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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):  Joe Cannizzaro C/O Little Flower Children's & Family Svcs.
Property address:  9 Kastal Dr
Ridge, NY 11961
Inspection date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This report published on Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:46:01 PM 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 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
Water Heater
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Kitchen
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows
Wood Destroying Organism Findings


General Information
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Report number: 042815LFLO
Time started: 10AM
Time finished: 1215pm
Present during inspection: Client, Realtor
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Dry (no rain), Sunny
Temperature during inspection: Cool
Type of building: Single family
Buildings inspected: One house, one shed
Number of residential units inspected: 1
Age of main building: 1985 30 yrs
Source for main building age: Municipal records or property listing
Front of building faces: East
Main entrance faces: East
Occupied: No
1) Evidence of rodent infestation was found in the form of feces in the shed. 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
2) Microbial growths were found at one or more locations in SHED. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to identify what substance or organism this staining is. However such staining is normally caused by excessively moist conditions, which in turn can be caused by plumbing or building envelope leaks and/or substandard ventilation. These conducive conditions should be corrected before making any attempts to remove or correct the staining. Normally affected materials such as drywall are removed, enclosed affected spaces are allowed to dry thoroughly, a mildewcide may be applied, and only then is drywall reinstalled. For evaluation and possible mitigation, consult with a qualified industrial hygienist or mold/moisture mitigation specialist. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?MOLDCDC
http://www.reporthost.com/?MOLDEPA
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Microbial growth's were observed in the shed. Remove the drywall and have this corrected.
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Microbial growth's were observed in the shed. Remove the drywall and have this corrected.
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Microbial growth's were observed in the shed. Remove the drywall and have this corrected.
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Shed roof. the plywood shows signs of leaking. this section of plywood should be replaced. Microbial growths are noted here.

3)   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, Moderate slope, moderate slope on the S side of the home.
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
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior stair material: Wood
4) Flashing appeared to be missing from above one or more deck or porch ledger boards, or could not be verified. Missing flashing at this location can cause moisture to accumulate between the ledger boards and the building. Fungal rot may occur in this area and cause the ledger board fasteners to fail. The deck may separate from the building in this event. This is a potential safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified contractor install flashing above ledger boards per standard building practices. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?LB
http://www.reporthost.com/?SD
Cost estimate: $ 350
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Where rear deck meets the siding there is no flashing. Thsi will allow water to drip between the deck and the foundation. Wet damp areas against the home are conducive environments for wood destroying organisms
 

5) The risers for stairs at one or more locations varied in height and pose a fall or trip hazard. Risers within the same flight of stairs should vary by no more than 3/8 inch. At a minimum, be aware of this hazard, especially when guests who are not familiar with the stairs are present. Recommend that a qualified contractor repair per standard building practices.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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Deck final step is not even with the others. This is a trip hazard.
 

6)
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Rear deck. Have a Lic Contractor inspect and re-mediate. It is 19" off the ground. Check with the local building codes. A railing will most likely be needed.
 

7) Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were loose. This is a safety hazard. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 25
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Balusters on the stairs that lead up to the elevated deck are loose. Re fasten with deck screws.
 

8) There is a shed in the yard. Sheds are considered an ancillary item in accordance with NYS inspection regulations. The comments made in regards to the shed are as a courtesy.
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The Fascia boards on the shed are rotted. The shed needs a make over. New roof, new fascia boards, gutters and repairs are needed on the siding.
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Tree limb overhanging the deck. Debris is falling on the shed roof. Tree and or Limb should be removed.
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Shed side door: the door jamb is rotting
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Siding on shed is loose
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No fascia boards on the rear of the shed: Sub standard siding
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Rotted fascia board on the N side of the shed
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Siding is loose and the paint is peeling on the shed.
The shed structure is sound. It just needs TLC and a freshen up if you want it to last.
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Loose siding on shed front.
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Shed roof: Leak
 

9) Soil was in contact with or too close to wooden deck or porch substructure components. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Clearances to soil should be as follows:Pressure treated wood is typically rated for 25 year contact with soil, but the cut ends hidden below grade may not have been treated and can rot quickly. Support posts should be elevated above grade on concrete piers or footings, and be separated from the concrete by metal brackets or an impermeable membrane such as shingle scraps. For other components, soil should be graded and/or removed to maintain these clearances if possible. Otherwise, replacing non-treated wood with treated wood, or installing borate-based products such as Impel rods may help to prevent infestation and damage. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?IMPEL
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Rear deck: all the posts and support posts are in contact with the soil
 

10) One or more decking boards were loose. In some cases this may pose a trip hazard. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 150
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Rear deck. The access panel needs to be repaired. It does not open smoothly and the nails have become loose
 

11) The soil or grading sloped down towards building perimeters in one or more areas. This can result in water accumulating around building foundations or underneath buildings. It is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from buildings with a slope of at least 1 inch per horizontal foot for at least 6 feet out from buildings.

