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1234 Main St.
Pearisburg VA 24134
02/20/2019 9:00AM

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The Report contains categorizations of Major Concerns (red), Moderate Concerns (orange), and Minor issues (blue). The colors and classifications are done for illustrative purposes and convenience. All issues should be considered and evaluated equally.

The Red category is for a specific issue with a system or component that may have an adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses a potential risk to people or property. The Orange category is for items that are not functional or will lead to further defects if not addressed. The Blue category is mostly routine maintenance that is due now and that new owners should do periodically. The Blue category also represents observations that may be corrected as a DIY project or a relatively low cost fix by a qualified contractor.

The categorization is not intended to determine which items may need to be addressed per the contractual requirements of the agreement of sale of the property. All items should be addressed as you deem necessary.

Most observations within the report will give a recommendation of the type of contractor that may work with evaluating and/or repairing that system. These recommendations are merely given as a helpful suggestion for the client. The client may choose which, if any observations will be addressed and have complete say in the choice of contractor.

Photos included in this report are for illustrative purposes only. The photos are used to show a representation of the observation, information, or limitation being noted and are not meant to be construed as a comprehensive list of all instances of any particular comment.


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Report Rights

I reserve the right to update inspection reports within 72 hours after initial release. This is to accommodate clarifications or additional information that might have come forward subsequent to the inspection.

1 - Inspection Details

House Orientation (House Faces)

This is not meant to be an accurate representation of the orientation of the home. This description is based on cardinal direction. It is to give an orientation for descriptive purposes on observations made during the inspection. 

In Attendance
Temperature (approximate)
32 Fahrenheit (F)
Type of Building
Single Family
Weather Conditions
Cloudy, Recent Snow

2 - Roof

2.1 Coverings X
2.2 Roof Drainage Systems X
2.3 Flashings X
2.4 Skylights, Chimneys & Other Roof Penetrations X
Inspection Method
Binoculars, Ground, Ladder, At Eaves

The roof inspection portion of the General Home Inspection will not be as comprehensive as an inspection performed by a qualified roofing contractor. Because of variations in installation requirements of the huge number of different roof-covering materials installed over the years, the General Home Inspection does not include confirmation of proper installation. Home Inspectors are trained to identify common deficiencies and to recognize conditions that require evaluation by a specialist. Inspection of the roof typically includes visual evaluation of the roof structure, roof-covering materials, flashing, and roof penetrations like chimneys, mounting hardware for roof-mounted equipment, attic ventilation devices, ducts for evaporative coolers, and combustion and plumbing vents. The roof inspection does not include leak-testing and will not certify or warranty the roof against future leakage. Other limitations may apply and will be included in the comments as necessary.

Roof Type/Style
Gable, Combination
Coverings: Material
Asphalt, Architectural
Roof Drainage Systems: Gutter Material
Flashings: Material
Unknown, Metal
Snow / Ice

One or more of the roofing components could not be inspected due to the roof being covered with snow and/or ice.

Coverings: Snow

Roof was not visible due to snow

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
2.1.1 - Coverings


Roof shingles were discolored, which can be caused by moisture, rust or soot. Recommend a qualified contractor evaluate to find the source causing this discoloration and repair or replace as needed.

Contractor Qualified Professional
2.2.1 - 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. Recommend adjusting downspout extensions to drain at least 6 feet from the foundation. 

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

Tools Handyman/DIY

3 - Exterior

3.1 Siding, Flashing & Trim X
3.2 Walkways, Patios & Driveways X
3.3 Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps X
3.4 Eaves, Soffits & Fascia X
3.5 Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls X
Inspection Method

Inspection of the home exterior typically includes: exterior wall covering materials, window and door exteriors, adequate surface drainage, driveway and walkways, window wells, exterior electrical components, exterior plumbing components, potential tree problems, and retaining wall conditions that may affect the home structure. Note: The General Home Inspection does not include inspection of landscape irrigation systems, fencing or swimming pools/spas unless pre-arranged as ancillary inspections.

