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Property Inspection Report (Sample)
||123 First Street
Sanford, NC 27330
||Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This report published on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:12:12 PM AST
NOTICE TO ALL CLIENTS: This report contains technical information that may or may not be readily understandable to the layperson. Therefore, a verbal consultation with the inspector is an integral part of this inspection report. If you were not present during the inspection, please call the inspector for clarification or further education on an issue. This inspection and inspection report complies with the standard of practice set forth by the NC Home Inspection Licensure Board and represents the results of a limited visual examination of certain readily accessible systems and components using normal operating controls and openings / access panels. The inspection and report do not address and are not intended to address the possible presence of or danger from any potentially harmful substances and environmental hazards including, by not limited to MOLD, Radon Gas, Lead Paint, Asbestos, Urea Formaldehyde, toxic or flammable chemicals and water and airborne hazards. Also excluded are inspections of and report on swimming pools, wells, septic systems, security systems, central vacuum systems, water softeners, sprinkler systems, fire and safety equipment and the presence or absence of rodents, termites and other insects. The scope of this inspection and terms of the relationship between the parties are defined in the Pre-inspection Agreement signed by the parties.
The SUMMARY REPORT is provided as an accessory to the Inspection Report and is not a full report. It summarizes the inspectors comments regarding conditions and/or concerns found during the course of the visual examination and does not represent the full inspection and should not be used separate from the inspection report. This summary is not the entire report. The full report may include additional information of interest or concern to the client. It is strongly recommended that the client read both.
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How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas. Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type. Items of concern follow descriptive information.
Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
|Safety||Poses a safety hazard|
|Repair/Replace||Recommend repairing or replacing|
|Repair/Maintain||Recommend repair and/or maintenance|
|Minor Defect||Correction likely involves only a minor expense|
|Maintain||Recommend ongoing maintenance|
|Evaluate||Recommend evaluation by a specialist|
|Inspected||Item or component is in serviceable condition|
|Comment||For your information|
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2:00Present during inspection:
Client consultation at 5:30Weather conditions during inspection:
Dry (no rain)Temperature during inspection:
One houseAge of main building:
2008Source for main building age:
Municipal records or property listingFront of building faces:
SoutheastMain entrance faces:
Minor slopeCondition of driveway:
Appeared serviceableDriveway material:
Poured in place concreteCondition of sidewalks and/or patios:
Appeared serviceableSidewalk material:
Poured in place concreteCondition of decks, porches and/or balconies:
Appeared serviceableDeck, porch and/or balcony material:
Exterior and Foundation
Condition of wall exterior covering:
Appeared serviceableApparent wall structure:
Wood frameWall covering:
VinylCondition of foundation and footings:
Appeared serviceableApparent foundation type:
Concrete slab on gradeFoundation/stem wall material:
Concrete slab on gradeFooting material (under foundation stem wall):
Some sections of siding and/or trim were warped, damaged. Recommend that a qualified person repair, replace or install siding or trim as necessary.
Siding is damaged on the back of the property beside the door.
Siding on the left side of the property is warping.
Roof inspection method:
Viewed from ground with binocularsCondition of roof surface material:
Appeared serviceableRoof surface material:
Asphalt or fiberglass composition shinglesRoof type:
GableApparent number of layers of roof surface material:
OneCondition of exposed flashings:
Appeared serviceableCondition of gutters, downspouts and extensions:
Attic and Roof Structure
Attic inspection method:
TraversedCondition of roof structure:
Appeared serviceableRoof structure type:
TrussesCondition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.):
Appeared serviceableCeiling insulation material:
Fiberglass loose fillApproximate attic insulation R value (may vary in areas):
R-30Condition of roof ventilation:
Appeared serviceableRoof ventilation type:
Ridge vent(s), Open soffit vents
The inspector located the insulation certificate in the attic. This certificate states the R values of the insulation installed in the property. The property was insulated in 2008 and the attic insulation seems to be in tact at the time of inspection.
Insulation certificate observed in the attic states the insulation rating for the attic.
Garage or Carport
AttachedCondition of door between garage and house:
Appeared serviceableType of door between garage and house:
MetalCondition of garage vehicle door(s):
Appeared serviceableType of garage vehicle door:
SectionalCondition of automatic opener(s):
Appeared serviceableMechanical auto-reverse operable (reverses when meeting reasonable resistance during closing):
YesCondition of garage floor:
Appeared serviceableCondition of garage interior:
Appeared serviceableGarage ventilation:
The controls for the garage door have been damaged. The control still works if the metal connector is depressed, but the plastic cover is missing. Recommend this control button be replaced.
Garage door control is missing a button.
Electric service condition:
Appeared serviceablePrimary service type:
UndergroundService voltage (volts):
120-240Estimated service amperage:
200Primary service overload protection type:
Circuit breakersMain disconnect rating (amps):
Not applicable, no single main disconnectSystem ground:
Ground rod(s) in soilCondition of main service panel:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sub-panel(s):
Appeared serviceableLocation of main service panel #A:
Building exterior at the meter base.Location of sub-panel #B:
GarageLocation of main disconnect:
At main disconnect panel outsideCondition of branch circuit wiring:
ServiceableBranch circuit wiring type:
Non-metallic sheathedSmoke alarms installed:
YesCarbon monoxide alarms installed:
No, recommend install
One or more cover plates for switches, receptacles (outlets) or junction boxes were missing or broken. These plates are intended to contain fire and prevent electric shock from occurring due to exposed wires. Recommend that a qualified person install cover plates where necessary.
Cover plate is damaged on the exterior back corner of the property.