This is only on the south side of the home. A dry-well system should be installed to handle this. If a concrete or asphalt walkway is installed to the side door this will help alleviate this problem, The cost of this will vary based on what steps you take.
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No extension. the area on the S side of the home should be handled with more care than a usual extension. because of the slope in this area a water run off system should be utilized. there are two downspouts in this area. Run underground PVC pipes 10' away from each downspout and have water drain into a "dry-well" water will accumulate if this is not done and pool here. this will attract mosquito's and other insects as well as keep water too close to the structure.
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S Side of home this downspout should be integrated into the dry-well system

12) One or more significantly-sized diseased or dead trees were found on the property grounds and may pose of risk of damaging building(s). Recommend that such trees be removed by a qualified tree service contractor or certified arborist.
Cost estimate: $ 1500
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Tree on N front corner of property. Appears to have been struck by lightening at one time. The red arrows show this area is dead and rotting. Bugs are in here and the tree should be checked by a tree contractor: rec'md removing the tree for safety reasons.
 

13)
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sealant is necessary here
 

14)
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Semi in ground pool with deck
 

15) 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.
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: Appeared serviceable
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood, Metal, Solid brick (not veneer)
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Apparent foundation type: Daylight basement
Foundation/stem wall material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material (under foundation stem wall): Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
16) Some sections of siding and/or trim were deteriorated and/or warped. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.

The cedar shakes need to be re stained:
Cost estimate: $ 500
17) The area where the asphalt meets the garage and the house need a sealant to keep put water intrusion.
Cost estimate: $ 200
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This area needs to be sealed to prevent water from running down along the concrete slab
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Red: Peeling Paint
Blue: sealant is necessary here
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Ants were observed. This is the area in front of the garage.
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North side of home. Where the asphalt meets the foundation. This should be sealed to prevent water from infiltrating.

18) 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.
Cost estimate: $ 300
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Red: Gutter needs an extension
Blue: The Ivy is too close to the home. Conducive environment for insects
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Vegetation is too close to the home. Rec'md removing all the vegetation that is within 2' of the home. Pests, Insects and wood destroying organisms will live here.
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Ivy too close to the home.
 

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Hole in the soffit: Front of home
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Aluminum capping has become loose
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Hole is the soffit. Front of home
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Back Door: Kick plate is rotted
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Vent to boiler area. it is cracked and dry rotted from the sun.
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Un painted wood on the garage.

20) Fence(s) were attached to or in contact with the building exterior. Such attachments 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 that a qualified person repair as necessary so there is at least a 2-inch gap between fences and building exteriors.
21) The masonry (brick or stone) veneer extended below the soil at one or more exterior walls. Masonry veneers should be installed so the bottom edge is at least a few inches above the soil so that any water accumulated inside the wall structure can drain from weep holes, and so termites don't enter the structure through mortar joints or cracks in the veneer. If soil, decorative bark, etc. has been back-filled against the veneer, it should be graded or removed as necessary to expose weep holes (if they're installed) and to maintain a few inches of clearance between the veneer and the soil below. Otherwise, the client should at least be aware of this potential for water and insect intrusion, and monitor these walls inside and out for any signs of accumulated moisture in the future. If damage occurs, recommend that a qualified contractor repair as necessary. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?MVBG

The weep holes on the east side were mortared over.
Cost estimate: $ 250
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The weep holes on the brick have been mortared shut, consult with a Lic Mason and have weep holes corrected so condensation can drip out.
 

22) Caulk was deteriorated in some areas. For example, around windows and/or at siding-trim junctions. 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

Caulking is a year round maintenance issue on all homes and should be checked at least twice a year.
Cost estimate: $ 25
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: Appeared serviceable
Exterior door material: Metal
Condition of floor substructure above crawl space: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured), the bsmt ceiling has been drywalled
Pier or support post material: Concrete
Beam material: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Floor structure: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Condition of insulation underneath floor above: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
Insulation material underneath floor above: Not determined (inaccessible or obscured)
23) One or more exterior doors were difficult to latch. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 75
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Lower level S side entry door. The handle is loose and should be replaced.
 

