BUILDING TYPE: Single Family, Apartment Building
FRONT OF STRUCTURE FACES: Southwest
MAIN ENTRYWAY FACES: Southwest
OCCUPANCY STATUS AT TIME OF INSPECTION: Occupied with Many Furnishings Present
PARTIES PRESENT AT TIME OF INSPECTION: Client(s), Seller's Agent
NAME OF INSPECTOR(S) PERFORMING THE INSPECTION: Greg Fowler
TIME THE INSPECTION BEGAN: 11:00 am
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Partly cloudy
GENERAL CLIMATIC CONDITIONS: Cool
GROUND CONDITION: Dry
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Irrigation system
BUILDING TYPE: Single Family
NAME OF INSPECTOR(S) PERFORMING THE INSPECTION:
TIME THE INSPECTION BEGAN:
Every reasonable effort was made to conduct a visual, non-invasive evaluation of the entire residence according to the Standards of Practice for Home Inspections (see final section of this report or click the following link: NACHI Standards of Practice
). However, one or more areas of the residence could not be fully evaluated due to obstructions present such as furnishings, storage equipment, etc.
The pictures below give a general representation of the types of obstructions present in some areas of the residence which prevented a full evaluation. The pictures below are not meant to provide an exhaustive inventory of inaccessible locations at the residence during the time of inspection.
FINAL WALK-THROUGH PRIOR TO CLOSING
*** IMPORTANT: CONDITIONS AT THE HOME CAN CHANGE BETWEEN THE TIME OF THE HOME INSPECTION AND THE TIME OF CLOSING. FOR THIS REASON, THE CLIENT SHOULD, IN EVERY CASE, ALWAYS PERFORM A FINAL WALK-THROUGH PRIOR TO FINALIZING THE PURCHASE IN ORDER TO ASSESS THE FINAL CONDITION OF THE HOME.***
The final walk-through prior to closing is the final opportunity for the client to assess the final condition of the home prior to officially purchasing the home.
HERO Inspections and Engineering Services can perform a final walk-through with the client at the time of closing to evaluate conditions that might have changed following the home inspection.
To schedule a HERO Inspector to be present during the final walk through, please contact us at 303.500.3378.
Additional Notes on the Final Walk Through:
- Some defects/problems existing at the home may not have been observable by the Inspector at the time of the home inspection due to obstructions/restrictions preventing full evaluation in one or more areas. This situation is especially common if the residence was occupied at the time of the inspection due to the presence of furnishings, storage apparatus, etc. Such defects/problems concealed at the time of the home inspection may present themselves at the time of walk-through. The client should be thorough during the walk through. Because HERO performed your home inspection, it is recommended that we be contacted to also be present during the final walk-through since we are already familiar with the home.
- Depending on the terms of your contract, any defect/problem discovered during the final walk-through may still be be able to be negotiated with the owner/seller of the property prior to closing.
- Purchasing the property with a known defect/problem releases the seller of all responsibility. The client assumes responsibility for all known defects after settlement.
Should you choose to conduct the final walk through without the assistance of a home inspector, the following is recommended at a minimum:
- Check all components of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System. For example, turn the thermostat to the lowest position and be sure the air is blowing cold within a few minutes of the adjustment. Test the heat if the outside air temperature is below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Try turning the thermostat off completely, wait 20 minutes and repeat these tests. Also confirm that the condenser is operating.
- Operate all appliances.
- Run water at all fixtures and flush toilets. Look for plumbing leaks or plumbing back ups.
- Operate all exterior doors, windows, and locks.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Ask for all remote controls to any garage door openers, fans, gas fireplaces, etc.
- Inspect areas that may have been restricted at the time of the inspection, but are no longer restricted.
SCOPE OF YOUR HOME INSPECTION AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
Home Inspections performed by HERO Inspections and Engineering Services (HERO) are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice issued by our governing body, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
The InterNACHI Standards of Practice, which also detail the Scope of the Home Inspection:
- Were provided to the client via email prior to the inspection;
- Were outlined in the Inspection Agreement signed by the client prior to the inspection being performed;
- Can be found in the last section of this report; and
- Can be reviewed at the following location: NACHI Standards of Practice.
NOTE TO CLIENT: IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, HERO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU REVIEW THE STANDARDS OF PRACTICE CAREFULLY ALONGSIDE THIS REPORT IN ORDER TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION.
CODE OF ETHICS
HERO follows the Code of Ethics issued by InterNACHI. For a complete list of InterNACHI's Code of Ethics, please visit: NACHI Code of Ethics
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM HERO
We are proud of our service and trust you will be happy with the quality of our report. We have made every effort to provide you with an accurate assessment of the overall condition of the property and its components in accordance with the Standards of Practice
for our industry (see final section of this report).
As discussed in the Standards of Practice, a home inspection is a visual, non-invasive evaluation of the property. The goal of the home inspection is to give you the information needed to make an informed decision about the home you are considering for purchase. It is not meant to be technically exhaustive and as such we may not have tested every outlet, opened every window or door, or identified every problem. Also, we cannot see behind walls. Thus, you should not regard our inspection as a guarantee or warranty, although we offer our clients limited warranties and guarantees with every inspection.