No carbon monoxide alarms were visible. This is a potential safety hazard. Some states and/or municipalities require CO alarms to be installed for new construction and/or for homes being sold. Recommend installing approved CO alarms outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms on each level and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
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.
The inspector identified some switches that were inoperable or not working properly. There was a 3 way switch in the living room that the inspector could not identify what electrical fixture the switch controlled. Recommend that a licensed electrician evaluate and identify what the switch controls and repair/ replace as necessary.
Inspector could not determine what the 3 way switch controlled.
The main electrical panel was properly installed. Here are pictures of the main panel and the sub panel with covers removed.
View of the main electrical panel with the cover removed.
View of the sub panel with the cover removed.
The location of the main electrical cutoff was located in the main panel box on the exterior of the property, just under the meter base. All four breakers need to be pulled to kill the power.
Location of the main electrical cut off. All four breakers need to be pulled to cut all power.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Condition of service and main line:
Appeared serviceableWater service:
PublicLocation of main water shut-off:
Closet between kitchen and living roomCondition of supply lines:
Appeared serviceableSupply pipe material:
PEX plasticCondition of drain pipes:
Appeared serviceableDrain pipe material:
PlasticCondition of waste lines:
Appeared serviceableWaste pipe material:
PlasticVent pipe condition:
Appeared serviceableVent pipe material:
PlasticCondition of fuel system:
Appeared serviceableVisible fuel storage systems:
Above ground, propane tankLocation of main fuel shut-off valve:
At propane tank
Location of the main shut off valve was located. It was located in the crawl space.
Main water cut off was located in the closet between the kitchen and the living room. The valve in the middle is a pressure reducing valve.
Condition of water heater:
Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)Type:
2008Capacity (in gallons):
50Temperature-pressure relief valve installed:
YesLocation of water heater:
GarageHot water temperature tested:
The water heater was inspected and seems to be working properly at time of second inspection.
Water temperature measured 118 degrees at the time of second inspection.
Water heater was manufactured in 2008.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
General heating system type(s):
Forced air, FurnaceGeneral heating distribution type(s):
Ducts and registersCondition of forced air heating/(cooling) system:
Appeared serviceableForced air heating system fuel type:
ElectricLocation of forced air furnace:
AtticCondition of furnace filters:
Required replacementLocation for forced air filter(s):
Behind return air grill(s)Condition of forced air ducts and registers:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cooling system and/or heat pump:
Appeared serviceableCooling system and/or heat pump fuel type:
Split systemCondition of controls:
Air filters for the heating and/or cooling system were missing at one or more locations where they should have been installed. Indoor air quality will be reduced as a result. Recommend installing good quality filters at intended locations (e.g. in or at the air handler, behind return air grills). Filters should be sized correctly to minimize air gaps.
No filter installed in the upstairs air return in the hall.
The HVAC systems seemed to be working properly during the time of inspection. The temperature difference between room temperature air and the temperature measured at the supply registers were within normal working temperature range. The age of each of the components is listed below the picture below with the temperatures observed during time of inspection at supply registers.
Electric furnace was manufactured in 2006.
Outdoor compressor unit was manufactured in 2008.
Supply air during the heating cycle measured 104 degrees.
Supply air during the cooling cycle measured 57 degrees.
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Condition of gas-fired fireplaces or stoves:
Appeared serviceableGas fireplace or stove type:
Metal pre-fab fireplaceCondition of chimneys and flues:
Appeared serviceableWood-burning chimney type:
MetalGas-fired flue type:
One or more gas fireplaces or stoves did not respond to normal controls (e.g. on/off switch, thermostat, remote control) and was not fully evaluated as a result. The pilot light or gas supply may have been turned off, or some other condition may have prevented operation. The inspector only operates normal controls and does not light pilot lights or operate gas shut-off valves. Consult with the property owner, review all documentation for such gas appliances, and familiarize themselves with the lighting procedure. If necessary, a qualified specialist should assist in lighting such appliances, and make any needed repairs.
The inspector noted debris on the gas exhaust vent on the back exterior of the property. This is a potential fire hazard. Recommend that the debris be removed.
Debris observed on the gas exhaust on the exterior of the property.
Condition of counters:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of under-sink food disposal:
Appeared serviceableCondition of dishwasher:
Appeared serviceableCondition of range, cooktop or oven:
Appeared serviceableRange, cooktop or oven type:
ElectricCondition of refrigerator:
Appeared serviceableCondition of built-in microwave oven:
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Master bath, second floorLocation #B:
Full bath, second floorLocation #C:
Half bath, first floorCondition of counters:
Appeared serviceableCondition of cabinets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableCondition of sinks and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of toilets:
Appeared serviceableCondition of bathtubs and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of shower(s) and related plumbing:
Appeared serviceableCondition of ventilation systems:
Appeared serviceableBathroom ventilation type:
with individual exhaust ducts240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present:
Interior, Doors and Windows
Condition of exterior entry doors:
Appeared serviceableExterior door material:
Fiberglass or vinylCondition of interior doors:
Appeared serviceableType(s) of windows:
VinylCondition of walls and ceilings:
Appeared serviceableWall type or covering:
DrywallCeiling type or covering:
DrywallCondition of flooring:
Appeared serviceableCondition of concrete slab floor(s):
Appeared serviceableFlooring type or covering:
Carpet, Vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum, Wood or wood productsCondition of stairs, handrails and guardrails:
Carpeting in one or more areas was damaged or deteriorated. Recommend that a qualified contractor replace as necessary.
Carpet is damaged in the living room.
Carpet is damaged in the upstairs back bedroom.
Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons.
Drywall damage in the stairwell.
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