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Accredited Home Inspection Services


55 Eatondale Ave 
Blue Point NY 11715-1022
Inspector: Michael Sweeney
NYS Lic# 16000057121

 

Property Inspection Report

Client(s):  Carlos Alejandro
Property address:  12 Nimbus Rd
Holbrook, NY 11741
Inspection date:  Saturday, March 28, 2015

This report published on Monday, March 30, 2015 8:48:41 AM EDT

This report is the exclusive property of this inspection company and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.
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 typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMinor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information

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Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior and Foundation
Basement
Roof
Attic and Roof Structure
Garage or Carport
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Kitchen
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows
Wood Destroying Organism Findings


General Information
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Report number: 032815ALA
Time started: 10AM
Time finished: 12PM
Present during inspection: Client, Realtor
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Snow, hail or sleet
Temperature during inspection: Cold
Type of building: Single family
Buildings inspected: One house
Number of residential units inspected: 1
Age of main building: 45
Source for main building age: Municipal records or property listing
Front of building faces: North
Main entrance faces: North
Occupied: No
1) Evidence of rodent infestation was found in the form of damaged insulation in the attic. Consult with the property owner about this. A qualified person should make repairs to seal openings in the structure, set traps, and clean rodent waste as necessary. Recommend following guidelines in these Center for Disease Control articles:
http://www.reporthost.com/?SEALUP
http://www.reporthost.com/?TRAPUP
http://www.reporthost.com/?CLEANUP

Squirrels are living in the attic. they have chewed through the eave on the fromt of the home and were observed entering the attic.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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A squirrel has eaten a hole through the eave into the attic. While the inspector was checking the attic the squirrel was observed entering the attic. the squirrel went into the front reverse gable at the front of the home. A lic exterminator should be brought in to remove the squirrel(s)
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Squirrel entrance.

2) 1. Make sure a Certificate of Compliance exists for the home. The Certificate of Compliance, or sometimes known as a Certificate of Occupancy, should be on file with the local building department. Make sure a current up-to-date Certificate of Occupancy exists for the entire house as it is presently constructed. Your attorney should be consulted regarding the seller turning over a Certificate of Occupancy for the entire house.
2. Obtain a copy of the original survey of the property from the seller. Compare it with what is presently on the property.
3. Make sure you have a walk through one to two days prior to your closing. Inspect that everything is in working order and no new issues have arisen. Consult with your attorney.
4. Obtain an up to date building code violation report from the local municipality as well as a judgment and lien search on the property. This is to ensure that the property has a clean title and any problems can be handled before proceeding with your purchase. Consult with your attorney.
5. At the time of closing have the seller provide you with a “Seller’s Certification.” This Seller’s Certification is a legal document which the seller is required to complete at the time of closing. The document contains questions about the house. Consult with your attorney about obtaining the Seller’s Certification.
6. Try and arrange to come back to the home during a heavy rain to ensure that there are no major water leakage issues that were not present at the time of this inspection.
7. Obtain the oil heating bills for the past two years. When the house was built, wall insulation was less than optimal by today’s standards. Home heating costs might be more than you expect.

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: Minor slope
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Asphalt
Condition of deck, patio and/or porch covers: Appeared serviceable
Deck, patio, porch cover material and type: Open
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Concrete
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior stair material: Masonry
3) Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were missing. This is a potential fall hazard. Handrails should be installed at stairs with four or more risers or where stairs are greater than 30 inches high. Recommend that a qualified contractor install handrails where missing and per standard building practices.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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Railing is missing
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Railing is needed due to 6 steps. This is a fall hazard

4) Minor deterioration (e.g. cracks, holes, settlement, heaving) was found in the driveway, but no trip hazards were found. The client may wish to have repairs made for cosmetic reasons.
5)
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Above ground pool is in the ground and is collapsing. This should be removed since it is a health and safety issue
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debris in the yard
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Slate is lose and poses a trip hazard
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metal shed in yard

