This report published on Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:36:05 AM EDT
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What Really Matters ?
Buying a new home can be very stressful. This inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You are being asked to absorb a lot of information in a very short time. This includes this report and what I may say in regards to this report. Also the sellers disclosure and what you notice yourself may make the whole experience overwhelming. What should you do? Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies 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 a structural failure. 2)Thing that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak for example. 3)Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home. 4)Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. 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 an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things 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 seller's disclosure, or nit-picky items. Thank you for using our services!
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:
Poses a risk of injury or death
Recommend repairing or replacing
Recommend repair and/or maintenance
Correction likely involves only a minor expense
Recommend ongoing maintenance
Recommend evaluation by a specialist
For your information
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Present during inspection: Client(s), Tenant(s), Realtor(s), Contractor(s) (busy place! :)
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Ground condition: Snow covered
Foundation type: Unfinished basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Irrigation system
1) Professionally constructed, mid 2,000's custom 2 story home that appears overall dry, structurally sound and well maintained (inside).
The exterior of the home appears to have been somewhat neglected for some time and is due for normal maintenance as well as some repairs (there is moisture infiltration issue's at master bath bump-out).
Sidewalk material: Poured in place concrete, Brick
Exterior door material: Solid core wood, Solid core steel
2) The grading appeared inadequate in some areas to properly drain moisture away from the foundation, and there is some signs of ground water moisture staining inside the basement. Installing and maintaining gutters is highly recommended to control roof water run off.
The wood decks were mostly snow covered. The exposed areas appear in good overall condition and will require normal maintenance.
Some areas where the roof water splashes against the house are due for repairs/replacement, especially at master bath cantilevered area, which shows signs of rot/deterioration from inside basement. Further evaluation and necessary repairs are recommended.
3) The irrigation system was neither tested nor evaluated. Recommend proper seasonal maintenance be performed on system annually.
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Service voltage (volts): 120/240
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main service panel
Service entrance conductor material: Aluminum
System ground: Ground rod(s) in soil
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed
Solid strand aluminum branch circuit wiring present: No
Smoke detectors present: Yes
6) The main service panel appeared to be professionally installed and maintained. There are 37 of 40 available spaces are in use. Most all breakers appeared to be properly labeled on the panel cover (except for garage wall unit).
All receptacles tested were properly grounded. All GFCI protected receptacles tripped properly when tested. Noted lack of GFCI protection in the garage which is recommended.
The smoke detectors were tested and are interconnected. Recommend periodic testing (many batteries have been removed).
7) Water heater appeared to be professionally installed and in good operating condition. There is a circulation pump which appeared operational.
The hot water temperature is greater than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of scalding. The thermostat should be adjusted so the water temperature doesn't exceed 120 degrees.
9) The visible water lines consist of copper, while the drain and sewer are PVC. No leaks or seepages were noted at time of inspection aside from the plumbing vent line in attic area which should be repaired.
Also, the upper on suite tub drain was not installed at time of inspection.
13) The unfinished basement appeared quite dry at time of inspection. There is some minor signs of moisture staining which appears to be due in part to lack of gutters and poor grading (which has caused some efflorescent staining).
14) The septic tank and drain field are located in the "back" yard.
The septic tank was located and the lid was removed for evaluation. Noted very high fluid levels indicating tank was not draining properly. K&K Septic was contacted to pump tank, which revealed an effluent filter in place which most likely had never been properly maintained. Filter was cleaned and re-installed and will require periodic maintenance (Annually is recommended - perhaps every Fathers Day:)
We highly recommend installing a riser/lid for ease of accessing and maintaining filter:
16) Bathrooms consist of a master full, 1/2 off laundry/mud room, upper on suite and shared Jack-n-Jill full between bedrooms. All fixtures were tested and appeared in good working condition with no leaks noted.
The receptacles tested were properly grounded and GFCI protected.
18) The windows consist of insulated double hung units with tilt in feature. Most of the windows tested appeared in good working condition. Noted one upper bedroom unit doesn't fully close on upper sash.
The exterior doors appeared in goof working condition.