Armstrong Home Inspections

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2933 Deercreek Trail, Powhatan, Va. 23139
Inspector: Danny Armstrong


Client(s):  Chris and Jamie Perkinson
Property address:  8706 Squirrel level Rd.
Petersburg, Va.
Inspection date:  Sunday, April 21, 2013

This report published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:06:40 PM EDT

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The inspection completed on this home was a visual, non-intrusive evaluation of the condition of the property and all related components at the time of the inspection.

This inspection report contains information on the condition of the property on the day of the inspection. Armstrong Home Inspections assumes no liabilities for the future condition of the property.

Electrical, mechanical and plumbing components can fail without warning. It is impossible to predict the future serviceability of these components.

Weather conditions can affect the accuracy of the statements given in the report. Examples: A roof that appears in good condition could possibly leak during a heavy rain and / or wind event. A basement or crawl space that shows no signs of water entry could have water issues during and after a heavy rain and / or wind event.

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:
SafetyPoses a risk of injury or death 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
CommentFor your information 

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Table of Contents
General information
Electric service
Water heater
Heating and air conditioning
Plumbing and laundry
Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances
Crawl space
Interior rooms
Environmental concerns
General information Return to table of contents
Overview: This inspection was completed on a one story, single family home.
Property address: 8706 Sqirrel level Rd.
Client name: Chris and Jamie Perkinson
Report number: Perkinson042113
Inspector's name: Danny Armstrong
Date of inspection: 4/21/13
Time started: 9:15 am
Time finished: 12:00 pm.
Inspection Fee: $275
Present during inspection: Buyer, Realtor
Occupied: Yes
Age of building: Approx. 11 years.
Type of building: Single family
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Foundation type: Crawlspace
Exterior Return to table of contents
Footing material: Poured in place concrete
Foundation material: Concrete block
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Vinyl
Driveway material: Gravel
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Exterior door material: Solid core steel
1) New deck boards need to be cut to length. And there is a cracked board at a post on the right.
Cost estimate: $ 75

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2) A front window has a failed thermal seal. Moisture between the panes.

Also, many of the windows show beginning signs of this.
Cost estimate: $ 100 to 200

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3) There are a few bent window screens.
Cost estimate: $ 50

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4) Several windows have loose weatherstirpping at the bottom sash. Replace weatherstirpping as needed.
Cost estimate: $ 50 to 75

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Roof Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: Viewed from ground
Roof type: Gable
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of roof: Approx. 11 years.
Gutter material: Aluminum
Downspout material: Aluminum
Roof ventilation: Adequate
5) Roofing appeared in good condition.
Electric service Return to table of contents
Primary service type: Underground
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service amperage (amps): 200
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main panel
Service conductor material: Aluminum
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed ("Romex")
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: Can't verify
Smoke detectors present: Yes
6) The GFCI receptacle in the front (outside) is defective.
Cost estimate: $ 75 to 100

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7) The outside disconnect has a generator transfer switch with a 50 amp generator plug.

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8) The panel cover was not removed due to being painted and caulked to the wall.
9)   200 amp panel.

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Water heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: Approx. 12 years.
Type: Tank
Energy source: Electricity
Capacity (in gallons): 50
Brand & model: State. Mod. no. PR 650
Heating and air conditioning Return to table of contents
Heating system energy source: Electric
Heat system type: Heat pump
A/C energy source: Electric
Air conditioning type: Heat pump
Distribution system: Fiberglass ductboard.
10) The home is heated and cooled by a Ducane brand heat pump. The system has a 2-ton capacity and appears to have been manufactured in 2012. Not completely sure of manufacture date since no info is available for this brand.

The system opertaed normally during the inspection.

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11)   Air filter is dirty. Replace.
Cost estimate: $ 20

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Attic Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Traversed
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling beams
Insulation material: Fiberglass loose fill
Plumbing and laundry Return to table of contents
Location of main water shut-off valve: At pressure tank in crawl space.
Location of main fuel shut-off: Valves at propane tanks.
Visible fuel storage systems: Propane tanks in rear.
Water service: Private
Service pipe material: Polyethelene
Supply pipe material: Polybutylene
Vent pipe material: Plastic
Drain pipe material: Plastic
Waste pipe material: Plastic
12) The toilet in the hall bath needs a new flush valve.
Cost estimate: $ 75

13) There are at least three small leaks at plumbing fittings in the crawl space.

This is a type of Polybutylene tubing which is known to be prone to leakage.

Recommend having a licensed plumbing contractor evaluate and repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: $ 250+

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14) There was low pressure at the shower head in the hall bathroom.
Cost estimate: $ 50
Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances Return to table of contents
Fireplace type: Metal prefabricated
Chimney type: Metal
15) The pilot light would not stay lit on the gas logs. Recommend evaluation and repair by a gas log dealer / service tech.
Cost estimate: $ 75+
Crawl space Return to table of contents
Inspection method: Traversed
Insulation material underneath floor above: Fiberglass roll or batt
Pier or support post material: Masonry
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Vapor barrier present: Yes
16)   Crawl space photos.

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Well Return to table of contents
Location of well equipment: In crawl space.
Interior rooms Return to table of contents

17) No interior defects noted.
Appliances Return to table of contents

18) Apliances functioned normally during the inspection.
Environmental concerns Return to table of contents

19) There were no visible environmental concerns noted at the property.
REPAIR COST ESTIMATES: Armstrong Home Inspections does not engage in contract repairs of any kind. The estimates given are "ball park" estimates for the buyers information only. Actual costs will vary with different contractors and tradesmen.

Prices are based on the repair of each line item, savings will be realized if more than one repair is completed during the service call.

All estimates are based on work being done by qualified contractors in each trade.

Armstrong Home Inspections assumes no liability for the accuracy of cost estimates given in this report.

SCOPE: The scope of this inspection report is to include all structural, mechanical and electrical systems accessible to the inspector at the time of the inspection. The inspection has been done in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the state of Virginia July, 2003 and to the standards of ASHI (The American Society of Home Inspectors).

Armstrong Home Inspections is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), The local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (CVASHI), The Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI) and the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau.