Phone: (908) 500-0583
25 Westgate Drive
Annandale, NJ 08801
Inspector: Steve Bayly
NJ Lic. #24GI00096200
Home Inspection Report
||John & Mary Smith
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||Sunday, June 01, 2014
This report published on Friday, June 06, 2014 11:20:46 AM EDT
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:
|Repair/Replace||Recommend repair and/or replacement|
|Minor Defect||Correction likely involves only a minor expense|
|Maintain||Recommend ongoing maintenance|
|Evaluate||Recommend evaluation by a qualified contractor|
|Monitor||Recommend monitoring for replacement in the future|
|Functional and/or Comment||Functional at the time of the inspection and/or for your information|
|Conducive conditions||Conditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.)|
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Steve BaylyStructures inspected:
ResidentialType of building:
Single familyAge of building:
Approximately 11 years (source online listing)Time started:
11:00 a.m.Time finished:
2:35 p.m.Payment method:
Check #139Present during inspection:
Range 75F - 84FFront of structure faces:
NorthMain entrance faces:
Finished basementThe following items are excluded from this inspection:
Security system, Irrigation system, Private well, Water filtration system, Water softener system
Recommend clients request all documentation and permits regarding repairs, renovations, replacement systems & components. A home inspection is not technically exhaustive or invasive due to state law and industry standards of practice. Except as documented in this report, the visible areas of the roof, structure, floors, walls/ceilings, plumbing, doors, windows, insulation and electrical system were functional at the time of this inspection. Some wall, floor and/or ceiling surfaces were obscured by furniture and/or stored items. Those areas could not be evaluated. This property has one or more fuel burning appliances, and few carbon monoxide alarms were observed. Recommend installing additional carbon monoxide alarms as necessary and as per the manufacturer's instructions. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html
Not visibleFoundation material:
Poured in place concreteApparent wall structure:
Wood frameWall covering:
Stone Veneer, Hardy (cement based) board sidingDriveway material:
Paving stonesExterior door material:
Solid core steel, Glass panel
Recommend installing handrails for stairs in excess of two or more steps to minimize trip hazards. Sidewalks have minor undermining in one or more areas, where soil has eroded out from beneath stone pavers and/or heaving during cold periods making paving stones uneven or loose. Repairs should be made to prevent further erosion, undermining and level walking surface. Negative landscaping (pitched towards structure) was observed in one or more locations. Clients should be aware that water concentration around foundation areas and garage vehicle door entrances is possible.
Uneven entrance pavers.
Loose pavers observed.
Landscape towards structure observed.
One or more exterior trim boards are deteriorated and the finish in some areas is failing. A qualified contractor should evaluate, repair or replace trim boards, prep (pressure wash, scrape, sand, prime caulk, etc.) and repaint areas as needed and as per standard building practices.
Example; deteriorated wood trim.
Example; deteriorated wood trim.
Cracks were found in the driveway and they do not appear to be a structural concern. No trip hazards were found. Recommend a qualified contractor seal cracks to minimize further cracking and deterioration as necessary.
Example; driveway cracks.
Example; driveway cracks.
Roof inspection method:
Viewed from ground with binocularsRoof type:
Asphalt or fiberglass composition shinglesEstimated age of roof:
Appears to be age of the structure, approximately 11 years.Gutter & downspout material:
InadequateSee attic exhaust fan comments
One or more gutter downspouts are separating from ground drainage system. Recommend repair as necessary. The asphalt roof shingles and metal roof panels were functional and appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. No leaks or damage were observed. Algae staining is common and was present on both roof surfaces, however no material surface deterioration was observed. Clients may wish to consult with a qualified contractor regarding stains for aesthetic reasons.
Disconnected gutter downspout.
The 3 bay garage appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. Automatic garage door openers, safety features including infrared and mechanical sensors were evaluated and operational. Walls/floors/ceilings, electrical receptacles and lights were functional.
Partially traversedRoof structure type:
Ceiling beamsInsulation material:
Fiberglass roll or battInsulation depth:
Approximately 12 inchesInsulation estimated R value:
One or more exhaust fan duct stacks have fallen out of alignment with roof vents. Recommend a qualified contractor re-align and secure ducts to roof vents so exhaust air is vented outside.
