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Property Inspection Report
Client(s): Jessica Eglin & Robert Burke
Property address: 239 Clayton Rd
Schenectady NY 12304
Inspection date: 7-2-2008
This report published on 7/19/2008 1:46:24 PM EDT

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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 risk of injury or death 
Repair/ReplaceRecommend repairing or replacing 
Repair/MaintainRecommend repair and/or maintenance 
EvaluateRecommend evaluation by a specialist 
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future 
CommentFor your information 

Structural Pest Inspection Concerns
Items of concern relating to the structural pest inspection are shown as follows:
WDO/WDI InfestationEvidence of infestation of wood destroying insects or organisms (Live or dead insect bodies, fungal growth, etc.) 
WDO/WDI DamageDamage caused by wood destroying insects or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) 
WDO/WDI Conducive
Conditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.) 

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Table of Contents
General information
Roof and Ventilation
Walls Windows and Doors
Exterior and Landscaping
General Interior
Kitchen and Laundry
Domestic Water Heater
Electric service
Safety Concerns
General information Return to table of contents
Overview: A quiet residential neighborhood
Time started: 11:00 a.m.
Time finished: 2:30 p.m.
Present during inspection: Buyer, Realtor
Occupied: No
Weather conditions: Clear
Temperature: Warm
Ground condition: Dry
Foundation type: Basement
The following items are excluded from this inspection: Swimming pool, Shed
Roof and Ventilation Return to table of contents
Roof inspection method: From Ground, Viewed from windows
Roof type: Hip
Roof covering: Asphalt or fiberglass composition shingles
Estimated age of Roof: End of its useful lifeAdvised by realtor that roof is 30yrs old
Roof Penetrations: Chimney, Vent Pipes
Gutter material: Plastic (Gutters are only on front porch and rear addition)
Downspout material: Plastic
Chimney appears to be built: within the interior of house
Spark arrester/rain cap: none noted
Chimney made of: Brick
Visible Roof Ventilation: None Noted

1)   The chimney has some missing bricks and possible mortar deterioration and should be repaired to prevent further, significant deterioration. Recommend having a qualified chimney service contractor or mason evaluate chimney and repair as necessary.

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2)   Recommend cleaning gutters.

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3)   Recommend installing gutters on main part of home such as downspouts, extensions, splashblocks or a drain line to carry rain water away from the house.
Walls Windows and Doors Return to table of contents
Apparent wall structure: Wood frame
Wall Covering Material: Aluminum
General Condition of Covering: Acceptable
Trim: Aluminum
Trim Condition: Acceptable
Exterior Doors: Metal, Wood
Doors: Operated well
Windows: Storms, Screens
Main Entry Porch: Wood
Steps down: Three or more
Porch Roof: Yes, Poor Condition
Primary service type: Overhead
Overhead wires threatened: Yes
Service size: 200 Amp Aluminum
Drip loop present: yes
Service voltage (volts): 120-240
4)   Service wires from pole are threatened by tree overhang and should have Electric Company inspect and provide remedy.

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5)   Front porch roof is at the end of its life. Suggest having this evaluated by a professional/contractor and replace.

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Exterior and Landscaping Return to table of contents
Exterior of foundation walls: concrete
Exterior Foundation Exposure: Approximately 1 foot
Window Wells: Metal
Window well condition: Good
Grading within 6 feet of house: About level
Grading beyond 6 feet of house: About level
Driveway material: Asphalt, Dirt
Driveway condition: depression or holes
Walkway to front entry: slate
Condition of walkway: Acceptable
Fences: Wood, Metal
Fences felt: secure
Deck Location: Rear of house
Deck material: wood
Steps down to grade: There are three or more steps to grade
Visibility under deck: Less than a foot and clear
Support column under deck: wood
Condition of the support columns: Acceptable
Condition of the guardrail: Acceptable, One rail is rotted and needs replacing (see photo/comment)
7)   Rail is rotted, suggest having a professional/contractor evaluate and replace. Would also suggest having floor boards resecured as some nails are no longer holding and random boards are loose.

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Attic Return to table of contents
Attic access: Pulldown
How observed: Walked thru end to end
Roof decking: wood plank
Moisture penetration: none noted
Attic floor framing: wood
Attic floor system: fully floored
Attic Ventilation: Window
Insulation material: Rockwool loose fill
Insulation location: floor
9)   Wires are exposed due to not being contained in a covered junction box. This is a safety hazard due to the risk of shock and fire. A qualified electrician should evaluate and make repairs as necessary. For example, install securely mounted junction boxes with cover plates where needed to contain exposed wiring. On reinspection advised by owner that wires are live so the above is strongly advised!

