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Clear-sighted Inspections

Phone: (707) 280-8417
Inspector: Mark Friedrich

Property Inspection Report

Client(s):  Happy Buyer
Property address:  Humboldt County
Inspection date:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This report published on Monday, September 25, 2017 10:16:52 PM PDT

Congratulations on buying your new home.

The process can be stressful, A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, environmental reports, and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the sellers disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be significant structural failure.
2. things that may lead to major defects. A small water leak coming from a piece of roof flashing, for example.
3. things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home. Structural damage caused by termite infestation, for example.
4. safety hazards. Such as lack of GFCI– Protection

Anything in these categories should be corrected. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during the inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report.

Keep this in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the sellers disclosure, or nit-picky items
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 safety hazard
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
CommentFor your information

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.Contact your inspector If there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at

Table of Contents
General Information
Exterior and Grounds
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Water Heater
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Interior, Doors and Windows
Attic and Roof Structure
Crawl Space and Foundation

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General Information
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Present during inspection: Client, Realtor
Client present for discussion at end of inspection: Yes
Weather conditions during inspection: Rain
Temperature during inspection: Cool
Type of building: Single family
Buildings inspected: One house
Age of main building: 1886
Source for main building age: property listing
Occupied: Yes, Furniture or stored items were present

1) - For a copy of the Standards of Practice for Clear-sighted Inspections please visit the link below. This very important document lists clearly what is and what is not included in this home inspection.

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Roof inspection method: Traversed
Condition of roof surface material: Appeared serviceable
Estimated age of the roof covering material: Approximately mid life
Roof surface material: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Condition of exposed flashings: Appeared serviceable
Condition of gutters, downspouts and extensions: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)

2) Repair/Replace - Extensions such as splash blocks or drain pipes for one or more downspouts were missing. Water can accumulate around the building foundation or inside crawl spaces. Recommend that a qualified person install, replace or repair extensions as necessary so rainwater drains away from the structure.
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Exterior and Grounds
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Site profile: Level
Condition of sidewalks and/or patios: Appeared serviceable
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete
Condition of deck, patio and/or porch covers: Appeared serviceable
Deck, patio, porch cover material and type: Open
Condition of decks, porches and/or balconies: Appeared serviceable, this refers to the porch out the back door.
Deck, porch and/or balcony material: Wood
Condition of stairs, handrails and guardrails: Appeared serviceable
Exterior stair material: Concrete
Wall inspection method: Viewed from ground
Condition of Exterior walls and Trim: Appeared serviceable
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall covering: Wood

3) Repair/Maintain - One or more holes or gaps were found around the home. Critters or insects may enter the structure. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary. For example: By covering the areas with wire screen.
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4) Maintain - Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for deterioration. Recommend pruning, moving or removing vegetation as necessary to maintain at least 6 inches of space between it and the building exterior. A 1-foot clearance is better.
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Electric service condition: Appeared serviceable
Primary service type: Overhead
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): 100, Ample for this home
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Condition of main service panel: Appeared serviceable
Condition of sub-panel(s): Appeared serviceable
Location of main service panel #A: Interior
Location of sub-panel #C: Building exterior
Location of main disconnect: At main disconnect panel outside
Branch circuit wiring type: non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: None visible

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Condition of branch circuit wiring: Serviceable
Branch circuit wiring type: non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: None visible
Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection present: Yes

5) Safety, Evaluate - 2-slot receptacles rather than 3-slot, grounded receptacles were installed in one or more areas as per the building practices of the time that the home was built. Some appliances use the ground to operate. Examples of such appliances include computers and related hardware, refrigerators, freezers, portable air conditioners, clothes washers, aquarium pumps, and electrically operated gardening tools. For more informaton on 2-slot outlets visit:
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6) Evaluate - One or more light fixtures were inoperable (didn't turn on when nearby switches were operated). Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulbs and/or consulting with the property owner. If replacing bulbs doesn't work and/or no other switch(es) can be found, then recommend that a qualified electrician evaluate and repair or replace light fixtures as necessary.


Plumbing / Fuel Systems
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Condition of service and main line: Appeared serviceable
Water service: Public
Condition of supply lines: Appeared serviceable
Supply pipe material: Copper
Condition of drain pipes: Appeared serviceable
Drain pipe material: Galvanized steel
Condition of waste lines: Appeared serviceable
Waste pipe material: Cast iron
Vent pipe condition: Appeared serviceable
Vent pipe material: Plastic, Galvanized steel
Condition of fuel system: Appeared serviceable
Visible fuel storage systems: None visible
Location of main fuel shut-off valve: At gas meter

Water Heater
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Condition of water heater: Appeared serviceable
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Estimated age: 2008
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Temperature-pressure relief valve installed: Yes
Location of water heater: Laundry room
Condition of burners: Appeared serviceable
Condition of venting system: Appeared serviceable

7) Comment - The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. This water heater appeared to be beyond this age. Recommend budgeting for a replacement sometime in the future.