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, Viewed from windows
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, as per realtor: new roof in 2009. The roof appeared to be fairly recent
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Appeared serviceable
24) 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: $ 150
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Gutter needs an extension
 

25) Significant amounts of debris have accumulated in one or more gutters or downspouts. Gutters can overflow and cause water to come in contact with the building exterior, or water can accumulate around the foundation. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend cleaning gutters and downspouts now and as necessary in the future.
Cost estimate: $ 150-300
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Gutters have debris on them. Clean gutters and install gutter guards to prevent this in the future.
 

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: Viewed from hatch(es), Partially traversed
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Appeared serviceable
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: Ridge vent(s), Gable end vents, Open soffit vents
26) There is a temp sensitive powered attic fan.
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Attic temp sensitive attic fan has been sealed off with plastic. Inspector noticed hornets by this vent.
 

27) The attic has been painted with mold resistant paint. All the insulation is fairly new. The attic appeared to neat clean and vented well.
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: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Type of door between garage and house: Metal
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
28) The door between the garage and the house did not appear to be fire resistant, or the inspector was unable to verify that it was via a label. This is a potential safety hazard. House to garage doors, to prevent fire and fumes from spreading from the garage into interior living space, should be constructed of fire-resistant materials. Doors, generally considered to be suitable for the purpose, are solid core wood, steel, honeycomb steel or a door that has been factory labeled as fire rated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair the door and, at that time, make any other corrections that might be required to provide suitable fire resistance between the garage and the dwelling per standard building practices. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?AGFR
29) The door between the garage and the house has been modified with a painted, and is no longer fire-resistant. This is a potential safety hazard. House to garage doors, to prevent fire and fumes from spreading from the garage into interior living space, should be constructed of fire-resistant materials. Doors, generally considered to be suitable for the purpose, are solid core wood, steel, honeycomb steel or a door that has been factory labeled as fire rated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace or repair the door and, at that time, make any other corrections that might be required to provide suitable fire resistance between the garage and the dwelling per standard building practices. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?AGFR
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Door between garage and house has been painted. When a fire door is painted it looses it's fire rating.
 

30) The pull-down attic stairs installed in the attached garage ceiling had no visible fire-resistance rating. Current standard building practices call for wooden-framed ceilings that divide the house and garage to have a fire-resistance rating. Installing pull-down attic stairs intended for interior spaces compromises the ceiling's fire resistance. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to restore the ceiling's fire resistance. For example, by modifying, replacing or removing the stairs. Note that commercially made, fire resistance-rated stairs are available. For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?FIREATTSTR
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: Underground
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
Condition of sub-panel(s): Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Garage
Location of main service panel #B: shed
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: None visible
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: No
Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection present: Yes
Smoke alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
Carbon monoxide alarms installed: Yes, but not tested
31) One or more electric receptacles (outlets) at the kitchen had no visible ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection, or the inspector was unable to determine if GFCI protection was present. If not GFCI-protected, receptacles in wet areas pose a shock hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and install GFCI protection if necessary and per standard building practices. General guidelines for GFCI-protected receptacles include the following locations:For more information, visit:
http://www.reporthost.com/?GFCI

lower level kitchen
Cost estimate: $ 150
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Lower level kitchen are should have GFCI outlets.
 

32) 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.
Cost estimate: $ 100
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Master Bedroom closet. Exposed wires.
 

33) One or more bushings were missing from where wires enter holes in panel(s) #A. This is a potential safety hazard because the wiring insulation can be cut or abraded on the metal edge of the hole(s). Recommend that a qualified electrician install bushings where missing.
Cost estimate: $ 10
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200 Amp Murray panel with AFCI breakers for each bedroom circuit.
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Electrical panel has a knockout with no rubber bushing. A bushing should be installed in this hole

34) 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: $ 25
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A globe should be put over the bulb.
 

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Garage: Electrical wires are exposed. have an electrician check this and re-mediate if necessary
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Exposed cut wire in the attic. there was no power to it but should be noted and removed.
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GFCI outlet in the garage, All the GFCI outlets in all the bathrooms are on this circuit. When any of the bathroom GFCI's trip this is where you have to reset them. Keep note of this for future reasons.
 

