Listed below is a description of the Categories used throughout the report to help understand the severity of an item. Any items list in the below categories may be based on the inspectors opinion. These categories are not designed to be considered as an enforceable repair or responsibility of the current homeowner, but designed to inform the client of the condition of the property and structure at the time of inspection. They may be used in negotiations between real estate professionals.
Monitor The item, component, or system while perhaps is functioning as intended may be in need of minor repair, service, or maintenance; is showing wear or deterioration that could result in an adverse condition at some point in the future; or consideration should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency, and/or safety. Items that fall into this category can frequently be addressed by a homeowner or licensed handyman and are considered to be routine homeowner maintenance (DIY) or recommended upgrades.
Deficiency The item, component, or system while perhaps functioning as intended is in need of moderate repair, service, or is showing signs of wear or deterioration that could result is an adverse condition at some point in the future; consideration should be made in upgrading the item, component, or system to enhance the function, efficiency and/or safety. Items falling into this category can frequently be addressed by a licensed handyman or licensed trade contractor and are not considered routine maintenance or DIY items.
Safety Hazard or Material Defect The item, component, or system poses a safety concern to occupants in or around the home. Some listed concerns may have been considered acceptable for the time of the structures construction, but pose a current risk.
The item, component or system is not functioning as intended, or needs further inspection by a qualified licensed trade contractor; possible damage to the structure, item, or component may occur.