One of the two attic exhaust did not function during the inspection and the temperature in the attic measured 136F in the inspectors thermometer. Recommend consulting with the property owner(s) as to how it operates and/or having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair if necessary.
Non-functional attic fan observed.
Evidence of "light to moderate" vermin infestation was found in one or more areas. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines this as less than 20 feces per square foot. Recommend following guidelines in the CDC's Clean Up, Trap Up, Seal Up
article for eradicating rodents, cleaning up their waste and nesting materials, and preventing future infestations. The infestation appears to be minimal, clean up of rodent waste and nesting materials in non-living spaces (crawl spaces and attics) may not be necessary, or may be performed for aesthetic reasons only (odor and appearance).
Example; feces observed in attic.
Primary service type:
UndergroundPrimary service overload protection type:
Circuit breakersService amperage (amps):
200Service voltage (volts):
120/240Location of sub panels:
At basement utility closet with main electrical panel.Location of main disconnect:
Breaker at top of main service panelService entrance conductor material:
Cold water supply pipesMain disconnect rating (amps):
200Branch circuit wiring type:
Non-metallic sheathedSolid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present:
NoSmoke detectors present:
Electrical main and sub-panels were functional and appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. Some screws are missing from the main service panel cover and should be replaced. Stock screws from the panel manufacturer should be used, or their equivalent.
Example; missing screw.
Functional Main Electrical Panel.
Example; functional sub-panel.
Approximately 12 yearsType:
Tank - IndirectEnergy source:
OilCapacity (in gallons):
Burnham - 64445155Model:
AL-53AWater temperature (degrees Fahrenheit):
The hot water temperature is greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be a safety hazard due to the risk of scalding. The thermostat should be adjusted so the water temperature doesn't exceed 120 degrees. For more information on scalding dangers, visit http://www.tap-water-burn.com/
The Burnham Indirect Water Heater is connected to the oil-fired boiler that provides heat and hot water supply.
Recommend reducing hot water temperature to less thank 120F.
Functional Indirect Water Heater.
Heating and Cooling
Burnham Oil-Fired Boiler - approximately 12 years, Heil Heat Pump - approximately 8 years, RUUD Air Conditioning Condensers - approximately 11 years, Heil Air Conditioning Condenser - approximately 8 yearsPrimary heating system energy source:
Oil, ElectricPrimary heat system type:
Baseboard, Forced air - Heat pumpPrimary A/C energy source:
ElectricPrimary Air conditioning type:
Split system, Heat pump. RUUD Air Conditioning Serial No(s).: 6267F030311788, 757 Model No.: UAMB-048JAZ (2 units) Heil Air Conditioning Condenser Serial No.: E062023001, Model No.: H4h41BGK3490Distribution system:
Sheet metal ducts, Flexible ductsManufacturer:
Serial: Burnham Oil-Fired Boiler: 64450380, Heil Heat Pump: A06186963Model:
Burnham: PV84WC-TBWN, Heil: FSM4X2400AFilter location:
Behind return air grill and base of Heat PumpLast service date:
Unknown. No service tags or labels were observed.
Air handler filters are dirty and should be replaced now. They should be checked monthly in the future and replaced as necessary.
Example: Dirty/blocked air filter.
The automatic damper door on the boiler flue does not operate freely. Recommend repair as necessary at next service. The last service date of this system appears to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The clients should ask the property owner(s) when it was last serviced. If unable to determine the last service date, or if this system was serviced more than one year ago, a qualified heating and cooling contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary. For safety reasons, and because this system is fueled by gas or oil, this servicing should be performed annually in the future. For more information visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml05/05017.html
Recommend buying oil tank replacement insurance, available from many full-service oil providers. This can cover up to 100% of the replacement costs of an oil tank.
Damper door observed.
Functional Burnham Oil-Fired Boiler.
Insulation around at one or more air conditioning condenser service lines is deteriorated. Recommend replace when serviced. The air conditioning condensers were functional and appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. The estimated useful life for air conditioning condensers 8 to 15 years. These units appear to be approaching this age and may need replacing in the near future.
Example; deteriorated service line insulation.
