Thank you for choosing Triton Home Inspections. I really appreciate your business and want to ensure that you get the most out of my inspection and this inspection report. A lot of time and care have been taken to prepare this document for you. Please read the entire inspection report and call us immediately with any questions.
****Verbal statements or opinions expressed at the time of the inspection are not to be relied upon. Only the statements written in this report are the official opinions of your inspector Ken Stoermer.****
Very Important Next Steps:
Step 1: Read the entire inspection report!
Step 2: Call your inspector immediately at 760/533-6605, if you have any questions, concerns, or need changes made to the inspection report.
Step 3: Make a list of all Discovery Items marked Consideration Items, Attention Items, and Safety Concerns identified in this report as needing repair or further evaluation.
Step 4: Contact licensed contractors, specialist, and/or qualified professionals and have the Systems marked Consideration Items, Attention Items, and Safety Concerns further evaluated or repaired BEFORE THE END OF YOUR CONTINGENCY PERIOD.
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
This inspection report is the exclusive and sole property of Triton Home Inspections and the Clients who's name appears in the Inspection Details section of the report labeled Client.
Unauthorized reproduction and/or distribution of this report is strictly prohibited.
Subsequent buyers, real estate agents and/or sellers assume full responsibility for giving this inspection report to anyone who does not have a signed contract or written agreement with Triton Home Inspections. Due to the natural aging process of the materials used in constructing a home, and the normal wear and tear on the mechanical items in the home, THIS REPORT CAN ONLY REFLECT OBSERVATIONS MADE ON THE DAY OF THE INSPECTION. Subsequent buyers should have a new inspection performed to protect their interests.
Triton Home Inspections inspect properties in accordance with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and our inspection agreement which are listed on our website at the following link: Inspection Agreement. Items that are excluded (not inspected) are indicated in the contract and/or disclaimed in the aforementioned Standards of Practice. The observations and opinions expressed within the report take precedence over any verbal comments. It should be understood that the inspector is only on-site for a few hours and will not comment on insignificant deficiencies, but rather, confine the observations to truly significant defects or deficiencies that significantly affect the value, desirability, habitability or safety of the structure. The Client should consider all defects identified in this inspection report as significant.
The inspection shall be limited to those specific systems, structures and components that are present and accessible. Components and systems shall be operated with normal user controls, and not forced or modified to work. Those components or systems that are found not to work at time of inspection will be reported, and those items should be inspected and repaired or replaced by a qualified specialist in that field. You must obtain estimates for any items noted in the report that require further evaluation or repair. The inspector cannot know what expense would be considered significant by client, as everyone's budget is different. It is therefore client's responsibility to obtain quotations prior to the end of the contingency period. . This is very important, as once you pass the contingency period, or purchase the house, repairs become your sole responsibility. If you have questions about the significance of a repair item, call a licensed professional immediately.
The recommendations that the inspector makes in this report for specialist evaluations should be completed within the contingency period by licensed professionals, who may well identify additional defects or recommend some upgrades or replacements that could affect your evaluation of the property. We caution you to be wary of anyone who has a vested interest, and particularly those who attempt to alarm you or denigrate others.
***** VERY IMPORTANT*****
We feel that everything in this inspection report is significant. Especially the Discovery items marked Observation Items, Attention Items and Safety Concern. We cannot assume liability for an item, system, or component the client did not feel was significant at time of inspection, but later feels is. For this reason, we are informing you that when as little as one Component is called out as Observation Items, Attention Items, or Safety Concern in any System of this home inspection report, you must have that entire system further evaluated by a licensed specialist in that field before the end of your contingency period. These licensed specialist may identify additional components within that system that need to be repaired/replaced or recommend some upgrades that could affect your evaluation of the property.
Definitions that may help you understand the above statement better:
System = a set of components working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. Examples of a system would be; the Roofing system, the Plumbing system, the Electrical system.
Component = a part or an element of a system. Examples of components would be; a shingle in a Roofing system, a faucet in a Plumbing system, a circuit breaker in an Electrical system.
SCOPE OF WORK
You have contracted me, Ken Stoermer at Triton Home Inspections, to perform a general home inspection. I performed this inspection in accordance with Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics established by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (Inter-NACHI). A copy of these standards and ethics can be obtained by visiting Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics. It is distinct from a specialist inspection, which can be costly, take several days to complete, involve the use of specialized instruments, the dismantling of equipment, video-scanning, destructive testing, and laboratory analysis. By contrast, the general home inspection is completed on-site, at a fraction of the cost and within an hour. Consequently, this general home inspection and its report will not be as comprehensive as that generated by specialists and it is not intended to be.
The purpose of this inspection is to identify systems that should be further evaluated by licensed contractors who through their evaluations may identify additional components, material defects or adverse conditions that could result in injury or lead to costs that would significantly affect your evaluation of the property. I strongly urge you to follow my further evaluation recommendations as stated in the inspection report prior to the end of your contingency period to prevent unexpected issues from arising after the close of escrow.
