Sample Report

Here is a Sample Report of the report you will receive at the end of your home inspection.

Building Inspection Report

 

100 Anywhere USA

 



 

 

Inspection Date:

12/20/2001

 

Prepared For:

Sample Report

 

Prepared By:

McCormick Home Inspections

112 Ridgewood Street

Hot Springs, AR 71901

 

501-520-8257

501-620-4248 Fax

w.mccormick@yahoo.com

 

Report Number:

112-119

 

 

Inspector:

 William McCormick

 

Report Overview

THE HOUSE IN PERSPECTIVE

 

CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS REPORT

For your convenience, the following conventions have been used in this report.

Major Concern: a system or component which is considered significantly deficient or is unsafe. Significant deficiencies need to be corrected and, except for some safety items, are likely to involve significant expense.

Safety Issue:  denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention.

Repair: denotes a system or component which is missing or which needs corrective action to assure proper and reliable function.

Improve:  denotes improvements which are recommended but not required.

Monitor:  denotes a system or component needing further investigation and/or monitoring in order to determine if repairs are necessary.

Deferred Cost: denotes items that have reached or are reaching their normal life expectancy or show indications that they may require repair or replacement anytime during the next five (5) years.

Please note that those observations listed under “Discretionary Improvements” are not essential repairs, but represent logical long term improvements.

 

IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATION HIGHLIGHTS / summary

The following is a synopsis of the potentially significant improvements that should be budgeted for over the short term.  Other significant improvements, outside the scope of this inspection, may also be necessary.  Please refer to the body of this report for further details on these and other recommendations.

Major Concerns: none

 

Safety Issues: Master bathroom GFI receptacle has reversed wiring, left garge door opener needs adjustment to work properly, Switch between garage doors need cover plate,

 

Repair Items: small hole in siding from weedeater.

 

Improvement items: vapor barrier in crawlspace area, plunger adjuster missing from downstairs bathroom sink, piece of trim missing from downstairs bathroom shower handle,

 

Items to Monitor: slow drain on master tub

 

deferred cost Items: none

THE SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION

All components designated for inspection in the ASHIâ Standards of Practice are inspected, except as may be noted in the “Limitations of Inspection” sections within this report.

It is the goal of the inspection to put a home buyer in a better position to make a buying decision.  Not all improvements will be identified during this inspection.  Unexpected repairs should still be anticipated.  The inspection should not be considered a guarantee or warranty of any kind.

Please refer to the pre-inspection contract for a full explanation of the scope of the inspection.

Structure

description of Structure

 

Foundation:                                                   ·Poured Concrete ·Concrete Block ·Basement Configuration ·Slab on Grade 

Floor Structure:                                           ·Trusses ·Concrete 

Wall Structure:                                             ·Wood Frame 

Ceiling Structure:                                        ·Joist 

Roof Structure:                                            ·Rafters ·Wafer board Sheathing 

Structure observations

Positive Attributes

The construction of the home is good quality. The materials and workmanship, where visible, are good. 

General Comments

No major defects were observed in the accessible structural components of the house. 

recommendations / observations: NONE

 

limitations of Structure inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Structural components concealed behind finished surfaces could not be inspected.

·        Only a representative sampling of visible structural components were inspected.

·        Furniture and/or storage restricted access to some structural components.

·        Engineering or architectural services such as calculation of structural capacities, adequacy, or integrity are not part of a home inspection.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Roofing

description of Roofing

 

Roof Covering:                                             ·Asphalt Shingle 

Roof Flashings:                                            ·Asphalt 

Chimneys:                                                      ·Metal 

Method of Inspection:                                ·Viewed from ladder at eave ·From Land due to steepness of the roof

Roofing observations

Positive Attributes

The roof coverings are in generally good condition. 

recommendations / observations: none

 

limitations of Roofing inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Not all of the underside of the roof sheathing is inspected for evidence of leaks.

·        Evidence of prior leaks may be disguised by interior finishes.

·        Estimates of remaining roof life are approximations only and do not preclude the possibility of leakage. Leakage can develop at any time and may depend on rain intensity, wind direction, ice build up, and other factors.

·        Antennae, chimney/flue interiors which are not readily accessible are not inspected and could require repair.

·        Roof inspection may be limited by access, condition, weather, or other safety concerns.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Exterior

description of Exterior

 

Wall Covering:                                              ·Vinyl Siding & Brick

Eaves, Soffits, and Fascias:                    ·Vinyl ·Aluminum 

Exterior Doors:                                            ·Metal 

Window/Door Frames and Trim:           ·Vinyl-Covered 

Entry Driveways:                                         ·Concrete 

Entry Walkways and Patios:                   ·Concrete 

Porches, Decks, Steps, Railings:          ·Brick 

Overhead Garage Door(s):                       ·Steel ·Automatic Opener Installed 

Exterior observations

Positive Attributes

The exterior siding that has been installed on the house is relatively low maintenance.  Window frames are clad, for the most part, with a low maintenance material. 