Siding, Flashing & Trim: Siding Material
Brick, Vinyl
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Driveway Material
Walkways, Patios & Driveways: Walkway
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Appurtenance
Deck, Front Porch, Patio, Stairs
Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps: Material
Composite, Concrete, Wood, Brick
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Eaves
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Fascia
Eaves, Soffits & Fascia: Soffit
Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls: Grading

One or more of the Exterior components could not be inspected due to snow. Components such as patios, decks, walks, steps, and drives were not fully visible

Structures Not Inspected

The property included one or more detached structure (structures not attached to the home) which were not included as part of a General Home Inspection and were not inspected. The Inspector disclaims any responsibility for providing any information as to their condition. Consider having these structures inspected by a qualified inspector for safety reasons.

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

Parge Coat Cracking

The parge coat is cracking and showing signs of deterioration. A parge coat is generally for decorative / aesthetic purposes but may also lead to water intrusion. Recommend repair or re-coat.

Contractor Qualified Professional
3.1.2 - Siding, Flashing & Trim

Brick/Mortar Cracking

The brick exterior walls had cracking visible in one or more locations around the home in areas where the brick meets the ground. Recommend further evaluation and repair as needed.

Contractor Qualified Professional
3.2.1 - Walkways, Patios & Driveways

Driveway Cracking - Minor

Minor cosmetic cracks observed. Recommend to patch and seal as needed and monitor for future movement. 

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.3.1 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck - Nails Exposed

One or more nails were observed to be exposed. Recommend nails be reset.

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.3.2 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Deck - Damaged Boards

One of the stair risers had been damaged and repaired. This is a cosmetic issue and client may wish to replace damaged board(s).

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.3.3 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Loose newel post

A newel post at this staircase was loose at the time of the inspection. For safety reasons, the Inspector recommends that the newel post be made secure by a qualified contractor.

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

Common Cracks

Common cracks (1/4-inch or less) were visible in the concrete porch floor at the time of the inspection. Cracks should be filled with an appropriate sealant to avoid continued damage to the concrete porch floor surface from freezing moisture.

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.3.5 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Railing Loose

Based on the inspector's past experience, the  handrail assembly did not appear to be of adequate strength to safely protect the deck/stairs. Physical testing for compliance with any building standards or building codes lies beyond the scope of the General Home Inspection. The Inspector recommends that additional support be installed by a qualified contractor.

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

Fencing in disrepair

One or more areas of the fencing were in need of repair.

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.3.7 - Decks, Balconies, Porches & Steps

Handrail Loose

Recommend repair or replace.

Tools Handyman/DIY
3.5.1 - Vegetation, Grading, Drainage & Retaining Walls

Flower Bed, Mulch, Soil on Home

A flower bed, mulch or soil was observed to be in contact or close proximity to the home. This can lead to moisture intrusion in one or more of the components of the home. Recommend removing or addressing this landscaping feature to reduce the probability of moisture intrusion on the home and its components.

Tools Handyman/DIY

4 - Appliances

4.1 Dishwasher X
4.2 Refrigerator X
4.3 Range/Oven/Cooktop X
4.4 Garbage Disposal X
4.5 Washer / dryer X
Dishwasher: Brand
Refrigerator: Brand
LG, Unknown
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Energy Source

Inspection of range/oven is limited to basic functions, such as testing of the range-top burners, and bake/broil features of the oven. Self-cleaning & convection function isnot inspected

Range/Oven/Cooktop: Range/Oven Brand
Range/Oven/Cooktop: Exhaust Hood Type
Over Range Microwave, Re-circulate
Garbage Disposal: Garbage Disposal

For homes on a private onsite wastewater system:

Garbage disposals can be a problem when used in homes on septic systems. You should learn the limitations of your septic system and use the garbage disposal appropriately. Long-term, inappropriate use can cause expensive-to-repair damage to septic systems.

Washer / dryer: Dryer Brand
Washer / dryer: Washer Brand
Washer / dryer: Dryer Power Source
220 Electric
Washer / dryer: Dryer Vent
Metal Flex

Vent visual inspection

A dryer vent connection was installed.  The dryer vent was examined visually only. A visual examination will not detect the presence of lint accumulated inside the vent, which is a potential fire hazard.  The Inspector recommends that you have the dryer vent cleaned at the time of purchase and annually in the future to help ensure that safe conditions exist. Lint accumulation can occur even in approved, properly installed vents. 

