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4U Home, Inc. DBA 4U Home Inspection

Website: http://www.4uhome.com
Email: 4uhomeinspection@gmail.com
Phone: (443) 539-8710 · (443) 472-0434
Inspector: Alan Grubb
Maryland Inspector License # 30963

 

Home Inspection Report

Client(s):  Diamond Okojie
Property address:  15052 Double Bridges Ct
Glenelg MD 21737
Inspection date:  Saturday, October 01, 2016

This report published on Saturday, October 01, 2016 6:56:01 PM EDT

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An inspection is intended to assist in the evaluation of the overall condition of a building. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the building and its components on the date of the inspection. The results of this home inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding latent or concealed defects that may exist, and no warranty or guaranty is expressed or implied; your home inspector is not a licensed structural engineer or other professional whose license authorizes the rendering of an opinion as to structural integrity of a building or the condition of its components or systems, you may wish to seek the professional opinion of a licensed structural engineer or other professional regarding any possible defects or other observations set forth in this report.

Only home inspections performed by Maryland licensed home inspectors will be recognized as a valid home inspection under a real estate contract.


This report is prepared under the standards set forth in the "Maryland Standards of Practice", governing home inspections in the State of Maryland.

This reports may contain suggestions for repair, replacement, and/or further evaluation of areas and/or components of the inspected property. These items should be addressed (repaired, replaced,and/or evaluated) prior to the closing (transfer of ownership) of the home.

Photos in this report are representative of the type of concern listed in the description and are not intended to show all areas to which those concerns may apply.

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How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas.  Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type.  Items of concern follow descriptive information. Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Concern typeSafety ConcernDenotes a condition that is Unsafe and in need of Prompt Attention
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.Contact your inspector If there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at http://www.reporthost.com/glossary.asp

Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Roof
Attic and Roof Structure
Garage or Carport
Basement and/or Structure
Electric
Plumbing System
Water Heater
Water Heater 2
Fuel Systems
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition by wet bar
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Kitchen
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows


General Information
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Inspector: Alan Grubb
Report number: Oko1001161400ag
Time started: 14:00
Time finished: 16:35
Present during inspection: Client
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Rain, Overcast
Temperature during inspection: Cool
Ground condition: Wet
Recent weather: Rain, Overcast No Rain
Overnight temperature: Cold
Inspection fee: 654.00
Payment method: Check
Type of building: Single family
Buildings inspected: One house with attached garage
Age of main building in Years: 2/2014
Source for main building age: Municipal records or property listing
Front of building faces: Northeast
Main entrance faces: Northeast
Occupied: Yes, Furniture or stored items were present

Grounds
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Limitations: Unless specifically included in the inspection, the following items and any related equipment, controls, electric systems and/or plumbing systems are excluded from this inspection: detached buildings or structures; fences and gates; retaining walls; underground drainage systems, catch basins or concealed sump pumps; swimming pools and related safety equipment, spas, hot tubs or saunas; whether deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight; trees, landscaping, properties of soil, soil stability, erosion and erosion control; ponds, water features, irrigation or yard sprinkler systems; sport courts, playground, recreation or leisure equipment; areas below the exterior structures with less than 3 feet of vertical clearance; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses; retractable awnings. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only.
Site profile: Moderate slope
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Concrete
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Composite Fiber ('Trex")
Deck Attachment to building: Attached to wood ledger of home
Exterior stair material: Composite Fiber ('Trex")

1) Significant amounts of standing water or evidence of past accumulated water were found at one or more locations in the yard or landscaped areas, and no drain was visible. If evidence of past water was found (e.g. silt accumulation or staining), monitor these areas in the future during periods of heavy rain. If standing water exists, recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example, installing one or more drains, or grading soil.
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Exterior and Foundation
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Limitations: The inspector performs a visual inspection of accessible components or systems at the exterior. Items excluded from this inspection include below-grade foundation walls and footings; foundations, exterior surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris; wall structures obscured by coverings such as siding or trim. Some items such as siding, trim, soffits, vents and windows are often high off the ground, and may be viewed using binoculars from the ground or from a ladder. This may limit a full evaluation. Regarding foundations, some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of seismic reinforcement.
Condition of wall exterior covering: Appeared serviceable
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl, Brick veneer
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Apparent foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete

