventilation

No Ventilation Fan

Bathroom did not contain a ventilation fan. This can allow excessive amounts of moisture to accumulate in that area. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary.

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8 - Main Bathroom

IN NI NP D
8.1 Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling X X
8.2 Sink(s)/Toilet X
8.3 Electric Outlets X X
8.4 Flooring X
8.5 Ventilation X
Bathroom Location
Second Floor
Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling: Shower Style
With Tub
Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling: Tub Style
Built-In
Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling: Surround Style/Condition
Ceramic Tile
Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling: Functional Flow Test
No Drop In Pressure
Sink(s)/Toilet: Sink Style
Vanity
Sink(s)/Toilet: Toilet Condition
Flushed, Good
Sink(s)/Toilet: Leaks
None Noted
Electric Outlets: Electric Outlets
Non-GFCI Outlet
Flooring: Floor Material/Condition
Vinyl
Ventilation : Ventilation
Window and Fan
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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8.1.1 - Shower/Tub/Surround/Ceiling

Ceiling Tiles

Possible asbestos-like ceiling tiles noted in the bathroom appear damaged/buckled. Moisture will cause these to buckle/bow. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary. 

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9 - Fireplace

IN NI NP D
9.1 Vents, Flues & Chimneys X
9.2 Lintels X
9.3 Damper Doors X
9.4 Cleanout Doors & Frames X
Type
Wood
Material
Stone
Location
Living Room
Level Two Inspection

Not all parts of the chimney are visible for inspection. A home inspector is not capable of viewing all parts or interior surfaces of a chimney flue due to the small size of the flue, angles, soot and lack of lighting. While the accessible parts of the chimney may appear functional, hidden problems could exist that were not documented in this report. The National Fire Protection Association states that a "Level 2" chimney inspection should be performed with every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. It is also advised that this inspection be conducted by a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (www.csia.org). All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary. Recommend contacting a chimney sweep to clean and further evaluate all chimney flues. Note that if a wood stove insert is installed, it may need to be removed for such an evaluation. More information can be found here www.american-chimney.com/chimney-services/chimney-inspections/

I. The inspector shall inspect:

readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys;

lintels above the fireplace openings;

damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and

cleanout doors and frames.

II. The inspector shall describe:

the type of fireplace.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers;

manually operated dampers that did not open and close;

the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace;

the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and

cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.

IV. The inspector is not required to:

inspect the flue or vent system.

inspect the interior of chimneys or flues, fire doors or screens, seals or gaskets, or mantels.

determine the need for a chimney sweep.

operate gas fireplace inserts.

light pilot flames.

determine the appropriateness of any installation.

inspect automatic fuel-fed devices.

inspect combustion and/or make-up air devices.

inspect heat-distribution assists, whether gravity-controlled or fan-assisted.

ignite or extinguish fires.

determine the adequacy of drafts or draft characteristics.

move fireplace inserts, stoves or firebox contents.

perform a smoke test.

dismantle or remove any component.

perform a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-style inspection.

perform a Phase I fireplace and chimney inspection.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies

10 - Kitchen And Kitchen Appliances

IN NI NP D
10.1 Cabinets/Counter Tops X
10.2 Sink(s) X
10.3 Flooring X
10.4 Dishwasher X
10.5 Refrigerator X
10.6 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
10.7 Built-in Microwave X
10.8 Garbage Disposal X X
Cabinets/Counter Tops : Cabinets Material/Condition
Wood, Secure
Cabinets/Counter Tops : Counter Top Material/Condition
Granite
Cabinets/Counter Tops : GFCI Electric Outlets
No
Sink(s): Operated Faucets
No Leaks
Sink(s): Sink Material
Stainless Steel
Flooring: Floor Material
Wood Laminate
Dishwasher: Brand
Maytag
Refrigerator: Brand
Kenmore
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
Vented To Exterior
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
GE
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source
Electric
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Operated Stove/Oven
Operated Burners/Oven
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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10.8.1 - Garbage Disposal

Excessive Noise

Garbage disposal was excessively noisy. Recommend a qualified plumber evaluate and repair. 