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
4.3.1 - Range/Oven/Cooktop

Inoperable hood lights

Range hood lights were inoperable at the time of the inspection. The bulb may be burned out, or there may be a problem with the switch, wiring or light fixture. If after replacing the bulb the light fixture still does not respond, the Inspector recommends service by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional

5 - Plumbing

5.1 Main Water Shut-off Device X
5.2 Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems X
5.3 Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures X
5.4 Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents X
5.5 Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems X
Filters and other Components
Water Source
Main Water Shut-off Device: Location
Basement, Utility room / closet
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: Sewage system type
Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems: DWV Material
PVC, Plastic
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Distribution Material
Copper, Pex
Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures: Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
Sink, Toilet, Shower, Tub
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: Power Source/Type
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Capacity
40 gallons
Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents: Location
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Fuel System
Natural Gas - public utility
Fuel Storage & Distribution Systems: Main Gas Shut-off Location
Gas Meter
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
5.3.1 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Fixture - Damaged or Missing Hardware

The sinks in the master bathroom were damaged or in disrepair. The sink on the left and a drain stopper that was inoperable and limited the inspection of that sink. Recommend repairing the mechanism. The sink on the right had cracks in the basin. Although not leaking at the time of the inspection, these cracks may lead to leaking or further damage. Recommend to repair or replace the sink / countertop. The Inspector recommends repair or replacement by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional
5.3.2 - Water Supply, Distribution Systems & Fixtures

Fixture Loose

The fixture was loose and needed maintenance. All work should be performed by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional
5.4.1 - Hot Water Systems, Controls, Flues & Vents

TPR Valve - damaged

The easing lever on the TPR valve was broken off or has been removed. Here is a link to a video explaining TPR Valve . Recommend further evaluation from a qualified plumber and repair or replace as needed.

Pipes Plumbing Contractor

6 - Electrical

6.1 Service Entrance Conductors X
6.2 Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device X
6.3 Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses X
6.4 Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles X
6.6 Smoke, Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors X
Service Entrance Conductors: Electrical Service Conductors
Below Ground, 240 Volts
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Main Panel Location
Basement, Utility Room / Closet
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Capacity
200 AMP
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Manufacturer
Square D
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Panel Type
Circuit Breaker
Main & Subpanels, Service & Grounding, Main Overcurrent Device: Sub Panel Location
None present
Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Branch Wiring

Home branch circuit wiring consists of wiring distributing electricity to devices such as switches, receptacles, and appliances. Most conductors are hidden behind floor, wall and ceiling coverings and cannot be evaluated by the inspector. The Inspector does not remove cover plates and inspection of branch wiring is limited to proper response to testing of switches and a representative number of electrical receptacles.

Branch Wiring Circuits, Breakers & Fuses: Wiring Method
Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Doorbell
Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Lighting Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Receptacles
Lighting Fixtures, Switches & Receptacles: Switches


Switches are sometimes connected to fixtures that require specialized conditions, such as darkness or movement, to respond. Switches sometimes are connected to electrical receptacles (and sometimes only the top or bottom half of an receptacle). Because outlets are often inaccessible and because including the checking of both halves of every electrical outlet in the home exceeds the Standards of Practice and are not included in a typical General Home Inspection price structure. Functionality of all switches in the home may not be confirmed by the inspector.

At Main Panel
At Receptacle
Smoke, Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors: CO Detectors

Since CO is colorless, tasteless and odorless (unlike smoke from a fire), detection and prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home environment is impossible without a warning device. In North America, some state, provincial and municipal governments require installation of CO detectors in new units - among them, the U.S. states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Vermont, the Canadian province of Ontario, and New York City.

According to the 2005 edition of the carbon monoxide guidelines, NFPA 720, published by the National Fire Protection Association, sections and, all CO detectors 'shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,' and each detector 'shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.'

In additon:

- CO alarms should not be installed directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up, creating false alarms.

- A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

 - Installation locations vary by manufacturer. Manufacturers' recommendations differ to a certain degree based on research conducted with each one's specific detector. Inspectors will typically have no way of knowing the Manufacturers' recommendations and should limit comments to the (educated) obvious.