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.
Wall inspection method: Viewed from ground, with binoculars
Condition of wall exterior covering: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl, Metal, Solid brick (not veneer)
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Apparent foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Poured in place concrete
6) Some sections of siding and/or trim were damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 150
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NE corner of home: the corner trim is pulling away from the home.
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NE Corner: The same corner is broken and cracked

7) One or more holes or gaps were found in siding or trim. Vermin, insects or water may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

Cost estimate: $ 100
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Gaps in the siding
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Gaps in the siding
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Hole in the siding West side of home
 

8) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.
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Bushes are too close to the home
 

9) The paint or stain finish in some areas was failing (e.g. peeling, faded, worn, thinning). Siding and trim with a failing finish can be damaged by moisture.Recommend that a qualified contractor prep (e.g. clean, scrape, sand, prime, caulk) and repaint or restain the building exterior where necessary and per standard building practices. Any repairs needed to the siding or trim should be made prior to this.
Cost estimate: $ 100
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Peeling paint around door
 

10) Caulk was missing, deteriorated and/or substandard in some areas. For example, around windows, around doors, at siding butt joints, at siding-trim junctions and/or at wall penetrations. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK

All the windows need to be re-caulked as well as many of the siding butts.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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No caulking or grout between brick and siding
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J Channel is far from the home and there is no caulking
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No caulking around the window
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The siding is lose and there is no caulking

Basement
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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 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 exterior entry doors: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior door material: Metal
Pier or support post material: Wood
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure: Solid wood joists
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Appeared serviceable
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
11) Fungal rot was found at one or more exterior doors. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. All rotten wood should be replaced.

Rear door as mentioned earlier
12) One or more exterior doors were difficult to open or close. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

Front door. The lock set binds. Rec'md having all exterior lock-sets and knobs changed once ownership is taken,
Cost estimate: $ 200
13) One or more exterior doors had minor damage and/or deterioration. Although serviceable, the client may wish to repair or replace such doors for appearances' sake.
Cost estimate: $ 150-750
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Brick molding has peeling paint and is showing signs of rot
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Rorred molding around the door
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The trim is cracked and there is rust around the door. The glass panel on the right has lost its seal and the window is "fogged"
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Rear door. The seal is gone and the glass is fogged

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.
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground, Viewed from ground with binoculars
Condition of roof surface material: Appeared serviceable
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof type: Gable
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: One
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable, Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
14) The roof surface appeared to be near the end of its service life and will likely need replacing in the near future even if repairs are made now. Recommend discussing replacement options with a qualified contractor, and budgeting for a replacement roof surface in the near future. The client may also wish to consider having a qualified contractor attempt to issue a "5 year roof certificate."
15) Some composition shingles were loose. Leaks can occur as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For example, by replacing shingles.

front of home. Shingles are buckling.
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Roof Shingles are buckling
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Roof Shingles are buckling

16) Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces or basements as a result. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
Cost estimate: $ 50
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no extension on downspout
 

17) One or more were . Rainwater can come in contact with the building exterior or accumulate around the building foundation as a result. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
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
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling joists
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Approximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas): Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Vermiculite insulation present: None visible
Vapor retarder: Installed
Condition of roof ventilation: Appeared serviceable
Roof ventilation type: Gable end vents, Enclosed soffit vents
18) Insulation was damaged or deteriorated, apparently by rodents. This may result in reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person replace insulation as necessary. For sanitary reasons and to reduce odors from rodent waste, consider having all insulation replaced.
19) The ceiling insulation in one or more areas of the attic was compacted or uneven and/or missing. Heating and cooling costs may be higher due to reduced energy efficiency. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install insulation as necessary and per standard building practices (typically R-38).
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 door between garage and house: Appeared serviceable
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type of garage vehicle door: Sectional
Number of vehicle doors: 1
Condition of automatic opener(s): Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Mechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing): No
Condition of garage floor: Appeared serviceable
Condition of garage interior: Appeared serviceable
Garage ventilation: None visible
20) One or more garage vehicle doors were damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair or replace door(s) as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 150-700
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Garage door handle is broken
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Garage door is stained
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garage door has large gap
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garage door: the handle and locking mechanism is broken

