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Inspector: John Schram III
NACHI ID Number: NACHI13033006


Client(s):  Sample Residential
Property address:  1234 Short Drive
Anytown, California 95928
Inspection date:  Saturday, February 3, 2018

This report published on Monday, December 17, 2018 8:59:20 AM PST

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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Concern typeSafetyPoses a safety hazard
Concern typeMajor DefectCorrection likely involves a significant expense
Concern typeRepair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing
Concern typeRepair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance
Concern typeMaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Concern typeEvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist
Concern typeMonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
Concern typeServiceableItem or component is in serviceable condition
Concern typeCommentFor your information

Exterior and Foundation
5) Vegetation such as trees, shrubs and/or vines was in contact with or close to the building exterior. Vegetation can serve as a pathway for wood-destroying insects and can retain moisture against the exterior after it rains. This is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. 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.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.
6) Trees were in contact with or were close to the building at one or more locations. Damage to the building can occur, especially during high winds, or may have already occurred (see other comments in this report). Recommend that a qualified tree service contractor or certified arborist remove trees as necessary to prevent damage to the building exterior.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.

10) Minor moss development and leaf litter accumulation were observed.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.

15) The pull-down attic stairs installed in the attached garage ceiling had no visible fire-resistance rating. Current standard building practices call for wooden-framed ceilings that divide the house and garage to have a fire-resistance rating. Installing pull-down attic stairs intended for interior spaces compromises the ceiling's fire resistance. Recommend that a qualified person repair as necessary to restore the ceiling's fire resistance. For example, by modifying, replacing or removing the stairs. Note that commercially made, fire-resistance-rated stairs are available. For more information, visit:
Cost estimate: N/A.

17) Based on the age of this structure and the appearance of existing smoke alarms, the alarms may have been installed more than 10 years ago. According to National Fire Protection Association, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure within the first 10 years. Newer smoke alarms do better but should be replaced after 10 years. Unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, replacing them when moving into a new residence is also recommended by NFPA. For more information, visit:
Cost estimate: $30.00 each device (battery).
18) One or more device covers installed outside were broken. This is a potential shock and/or fire hazard. Recommend that a qualified electrician repair as necessary.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.
19) Smoke alarms were missing . Additional smoke alarms should be installed as necessary so a functioning alarm exists in each hallway leading to bedrooms, in each bedroom, on each level and in any attached garage. For more information, visit:
20) Carbon monoxide alarms were missing . This is a potential safety hazard. Some states and/or municipalities require CO alarms to be installed in the vicinity of each sleeping area, on each level and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Recommend installing additional carbon monoxide alarms per these standards. For more information, visit:

Water Heater
27) The estimated useful life for most water heaters is 8-12 years. This water heater appeared to be this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future, or considering replacement now before any leaks occur. The client should be aware that significant flooding can occur if the water heater fails. If not replaced now, consider having a qualified person install a catch pan and drain or a water alarm to help prevent damage if water does leak.
Cost estimate: $700.00 - $800.00 replaced.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
28) The estimated useful life for most heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units is 10-15 years. This unit appeared to be at this age and/or its useful lifespan and may need replacing or significant repairs at any time. Recommend budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
Cost estimate: TBD $.
29) The various Condensing units and furnaces appeared serviceable, however, periodic serving will prolong their service lives. Records of service/inspection should be acquired from the owner.
Cost estimate: N/A.
30) Some ducting insulation was loose fitting. Recommend re-attachment.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.

Interior, Doors and Windows
40) One Skylight (western unit of the upstairs landing pair, above main entry) showed signs of seal breach in the form of condensation between bubbled panes. The image does not capture the defect unless enlarged.
Cost estimate: TBD $.
41) One or more windows that were designed to open and close were difficult to operate. Minor tuning (cleaning and lubricating) will restore function. Recommend that a qualified person repair windows as necessary so they open and close easily.
Cost estimate: TBD, minor.