8) - The water heater had a flue that appeared to be made of asbestos. Everybody knows that asbestos is well known for having outstanding fire resistance. It is also a known carcinogen. This flue did not appear to be shedding any loose fibers or presenting any danger if left to do it's job the way it is.
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Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
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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, and also does not 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, and does not light fires. The inspector provides a basic visual examination of a chimney and any associated wood burning device. The National Fire Protection Association has stated that an in-depth Level 2 chimney inspection should be part of every sale or transfer of property with a wood-burning device. Such an inspection may reveal defects that are not apparent to the home inspector who is a generalist.
Condition of gas-fired fireplaces or stoves: Appeared serviceable
Gas fireplace or stove type: Freestanding stove
Condition of chimneys and flues: Appeared serviceable
Wood-burning chimney type: Metal

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Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable, Fair
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable, Good
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable, Good
Condition of under-sink food disposal: Appeared serviceable
Gas line for oven present:: None visible
240 volt power supply present for oven:: Yes
Type of ventilation: Window, no hood

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Location: Full bath
Condition of counters: Appeared serviceable, Good
Condition of cabinets: Appeared serviceable, Good
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable, good
Condition of sinks and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable
Condition of toilets: Appeared serviceable
Condition of bathtubs and related plumbing: Required repair, replacement and/or evaluation (see comments below)
Condition of shower(s) and related plumbing: Appeared serviceable, Good
Condition of ventilation systems: Appeared serviceable
Bathroom and laundry ventilation type: with individual ducts

9) Repair/Maintain - Caulk was missing around the base of the bathtub spout, or there was a gap behind it. Water may enter the wall structure behind the bathtub. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to eliminate the gap. For example, by installing or replacing caulk if the gap is small enough. For larger gaps, a shorter spout nipple or an escutcheon plate can be installed.

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Gas supply for laundry equipment present: No
240 volt receptacle for laundry equipment present: Yes
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable, Fair

10) Safety, Repair/Replace - The clothes dryer was equipped with a vinyl or mylar, accordion-type, flexible exhaust duct. These types of ducts can trap lint and cause the dryer to overheat. Recommend that such ducts be replaced with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, and by a qualified contractor if necessary.

Interior, Doors and Windows
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Condition of exterior entry doors: Appeared serviceable, poor weather stripping
Exterior door material: Wood
Condition of interior doors: Appeared serviceable
Type(s) of windows: Vinyl, Multi-pane, Single-hung, Fixed
Condition of walls and ceilings: Appeared serviceable
Wall type or covering: Drywall or plaster
Ceiling type or covering: Drywall or plaster
Condition of flooring: Appeared serviceable, Good
Flooring type or covering: Carpet, Vinyl, linoleum or marmoleum

11) Maintain - Carpeting in one or more areas was significantly stained or soiled. Recommend having carpeting professionally cleaned as necessary.

Attic and Roof Structure
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Attic inspection method: Traversed
Condition of roof structure: Appeared serviceable
Roof structure type: Rafters
Ceiling structure: Ceiling joists
Condition of insulation in attic (ceiling, skylight chase, etc.): Appeared serviceable
Ceiling insulation material: Fiberglass roll or batt
Approximate average depth of insulation: 4"
Vermiculite insulation present: None visible
Vapor retarder: Installed
Condition of roof ventilation: Appeared serviceable

12) Repair/Replace, Evaluate - One or more sections of the roof structure appeared to have substandard ventilation, there were too few vents. This can result in high attic and roof surface temperatures, reduce the life of the roof covering materials, and/or increase cooling costs. Standard building practices require one free square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic space, and that vents be evenly distributed between the lowest points of the roof structure and the highest points to promote air circulation. Recommend adding vents now or at a convenient time such as when new shingles are installed.

Crawl Space and Foundation
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Crawl space inspection method: Traversed
Soil Condition: Dry
Condition of floor substructure above: Appeared serviceable
Pier or support post material: Wood
Beam material: Solid wood
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Structure is bolted to the foundation: None visible
Condition of crawl space ventilation: Appeared serviceable
Ventilation type: with vents
Condition of foundation and footings: Appeared serviceable
Apparent foundation type: Post and pier
Foundation/stem wall material: Post and pier construction, no stem wall
Footings observed under piers: No

This report is the property of Clear-sighted Inspections and our client. Clear-sighted inspections is not responsible for misinterpretations by 3rd parties. The report is not transferable. The inspection was performed according to Clear-sighted Inspections Standards of Practice, which is available prior to inspection.