21) One or more garage vehicle doors were difficult or unable to open or close. Vehicle doors should open and close smoothly and easily. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary. This may require lubrication or repair to hardware such as rollers or brackets.
22) Significant gaps were found below or around one or more garage vehicle doors. Vermin and insects can enter the garage as a result. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to eliminate or minimize gaps.
23) One or more automatic door openers were not plugged in or had no power. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate the automatic opener(s).
Cost estimate: $ 150
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the plug to the automatic garage door opener has no outlet to plug it in. Running an extension cord is a safety hazard.
 

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 alarms is not determined as part of this inspection. Upon taking occupancy, proper operating and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 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: Overhead
Number of service conductors: 3
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Estimated service amperage: 200
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service entrance conductor material: Stranded copper
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil, Cold water supply pipes
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Garage
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: None visible
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: Yes
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: No
Smoke alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
Carbon monoxide alarms installed: No, recommend install
24) No arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers were installed for bedroom circuits. These are relatively new devices, and reduce the risk of fire by protecting against overheated or arcing receptacles (outlets) or light fixtures. Consult with a qualified electrician about upgrading circuits to AFCI protection per standard building practices. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?AFCI
25) Non-metallic sheathed wiring was loose, unsupported, or inadequately supported at one or more locations. Such wiring should be trimmed to length if necessary and attached to runners or to solid backing with fasteners at intervals of 4 1/2 feet or less. Fasteners should be installed within 12 inches of all enclosures. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
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lose hanging wires and uncovered electrical junction boxes are throughout the entire attic
 

26) Wire splices were exposed and were not contained in a covered junction box. This is a potential shock or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair per standard building practices. For example, by installing permanently mounted junction boxes with cover plates where needed to contain wiring splices.
27) One or more cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) or junction boxes were missing or broken. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.

this was found multiple times in the attic
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no cover plate for Microwave/Fan hood above where stove will be
 

28) One or more electric receptacles (outlets) appeared to have no power. Recommend asking the property owner about this. Switches may need to be operated to make some receptacles energized. If necessary, recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair.

the home is till under renovation. Two of the upstairs bedrooms have no power to the outlets, also there a few wires sticking through the drywall.
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Hanging alarm wires
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The drywall is not yet completed. This wall and room and adjacent room to the west had no electrical power
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unknown wire on the wall.
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Hanging alarm wires

29) One or more globes or covers for light fixtures were missing or damaged. Recommend replacing as necessary to avoid exposed bulbs. With closet lighting or where flammable stored objects are near light fixtures, missing or broken covers can be a fire hazard.
Cost estimate: $ 35
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broken bulb in garage and no globe
 

30) Bulbs in one or more light fixtures were missing or broken. These light fixtures couldn't be fully evaluated. If replacement bulbs are inoperable, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.
31)
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200 Amp Murray Electrical panel
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200 Amp Murray Electrical panel

32)
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the telephone line is 5' off of the ground
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Sprinkler system control panel is hanging

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Hanging smike detector
 

Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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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; 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
Water service: Public
Water pressure (psi): 80
Location of main water shut-off: Basement, In utility room
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Drain pipe material: Plastic, Copper
Condition of waste lines: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Waste pipe material: Cast iron, Copper
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Copper
Sump pump installed: None visible
Sewage ejector pump installed: No
Type of irrigation system supply source: Public
Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Visible fuel storage systems: Below ground, oil tank, in yard
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: By furnace
34) The propane tank was located too close to the building. While requirements for clearances between propane tanks and buildings vary depending on the municipality, general guidelines require the following clearances:Consult with the property owner and/or a propane supplier, and have the tank moved as necessary.
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underground oil tank
 

