This report published on Monday, September 12, 2022 9:51:02 AM EDT
This summary report is intended to provide a convenient and cursory preview of the more significant conditions and components that were identified within the full report as needing repairs or corrective actions. It is obviously not comprehensive and should not be used as a substitute for reading the entire report, nor is it a tacit endorsement of the conditions of components or features that do not appear in this summary. Our recommendations should be completed before the close of escrow by licensed specialists, who may identify additional problems and may recommend some upgrades that could affect your evaluation of the property.
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Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Recommend repair and/or maintenance
Correction likely involves only a minor expense
Recommend ongoing maintenance
Recommend monitoring in the future
For your information
1) The client should be aware that a break-in period occurs during the first year or two after a building is constructed. Some amount of settlement and shrinkage is inevitable as temperature and humidity varies during the seasons. Systems may need adjustment or repair after experiencing constant, prolonged and/or heavy usage. Overall performance of the building exterior has not yet been tested by a wide variety of weather conditions.
Also, it is beyond the scope of this inspection to determine if all permits have been approved or signed off. Consult with the builder and/or municipality to determine if all necessary permits have been approved.
2) Cracks, holes, settlement, heaving and/or deterioration were found in the driveway. Recommend that qualified contractor repair as necessary.
3) The soil or grading sloped down towards building perimeters in one or more areas. This can result in water accumulating around building foundations or underneath buildings. It is a conducive condition for wood-destroying organisms. Recommend grading soil so it slopes down and away from buildings with a slope of at least 1 inch per horizontal foot for at least 6 feet out from buildings.
4) -Keep cracks/openings in concrete and masonry sealed to prevent deterioration caused by moisture during the freeze-thaw period.
Exterior and Foundation
5) -Finishing opportunities noted:
6) Caulk was missing and/or substandard in some areas. For example, around windows and/or at siding-trim junctions. Recommend that a qualified person renew or install caulk as necessary. Where gaps are wider than 1/4 inch, an appropriate material other than caulk should be used. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?CAULK
7) The masonry (brick or stone) veneer extended below the soil at one or more exterior walls. Masonry veneers should be installed so the bottom edge is at least a few inches above the soil so that any water accumulated inside the wall structure can drain from weep holes, and so termites don't enter the structure through mortar joints or cracks in the veneer. If soil, decorative bark, etc. has been back-filled against the veneer, it should be graded or removed as necessary to expose weep holes (if they're installed) and to maintain a few inches of clearance between the veneer and the soil below. Otherwise, the client should at least be aware of this potential for water and insect intrusion, and monitor these walls inside and out for any signs of accumulated moisture in the future. https://www.reporthost.com/?MVBG
Also, when below grade brick veneers come into contact with ground materials, the result is often undesirable staining and discoloration caused by the wicking of moisture and impurities in the soil, a condition often referred to as “rising damp”.
8) Minor cracks were found in the concrete slab floor. These are common and appeared to be only a cosmetic issue.
Attic and Roof Structure
9) One or more attic access hatches or doors were not insulated, or had substandard insulation. Recommend installing insulation as necessary and per current standards at hatches or doors for better energy efficiency. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?ATTACC
-Insulation is separated from the lid.
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
12) A sump pump was installed in the basement. These are specialty systems and only a limited evaluation was performed as part of this inspection. The inspector does not determine the adequacy of sump pumps and their associated drainage systems. The presence of a sump pump may indicate that water routinely accumulates below or inside the structure. Recommend asking the property owner how often the sump pump operates and for how long at different times of the year. The client should be aware that the service life of most sump pumps is 5-7 years, and that the pump may need replacing soon depending on its age and how often it operates.
13) A sewage ejector pump was installed on the premises. These are specialty systems and are excluded from this inspection. These systems are typically sealed and involve moving parts. They are subject to clogging and/or damage from disposal of items such as disposable diapers and sanitary napkins. Recommend that this pump and related equipment (piping, valves, etc.) be evaluated by a qualified plumber and repaired if necessary. This should be done per the manufacturer's recommendations in the future, or annually if unable to verify the manufacturer's recommendations. Typically, these pumps have a lifespan of 7-10 years. For more information, visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?SEWEJPMP
14) One or more hose bibs (outside faucets) were not evaluated due to their being winterized.
18) -Recommend fastener in noted area to keep condensate line from detaching.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
20) Recommend replacing or washing HVAC filters upon taking occupancy depending on the type of filters installed. Regardless of the type, recommend checking filters monthly in the future and replacing or washing them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or washing depends on the type and quality of the filter, how the system is configured (e.g. always on vs. "Auto"), and on environmental factors (e.g. pets, smoking, frequency of house cleaning, number of occupants, the season).
21) A qualified HVAC contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary annually in the future. For more information visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?ANFURINSP
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) 2
24) Recommend replacing or washing HVAC filters upon taking occupancy depending on the type of filters installed. Regardless of the type, recommend checking filters monthly in the future and replacing or washing them as necessary. How frequently they need replacing or washing depends on the type and quality of the filter, how the system is configured (e.g. always on vs. "Auto"), and on environmental factors (e.g. pets, smoking, frequency of house cleaning, number of occupants, the season).
25) Routine servicing is not needed at this point. However a qualified HVAC contractor should inspect, clean, and service this system, and make repairs if necessary annually in the future. For more information visit: https://www.reporthost.com/?ANFURINSP
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
28) The gas fireplace or stove was not fully evaluated because the pilot light was off. The inspector only operates normal controls (e.g. on/off switch or thermostat) and does not light pilot lights or operate gas shut-off valves. Recommend that the client review all documentation for such gas appliances and familiarize themselves with the lighting procedure. If necessary, a qualified specialist should assist in lighting such appliances, and make any needed repairs.
29) Recommend that the client review all available documentation for gas-fired fireplaces and stoves. Depending on how they are operated (for routine heating versus ambiance), such appliances may need servicing annually or every few years.
Interior, Doors and Windows
31) -Finishing opportunities noted:
32) Minor cracks, nail pops and/or blemishes were found in walls and/or ceilings in one or more areas. Cracks and nail pops are common, are often caused by lumber shrinkage or minor settlement, and can be more or less noticeable depending on changes in humidity. They did not appear to be a structural concern, but the client may wish to repair these for aesthetic reasons. For recurring cracks, consider using an elastic crack covering product: https://www.reporthost.com/?ECC