General Comments

The exterior of the home is generally in good condition. 

recommendations / observations

Exterior Walls

·        Repair:  Small hole in siding.

Garage

·        Repair:  The garage door opener on the left side is in need of adjustment to raise and lower.

limitations of Exterior inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        A representative sample of exterior components was inspected rather than every occurrence of components.

·        The inspection does not include an assessment of geological, geotechnical, or hydrological conditions, or environmental hazards.

·        Screening, shutters, awnings, or similar seasonal accessories, fences, recreational facilities, outbuildings, seawalls, break-walls, docks, erosion control and earth stabilization measures are not inspected unless specifically agreed-upon and documented in this report.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Electrical

description of Electrical

 

Size of Electrical Service:                        ·120/240 Volt Main Service - Service Size: 200 Amps 

Size of Electrical Service:                        ·120/240 Volt Main Service - Service Size: 200 Amps 

Service Drop:                                                ·Underground 

Service Entrance Conductors:               ·Aluminum 

Service Grounding:                                    ·Ground Connection Not Visible 

Distribution Wiring:                                   ·Copper 

Wiring Method:                                            · Non-Metallic Cable "Romex" 

Switches & Receptacles:                          ·Grounded 

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters:        ·Bathroom(s) ·Whirlpool ·Exterior ·Garage ·Kitchen 

Smoke Detectors:                                        ·Present 

Electrical observations

Positive Attributes

The size of the electrical service is sufficient for typical single family needs.  The electrical panel is well arranged and all fuses/breakers are properly sized. 

recommendations / observations

Distribution Wiring

·        Repair:  Improper electrical connections should be repaired. All electrical connections should be made inside junction boxes fitted with cover plates.

·        Repair:  All junction boxes should be fitted with cover plates, in order to protect the wire connections.

 

limitations of Electrical inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Electrical components concealed behind finished surfaces are not inspected.

·        Only a representative sampling of outlets and light fixtures were tested.

·        Furniture and/or storage restricted access to some electrical components which may not be inspected.

·        The inspection does not include remote control devices, alarm systems and components, low voltage wiring, systems, and components, ancillary wiring, systems, and other components which are not part of the primary electrical power distribution system.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Heating

description of Heating

 

Energy Source:                                            ·Electricity 

Heating System Type:                               ·Forced Air Furnace ·Manufacturer: Frigidaire X 2 

Vents, Flues, Chimneys:                           ·Plastic 

Heat Distribution Methods:                     ·Ductwork 

Heating observations

Positive Attributes

The heating system is in generally good condition.  This is a high efficiency heating system. 

General Comments

The heating system shows no visible evidence of major defects. 

recommendations / observations: none

 

limitations of Heating inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        The adequacy of heat supply or distribution balance is not inspected.

·        The interior of flues or chimneys which are not readily accessible are not inspected.

·        The furnace heat exchanger, humidifier, or dehumidifier, and electronic air filters are not inspected.

·        Solar space heating equipment/systems are not inspected.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Cooling / Heat Pumps

description of Cooling / Heat Pumps

 

Energy Source:                                            ·Electricity ·240 Volt Power Supply 

Central System Type:                                ·Air Cooled Central Air Conditioning ·Manufacturer: Frigidaire X 2 

Cooling / Heat Pumps observations

Positive Attributes

The capacity and configuration of the system should be sufficient for the home. 

General Comments

The system shows no visible evidence of major defects. 

recommendations / observations: none

 

limitations of Cooling / Heat Pumps inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Window mounted air conditioning units are not inspected.

·        The cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance is not inspected.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Insulation / Ventilation

description of Insulation / Ventilation

 

Attic Insulation:                                           ·Cellulose 

Exterior Wall Insulation:                           ·Not Visible 

Basement Wall Insulation:                       ·R8 Fiberglass on portion of walls in Basement

Roof Ventilation:                                         ·Soffit Vents ·Ridge Vents 

Crawl Space Ventilation:                          ·Exterior Wall Vents 

Exhaust Fan/vent Locations:                   ·Bathroom ·Kitchen 

Insulation / Ventilation observations

Positive Attributes

This is a well insulated home. 

recommendations / Energy saving Suggestions:

Crawl Space

·        Repair:  A moisture barrier should be installed on the crawl space floor.