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10)   Attic has no ventilation. Recommend installing ridge vent, gable vents or soffet vents. Inadequate attic ventilation may result in high attic and roof surface temperatures, reduce the life of the roof covering materials and increase cooling costs. High levels of moisture are also likely, and can be a conducive condition for wood destroying insects and organisms. Standard building practices require one square foot of vent area for 150 to 200 square feet of attic space. Vents should be evenly distributed between soffits, ridges and at corners to promote air circulation. A qualified contractor should evaluate and install vents as per standard building practices.

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Sign that roof has no soffet vent

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No interior sign of soffet

11)   The attic pulldown hinges are bent/broken. Causing hatch to not close properly. This needs to have a professional/contractor evaluate and repair/replace. On reinspection it was seen that owner is repairing. Advised buyer to reinspect on walk thru being done before closing.

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Bathroom Return to table of contents
Main Bathroom: Full
Location: 2nd Flr
Shower: with tub
Tub: Built in
Surround: Ceramic tile
Surround Condition: Acceptable
Number of sinks?: One
Sink Type: Vanity
Toilet: flushed
Toilet Condition: Acceptable
Floor: Commercial Tile
Floor Condition: Acceptable
Leaks: at shower, at sink
Ventilation: Window, Fan
Ground Fault Interupter Outlets?: Yes
13)   Leaking was found in the wall at the bathtub spout / supply valves. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary. On reinspection it appears owner has repaired leak and faucet in tub. Advised buyer that the faucet is still at end of its life and should be replaced down the line.

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14)   Sink drain has an active leak. For example, at pipe fittings and/or junctions between pipe and sink. A qualified plumber should evaluate and repair as necessary. On reinspection sink still leaked. Advised buyer to reinspect on walk thru before closing.

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15)   Hot water knob did not operate on tub during inspection. It would just turn left or right without stopping. As well as the knob for the shower being very diffucult to turn. Suggest having a professional/contractor evaluate and repair/replace. This was repaired and noted in comments about shower leak.

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General Interior Return to table of contents
Ceilings appear to be made of: Drywall, Plaster
Ceiling Style: Flat
Ceiling Condition: Acceptable
Waters stains in: Bedroom ceiling
Mostly walls appear to be made of:: Drywall, Panel covered, Plaster
Floor coverings are mostly: Wall to wall carpet, Hardwood, Resilient tiles
When bounced on: a normal amount of bounce was noted
Generally floors feel: Level
General door condition: Acceptable
Windows were mostly observed to be: Double hung
Appear made of: Wood
Random Tested: Yes
Cracked window located in: Living room
Stairs: to basement, between living levels
Stairs condition: Acceptable
17)   The sash cords in some / many windows were missing / broken. Windows may not stay open as a result. A qualified contractor should repair as necessary.

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18)   Window in living room will not open, Repairs should be made as necessary, and by a qualified contractor if necessary so windows open fully, and open and close easily. As well as glass needing repair since cracked. Owner has opened window it appears it was just stuck.

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19)   Paneling in bedroom is damaged. Suggest having evaluated/replaced.

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20)   One of the bedrooms has water stains on ceiling. Could not see any signs of roof leak, however stains are under attic window so client advised that stains could be from window being open (as it was during inspection). Advised to monitor in future during rain.

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Kitchen and Laundry Return to table of contents
Cabinets: Wooden
Opened and closed and found: seemed to function
Cabinets secure: yes
Counter Tops: Plastic Laminate
Securely fastened: yes
Kitchen Floor: WoodTile
Dishwasher: Montgomery Ward
Operated Dishwasher: yesCould not determine if operating correctly
Dishwasher age: older
Kitchen Sink: Stainless Steel
Ran water and found: No leaks
Refrigerator: Noted, General Electric
Refrigerator in use during inspection: no, turned on for inspection
Age: Older
Range:: GE
Range type: Electric
Age: Midlife
Operated and found: All burners working
Oven: Part of stove, Electric
Operated oven and found: gave off heat
Number of GFCI outlets in Kitchen: 0
Number of Regular outlets in kitchen: Four or more
Washing Machine: Noted
Age: Older
Location: basement
Observed: Connections for water and drain, Connections for electric
Dryer: Noted
Dryer age: Older
Vented to: Exterior
22)   No ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices (outlets or circuit breakers) are visible for the kitchen. GFCI devices help prevent electric shocks in areas that may have water present. Recommend having a qualified, licensed electrician install GFCI protection for outlets, over counter tops and around sinks.
23)   Refrigerator door does not seal properly and I could not feel/determine that refrigerator was cooling as should. Suggest having a professional evaluate/repair. Door fixed however still can not tell if refrigerator operates. Seller advised on during last walk through to have refrigerator running 24hrs before hand to try and verify.