Roof
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Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; solar roofing components. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on the roof surface material, nor guarantee that leaks have not occurred in the roof surface, skylights or roof penetrations in the past. Regarding roof leaks, only active leaks, visible evidence of possible sources of leaks, and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that leaks will not occur in the future. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. Regarding the roof drainage system, unless the inspection was conducted during and after prolonged periods of heavy rain, the inspector was unable to determine if gutters, downspouts and extensions performed adequately or were leak-free.
Age of roof surface(s) in Years: 2
Limitations of age declaration:: The inspector cannot give an exact age of the roof surface by observation. It is recommend that the client seek a declaration by the seller and/or owner as to the correct age of the roof. This estimate of age is only a guideline for budgeting purposes and not a warranty of expectancy.
Source of Roof Age: Estimate based on Inspector's opinion, see above note
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars
Condition of roof surface material: Appeared serviceable
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof type: Gable, Multiple intersecting roof areas
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable
Gutter and downspout material: Metal
Gutter and downspout installation: Full

2) One or more downspouts or downspout extensions drained onto walkways. This can result in ice or moss forming on walkways, and can pose a fall hazard. Recommend that a qualified person install or modify extensions as necessary so rainwater isn't directed onto walkways.
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Attic and Roof Structure
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Limitations: The following items or areas are not included in this inspection: areas that could not be traversed or viewed clearly due to lack of access; areas and components obscured by insulation. Any comments made regarding these items are made as a courtesy only. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of the attic ventilation system. Complete access to all roof and attic spaces during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. high/low temperatures, high/low humidity, high wind and rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector is not a licensed engineer and does not determine the adequacy of roof structure components such as trusses, rafters or ceiling beams, or their spacing or sizing.
Attic inspection method: Partially traversed
Location of attic access point #A: Bedroom, second floor
Attic access points that were opened and viewed, traversed or partially traversed: A
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Roof structure type: Trusses
Ceiling structure: Trusses
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill, Fiberglass roll or batt
Approximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas): More than R-38, 49
Vapor retarder: None
Condition of roof ventilation: Appeared serviceable
Roof ventilation type: Ridge vent(s), Open soffit vents

3) All attic areas and roof structures more than 20 feet from attic access point(s) #A were inaccessible due to possible damage to insulation if traversed and/or limited height. Only visible areas from access area were evaluated other non visible areas are excluded from this inspection.
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Garage or Carport
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Limitations: The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages vary between municipalities.
Type: Attached
Condition of garage: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
Condition of exterior entry doors: No exit door to exterior
Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Appeared serviceable
Type of garage vehicle door: Sectional
Number of vehicle doors: 2
Condition of automatic opener(s): Appeared serviceable
Mechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing): Yes
Condition of garage floor: Appeared serviceable
Condition of garage interior: Appeared serviceable
Garage ventilation: Exists

5) The self-closing device on the door between the garage and the house didn't close and latch the door. These devices are installed to keep the door closed to prevent possible fire and fumes from the garage from spreading to the house. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
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6) Minor cracks were found in the concrete slab floor. These are common and appeared to be only a cosmetic issue.
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Basement and/or Structure
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Limitations: Structural components such as joists and beams, and other components such as piping, wiring and/or ducting that are obscured by under-floor insulation and/or wall insulation are also excluded from this inspection. Note that the inspector does not determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.

The inspector does not guarantee or warrant that water will not accumulate in the basement in the future. Access to the basement during all seasons and during prolonged periods of all types of weather conditions (e.g. heavy rain, melting snow) would be needed to do so. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of basement floor or stairwell drains, or determine if such drains are clear or clogged.

Note that all basement areas should be checked periodically for water intrusion, plumbing leaks and pest activity.
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Sliding glass
Condition of floor substructure above crawl space: Appeared serviceable
Floor structure: Engineered wood joists
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Not applicable, none installed