36) 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.

missing bulb on the side entry door.
Cost estimate: $ 10
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Sub panel in the shed
 

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): 85
Location of main water shut-off: Garage, In mechanical room
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: Plastic, Cast iron
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Sump pump installed: No
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
38) 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.
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Broken sprinkler head.
 

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.
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, Integral with heating system, with storage tank
Energy source: Oil
Estimated age: 2009 6yrs
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes
Location of water heater: Garage, Mechanical room
Hot water temperature tested: Yes
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 120
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
40) The oil tank is underground in the yard. It was installed most likely in 1985 when the home was built. The tank should be shut down and re-mediated by a lic professional and moved into the garage area. Have a Lic professional inspect the tank and make recommendations.
Cost estimate: $ 100-500
41)
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2009 System Kinetics 40 Gallon Hot water tank integral with the boiler.
 

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: March 2014
Source for last service date of primary heat source: Label
Condition of hydronic or steam heat system: Appeared serviceable
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: Vent(s) to exterior
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump: Appeared serviceable
Cooling system and/or heat pump fuel type: Electric
Location: Attic and North side of the home
Type: Split system
Condition of controls: Appeared serviceable
42) The outdoor air temperature was below 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the inspection. Air conditioning systems can be damaged if operated during such low temperatures. Because of this, the inspector was unable to operate and fully evaluate the cooling system.
43)
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2009 High Efficiency System kinetics oil fired hot water boiler
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Service tag on boiler: shows last service date March 2014
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Trane electric powered CAC system. 2009 Model
 

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.
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: Appeared serviceable
Condition of range, cooktop or oven: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop or oven type: Electric
Type of ventilation: Hood over range or cooktop
Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable
Condition of built-in microwave oven: Appeared serviceable
44) An exhaust hood was installed over the cook top or range, but the fan recirculated the exhaust air back into the kitchen. This may be due to no duct being installed, baffles at the front of the hood not being installed, or a problem with the duct. This can be a nuisance for odor and grease accumulation. Where a gas-fired range or cook top is installed, carbon monoxide and excessive levels of moisture can accumulate in living spaces. Recommend that a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary so exhaust air is ducted outdoors.
45) The kitchen is new and in above average condition.
There is a second kitchen on the lower level. It is also in good working condition.
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: Full bath, Master bath, first floor
Location #C: Full 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 shower(s) 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
46) The shop sink in the garage has leaky valves.
Cost estimate: $ 50
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Shop sink in garage. Cold water supply valve is leaking.
 

47) The toilet in the master bath needs to be checked by a plumber
Cost estimate: $ 150
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Master Bath toilet. The internal flush mechanisms were not working.
 

48) The sink in the lower bathroom needs correcting
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Washer machine: Replace rubber supply lines with steel braided lines.
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Lower bathroom toilet is dirty
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Lower bathroom, the handles turn the opposite way to turn on the water. have a Lic plumber fix the handles so they turn the right way.
 

49) Caulk was missing around the base of the bathtub spout, or there was a gap behind it, at location(s) #C. 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.
Cost estimate: $ 20
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Lower bathroom tub. No caulk between tile and spigot
 

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
Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
Condition of windows and skylights: Appeared serviceable
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Multi-pane, Double-hung, Fixed
Condition of walls and ceilings: Appeared serviceable
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: Appeared serviceable
50) 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.
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Peeling paint on rear door.
 

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: Yes
Visible evidence of active wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of past wood-destroying insects: Yes
Visible evidence of past wood decay fungi: No
Visible evidence of damage by wood-destroying insects: Yes
Visible evidence of conditions conducive to wood-destroying organisms: Yes
Location #A: Garage door
Location #B: Under the stairs
51) The home id in very good shape. An exterminator should be brought in to deal with the termites. A baiting system is recommended. There were multiple yellow jacket nests noted on the East side of the home behind the shutters and hornets were found in the attic by the gable vent. Ants were found by the garage. have an exterminator handle these issues.
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One of three Hornet nests that were observed.
 

53) Evidence of active infestation of ants was found at location(s) #A in the form of live insects with . Recommend the following:
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Ants were observed. This is the area in front of the garage.
 

54) Evidence of active infestation of subterranean termites was found at location(s) #B in the form of mud tubes with . Recommend the following:
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Termite tubes as well as sawdust was found under the stairs.
 

Dated this 28TH Day of APRIL. 2015

Name: Michael Sweeney

Signature:Signature
NYS Reg Lic #: 16000057121