35) The cesspool, is full or there is a clog in the main waste line. Have a Lic plumber and/or cesspool company inspect and re mediate.
Cost estimate: $ 250-500
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Fresh air vent has no cover. Water was not running out of the main drain to the cesspool. Either the pool is full or some debris may vave fallen into the line when the brick was being installed. Have a Lic plumber check the main line or have the pool pumped out
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When the water is turned on upstairs it does not go out to the cesspool. It came out of the washer machine hook up point. After further review no water was leaving the home and flowing into the cesspool. Because of the recent heavy snow the ground is saturated causing many cesspools to be full. The downstairs bathroom did not flow out either. Also the inspector noticed that the brick face installed on the front of the home went over the fresh air vent. Mortar could have fallen into the main drain line also. Rec'md a lic plumber checks the main waste line for clogs and a Professional cesspool company is brought into pump out the cesspool and inspect the cesspool

36) The inspector heard gurgling sounds when plumbing fixtures (e.g. faucets, tubs, showers) were operated. Venting may be substandard or missing. Adequate venting is required to allow waste materials and water to drain freely, and to allow sewer gases to escape from the system. Recommend that a qualified plumber evaluate and repair if necessary.
37) Based on visible equipment or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a yard irrigation (sprinkler) 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. When this system is operated, recommend verifying that water is not directed at building exteriors, or directed so water accumulates around building foundations. Sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted, replaced or disabled. Recommend that a qualified plumber verify that a backflow prevention device is installed per standard building practices to prevent cross-contamination of gray water and potable water, and install an expansion tank at the water heater if missing and necessary. Recommend that a qualified specialist evaluate the irrigation system for other defects (e.g. leaks, damaged or malfunctioning sprinkler heads) and repair if necessary.
38) Fuel oil appeared to be leaking from the filter and/or boiler. Recommend that a qualified contractor and/or full-service oil provider repair as necessary.
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"Kitty Litter" is on the floor to soak up previous oil spills
 

39) Based on visible components or information provided to the inspector, this property appeared to have a private sewage disposal (cesspool) 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, cesspools should be pumped and inspected every 10-15 years. Depending on the type of system and municipal regulations, inspection and maintenance may be required more frequently, often every few years. Recommend the following:
The sewage system is a "cesspool" this is common and customary for the area.
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 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): Furnace
General heating distribution type(s): Pipes and convectors
Last service date of primary heat source: unknown
Condition of hydronic or steam heat system: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type of hydronic or steam heat: Hydronic (hot water)
Hydronic or steam heat fuel type: Oil
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Type of combustion air supply: No dedicated source visible, uses room air
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
40) Leaks were found in one or more distribution system pipes. Recommend that a qualified heating contractor or plumber evaluate and repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 200
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Leak was found on the oil boiler. There is also another leak above this union. Have a Lic oil boiler mechanic come in and fix the leaks.
 

41) Peerless Boiler
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Peerless Hot water boiler with Riello Oil gun. Manufacture date says 2004
150,000BTU's.
 

Kitchen
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: household appliances such as stoves, ovens, cook tops, ranges, warming ovens, griddles, broilers, dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, 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 appliances are subject to recalls. Areas and components behind and obscured by appliances are inaccessible and excluded from this inspection.
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of under-sink food disposal: N/A (none installed)
Condition of dishwasher: N/A (none installed)
Condition of range, cooktop or oven: N/A (none installed)
Type of ventilation: None visible
Condition of refrigerator: N/A (none installed)
Condition of built-in microwave oven: N/A (none installed)
42) One or more cabinets were loose, or were secured with too few or substandard fasteners. An adequate number of appropriate fasteners should be used. For wall-hung cabinets, inadequate fasteners can pose a safety hazard if cabinets fall. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
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Lose hanging screw in the corner kitchen cabinet
 

43) Home is under renovation and it is not finished.
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No appliances were installed at the time of the inspection
 

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 #A: Full bath, first floor
Location #B: 3/4 bath, basement
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: Appeared serviceable
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
Bathroom and laundry ventilation type: Windows, Spot exhaust fans, with individual ducts
Gas supply for laundry equipment present: No
240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present: Yes
44) All the bathrooms were functioning and appeared to be freshly renovated. The downstairs toilet had "debris" in it and because the main waste line is either clogged or cesspool is full the toilet could not be flushed at the time of the inspection
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Downstairs bathroom had "debris" in it and would not flush.
 

