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Safe Pro Inspection Services


3420 Venson Dr 
Bartlett TN 38135-2438
Inspector: Collin Hickerson

 

Residential Home Inspection

Client(s):  Aaron and Courtney Payne
Property address:  4841 Catskill Drive
Old Hickory Tennessee 37138
Inspection date:  Sunday, June 18, 2017

This report published on Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:57:21 AM CDT

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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:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a risk of injury or death
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMinor DefectCorrection likely involves only a minor expense
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeServiceableItem or component is in serviceable condition
Concern typeCommentFor your information

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Table of Contents
General Information
Grounds
Exterior / Foundation
Roof / Attic
Garage / Carport
Electric
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Heating
Cooling / Heat Pump
Fireplaces / Stoves / Chimneys
Kitchen
Bathrooms / Laundry / Sinks
Interior Rooms / Areas

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General Information
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Time started: 12:30
Time finished: 2:30
Inspector: Collin Hickerson
Present during inspection: Client, Realtor
Weather conditions: Rain
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Wet
Inspection fee: 1.00
Payment method:
Type of building: Single family
Age of building(s): 41 years
Source for building age: Municipal records
Front of building faces: Northwest
Main entrance faces: Northeast
Occupied: Yes

1) Structures built prior to 1980 may contain lead-based paint and/or asbestos in various building materials such as insulation, siding, and/or floor and ceiling tiles. Both lead and asbestos are known health hazards. Evaluating for the presence of lead and/or asbestos is not included in this inspection. The client should consult with specialists as necessary, such as industrial hygienists, professional labs and/or abatement contractors for this type of evaluation. For information on lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials in homes, visit:
http://www.epa.gov
http://www.cpsc.gov
http://www.cdc.gov

Grounds
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, water features and related equipment; playground, recreation or leisure equipment; landscape lighting; areas below exterior structures with less than three feet of vertical clearance; irrigation systems; invisible fencing; sea walls, docks and boathouses. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not test or determine the adequacy of drainage systems for grounds, walkways, below-grade stairs and roof downspouts. The inspector does not provide an evaluation of geological conditions and/or site stability, compliance of pool or spa fencing with municipal requirements, or determination that deck, balcony and/or stair membranes are watertight.
Condition of fences and gates: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Fence and gate material: Wood
Site profile: Steep slope
Condition of driveway: Appeared serviceable
Driveway material: Asphalt, Poured in place concrete
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete, Paving stones
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable
Condition of guardrails: Appeared serviceable
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Condition of exterior stairs: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Exterior stair material: Concrete

2) Rear exterior stairs have dangerous risers and gaps that are a trip hazard
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3) Exterior stairs were damaged. A qualified person should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.

4) Handrails at one or more flights of stairs were missing. This is a safety hazard. Standard building practices require that handrails be:
  • Installed at stairs with four or more risers
  • Sized and shaped so your hand can encircle them
  • Permanently and securely attached, and able to withstand a 200 pound force in any direction at any point
  • Continuous and extend for the entire flight of the stairs
  • Located between 30 and 38 inches above the leading edge of the stair treads

A qualified person should repair, replace or install as necessary and as per standard building practices.
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5) Broken and cracked cement at top of rear access steps is a trip hazard
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6) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or less than ten feet from one or more chimney or flue outlets. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of fire. Vegetation should be pruned and/or removed as necessary to maintain a ten foot clearance between it and all chimney or flue outlets.
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7) Fences were damaged or deteriorated in some areas. A qualified person should repair or replace sections as necessary.
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8) Trees were in contact with or were close to the building in one or more areas. Damage may result, especially during high winds. Vegetation can also act as a conduit for wood destroying insects. Vegetation should be pruned back and/or removed as necessary to prevent damage and infestation by wood destroying insects.
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9) One or more significantly sized diseased or dead trees were found on the property grounds. The client may wish to have them removed, or to have them evaluated by a qualified arborist. 2 located in far rear yard.
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10) were obscured by and couldn't be fully evaluated.

Exterior / Foundation
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: below-grade foundation walls and footings, or those obscured by vegetation or building components; exterior building surfaces or components obscured by vegetation, stored items or debris. Any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Some amount of cracking is normal in concrete slabs and foundation walls due to shrinkage and drying. Note that the inspector does not determination the adequacy of sump pumps, seismic reinforcement, nor determine if support posts, columns, beams, joists, studs, trusses, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing.
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame, Brick
Wall covering: Brick veneer
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Foundation type: Finished basement
Foundation material: Poured in place concrete
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of floor substructure: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Wood
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure: Engineered wood joists, Wood trusses