7) Many areas were not evaluated due to lack of access from wall insulation. These areas are excluded from the inspection.
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8) Finished basement: due to wall and ceilings coverings, inspection of basement area is limited. Client should be aware that only the structural areas, plumbing and electrical components that are visible to inspector have been inspected. Inspector makes no claim as to the soundness of these areas and/or components in non visual areas.
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Electric
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, transfer switches, surge suppressors, inaccessible or concealed wiring; underground utilities and systems; low-voltage lighting or lighting on timers or sensors. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of grounding or bonding, if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific or anticipated needs, or if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, and does not install or change light bulbs. The inspector does not evaluate every wall switch or receptacle, but instead tests a representative number of them per various standards of practice. When furnishings, stored items or child-protective caps are present some receptacles are usually inaccessible and are not tested; these are excluded from this inspection. Receptacles that are not of standard 110 volt configuration, including 240-volt dryer receptacles, are not tested and are excluded. The functionality of, power source for and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is not determined as part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be verified and batteries should be changed. These devices have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every 10 years. The inspector attempts to locate and evaluate all main and sub-panels. However, panels are often concealed. If panels are found after the inspection, a qualified electrician should evaluate and repair if necessary. The inspector attempts to determine the overall electrical service size, but such estimates are not guaranteed because the overall capacity may be diminished by lesser-rated components in the system. Any repairs recommended should be made by a licensed electrician.
Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
Primary service type: Underground
Number of service conductors: 4
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 400
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Basement
Location of main panel #B: Basement
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed, Copper, Aluminum multi-strand

9) Equipment for a generator system was found. Generators, transfer switches and any associated wiring are excluded from this inspection. Recommend that the client consult with the property owner or review documentation to familiarize themselves with the operation of this system.
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10) Client had concerns on the caliber of installation.
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Plumbing System
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private/shared wells and related equipment; private sewage disposal systems; hot tubs or spas; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; trap primers; incinerating or composting toilets; all parts of fire suppression systems; water softeners, conditioners or filtering systems; plumbing components concealed within the foundation or building structure, or in inaccessible areas such as below tubs; underground utilities and systems; overflow drains for tubs and sinks; backflow prevention devices. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not test for lead in the water supply, the water pipes or solder, does not determine if plumbing and fuel lines are adequately sized, and does not determine the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
Location of main water meter: Basement
Location of main water shut-off: Basement
Water service: Private well
Service pipe material: CPVC Plastic
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: CPVC plastic
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
Location(s) of plumbing clean-outs: Basement
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
Sump pump installed: Yes
Condition of sump pump: Appeared serviceable

12) A fire suppression system was installed on the premises. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. These systems normally require periodic inspection by a specialist to ensure correct operation. For example, checking for possible backflow contamination of the potable water system, or correct operation of valves and gauges. Note: many manufacturers of backflow preventers recommend replacement of valve every five years. Recommend that a qualified specialist inspect this system in accordance with National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 25 standards.
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13) Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, the water supply to this property appeared to be from a private well. Private well water supplies are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. The inspector does not test private well water for contamination or pollutants, determine if the supply and/or flow are adequate, or provide an estimate for remaining life of well pumps, pressure tanks or equipment. Only visible and accessible components are evaluated. Recommend the following:
  • That a qualified well contractor fully evaluate the well, including a pump/flow test
  • That the well water be tested per the client's concerns (coliforms, pH, contaminants, etc.)
  • Research the well's history (how/when constructed, how/when maintained or repaired, past performance, past health issues)
  • Document the current well capacity and water quality for future reference
For more information, visit:
http://www.google.com/search?q=private+well

14) Based on visible components or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a private sewage disposal (septic) system. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. Comments in this report related to this system are made as a courtesy only and are not meant to be a substitute for a full evaluation by a qualified specialist. Generally, septic tanks should be pumped and inspected every 3 years. Depending on the type of system and municipal regulations, inspection and maintenance may be required more frequently, often annually. Recommend the following:
  • Consult with the property owner about this system's maintenance and repair history
  • Review any documentation available for this system
  • Review inspection and maintenance requirements for this system
  • That a qualified specialist evaluate, perform maintenance and make repairs if necessary
For more information, visit:
http://www.google.com/search?q=private+septic+systems
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Water Heater
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Limitations: Evaluation of and determining the adequacy or completeness of the following items are not included in this inspection: water recirculation pumps; solar water heating systems; Energy Smart or energy saver controls; catch pan drains. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.
Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
Type: Tank
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Manufacturer: State
Estimated age: 1
Location of water heater: Basement
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Is Thermal Expansion Tank Installed: Yes

Water Heater 2
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Limitations: Evaluation of and determining the adequacy or completeness of the following items are not included in this inspection: water recirculation pumps; solar water heating systems; Energy Smart or energy saver controls; catch pan drains. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on water heaters, does not determine if water heaters are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit or a shut-off valve to be operated.
Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
Type: Tank
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Manufacturer: State
Location of water heater: Basement
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Is Thermal Expansion Tank Installed: Yes