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: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior door material: Metal, Fiberglass or vinyl
Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
Condition of windows and skylights: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Wood, Multi-pane, Double-hung, Casement
Condition of walls and ceilings: Appeared serviceable
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Condition of flooring: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of concrete slab floor(s): Appeared serviceable
Flooring type or covering: Wood or wood products, Tile
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Appeared serviceable
45) The seal between multi-pane glass in one or more exterior doors appeared to have failed based on condensation or stains between the panes of glass. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and replace glass where necessary.

Be aware that evidence of broken seals may be more or less visible from one day to the next depending on the temperature, humidity, sunlight, etc. Glass doors or windows other than those that the inspector identified may also have failed seals and need glass replaced too.

rear door. Mentioned earlier
46) One or more exterior doors were difficult to open or close. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.

front door
47) Some exterior door hardware, including locksets and/or deadbolts were inoperable. Recommend that a qualified person repair or replace as necessary.
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entry way to garage. The deadbolt is not operable..
 

48) One or more windows that were designed to open and close were difficult to open and close. Recommend that a qualified person repair windows as necessary so they open and close easily.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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Downstairs window: screw is in the jamb to prevent it from opening. The locking mechanisms are not operable and the window itself does not work.
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Same window as mentined in earlier photo

49) Crank handles at some windows were missing. Recommend that a qualified person replace handles or make repairs as necessary.
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missing crank from window
 

50) One or more interior doors were sticking in the door jamb and were difficult to operate. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example, by trimming doors.
Cost estimate: $ 50
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Downstairs bedroom. the door does not close and needs to be adjusted.
 

51) 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.reporthost.com/?ECC
52) Recommend cleaning and sealing grout in tile or stone flooring now and in the future as necessary to prevent staining and to improve waterproofing.
Cost estimate: $ 100
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grout is cracked and missing
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grout is cracked and missing

53) One or more exterior doors had minor damage and/or deterioration. Although serviceable, the client may wish to repair or replace such doors for appearances' sake.
54) Screens were missing from some windows. These windows may not provide ventilation during months when insects are active.
55) basement bedroom had no carpeting.
56) trim is missing in stairwell
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trim is missing on the stairwell
 

Wood Destroying Organism Findings
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Limitations: This report only includes findings from accessible and visible areas on the day of the inspection. In addition to the inaccessible areas documented in this report, examples of other inaccessible areas include: sub areas less than 18 inches in height; attic areas less than 5 feet in height, areas blocked by ducts, pipes or insulation; areas where locks or permanently attached covers prevent access; areas where insulation would be damaged if traversed; areas obscured by vegetation. All inaccessible areas are subject to infestation or damage from wood-destroying organisms. The inspector does not move furnishings, stored items, debris, floor or wall coverings, insulation, or other materials as part of the inspection, nor perform destructive testing. Wood-destroying organisms may infest, re-infest or become active at any time. No warranty is provided as part of this inspection.
Visible evidence of active wood-destroying insects: No
Visible evidence of active wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of past wood-destroying insects: No
Visible evidence of damage by wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of conditions conducive to wood-destroying organisms: Yes, the "shed and or dog house" on the west side of the home.
57)
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Some sort of "shed or dog house" it is rotting and should be removed. It is up against the home and is a conducive environment for attracting pests
 

Dated this _______ Day of ____________________. 20_____

Name: ___________________________________________


Signature: ________________________________________

NYS Reg Lic #: 16000057121