Roof / Attic
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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; solar roofing components; any comments made regarding these items are as a courtesy only. Note that the inspector does not determine if rafters, trusses, joists, beams, etc. are of adequate size, spanning or spacing. The inspector does not provide an estimate of remaining roof surface life, does not determine that the roof has absolutely no leaks at the time of the inspection, and does not determine that the roof won't leak in the future. Only active leaks and evidence of past leaks observed during the inspection are reported on as part of this inspection. To absolutely determine than no leaks exist, complete access to all roof structure areas must be available during a wide variety of weather conditions, including prolonged heavy rain, high wind from varying directions, heavy accumulations of snow and/or ice, and melting snow and ice.
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
Roof type: Gable
Age of roof surface(s): 6 years
Source for building age: Realtor
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground with binoculars, Viewed from windows
Condition of shingle and/or shake roof surface materials: Appeared serviceable
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Apparent number of layers of roof surface material: Two
Condition of attic: Appeared serviceable
Attic inspection method: Viewed from hatch(es)
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Roof ventilation: Appears serviceable

11) Rot or water damage was found at one or more sections of the roof structure, including: soffits. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary. All rotten wood should be replaced.

Left side of gable has wood rot or other damage in corner.
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12) Trees were overhanging roof and were within 10 feet of roof vertically. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms since organic debris such as leaves or needles are more likely to accumulate on the roof surface. Accumulated debris may cause water to enter gaps in the roof surface and leak into attic and/or interior spaces. Trees should be pruned so they are at least 10 feet above roof, or don't overhang the roof.
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13)   Rear soffit has uncovered old access hole which will allow pests
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Garage / Carport
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Limitations: The inspector does not determine the adequacy of firewall ratings. Requirements for ventilation in garages varies between municipalities.
Condition of garage vehicle door(s): Appeared serviceable
Garage vehicle door type: Roll
Number of vehicle doors: 2
Condition of garage floor: Appeared serviceable
Condition of garage interior: Appeared serviceable
Garage ventilation: Exists

14) One or more vehicle doors couldn't be fully evaluated due to lack of access from being locked.
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Electric
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: generator systems, 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, does not determine if this system has an adequate capacity for the client's specific needs, nor determine if this system has any reserve capacity for additions or expansion. The inspector does not operate circuit breakers as part of the inspection, install or change light bulbs, nor determine the operability of every wall switch.
Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
Primary service type: Overhead
Service amperage (amps): 200
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sub: Not determined
Location of main service panel #A: Garage
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Condition of smoke detectors: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Smoke detectors present: No
Carbon monoxide detectors present: No

15) One or more cover plates and/or light fixtures used at the building exterior were missing components. This is a potential safety hazard for shock and/or fire. A qualified electrician should evaluate and repair as necessary.

junction box with exterior light is missing cover
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16) Cover plates missing on attic light and vent switches
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17) Improper wiring of exterior lighting- electric supply can be pulled or damaged.
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18) Smoke detectors were missing from bedrooms. Additional smoke detectors should be installed as necessary so a functioning one exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, and one each level of the building. For more information, visit:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5077.html

Smoke detectors missing in basement and on second story,

Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: private wells and sewage disposal systems; main, side and lateral sewer lines; gray water systems; pressure boosting systems; incinerating or composting toilets; fire suppression sprinkler 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 determining the existence or condition of underground or above-ground fuel tanks.
Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
Location of main water meter: front yard
Location of main water shut: Garage
Water service: Public
Service pipe material: Copper
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable

Water Heater
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: solar water heating systems; circulation systems. 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.
Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
Type: Tank
Estimated age: 10 years
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Manufacturer: U.S. Craftmaster
Location of water heater: garage
Water temperature (degrees Fahrenheit): 114

19) Temperature-pressure relief valve drain line was too short. This is a potential safety hazard due to the risk of scalding if someone is standing next to the water heater when the valve opens. A qualified plumber should extend the drain line to 6 inches from the floor, or route it so as to drain outside. Should be extended to 6" from the ground.

20) The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8 to 12 years. The inspector was unable to determine the age of the water heater due to the manufacturer's label being obscured, no serial number being visible, or the serial number not clearly indicating the age. The client should be aware that this water heater may be near, at, or beyond its useful life and may need replacing at any time. Recommend attempting to determine the water heater's age, and budgeting for a replacement if necessary.

Heating
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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 system components, does not determine if heating systems are appropriately sized, or perform any evaluations that require a pilot light to be lit. It is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if furnace heat exchangers are intact and free of leaks.
Condition of heating system: Appeared serviceable
Location of heating system: Second floor attic
Heating type: Forced air
Fuel type: Electric

21) This heating system used electric heat. It is a specialty system, and only a limited evaluation was performed during the inspection. Recommend a full evaluation by a qualified specialist.

22) The estimated useful life for most forced air furnaces is 15 to 20 years. The inspector was unable to determine the age of the furnace. The client should be aware that this furnace may be near, at, or beyond its useful life and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend attempting to determine the furnace's age (ask property owner or service technician), and budgeting for a replacement if necessary.