This document is simply a report that provides an assessment of the general condition of the residence at a given point in time. As a homeowner, you should expect potential problems to occur. Roofs will leak, stucco will wear and systems may fail without warning. We cannot predict future events. For these reasons, you should always keep a comprehensive insurance policy for the residence current.
You are advised to seek two professional opinions and acquire estimates of repair for any and all defects, comments, improvements or recommendations mentioned in this report by qualified contractors.
We recommend that any professional performing repairs at the residence inspects the property further, in order to discover and repair related problems that may not have been identified in this report.
We recommend that all repairs, corrections and cost estimates be completed and documented prior to closing or purchasing the property. Feel free to hire other professionals to inspect the property prior to closing, including, HVAC, electricians, engineers and roofers, especially if you are concerned about all previous work being done up to current building and safety codes.
Foundation Material: Concrete Block
Foundation: Slab on grade
Apparent Wall Structure: Brick
Wall Covering: Brick veneer
Walkways: Poured in place concrete
Front Entryway Type: Solid Core Wood
Foundation Material: Poured in Place Concrete
Apparent Wall Structure: Wood Frame
Wall Covering: Composition/Engineered Wood Panels/Boards
Front Entryway Type: Solid Core Steel
One or more wall-mounted exterior light fixtures have wiring that's subject to water intrusion due to caulk not being installed around the light fixture's back plate. Caulk should be applied around the perimeter of back plates where missing. A gap should be left at the bottom for condensation to drain out.
For more information on caulking, visit:The Ins and Outs of Caulking
One or more outside faucets appeared to be inoperable. No water came out of the faucet(s) when turned on. This may be due to a (winterizing) shut-off valve being turned off. As per the NACHI
Standards of Practice, the inspector did not attempt to turn on or off any water supply shut-off valves. Recommend that the client(s) ask the seller about outside faucets with no water, and/or have a qualified plumber evaluate and repair faucet(s) as necessary.
One or more downspouts have no extensions, or have extensions that are ineffective. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms, and may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Repairs should be made as necessary, such as installing or repositioning splash blocks, or installing and/or repairing tie-ins to underground drain lines, so rain water is carried at least several feet away from the structure to soil that slopes down and away from the structure.
One or more downspouts are loose or detached. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms, and may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Repairs should be made as necessary so downspouts are securely anchored and functional.
The perimeter grading slopes towards the structure in one or more areas. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms. Wet soil may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from the structure with a slope of at least 5% (10% or better is optimal) for at least 6 feet.
One or more outside faucets aren't anchored securely to the structure's exterior. Fasteners should be installed or replaced as necessary so faucets are securely anchored to prevent stress on plumbing supply lines and possible leaks.
Sidewalk(s) and/or patios are undermined in one or more areas, where soil has eroded out from beneath. Repairs should be made to prevent further erosion and undermining.
Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines are in contact with or less than one foot from the structure's exterior. Vegetation can serve as a conduit for wood destroying insects and may retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. Vegetation should be pruned and/or removed as necessary to maintain a one foot clearance between it and the structure's exterior.
Trees and/or shrubs are in contact with or are close to the roof edge(s) in one or more areas. Damage to the roof 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.
One or more light fixtures appear to be inoperable. Recommend further evaluation by replacing bulb(s) and/or consulting with the property owner(s). Repairs or replacement of the light fixture(s) by a qualified electrician may be necessary.
Found no handicap parking for the apartment building, recommend checking with local ordinances for required ADA parking requirements.
One or more areas of this residence have downspouts that terminate subsurface. This most often occurs because the downspout is designed to channel water to an underground drainage system. However, the presence of an underground drainage systems could not be verified because it was not visible.
Recommend verifying with the current owners that an underground drainage system exists at the property. Also recommend having a qualified contractor evaluate any underground drainage systems for proper drainage and having them make any necessary repairs/replacements to the system.
Caulk is missing or deteriorated around one or more windows and should be replaced and/or applied where necessary.
For more information on caulking, visit:The Ins and Outs of Caulking
Type of Water Heater: Tank
Water Heater Manufacturer: State
Energy Source: Natural gas
Tank Capacity (Gallons): 80
The model number for the water heater is provided in the photo below.
Primary Service Type: Underground
Service Voltage (Volts): 120/240
Primary Service Overcurrent Protection Type: Circuit breakers
Location of Main Disconnect in Service Panel: Breaker at top of main service panel
Branch Circuit Wiring Type: Copper
Missing outlet plate.
Gutter & downspout material: Aluminum
One or more gutters are damaged. This can result in water accumulating around the structure's foundation, or in basements and crawl spaces if they exist. Accumulated water is a conducive condition to wood destroying insects and organisms, and may also cause the foundation to settle and possibly fail over time. A qualified contractor should replace or repair gutters where necessary.
We are not licensed roofing contractors. Feel free to hire one prior to closing. We do our best to inspection the roof system within the time allotted. We inspect the roof covering, drainage system, the flashings, the skylights, and other installed accessories. We are not required to inspect antennae, interiors of flues or chimneys which are not readily accessible. This is not an exhaustive inspection of every installation detail of the roofing system according to manufacturers specification and local building codes.
For questions regarding your inspection, please contact HERO Inspections & Engineering Services, 303-500-3378.