Smoke, Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors: Smoke Detectors
Hard Wired

Generally-accepted current safety standards recommend smoke detectors be installed in the following locations:

-  In the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms

-  In all bedrooms

-  In each story of a dwelling unit, including basements and cellars, but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics.

-  In residential units of 1,200 square feet or more, automatic fire detectors, in the form of smoke detectors shall be provided for each 1,200 square feet of area or part thereof.

-  Any smoke detector located within 20 feet of a kitchen or bedroom containing a tub or shower must be a photoelectric type.

The 1996 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 gives further guidance on the placement of smoke detectors, when required. Here are some examples from Chapter 2 of NFPA 72:

-  Smoke detectors in a bedroom with a ceiling sloped greater than one foot in eight feet horizontally should be located on the high side of the ceiling.

-  Smoke detectors should not be located within three (3) feet of a door to a bedroom containing a tub or a shower or the supply registers of a forced air HVAC system.

-  Smoke detectors can be located on the ceiling with the side of the detector greater than four (4) inches from the wall or on the wall of a bedroom with the top of the detector located four (4) to twelve (12) inches down from the ceiling.

All smoke detectors should be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation and be UL listed.

Low Voltage System

This home has a low voltage system. These systems include things such as phone, communication, TV and entertainment, computer and networking, alarms and more. Inspection of a low voltage system is beyond the scope of a home inspection. Recommend communicating with the home owner to learn more about this system.

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

Neutral Wires Not Marked as Hot

One or more white, neutral wires is being used as a hot wire. This is common practice in some instances such as a 240v connection. Inspector recommends that neutral wires being used as hot wires to be marked accordingly. All work should be completed by a qualified professional.

Electric Electrical Contractor
6.5.1 - GFCI & AFCI

No GFCI Protection Installed

No GFCI protection present in all locations.

For safety reasons, the Inspector recommends that receptacles located within 6 feet of a plumbing fixture or located on the exterior of the home to be provided with ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection in good working order to avoid potential electric shock or electrocution hazards.

 This can be achieved relatively inexpensively by:

1. Replacing an individual standard receptacle with a GFCI receptacle.

2. Replacing the electrical circuit receptacle located closest to the overcurrent protection device (usually a breaker) with a GFCI receptacle.

3. Replacing the breaker currently protecting the electrical circuit that contains the receptacles of concern with a GFCI breaker.

Adding equipment grounding and a service grounding system will also increase home safety.

Recommend licensed electrician upgrade by installing ground fault receptacles in all locations.

Here is a link to read about how GFCI receptacles keep you safe. 

Electric Electrical Contractor

7 - HVAC

7.1 Equipment X
7.2 Normal Operating Controls X
7.3 Distribution Systems X
7.4 Vents, Flues & Chimneys X
7.5 Fireplace / Stove X
Equipment: Brand
Equipment: AC Type
Central Air Conditioner
Equipment: Heat Type
Gas-Fired Heat
Equipment: Energy Source
Natural Gas
Equipment: Temperature Differential
25 Degrees Fahrenheit

This is the number of degrees the system is cooling (or heating) the house air. Normal range for this number is 14-24 degrees when operating the system during hot weather, lower when ambient temperatures are lower. As with all mechanical equipment, the unit may fail at any time without warning. The inspector cannot determine future failures.

Normal Operating Controls: Thermostat Location
Living Room
Distribution Systems: Ductwork - Distribution
Distribution Systems: Vents
Distribution Systems: Return Air
Distribution Systems: Filter Advice

Recommend that home buyers replace or clean HVAC filters upon taking occupancy depending on the type of filters installed. Regardless of the type, recommend checking filters monthly in the future and replacing or cleaning them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or cleaning depends on the type and quality of the filter, how the system is configured (e.g. always on vs. "Auto"), and on environmental factors (e.g. pets, smoking, frequency of house cleaning, number of occupants, the season.