Cooling / Heat Pump
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters; thermostat or temperature control accuracy and timed functions; cooling 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 cooling system components, does not determine if cooling systems are appropriately sized, and does not test coolant pressure. Condensation pans and drain lines may clog or leak at any time and should be monitored while in operation in the future.
Condition of cooling system and/or heat pump: Appeared serviceable
Location: Attic
Type: Heat pump
Manufacturer: Kenmore

23) The last service date of this system appeared to be more than one year ago, or the inspector was unable to determine the last service date. The client should ask the property owner 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 contractor should service this system and make repairs if necessary. This servicing should be performed annually in the future.

24) The cooling or heat pump system was not fully evaluated because the . Recommend that a full evaluation be made by a qualified person when conditions have been corrected so the system is operable. Note that as per the standards of practice for NACHI (http://www.nachi.org) and ASHI (www.ashi.org), the inspector is not required to operate or replace overcurrent protection devices, or operate any controls other than "normal controls".

Fireplaces / Stoves / Chimneys
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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, nor 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.
Condition of fireplaces, stoves: Not determined
Location #A: Basement
Condition of chimneys: Not determined
Chimney type: Masonry

25) Because of the flue, wood stove or fireplace configuration, the inspector was unable to determine if flue(s) at location # had significant amounts of accumulated creosote. Recommend that a qualified contractor inspect, and clean and repair if necessary.

26) Recommend that all wood burning appliances (fireplaces and stoves) and chimneys be evaluated by a specialist who is a a member of the Chimney Safety Institute of America or National Chimney Sweep Guild, and cleaned and/or repaired as necessary.

27) Chimney replacement was not finished and is missing cladding. Brick veneer or wrap should be installed.
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28) The ash clean out door at location # was missing. A qualified person should repair or replace as necessary.

Uncovered access on exterior of chimney.

29) The firebox at location #A were obscured by furniture. The inspector was unable to fully evaluate.

30) All solid fuel burning appliances (woodstoves and fireplaces, etc.) should be inspected annually by a qualified chimney service contractor, cleaned and repaired as necessary.

Kitchen
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: free-standing or portable appliances such as dishwashers, trash compactors, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers; specialty appliances such as hot water dispensers, water filters and trash compactors; 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 such as dishwashers, garbage disposals, trash compactors, ovens, broilers, etc.
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of garbage disposal: Appeared serviceable
Condition of dishwasher: Not determined
Condition of range, cooktop: Appeared serviceable
Range, cooktop type: Electric
Condition of refrigerator: Appeared serviceable

31) One or more sink drains had an active leak. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary. Drain from sink was covered with duct tape and may leak
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32) The dishwasher was inoperable. A qualified person should evaluate and repair or replace as necessary.

33) No "high loop" or "air gap" was visible for the dishwasher drain. A high loop is created by routing the drain line up to the bottom surface of the counter top above, and securely fastening it to that surface. An air gap is a device that makes the drain line non-continuous. Both of these prevent wastewater backflow from entering the dishwasher, and possibly flooding out of the dishwasher. Some newer dishwashers have these devices built-in. The client should try to determine if these devices are built in to this brand and model of dishwasher (review installation instructions, etc.). If not, or it cannot be determined, a qualified contractor should install a high loop and air gap as per standard building practices.
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34) The following appliances were not fully evaluated because of the following condition(s): . Appliances not fully evaluated: dishwasher.

Dishwasher power appeared off at breaker

Bathrooms / Laundry / Sinks
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Limitations: The following items are not included in this inspection: overflow drains for tubs and sinks; bidets, 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: First floor Main
Location #B: First floor Master
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)

35) wear was found at the sink at location #A. The client(s) should consider replacing sinks as necessary.

slight damage in side sink bowl
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36) Minor wear was found at the bathtub at location #A.

Some enamel missing on side of tub
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Interior Rooms / Areas
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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; sources of obnoxious odors; cosmetic deficiencies 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 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 of odors is not within the scope of this inspection.
Type of windows: Wood, Single pane, Multi, Double hung
Condition of windows: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Wall type or covering: Drywall
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall
Condition of ceilings: Appeared serviceable
Flooring type or covering: Carpet
Condition of flooring: Required repairs, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)

37) Trim on basement wall corner is broken an is a safety hazard
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38) Carpeting in one or more areas was loose and posed a trip hazard. A qualified contractor should repair or replace as necessary.
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39) Broken wood trim in basement is a safety hazard

40) Some interior doors were difficult to open or close, were sticking and/or were misaligned. A qualified person should evaluate and repair as necessary.

Basement door/entrance from garage was misaligned and dragged on the floor.
master bathroom door stuck opening and closing.

41) The front door's doorbell button was loose. A qualified person should repair or install as necessary.
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42) Lock mechanisms on some windows were missing. A qualified person should repair as necessary.

Basement windows were missing locks

43) Glass in one or more windows was cracked, broken and/or. A qualified contractor should replace glass where necessary. Garage window is also broken.
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44) Carpeting in some areas was damaged. A qualified contractor should replace as necessary
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45) windows used single-pane glass. Single-pane windows are one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter and heat gain in the summer due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. They're estimated to be responsible for 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes. The client should consider replacing single-pane windows with new, multi-pane windows.

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