15)   Water Heater
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Fuel Systems
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Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Visible fuel storage systems: Below ground, propane tank
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At propane tank

16)   Propane
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Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy; reversing valve on heat pumps and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
General heating system type(s): Forced air
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump Condenser: Appeared serviceable
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Type: Split system
Manufacturer: Goodman
Estimated age: 1.5
Condition of forced air heating/(cooling) system: Appeared serviceable
Fuel Type of Forced Air Furnace: Natural Gas
Forced air heating system manufacturer: Goodman
Estimated age of forced air furnace: 1.5
Condition of furnace filters: Required replacement
Location for forced air filter(s): At base of air handler
Condition of forced air ducts and registers: Appeared serviceable
Condition of combustion air supply: Appeared serviceable
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
General heating system type(s): Forced air, Furnace
Location of forced air furnace: Basement
Estimated age: 1/2015
Heat pump or A/C condenser serial number: 1508160325

17) Recommend replacing or washing 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 washing them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or washing 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).
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18) Front of air handler could not be removed due to configuration of venting and discharge pipes. Air handler was not fully evaluated. Recommend evaluation by licensed HAVC professional.
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Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition by wet bar
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; solar, coal or wood-fired heat systems; thermostat or temperature control accuracy; reversing valve on heat pumps and timed functions; heating components concealed within the building structure or in inaccessible areas; underground utilities and systems; safety devices and controls (due to automatic operation). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining life on heating or cooling system components, does not determine if heating or cooling systems are appropriately sized, does not test coolant pressure, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, a shut-off valve to be operated, a circuit breaker to be turned "on" or a serviceman's or oil emergency switch to be operated. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future. Where buildings contain furnishings or stored items, the inspector may not be able to verify that a heat source is present in all "liveable" rooms (e.g. bedrooms, kitchens and living/dining rooms).
General heating system type(s): Forced air
General heating distribution type(s): Ducts and registers
Location of forced air furnace: Basement
Source for last service date of primary heat source: Label, 12/15
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump Condenser: Appeared serviceable
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Type: Split system
Manufacturer: Goodman
Estimated age: 1.5
Condition of forced air heating/(cooling) system: Appeared serviceable
Fuel Type of Forced Air Furnace: Natural Gas
Forced air heating system manufacturer: Goodman
Estimated age of forced air furnace: .75
Condition of furnace filters: Required replacement
Location for forced air filter(s): At base of air handler
Condition of forced air ducts and registers: Appeared serviceable
Condition of combustion air supply: Appeared serviceable
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable

19) Recommend replacing or washing 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 washing them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or washing 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).
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20) Front of air handler could not be removed due to configuration of venting and discharge pipes. Air handler was not fully evaluated. Recommend evaluation by licensed HAVC professional.
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21)   Serial number
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Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: coal stoves, gas logs, chimney flues (except where visible). Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of drafting or sizing in fireplace and stove flues, and also does not determine if prefabricated or zero-clearance fireplaces are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. The inspector does not perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit, and does not light fires. The inspector provides a basic visual examination of a chimney and any associated wood burning device. The National Fire Protection Association has stated that an in-depth Level 2 chimney inspection should be part of every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Such an inspection may reveal defects that are not apparent to the home inspector who is a generalist.
Condition of gas-fired fireplaces or stoves: Appeared serviceable
Gas fireplace or stove type: Metal pre-fab fireplace
Fan or blower installed in gas-fired fireplace or stove: No
Condition of chimneys and flues: Appeared serviceable
Gas-fired flue type: Direct vent

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Kitchen
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Limitations: Testing of kitchen appliances includes basic function but does not include determining if the appliance is adequately performing its intended functions and it does not include determining if sensors, thermostats and other devices are accurately calibrated. The following items are not included in this inspection: hot water dispensers and water filters; appliance timers, clocks, cook functions, self and/or continuous cleaning operations, thermostat or temperature control accuracy, and lights. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not provide an estimate of the remaining life of appliances, and does not determine the adequacy of operation of appliances. The inspector does not note appliance manufacturers, models or serial numbers and does not determine if all appliances are subject to recalls. Areas and components behind and obscured by appliances are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection.
Permanently installed kitchen appliances present during inspection: Oven, Cooktop, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Under-sink food disposal, Microwave oven
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of under-sink food disposal: Appeared serviceable
Condition of dishwasher: Appeared serviceable
Condition of range, cooktop: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop type: Natural gas
Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable
Condition of built in Microwave Oven: Appeared serviceable
Condition of hot water dispenser: N/A (none installed)