Vents, Flues & Chimneys: Vents
Fireplace / Stove: Type
Fireplace, Natural Gas

Full inspection of wood- burning and gas-burning fireplaces and stoves lies beyond the scope of the General Home Inspection. For a full inspection to more accurately determine the condition of the fireplace/stove and to ensure that safe conditions exist, the Inspector recommends that you have the fireplace/stove inspected by an inspector certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Find a CSIA-certified inspector near you at http://www.csia.org/search.html

Disclaimer - Cooling System

Inspection of home cooling systems typically includes visual examination of readily observable components for adequate condition, and system testing for proper operation using normal controls. Cooling system inspection will not be as comprehensive as that performed by a qualified heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system contractor. Report comments are limited to identification of common requirements and deficiencies. Observed indications that further evaluation is needed will result in referral to a qualified HVAC contractor.

Disclaimer - Heat Exchanger

The Inspector specifically disclaims furnace heat exchangers because proper evaluation requires invasive, technically exhaustive measures that exceed the scope of the General Home Inspection. The Inspector recommends that you have it certified by a qualified HVAC contractor.

Equipment: Low Temperature

The outdoor air temperature was below 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
7.1.1 - Equipment

Insulation Missing or Damaged

Missing or damaged insulation on refrigerant line can cause energy loss and condensation. Recommend replacing.

Tools Handyman/DIY
7.1.2 - Equipment

Vegetation Too Close

Vegetation was too close to the compressor, which can limit heat dissipation and limit effectiveness. Recommend cutting back vegetation to avoid overheating compressor.

Tools Handyman/DIY
7.1.3 - Equipment

Service, Clean, and Certify

The last service date of this system appears to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The client(s) should ask the property owner(s) when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than one year ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, service and certify this system, and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed annually in the future.

Here is a resource on the importance of furnace maintenance.

Fire HVAC Professional

8 - Doors, Windows & Interior

8.1 Interior Doors X
8.2 Exterior Doors X
8.3 Windows X
8.4 Floors / Walls / Ceilings X
8.5 Steps, Stairways & Railings X
8.6 Countertops & Cabinets X
Disclaimer - Ancillary Inspections

Inspection of the home interior does not include testing for radon, mold, asbestos, lead paint, or other environmental hazards unless specifically requested as an ancillary inspection.

Interior Doors: Doors
Exterior Doors: Exterior Door
Steel, Sliding Glass
Windows: Window Type
Double-hung, Casement, Sliders
Floors / Walls / Ceilings: Floor Coverings
Carpet, Hardwood, Linoleum, Tile
Floors / Walls / Ceilings: Wall Material
Floors / Walls / Ceilings: Ceiling Material
Steps, Stairways & Railings: Stairs and Railing
Countertops & Cabinets: Countertop Material
Porcelain, Quartz, Solid Surface, Unknown
Countertops & Cabinets: Cabinetry
  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
8.4.1 - Floors / Walls / Ceilings

Minor Cracks

Minor cracks were observed in several place throughout the home, especially in areas where the wall meets the ceiling. Appeared to be the result of long-term settling. Some settling is not unusual in a home. Client may wish to patch and paint for aesthetic purposes. Recommend monitoring for future movement. If movement continues, recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor.

Contractor Qualified Professional
8.4.2 - Floors / Walls / Ceilings

Nail Pops

Protruding nail heads visible in several locations throughout the home . Protruding nails should be removed, drywall re-fastened and the drywall finished to match the existing wall surfaces. All work should be performed by a qualified drywall or painting contractor.

Putty knife Drywall Contractor
8.4.3 - Floors / Walls / Ceilings

Water Stain - Dry

Stains were found in one or more ceiling areas. However, no elevated levels of moisture were found. The stain(s) may be due to past roof and/or plumbing leaks. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and monitoring the stained area(s) in the future, especially after heavy or prolonged rain. If elevated moisture is found in the future, a qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.

Mag glass Monitor
8.6.1 - Countertops & Cabinets

Poor/Missing Caulk

Countertop was missing sufficient caulk/sealant at the wall. This can lead to water damage. Recommend adding sealant at sides and corners where counters touch walls.

Here is a helpful DIY video on caulking gaps. 

