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.
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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 Items- Items 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 Item- Items 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.