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3152 Big Ben South 
Hernando, MS 38632 

Inspector: Frank Magdefrau
TN License # 0056 Exp: 6/30/14
MS License # 0234 Exp: 1/30/16

   

Home Inspection Report for

Client(s):  Mr. Greg Wilmoth
Property address:  7950 Soderlund Dr
Millington, TN 38053
Inspection date:  Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This report published on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:10:24 PM CST

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This inspection complies with the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors' (NACHI) "Standards of Practice" and " Codes of Ethics". These standards list items to be described in this report and items to be observed or evaluated during a home inspection. Cosmetic items such as damaged molding, trim, interior paint or carpet are generally excluded from this report.

Home inspection reports by nature focus on defects and may seem negative in tone. Some features of this property may be in excellent condition and of high quality but have been deemed "adequate" in the report. This is not meant to downplay this property's assets, but to focus on alerting you to potentially expensive problems. Bear in mind that all homes, regardless of their age, have some number of defects.

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 risk
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeCommentFor your information

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General information

Report number: 14-0205
Inspection Fee: $400.00
Time started: 8:30 am
Time finished at site inspection: 12:45 pm
Present during inspection: Seller's Representative
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
Ground condition: Damp
Temperature: 60 Degrees
Type of building: Single family
Age of building: 33 years
Source for building age: Client
Foundation type: Crawlspace
Main entrance faces: Northwest
Occupied: Yes
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Private sewage disposal system, Security system
1) Personal storage and belongings blocked access to some areas of the home. Some of the walls, ceilings, floors, outlets, closets, doors windows, electrical panels, and other areas around the home could not be fully evaluated. The inspector in general does not move personal belongings, furnishings, carpets or appliances. When furnishings, stored items or debris are present, all areas or items that are obscured, concealed or not readily accessible are excluded from the inspection. The client should be aware that when furnishings, stored items or debris are eventually moved, damage or problems that were not noted during the inspection may be found.
Exterior Structure, Foundation, & Grounds

Driveway material: Asphalt, Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Brick veneer, Metal
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete, Concrete block
Exterior door material: Wood, Steel
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
2) Exterior outlet cover was damaged in front. This can pose a safety concern. Water can penetrate where covers are damaged and cause electrical fires and shock. Recommend repairing or replacing waterproof covers where necessary.
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3) Exterior outlet was not waterproof under back patio. This can pose a safety concern due to the risk of fire and shock. Recommend installing waterproof covers where necessary.
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4) Garage door weatherstripping was damaged. Weatherstripping should be replaced as necessary to help prevent water leaks and heat loss.
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5) Window screen(s) were missing or torn in some areas. Window(s) may not provide ventilation during months when insects are active. Recommend installing new screen(s) as necessary.
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6) The clothes dryer exhaust duct was damaged or has detached in crawlspace. Recommend repairing duct as necessary.
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7) The back exterior light fixture was damaged. Recommend having a qualified contractor replace damaged fixture.
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8) Front/side storm drainage was obstructed with leaves, sticks, and/or other debris. Obstructed storm drains can allow water to flood onto property. Recommend clearing all debris from storm drainage so water can flow freely from property without obstruction as necessary.
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9) Siding was detaching around end dormer by chimney. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary to prevent further damage and water intrusion.
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10) Front porch guard railing was detaching from structure on each end. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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11) Recommend cleaning deck(s) and railing(s) and treating with a preservative claiming to waterproof, block ultraviolet light, and stop mildew. Consumer Reports recommends these products:

Cabot Decking Stain and PTW Stain
Olympic Water Repellent Deck Stain
Thompson's House and Deck Stain
Wolman PTW Deck Stain
Akzo Sikkens Cetol DEK
Benjamin Moore Moorwood Clear Wood Finish
DAP Woodlife Premium
Olympic Natural Look Protector Plus
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12) Some areas of the house need repainting due to peeling, cracking and/or blistering of paint. A qualified contractor should prep (pressure wash, scrape, sand, prime caulk, etc.) and repaint areas as needed and as per standard building practices.
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13) Caulk was missing or deteriorated around doors and windows. Caulk should be replaced and/or applied where necessary.
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14) The substructure of the deck is excluded from the inspection due to limited access from permanently installed skirting and low height.
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Roof

Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder, Viewed from ground
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Roof ventilation: Adequate
15) The metal flashing around the fireplace chimney was lifting and/or improperly installed. Leaks may accrue as a result. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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16) Significant amounts of organic debris (leaves, needles, etc.) were on the roof of patio cover. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms since water may not flow easily off the roof, and may enter gaps in the roof surface. Leaks may occur as a result. Debris should be cleaned from the roof now and as necessary in the future.
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17) Metal flashing around the middle dormer was lifting at the base or was improperly installed so that water or vermin intrusion may occur. A qualified contractor should make repairs as necessary, such as permanently fastening down the lifted edge(s), or reinstalling flashings.
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18) Composition shingles have raised and/or buckled around middle dormer, most likely due to nails that have loosened. Leaks may occur as a result. Recommend having a qualified contractor make repairs as necessary, such as reseating nails and applying a sealer.
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Attached garage