Tools Handyman/DIY

9 - Attic, Insulation & Ventilation

9.1 General X
9.2 Attic Insulation X
9.3 Ventilation X
9.4 Exhaust Systems X
General: Attic Access Location
Ceiling Hatch
Attic Insulation: Insulation Type
Batt, Loose-fill, Unknown
Attic Insulation: Approximate Average Insulation Depth
9 inches

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Ventilation: Ventilation Type
Gable Vents, Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents

Inspection of attic venting was limited due to snow and ice on the roof and no walk way in the attic. Inspector observed what appeared to be ridge venting when inspecting the roof from the ground with binoculars. While inspecting the attic, it was difficult to see this feature but it appeared that the gap for proper venting on a ridge vent system was inadequate. There were no signs of elevated moisture in the attic. Client should monitor the attic throughout the seasons and during times of high humidity.

Exhaust Systems: Exhaust Fans
Through Attic Venting
General: No walkway

Many of the components of the attic could not be fully inspected because there was no walkway was provided in the attic. Persons entering the attic must walk on ceiling or roof framing members which are often hidden from view beneath insulation. This activity can be difficult and/or hazardous. The ceiling-covering material (drywall or plaster) will usually not support the weight of a person.

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

10 - Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure

10.1 Foundation X X
10.2 Basements & Crawlspaces X
10.3 Vapor Retarders (Crawlspace or Basement) X
10.4 Floor Structure X X
10.5 Wall Structure X X
Inspection Method
Finished Basement

The General Home Inspection includes inspection of the home structural elements that were readily visible at the time of the inspection. This typically includes the foundation, exterior walls, floor structures and roof structure. Much of the home structure is hidden behind exterior and interior roof, floor, wall, and ceiling coverings, or is buried underground. Because the General Home Inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive methods, this report may not identify all structural deficiencies. Upon observing indications that structural problems may exist that are not readily visible, the inspector may recommend inspection, testing, or evaluation by a specialist that may include invasive measures.

Foundation: Material
Masonry Block
Basements & Crawlspaces: Basement
Floor Structure: Material - House Flooring Support System
Engineered Floor Trusses
Floor Structure: Sub-floor
Floor Structure: Basement/Crawlspace Floor
Floor Structure: Flooring Insulation
Wall Structure: Wall Structure
Finished Basement

This house has a basement that is finished. Many of the components of the house could not be inspected due to being hidden behind walls, ceilings, and finished flooring.

  • IN = Inspected
  • NI = Not Inspected
  • NP = Not Present
10.1.1 - Foundation

Foundation Cracks - Minor

Minor cracking was noted on the foundation walls. This is sometimes common as concrete ages and shrinkage surface cracks are normal. Recommend monitoring for more serious shifting/displacement. Also recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor.

Here is an informational article on foundation cracks.

House construction Structural Engineer
10.2.1 - Basements & Crawlspaces


Efflorescence noted on the basement foundation wall surface. This a white, powdery deposit that is consistent with moisture intrusion. This can compromise the soil's ability to support the home structure and/or lead to mold growth. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source or moisture and correct. 

Contractor Qualified Professional
10.5.1 - Wall Structure

Water Intrusion

Wall structure showed signs of water intrusion, which could lead to more serious structural damage. It appeared that the home owner has made recent attempts to address this situation. This area was inspected using a moisture meter and elevated levels of moisture were found at this location. Recommend a qualified contractor identify source or moisture and remedy.

Contractor Qualified Professional

11 - Garage / Carport

11.1 Ceiling X
11.2 Floor X
11.3 Walls & Firewalls X
11.4 Garage Door X
11.5 Garage Door Opener X
11.6 Occupant Door X
Garage / Carport
Ceiling: Ceiling
Floor: Floor
Walls & Firewalls: Walls
Garage Door: Material
Metal, Non-insulated
Garage Door: Type
Garage Door Opener: Garage Door Opener
Automatic Opener


Garage doors are not tested by the Inspector using specialized equipment and this inspection will not confirm compliance with manufacturer's specifications. This inspection is performed according to the Inspector's judgment from past experience. You should adjust your expectations accordingly. If you wish to ensure that the garage door automatic-reverse feature complies with the manufacturer's specifications, you should have it inspected by a qualified garage door contractor.

Occupant Door: Garage access door to home

This access door to the garage leads into the home.

Access Blocked

One or more of the Garage components could not be inspected due to occupants belongings.

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