Here is a helpful DIY troubleshooting video.

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11 - Laundry Area

IN NI NP D
11.1 Washing Machine X
11.2 Dryer X X
Location
Basement
Washing Machine : Brand
General Electric
Washing Machine : Connections To Water Supply
Rubber Lines
Dryer: Brand
General Electric
Dryer: Dryer Power
Electric
Dryer: Venting Material/Method
Flexible Ribbed Vinyl
Not Operated

Operation of laundry appliances falls outside the scope of a normal home inspection, therefore the appliances in this area were not operated. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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11.2.1 - Dryer

Maintain Dryer Piping

Dryer vent piping requires periodic clean out to prevent buildup of lint/dust inside the piping. This will reduce the risk of a dryer fire.

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11.2.2 - Dryer

Vinyl Accordion Vent Pipe

The clothes dryer is equipped with a vinyl or foil, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission considers these types of ducts to be unsafe, and a fire hazard. These types of ducts can trap lint and are susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the air flow. Rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal ducts are preferred.  Most clothes dryer manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal ducts that terminate to the outdoors.  For more information on dryer safety issues, see http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5022.html.

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11.2.3 - Dryer

Blocked Vent

Dryer vent was blocked on the exterior of the home by dirt/debris in the window well. This may cause the vent pipe to overheat. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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12 - Heating

IN NI NP D
12.1 Exterior- High Efficiency Components X X
12.2 Equipment X X
12.3 Normal Operating Controls X
12.4 Distribution Systems X
12.5 Oil Tank(s) X
Location Of Heat Source
Basement
Exterior- High Efficiency Components : High Efficiency Piping
Oriented Properly

Equipment: Brand
Lennox
Equipment: Energy Source
Gas
Equipment: Heat Type
Electric Baseboard, Forced Air
Normal Operating Controls: Emergency Safety Switch Location
Top Of Basement Stairs, Attached to unit
Distribution Systems: Heat Distribution
Air Vents In Most Rooms
AFUE Rating
95%

AFUE (Annual fuel utilization efficiency) is a metric used to measure furnace efficiency in converting fuel to energy. A higher AFUE rating means greater energy efficiency. 90% or higher meets the Department of Energy's Energy Star program standard.

Equipment: Approximate Age
Newer

Inspector will attempt to look up the age of the furnace using building-center.org, however, this is beyond the scope of a normal home inspection and is not a guaranteed service. The make, model and serial number must be clear and available to allow the inspector to attempt to look up the age. Units installed in small, hard to access areas may not be accessible  to be looked up. 

Normal Operating Controls: System Operated
Operated As Designed

Inspector attempts to operate furnace using normal operating controls, such as a thermostat. Inspectors are not required to make furnaces operate other than using these normal controls. 

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the heating system, using normal operating controls. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the location of the thermostat for the heating system; B. the energy source; and C. the heating method. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. any heating system that did not operate; and B. if the heating system was deemed inaccessible. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. inspect or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers, combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems. B. inspect fuel tanks or underground or concealed fuel supply systems. C. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the heating system. D. light or ignite pilot flames. E. activate heating, heat pump systems, or other heating systems when ambient temperatures or other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. F. override electronic thermostats. G. evaluate fuel quality. H. verify thermostat calibration, heat anticipation, or automatic setbacks, timers, programs or clocks.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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12.1.1 - Exterior- High Efficiency Components

Maintain Area Around High Efficiency Pipes

Noted high efficiency vent pipe. Always insure snow and ice are kept away from this area to allow proper ventilation for the furnace and to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the home.

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12.2.1 - Equipment

Change Furnace Air Filter

Recommend changing the furnace's air filter annually to allow for optimal performance and efficiency.

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12.2.2 - Equipment

Heating System Maintenance

Recommend service be performed on this unit per the manufacturers maintenance schedule by a qualified HVAC contractor.