Garage type: 3 stall
19) Recommend lubricating the garage vehicle door(s) for smoother operation. Recommend lubricating once every six months or as needed.
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20) The interior perimeter of the garage is excluded from this inspection due to lack of access from stored items.
21) All safety features for the automatic garage door(s) were checked and working properly at time of inspection.
Electric service

Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Service Capacity: 70 amps
Location of main service panel: Side exterior wall
Location of sub panels and disconnects: By the condensing(s) unit(s), Barn, and Garage
Location of main disconnect: 70 amp Breaker in middle of main panel
Service conductor material: Copper
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed (Romex)
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes
22) Meter panel was rusted and/or deteriorating. Water can enter panel.This is a safety concern due to the risk of shock. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair and/or replace panel cover as necessary.
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23) Cover plates were missing from outlets and switches throughout. Cover plate(s) are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from exposed wires. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire and shock. Cover plates should be installed or replaced where missing.
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Water heater(s)

Water heater(s) age: 5 years
Type: Instantaneous
Energy source: Natural gas
Manufacturer: Noritz
Heating and air conditioning

Heating system energy source: Natural gas
Heat system type: Forced air
A/C energy source: Electric
Air conditioning type: Central
Distribution system: Flexible ducts
24) Duct system in crawlspace was damaged and holes were observed. Return air is being pulled from crawlspace. This can pose a health and safety concern.

No air flow was found in upstairs bathroom, duct could be damaged or not connected.

Metal ducts in crawlspace and on outside portion of main HVAC system was rusting.

Recommend having a qualified heating and air contractor evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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25) Guard wiring was removed from main exterior heating and air system. Recommend having a qualified heating and air contractor evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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26) Insulation for the outside condensing unit's refrigerant lines was missing and/or deteriorating. This may result in reduced efficiency and increased energy costs. A qualified heating and cooling contractor should replace insulation as necessary.
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27) The upstairs heating unit appeared original to home and was at or near the end of its useful life. The outside main heating and air system also appeared nearing the end of its useful life. Recommend budgeting for replacement in near future.
Attic

Inspection method: Viewed from upstairs window only
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Not visible
Insulation material: None visible
Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances

Fireplace type: Masonry
Chimney type: Masonry with metal insert
28) Recommend cleaning ash dump on outside chimney.
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29) The damper was checked and working at the time of the inspection.
Plumbing and laundry

Location of main water shut-off: Unable to locate during inspection, recommend asking property owners for location
Location of main water meter: The main water meter is located by the street
Location of main fuel shut-off: The main fuel shut-off valve is located at the gas meter
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
Water pressure (psi): 68 psi
30) Laundry room faucet leaks by handle(s) or at it's base when turned on. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Kitchen


31) Kitchen cabinet under sink was deteriorated. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair or replace cabinets and/or components as necessary.
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32) One or more control knobs for the stove was damaged. Knobs should be replaced where necessary.
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Interior rooms


33) Handrail was not installed at stairs with two or more risers. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should install graspable handrails that your hand can completely encircle at stairs where missing, and as per standard building practices.
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34) The front doorbell was inoperable. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.
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35) Doors bind in jamb and are difficult to operate in upstairs bedroom for closet and kitchen closet. Minor settlement has accrued. Cracks were observed in walls at headers. Recommend repairing doors so they open and close easily and repairing cracks as necessary.
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36) One or more ceiling fans appear to be inoperable in kitchen and dining room. Recommend asking the property owner(s) about this, and if necessary, having a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Bathrooms


37) Drawer was difficult to open and close in 1/2 bathroom. A qualified contractor should evaluate and repair as necessary.
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38) The 1/2 bathroom sink was clogged or drains slowly. Drain(s) should be cleared as necessary.
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39) Tub stoppers were missing or defective in master and 2nd bathrooms. Tub stopper should be replaced as necessary.
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40) Master bathroom floor heater did not come on when tested. Recommend asking property owner about this and/or having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
41) Tile was damaged at 2nd bathroom tub. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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42) The enamel coating on bathtub was damaged and/or deteriorated in 2nd bathroom. For example, chipped or worn, and/or rust on some exposed steel. However, no leaks were found due to the deterioration. The client(s) should evaluate to determine if the bathtub(s) should be refinished or replaced.
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43) 2nd bathroom sink was full of personal property and could not be evaluated for leaks or damage.
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Crawl space

Inspection method: Traversed
Insulation material underneath floor above: None visible
Pier or support post material: Masonry
Beam material: Built up wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Vapor barrier present: Yes
44) Water damage was observed on drain line for 1/2 bathroom. No active leaks were observed. Leaks may have been repaired. Recommend asking property owner about this. If necessary, recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
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Detached Barn

Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Metal
Exterior door material: Wood, Steel
Roof inspection method: Viewed from eaves on ladder, Viewed from ground
Roof type: Gambrel
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Gutter material: Aluminum
Downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
45) Exterior wiring was not contained in conduit and wire splices were not in proper junction boxes. These wires are not a UV type wiring rating for exterior use. This can pose a safety concern. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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46) Panel cover was missing and wires were exposed. This is a safety concern. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and repair as necessary.
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47) Handrails or guardrails were not installed at stairs with two or more risers. This is a open type stair case. Guardrails should be installed to prevent fall. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should install graspable handrails that your hand can completely encircle at stairs where missing and guardrails as per standard building practices.
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48) Many outlets/switches were loose, damaged, not water proof, and had missing covers. This is a safety concern. Recommend having a qualified electrician evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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49) Exterior doors, siding, and trim was damaged and or deteriorating throughout. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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50) Active water leak was observed at upper Hay door. Water leaks have caused damage to the door, decking, and structure below. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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51) Concrete was cracked and/or damaged in front of barn. Recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate and make all necessary repairs.
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52) Water proof bulbs were missing from exterior lighting. Recommend installing proper exterior bulbs at fixtures where necessary.
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53) Recommend capping plumbing clean outs along side exterior to prevent debris from entering plumbing system.
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54) Siding trim piece was missing under soffit on side of barn. Recommend installing new trim piece has necessary to prevent damage and water intrusion.
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55) Evidence of condensation in double pane window(s), apparently due to broken in seal(s). Recommend replacing glass.
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56) Shrubs were in contact with structure. Recommend pruning or moving shrubs so there's at least a one foot gap between shrubs and the structure.
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57) One or more downspout extensions were missing and/or ineffective. Recommend installing extensions such as splashblocks or a drain line where missing, or repairing where necessary so rain water is carried at least several feet away from the structure to soil that slopes down and away from the structure.
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58) Some areas of the barn is excluded from this inspection due to lack of access from stored items.
Scope and Limitations of this Inspection
This inspection is limited to a visual observation of the exposed and readily accessible areas of the home. The concealed and inaccessible areas are not included. Observation includes operation of the systems or components by means of the normal user controls. Dismantling of equipment, and destructive testing is not included. Some specific items are also excluded, and these are listed in the following section. If you feel there is a need for evaluation of any of these items, then you will need to arrange for specific inspections.

The report(s) does not cover (unless specifically stated):
*underground utilities *playground equipment
*wells/spring *cosmetic items
*solar systems *security systems
*underground items *personal property
*pools *cesspools
*septic tanks *appliances
*elevators *water treatment
*environmental hazards *code compliance
*sprinkler systems *chimney/flues
*central vacuum *fuel tanks
*detached structures *drain fields
*defects unobserved *fuel quality
*the suitability of the property for any specialized use
*the market value of the property or its marketability
*the methods, materials and costs of corrections
*any component or system which was not observed
*life expectancy of any component or system
*the advisability or inadvisability or purchase of the property
*items not permanently installed
*the causes of the need for a repair
*the presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects.
*This inspector is not qualified to detect the presence of Chinese Drywall. Accordingly the issue of Chinese Drywall (and its potential problems) is beyond the scope of the inspection report.

This report does not include the presence of mold, mildew, radon,asbestos, lead paint, lead pipes, or any other harmful product which is found in homes. This report does not cover the quality of the homes air or water, the conditions of the well, septic tank or any other underground system which is not visible. DeSoto Home Inspection Services has provided information regarding these conditions and other information to help you become better educated and understand conditions that may or may not be in your home on our web site at www.desotohomeinspection.com

As a part of our service, we sometimes provide approximate, cost of repair estimates for particular items. These estimates should be considered as background information only. It is beyond the scope of this inspection and report to supply you with accurate repair costs. Such estimates should be supplied by contractors who specialize in this type of work. Our estimates should be used only as guidelines. If you intend to negotiate the price of this property based on defects found during this inspection, we strongly suggest you obtain one or more written bids from a licensed contractor(s). It is a conflict of interest for De Soto Home Inspection Services to recommend any specific contractor.

Evaluations are made as to the present age and remaining economic life of any item, i.e. water heaters, roofs, plumbing, heating, etc. These evaluations are based on visual observation, industry averages and prior experience. THEY ARE NOT OFFERED AS A WARRANTY OR CERTIFICATION OF REMAINING LIFE.

Disclaimer
In some cases we may recommend your consulting a specialist such as a structural engineer or licensed electrician. Hiring a specialist can be a prudent means of providing some protection of your financial investment in this property. WE DO NOT MAKE ANY TYPE OF WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE AS TO THE CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY. SOME THINGS MAY REMAIN HIDDEN OR BECOME DEFECTIVE AFTER THE INSPECTION. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DETECT EVERY DEFECT WITHIN A BUILDING DURING THE COURSE OF A GENERAL INSPECTION. THIS REPORT SHOULD BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH, AND NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR, A PRE-CLOSING WALK-THROUGH BY THE CLIENT.

THIS INSPECTION IS NOT AN INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST HIDDEN DEFECTS, OR CONDITIONS THAT ARE NOT VISIBLE AND READILY APPARENT AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION.

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