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24)   Because of leak in upstairs bathroom the ceiling tiles in kitchen will need replacing where damaged.

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Heating Return to table of contents
Heating System Brand Name: GE, Model : 21LG25E111, Serial: 21265837
Apparent age of unit: Older
Heating system type: Forced hot air
Fuel Source: Gas
When thermostats were turned on, the system: fired or gave heat
Automatic shut-off safety devices were noted: Not Noted
Flue pipes: Noted
Distribution system: Ductwork
26)   Last service date is more than one year ago or cannot be determined. Examination of heating and cooling systems is mechanically limited since the units are not dismantled to examine interior components. The heating system should be inspected and serviced on an annual basis. Before close of escrow, recommend obtaining from seller any documents concerning regular maintenance and service and/or a safety check by public utility, or a complete system evaluation by a qualified heating and cooling specialist, particularly if it cannot be proven to have been inspected within the past twelve months. Utility companies typically, but not always, provide a free safety check of all gas-using appliances.

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Domestic Water Heater Return to table of contents
Estimated age: Midlife
Type: Tank
Energy source: Natural gas
Brand: Richmond
Capacity (in gallons): 40
Safety relief valve: was noted
Safety extension: was noted
Supply shut off valve: Noted
Drain discharge to:: Floor
Tested hot water: Hot water was received at faucets
Electric service Return to table of contents
Location of Main Panel: Basement (Gould)
Location of main disconnect: Breaker at top of main panel
Primary service overload protection type: Circuit breakers
Main disconnect rating (amps): 200
Branch circuit wiring type: Non-metallic sheathed ("Romex"), Armored cable ("bx")
Double tapped breakers: No
Room for additional circuit breakers: Yes
Missing Circuit Breaker Covers: No
Grounding observed to:: Water main on house side

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Plumbing Return to table of contents
Water service: Public
Main entry pipe material: Copper
Location of main water meter: Can'
Water service: Public
Main entry pipe material: Copper
Location of main water meter: Can't determine
Location of main water shutoff: Basement
Interior supply pipes: Copper
Functional Flow: Tested
With multiple fixtures running observed: Acceptable decrease in flow
Waste System Pipes: Cast Iron
House Trap: Noted
Main waste line cleanouts: noted
Vent pipe observed on roof: Yes
29)   Plumbing vent appears that it might terminate less than six inches above the roof surface below. Debris or snow may block openings, and may result in sewer gases entering living spaces. A qualified contractor should evaluate and make repairs as necessary so vent pipes terminate at least six inches above roof surfaces.

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Basement Return to table of contents
Basement: Readily accessible
Basement: Full
Viewed by: walked throughout
Foundation walls: exposed to view, hidden from viewPartial finished walls
Could not see foundation walls because of: drywall
Ceiling framing: Exposed to view
Interior of foundation wall: concrete
Observed on interior wall: water stains, deteriorated surfaces
Basement floor: concrete, dirt
Water stains observed on: walls
General area dampness: smells damp
Ventilation: Windows
Pier or support post material: Wood
Support columns condition: appear intact
Floor drainage: none noted
Floor structure above: Solid wood joists
Beam material: Solid wood
Windows: Metal
Chimney in basement: brick
Chimney condition: Acceptable
31)   One or more flights of stairs with more than two risers have no handrail installed. This is a safety hazard. A qualified contractor should install graspable handrails that your hand can completely encircle at stairs where missing, and as per standard building practices.

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32)   Some beginning signs of moisture on foundation walls. Recommend gutters be installed on house to keep water away from foundation.

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Safety Concerns Return to table of contents
GFI tested: Using testing plug
Smoke detectors present: Yes
Smoke Detectors are located on each floor.: Yes
34)   Recommend updating all smoke detectors with new.
All outlets near a water source (kitchen, bathrooms, garage, basement) should be GFI protected.
All houses, buildings and each unit in a multi-family house should have a carbon monoxide (C/O) detector. The detector should be mounted low toward the floor as carbon monoxide is heavier than air. Several C/O detectors are best. One near the heating system and hot water supply and one on each floor of the home. Again, mount C/O detectors low toward the floor.


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I would like to thank you for trusting Staring's Visual Inspection Professionals L.L.C to do the analysis of this property. As a reminder for as long as you own this property you are encourged to call with any questions relating to our inspection. You are also encouraged to enroll in our Home History Program. Simply call me at (518) 961-6004 and again thank you for choosing Staring's Visual Inspection Professionals L.L.C.