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13 - Electrical

IN NI NP D
13.1 Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X X
13.2 Service Entrance Conductors X
13.3 Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses X
13.4 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
13.5 GFCI & AFCI X
13.6 Smoke Detectors X
13.7 Carbon Monoxide Detectors X
Location
Basement
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Basement
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
Fuses
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Manufacturer
Wadsworth
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Fuses
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Grounding Observed
Water Main Street Side
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Sub Panel Location
Garage
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Aluminum
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wire 15 and 20 AMP
Copper
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Romex

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the service drop; B. the overhead service conductors and attachment point; C. the service head, gooseneck and drip loops; D. the service mast, service conduit and raceway; E. the electric meter and base; F. service-entrance conductors; G. the main service disconnect; H. panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses); I. service grounding and bonding; J. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible; K. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and L. smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the main service disconnect's amperage rating, if labeled; and B. the type of wiring observed. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the integrity of the serviceentrance conductors insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs; B. any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled; C. the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible; D. any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and E. the absence of smoke detectors. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. insert any tool, probe or device into the main panelboard, sub-panels, distribution panelboards, or electrical fixtures. B. operate electrical systems that are shut down. C. remove panelboard cabinet covers or dead fronts. D. operate or re-set over-current protection devices or overload devices. E. operate or test smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors or alarms F. inspect, operate or test any security, fire or alarms systems or components, or other warning or signaling systems. G. measure or determine the amperage or voltage of the main service equipment, if not visibly labeled. H. inspect ancillary wiring or remote-control devices. I. activate any electrical systems or branch circuits that are not energized. J. inspect low-voltage systems, electrical de-icing tapes, swimming pool wiring, or any timecontrolled devices. K. verify the service ground. L. inspect private or emergency electrical supply sources, including, but not limited to: generators, windmills, photovoltaic solar collectors, or battery or electrical storage facility. M. inspect spark or lightning arrestors. N. inspect or test de-icing equipment. O. conduct voltage-drop calculations. P. determine the accuracy of labeling. Q. inspect exterior lighting.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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13.1.1 - Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device

Fuse Box Electric Panel

This house is protected by a fused electrical system.  The fused system has two main breakers and is undersized and outdated by today's standards.  Upgrading to a larger more modern electrical panel is preferred. Recommend a qualified electrician repair as necessary. 

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14 - Plumbing

IN NI NP D
14.1 Main Water Shut-off Device X
14.2 Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures X
14.3 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X X
14.4 Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents X
14.5 Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems X
14.6 Sump Pump X
14.7 Well X
14.8 Well Flow Testing X
Water Source
Public
Filters
None
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Main Entrance Pipe Material
Copper
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Pipe Material
Copper
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Water Supply Pipe Material
Copper
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Main Drain Material/Size
3 inch
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Material
Iron, PVC
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
40 gallons
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Basement
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Power Source/Type
Gas
Sump Pump: Location
Basement, Not Operated/No Water In Pit
Main Water Shut-off Device: Location
Basement
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Manufacturer
Bradford & White

I recommend flushing & servicing your water heater tank annually for optimal performance. Water temperature should be set to at least 120 degrees F to kill microbes and no higher than 130 degrees F to prevent scalding. 

Here is a nice maintenance guide from Lowe's to help. 

Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Approximate Age
2017

Inspector may attempt to look up the age of the unit using the serial number as a courtesy only. Inspectors are not required to determine the age of these units. A hot water tanks useful life is approximately 6 to 10 years, but may last longer.

Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Basement

Use caution on this area of deck due to the propane gas regulator as damage to this could occur. A weather proof cover may provide more safety in this area. 