Ruud Air Conditioning Condensers.
Heil Air Conditioning Condenser.
Plumbing and Laundry
Location of main water shut-off valve:
Basement utility roomLocation of main fuel shut-off:
At oil tanks, oil-fired boiler, basement utility room for propaneVisible fuel storage systems:
Dual (2) Oil tanks, capacity 330 gallons eachWater service:
PrivateService pipe material:
CopperSupply pipe material:
CopperVent pipe material:
PlasticDrain pipe material:
PlasticWaste pipe material:
The inspector performed a "functional flow test" during the inspection, where multiple fixtures are run simultaneously, and found there to be low water flow. For example, the shower flow decreased significantly when the toilet was flushed. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair or make modifications as necessary. Example pressure boosting systems information visit: http://www.low-water-pressure.com/
Noteworthy: tests were conducted during outside water draw for septic test. Neither the clothes washer nor dryer were operated or evaluated. They are excluded from this inspection.
Functional well tank observed.
Serviceable water softener & filter system observed.
A sump pump is installed on the premises. Recommend asking the property owners how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. Also, the clients should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is between five and seven years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how much it operates. The inspector was unable to test the sump pump for one or more reasons (no source of water, sealed unit, etc.). The sump pump was not fully evaluated.
Fireplaces and Chimneys
Metal prefabricatedChimney type:
Wood burning and gas fireplaces appeared functional and serviceable at the time of the inspection. A gas fireplace did not respond when the controls were operated. This may be due to the pilot light being turned off, the gas supply being turned off, or any number of other reasons. As a result, this appliance was not fully evaluated. As per the Standards of Practice for both the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI)
and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
the inspector does not operate gas shut off valves or light pilot lights during inspections. Recommend consulting with the property owner as to how the fireplace operates, and/or having a gas appliance contractor evaluate and repair if necessary.
Functional wood fireplace damper observed.
Insulation material underneath floor above:
None visiblePier or support post material:
Solid wood.Floor structure above:
Solid wood joists
Basement walls/floors/ceilings/doors, electrical and plumbing components were functional at the time of the inspection. Lock mechanisms or locksets at one or more exterior entrance doors are difficult to operate. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace locksets or lock mechanisms as necessary, so entry doors can be secured, and are easy to open, close and latch.
Lock mechanical observed.
Kitchen counter tops, cabinets, appliances (stove top and hood, wall ovens, dishwasher, etc.), electrical system, plumbing components, walls/floors/ceilings surfaces, adjacent doors and windows were functional and appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. A "patch" was taped to the bottom of the kitchen sink, however the interior surface of the sink had no damage. Clients should ask property owner about this and it's purpose (example: possible sound insulator for metal sink, etc.) as necessary.
Unknown "Patch" observed at kitchen sink.
Functional kitchen area observed.
Functional kitchen area observed.
Bathrooms' counter tops, cabinets, components (Jacuzzi tub, sinks, toilets, showers, bathtubs, etc.), electrical systems, plumbing fixtures and visible waste and supply pipes, walls/floors/ceiling surfaces, adjacent doors and windows were functional and appeared serviceable at the time of the inspection. Note Plumbing and Laundry section of this report regarding water pressure.
Functional jacuzzi observed.
The sash spring mechanisms in one or more windows are broken or loose. A qualified contractor or service technician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary so the windows operate as intended (open easily, stay open without support, close easily, etc.).
Example; non-functional sash line.
Example; non-functional sash line.
Based on the age of this structure one or more smoke alarms may be 10+ years old. According to National Fire Protection Association
, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure within the first 10 years. Newer smoke alarms do better, but should be replaced after 10 years. Unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, replacing them when moving into a new residence is also recommended by NFPA. For more information, visit this article: NFPA urges replacing home smoke alarms after 10 years
. Minimally, batteries in all the smoke alarms should be replaced after taking occupancy, and annually in the future. "Chirping" noises emitted from smoke alarms typically indicate that batteries need replacing. For more information, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html
Example; smoke detector.
Screen(s) in one or more windows are missing. The clients should ask the property owner about this. Some screens were observed in the attic and are often removed for window cleaning.
Store window screens observed.
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