I evaluate conditions, systems, or components, and report on their condition, which does not mean that they are ideal but that they are either functional or met a reasonable standard at a given point in time. I do take into consideration when a house was built and allow for the predictable deterioration that would occur through time, such as the cracks that appear in concrete and in the plaster around windows and doors, scuffed walls or woodwork, worn or squeaky floors, stiff or stuck windows, and cabinetry that does not function as it did when new. Therefore, we tend to ignore insignificant and predictable defects, and do not annotate them, and particularly those that would be apparent to the average person or to someone without any construction experience. I am not authorized, or have the expertise, to test for environmental contaminants, or comment on termite, dry rot, fungus or mold, but may alert you to its presence. Similarly, I do not test the quality of the air within a residence. However, clean air is essential to good health, and I recommend air sampling and the cleaning of supply ducts as a wise investment in environmental hygiene. Therefore, you should schedule any such specialized inspections with the appropriate specialist before the close of escrow.
A home and its systems and its components are complicated, and because of this and the limitations of an on-site report, I only offer unlimited consultation and encourage you to ask questions. I encourage candid and forthright communication between all parties, because I believe that it is the only way to avoid stressful disputes and costly litigation. Remember, I only summarized the report on-site and it is essential that you read all of it, and that any recommendations that are made for service or evaluation by specialists should be completed and documented well before the close of escrow, because additional defects could be revealed by specialists, or some upgrades recommended that could affect your evaluation of the property, and my service does not include any form of warranty or guarantee.
Definitions of Comments:
The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to repair or replace suggests a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. That professional should inspect the entire system or component, as problems at one area could indicate problems at other areas of the system. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.
Inspected (IN) = I visually observed the item, component or unit and it appeared to be functioning as intended.
Not Inspected (NI) = I did not inspect this item, component or unit and made no representations of whether or not it was functioning as intended.
Not Present (NP) = This item, component or unit is not in this home or building.
Discovery (D) = One of the following conditions exist: Observation Items, Attention Item, or Safety Concern.
Observation Items = May include one or more of the following conditions:
1. Items that may not be affecting the function or usability of a system or component. However, if not corrected, it may at some point in the future.
2. Items that may required repair due to age and/or normal wear and tear.
3. The items should be monitored; repair or replacement should be considered.
Attention Items = May include any one or more of the following conditions:
1. The item is not functioning as intended.
2. The item and its entire system need to be further evaluated by a licensed contractor in that field (Plumbing = Plumber, Electrical = Electrician, etc.). The item and/or other items within the system (not identified in this report) may need to be repaired or replaced.
3. Areas, systems or components that were not accessible by our company.
Safety Concern = May include the following condition:
1. Items or systems in which the current state poses a potential safety hazard to the occupants or structure (in the inspectors opinion). This item should be immediately further evaluated and repaired by a qualified technician/contractor to ensure safety.
Note: Damage or additional items in need of repair may exist that are not identified in this inspection report and/or are beyond the scope of this home inspection, may be discovered by the licensed contractor. This is why I strongly recommend that you seek further inspections and evaluations BEFORE THE END OF YOUR CONTINGENCY PERIOD. I cannot and will not be responsible for your failure to follow our recommendations listed in this inspection report.
A home inspection and its report are only describing the condition of the systems and components of this house on the day of inspection. This home inspection is not a home warranty or guarantee of any kind. Systems and components of this home may and probably will fail anytime after the inspection.
I HIGHLY recommend that you purchase and maintain a comprehensive home warranty, including coverage for your home, swimming pool, roofing, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems and renew it each year you own this house.
If you or a family member has health problems, or you are concerned about mold, it is YOUR responsibility to get an air quality or mold inspection completed, regardless of the findings in this report. Triton Home Inspections is not a mold inspection company and is not qualified/licensed to inspect for nor identify mold.
My company is not licensed or trained to inspect for or test for environmental hazards. If you or anyone occupying or visiting this property are concerned about environmental hazards like; lead, radon, mold, PCBs, mildew, urea- formaldehyde, asbestos, sulfur, contaminated drywall, Chinese drywall, or other toxins in the building, ground, water or air, you need to contact a licensed environmental hygienist to have them visit the property and test for these issues.
My company is not licensed or trained to inspect for pest to include but not limited to: rodents, insects, wood destroying organisms or the damage caused by these animals/organisms.
Any pictures included in this report are not meant to represent every defect that has been found. There may be Observation, Attention and Safety Concern items that do not have a picture included. We suggest reading the entire report to find all of the defects that have been reported on. Pictures, if included, represent only the key finding associated with that picture. If you have any questions on the key findings, please contact the inspector for clarification.
Please Note: Triton Home Inspections hereby certifies that we have no interest present or prospective in the property, buyer, seller, lender or any other party involved in this transaction.