 

limitations of Insulation / Ventilation inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Insulation/ventilation type and levels in concealed areas are not inspected. Insulation and vapor barriers are not disturbed and no destructive tests (such as cutting openings in walls to look for insulation) are performed.

·        Potentially hazardous materials such as Asbestos and Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) cannot be positively identified without a detailed inspection and laboratory analysis.  This is beyond the scope of the inspection.

·        An analysis of indoor air quality is not part of our inspection unless explicitly contracted-for and discussed in this or a separate report.

·        Any estimates of insulation R values or depths are rough average values.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Plumbing

description of Plumbing

 

Water Supply Source:                                ·Public Water Supply 

Service Pipe to House:                              ·Not Visible 

Interior Supply Piping:                              ·Plastic 

Waste System:                                             ·Not known 

Drain, Waste, & Vent Piping:                  ·Plastic 

Water Heater:                                                ·Electric ·Approximate Capacity (in gallons):80 

Other Components:                                    ·Hot Water Circulator 

Plumbing observations

Positive Attributes

The plumbing system is in generally good condition. 

recommendations / observations

Fixtures

·        Monitor:  The master bathtub was observed to drain slowly, suggesting that an obstruction may exist.

 

limitations of Plumbing inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:

·        Portions of the plumbing system concealed by finishes and/or storage (below sinks, etc.), below the structure, or beneath the ground surface are not inspected.

·        Water quantity and water quality are not tested unless explicitly contracted-for and discussed in this or a separate report.

·        Clothes washing machine connections are not inspected.

·        Interiors of flues or chimneys which are not readily accessible are not inspected.

·        Water conditioning systems, solar water heaters, fire and lawn sprinkler systems, and private waste disposal systems are not inspected unless explicitly contracted-for and discussed in this or a separate report.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Interior

description of Interior

 

Wall and Ceiling Materials:                      ·Drywall 

Floor Surfaces:                                            ·Wood ·Carpet ·Wood 

Window Type(s) & Glazing:                    ·Double/Single Hung ·Double Glazed 

Doors:                                                              ·Wood-Hollow Core 

Interior observations

General Condition of Interior Finishes

On the whole, the interior finishes of the home are in above average condition. Typical minor flaws were observed in some areas. 

General Condition of Windows and Doors

The doors and windows are good quality. 

recommendations / observations: none

 

limitations of Interior inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions

·        Furniture, storage, appliances and/or wall hangings are not moved to permit inspection and may block defects.

·        Carpeting, window treatments, central vacuum systems, household appliances, recreational facilities, paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments are not inspected.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Appliances

description of Appliances

 

Appliances Tested:                                     ·Electric Range ·Built-in Electric Oven ·Microwave Oven ·Dishwasher ·Waste Disposer 

Laundry Facility:                                          ·240 Volt Circuit for Dryer ·Dryer Vented to Building Exterior ·120 Volt Circuit for Washer ·Hot and Cold Water Supply for Washer 

Other Components Tested:                     ·Kitchen Exhaust Fan ·Door Bell 

Appliances observations

Positive Attributes

The appliances are in generally good condition. 

recommendations / observations: none

 

limitations of Appliances inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions

·        Thermostats, timers and other specialized features and controls are not tested.

·        The temperature calibration, functionality of timers, effectiveness, efficiency and overall performance of appliances is outside the scope of this inspection.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Fireplaces / Wood Stoves

description of Fireplaces / Wood Stoves

 

Fireplaces:                                                     ·Steel Firebox 

Vents, Flues, Chimneys:                           ·Metal Flue-Insulated Multi-Wall 

Fireplaces / Wood Stoves observations

 

General Comments

On the whole, the fireplace and its components are in above average condition.

recommendations / observations: Fire burning double sided fireplace

 

limitations of Fireplaces / Wood Stoves inspection

As we have discussed and as described in your inspection contract, this is a visual inspection limited in scope by (but not restricted to) the following conditions

·        The interiors of flues or chimneys are not inspected.

·        Firescreens, fireplace doors, appliance gaskets and seals, automatic fuel feed devices, mantles and fireplace surrounds, combustion make-up air devices, and heat distribution assists (gravity or fan-assisted) are not inspected.

·        The inspection does not involve igniting or extinguishing fires nor the determination of draft.

·        Fireplace inserts, stoves, or firebox contents are not moved.

 

Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

 

 



Photo Summary

 

 


 

Small damaged area in siding



Wires reversed GFI inoperative 



 

 

Left door opener needs adjustment to raise and lower properly



Wiring splices needs to be in junction box 



 


 

Stopper adjuster missing from basement bathroom sink




 

Piece missing off shower handle



 

 



Photo Summary