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the main water supply shut-off valve; B. the main fuel supply shut-off valve; C. the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; D. interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; E. all toilets for proper operation by flushing; F. all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; G. the drain, waste and vent system; and H. drainage sump pumps with accessible floats. II. The inspector shall describe: A. whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence; B. the location of the main water supply shut-off valve; C. the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve; D. the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and E. the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously; B. deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets; C. mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and D. toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. light or ignite pilot flames. B. measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater. C. inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems. D. determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply. E. determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source. F. open sealed plumbing access panels. G. inspect clothes washing machines or their connections. H. operate any valve. I. test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage or functional overflow protection. J. evaluate the compliance with conservation, energy or building standards, or the proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping. K. determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, backflow prevention or drain-stop devices. L. determine whether there are sufficient cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains. M. evaluate fuel storage tanks or supply systems. N. inspect wastewater treatment systems. O. inspect water treatment systems or water filters. P. inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps, or bladder tanks. Q. evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements. R. evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air. S. test, operate, open or close: safety controls, manual stop valves, temperature/pressure-relief valves, control valves, or check valves. T. examine ancillary or auxiliary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those related to solar water heating and hot water circulation. U. determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing. V. inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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14.3.1 - Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems

Rusty Cast Iron Pipe

Noted rusty cast iron drain piping in the basement. These pipes are outdated and may develop leaks. Recommend monitoring these for leaks in the future. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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15 - Basement, Foundation, Structure, Crawlspace

IN NI NP D
15.1 Basement X X
15.2 Foundation X
15.3 Floor Structure X
15.4 Ceiling Structure X
15.5 Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
15.6 Crawlspace X
Basement Access
Stairs From Interior
Basement: General Area Dampness
Dehumidifier Noted
Basement: Ventilation
Windows
Basement: Sump Pump System
Submersible Pump
Basement: Insulation Material
None Visible
Basement: Windows
Steel
Basement: Chimney In Basement/Condition
Block, Good
Foundation: Foundation Walls
Partially Exposed
Foundation: Wall Material
Masonry Block
Floor Structure: Floor Material
Concrete
Floor Structure: Floor Drainage
Sump Pit
Ceiling Structure: Ceiling Structure Material
Wood Joists
Ceiling Structure: Carrier Beam Material
Steel
Ceiling Structure: Pier/Support Post Material/Condition
Steel, Secure
Contents

Noted numerous stored items in the basement on the day of the inspection. NY State standards and insurance regulations do not allow home inspectors to move these items to complete the inspection. 

Finished Basement

The basement contained some finished space. This limits the inspection of the foundation, supports, floor, ceiling. 

Crawlspace not present.

I. The inspector shall inspect: A. the foundation; B. the basement; C. the crawlspace; and D. structural components. II. The inspector shall describe: A. the type of foundation; and B. the location of the access to the under-floor space. III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil; B. observed indications of active water penetration; C. observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unlevel floors; and D. any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern. IV. The inspector is not required to: A. enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself. B. move stored items or debris. C. operate sump pumps with inaccessible floats. D. identify the size, spacing, span or location or determine the adequacy of foundation bolting, bracing, joists, joist spans or support systems. E. provide any engineering or architectural service. F. report on the adequacy of any structural system or component.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies
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15.1.1 - Basement

Window Area Leaking

One or more windows showed signs of leaking around it. Debris and soil were up over the bottom of several windows. Proper sealing/caulking along with proper exterior soil grading and rain gutters will help keep water out of the basement area. Recommend a qualified contractor repair as necessary. 

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16 - Septic Load Dye Test

IN NI NP D
Septic System Location

Property contained two septic systems (front of house/back yard) per listing agent. Inspector could not definitively determine the location of each septic tank and leach field because these items are not visible and accessible without excavation. Appears to run out of the front and back side of the home. Client should obtain more information as to the correct location of the systems and when and who cleaned it out last. Client/Agent is strongly urged to verify the tanks clean-outs directly with the septic system company and inquiring about the condition of the tanks at the time of their cleaning out.

Dye Administered

A non-toxic liquid septic dye was administered into the toilets. The said drain field area in the front and back yard was walked before and after the testing looking for visual signs of septic effluent, dye, strong odors, and wet areas. As of the time of the inspection, none of these were observed either before or after the dye testing.

A septic load dye test was performed which is not part of a standard home inspection. The test performed is very limited and will not tell you everything about a septic system. If a complete test/inspection is desired, you should contact

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies

17 - Radon Testing

IN NI NP D
Report Sent Separate From This Report
Yes
Test Location
Basement
Test Started
1:47 PM 7/28/2019
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
  • D = Deficiencies