23) The countertops were obscured by stored items or dishes and couldn't be fully evaluated.
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Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; heated towel racks, saunas, steam generators, clothes washers, clothes dryers. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine the adequacy of washing machine drain lines, washing machine catch pan drain lines, or clothes dryer exhaust ducts. The inspector does not operate water supply or shut-off valves for sinks, toilets, bidets, clothes washers, etc. due to the possibility of valves leaking or breaking when operated. The inspector does not determine if shower pans or tub and shower enclosures are water tight, or determine the completeness or operability of any gas piping to laundry appliances.
Location #F: basement
Location #A: Full bath, second floor
Location #B: 3/4 bath, second floor
Location #C: 3/4 bath, first floor
Location #D: Full bath, Master bath, second floor
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of toilets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of shower(s) and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
Bathroom ventilation type: Spot fans
Gas supply for laundry equipment present: No
240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present: Yes

24) A significant amount of water came out of the bathtub spout when the shower at location(s) #A was turned on. The diverter valve is likely defective, or may be encrusted with mineral deposits. Water will be wasted as a result. Recommend that a qualified plumber repair or replace components as necessary.
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25) Tile and/or grout in the shower enclosure at location(s) #C were deteriorated (e.g. loose or cracked tiles, missing grout) or substandard. Water can damage the wall structure as a result. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary.
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26) Caulk was missing around the base of the the bathtub spout, or there was a gap behind it, at location(s) #A, #F. Water may enter the wall structure behind the bathtub. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to eliminate the gap. For example, by installing or replacing caulk if the gap is small enough. For larger gaps, a shorter spout nipple or an escutcheon plate can be installed.
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27) Stains were found in the shelving or cabinets below the sink at location(s) #A. Plumbing leaks may have occurred in the past. Consult with the property owner about this, and if necessary that a qualified person evaluate and repair.
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28) The shower pan at location(s) #B was tested by inspector by a weight bearing test and by applying water to the shower pan. No issues were noted at time of inspection, However, due to the inability of the inspector to conduct both tests simultaneously, The inspector cannot predict with any certainty that pan will not leak when weight is applied (human body) during showering.
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29) Note washer and dryer are operated to evaluate proper installation and for leaks in supply and drain (washer) and power supply and air exhaust (dryer) only. No evaluation is made on the systems ability to perform its duty, mechanical function or on the age of either system.

Interior, Doors and Windows
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: security, intercom and sound systems; communications wiring; central vacuum systems; elevators and stair lifts; cosmetic deficiencies such as nail-pops, scuff marks, dents, dings, blemishes or issues due to normal wear and tear in wall, floor and ceiling surfaces and coverings, or in equipment; deficiencies relating to interior decorating; low voltage and gas lighting systems. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not evaluate any areas or items which require moving stored items, furnishings, debris, equipment, floor coverings, insulation or similar materials. The inspector does not test for asbestos, lead, radon, mold, hazardous waste, urea formaldehyde urethane, or any other toxic substance. Some items such as window, drawer, cabinet door or closet door operability are tested on a sampled basis. The client should be aware that paint may obscure wall and ceiling defects, floor coverings may obscure floor defects, and furnishings may obscure wall, floor and floor covering defects. If furnishings were present during the inspection, recommend a full evaluation of walls, floors and ceilings that were previously obscured when possible. Determining the cause and/or source of odors is not within the scope of this inspection.
Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Metal, Glass panel
Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
Condition of windows and skylights: Appeared serviceable
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Multi-pane, Sliding, Single-hung, Fixed
Condition of walls and ceilings: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Wood or wood products, Tile
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)

30) Window in master bedroom was damaged. Recommend that a qualified person replace or repair doors as necessary.
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31) Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons. For recurring cracks, consider using an elastic crack covering product:
http://www.google.com/search?q=elastic+crack+cover
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32) Trim was damaged in one or more areas. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

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33)   Bullnose on top step leading to the 2nd floor is loose. Can be a potential trip hazard. Recommend a professional contractor to evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.
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This report is prepared under the standards set forth in the "Maryland Standards of Practice", governing home inspections in the State of Maryland.

Re-Inspection: Any return to property for follow up and/or completion due to inaccessible areas, repairs made, and/or request of client is at the discretion of the Inspector and will be charged a re-inspection fee at the prevailing rates in effect at that time.

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