______________Confidential Inspection Report_______________
Each section below contains a listing of specific non-cosmetic deficiencies that might
have been found in that section of the property and a classification of the type and
degree of each deficiency.
Of the items evaluated in each area, the property appeared in good working
condition except for the following checked items ("X"d), the coded items in the
"Rooms/Bathrooms" section, and the list of additional items near the end of the
report. Major "plusses" of the property may be listed at the end of the report.
Although classification by type and degree is strictly an opinion of our firm and some
categories overlap, a good faith effort has been made to classify according to the
predominant or most likely involvement using the following codes:
of Deficiency Degree
A = Very Important
B = Moderately important
C = Marginally important
Of the items evaluated in each area, the property appeared in good
working condition except for the following checked items ("X"d), the coded items
in the "Rooms/Bathrooms" section, and the list of additional items near the end
of the report. Major "plusses" may exist at the end of the report, if
41_____Snow cover on exterior allows only
peripheral, if any, evaluation of much of exterior.
_____Some non-original construction has been done on this
property. We recommend that an anonymous check be made with the applicable municipality's
building and housing division to see when this address was last permitted without
revealing your reasons.
43_____ No gutter over entry at eave (S, A).
_____Some rain gutter components may be likely to leak.
_____Substantial debris in gutters (M, B).
44_____ Some downspouts missing (M, B).
45_____ No extensions on downdrains (M, B).
50_____ Wood at soil at front porch/stoops/stairs (M, A).
_____Trip hazard: non-uniform/<11" treads/short
step/covering deteriorated/projecting at front porch/stoops/stairs (S, A).
52_____ Rail/stair rail/rail components missing/ungraspable/broken
continuity/loose--front porch/stoops/stairs (S, A).
53_____ Stair related concerns exist at the front porch: Stairs poor
lit/spacing between balusters on rail too wide (S, A)
54_____ Storm or screen door automatic closer in disrepair (P, B).
_____Screen door has torn screen/broken window/hardware disrepair
57_____ Concrete surface broken on walks (M, A).
_____Trip hazard on walks due to settling and/or buckling (S, A).
59_____ Minor cracks in foundation--probably represent primarily a
cosmetic concern--patch (M, A).
63_____ Grading around perimeter of house flat or toward house (M, B).
64_____ Minor/Major paint peeling in some exterior areas (M, B).
65_____ Window screens missing (M, C).
66_____ Some double pane windows have evidence of condensation (M, C).
_____Some windows cracked/broken (M, B).
67_____ Exterior wood around window(s) deteriorating (M, B).
70_____ Basement window(s) wood deteriorating (S, A).
71_____ Inadequate window wells (M, A).
75_____ Exterior outlet not properly weatherstripped (S, A).
_____Exterior switch not properly weatherstripped (S, A).
76_____ Faucet splashblocks recommended (M, B).
77_____ Air conditioning unit(s) not level (M, A). This results in a less
efficiently operating unit and many times results in a shorter useful life of the unit.
78_____ Outdoor temperature too cool to allow for evaluation of central
_____Air conditioning oil heating elements not on for at least 24
hours prior to inspection and so air conditioning not evaluated.
80_____ Building/Trees/Antenna touching electrical service line to house
_____ Non-conduited wire appears too close to ground level (S, A).
Check if can conduit without complete exterior upgrade.
101_____ Concrete surface broken on driveway (M, A).
Trip hazard on driveway due to settling and/or buckling (S, A).
102_____ Driveway slopes toward garage without opportunity for drainage
103_____ Weep holes do not exist in retaining walls (M, A).
_____ Retaining wall shows signs of being slightly out of
plumb (watch/check periodically for additional settlement after take preventative action
--e.g., drill weep holes, eliminate uphill pressure etc) (S, A).
105_____ Minor damage to fence (P, C).
_____Moderate damage to fence (M, B).
107_____ No drainage ditch or catch basin above building on uphill grade
to divert water around house (M, A).
_____No drainage ditch or catch basin above building
on uphill grade of adjacent property to divert water around house (M, A).
111_____ Inspector did not mount roof
because too cold/snow/ice/rain/too steep/too high/other
113_____ At least 3 layers of shingles exist on roof currently. This may
mean that you might have to remove at least one of the layers of shingles before applying
a new layer (cost=approximately an additional 50% of new shingles if done at time of new
shingle application) (M, A). This cost does not include any costs related to new or
replacement sheathing, if necessary, to go beneath the new shingles for support
(cost=approximately an additional 50% of new shingles if done at time of new shingle
_____Ridge of roof sags (S, A).
_____Decking of roof (different planes of roof that
shingles rest on) is sagging (S, A).
_____Trees scraping roof with risk of damage significant
enough to reduce life of roof (M, A).
114_____ Minor portions of roof need reroofing (S, A).
_____Moderate portions of roof need reroofing. (S, A).
_____Large portions of roof need reroofing. Consider
replacing entire roof since replacing only the parts of the roof that need replacement may
be about the same costs as complete replacement (S, A).
116_____ Estimated remaining useful life of house roof with repairs
recommended, if any: 0-5 5-10 10-15 15-20 20+ years
117_____ Some shingles are curling. This limits the life of the shingles
significantly (see estimated remaining useful life of roof) (M, A).
_____Shingles are cracked. This usually means the
shingles are past approximately the midpoint of their useful life (usually a watch
situation) (M, A).
_____ Some shingles are missing/torn (M, A).
_____Some shingles missing some granules. This may
indicate that the shingles are approaching the end of their estimated remaining useful
life (M, A).
118_____ Recommend oil and graphite coating on wood shingles/shakes (M,
_____Some wood shakes/shingles have "burn" in
some places--recommend replacement of those occasional shingles (M, A).
119_____ Wood shakes/shingles show signs of minor curling--could be due
to a recent rain or represent permanent curling (M, A).
_____ Some wood shakes/shingles splitting/missing (M, A).
_____Many wood shingles or shakes show significant
wear. e.g., greater than 50%, and are near the end of their life expectancy (M, A).
121_____ Rolled roofing more likely to leak than rest of roof and
generally will have a useful life of about only 5-10 years.
_____Rolled roofing deteriorated (M, A).
_____Rolled roofing wrinkled. This could
significantly reduce the estimated remaining useful life of the roof material (M, A).
_____Rolled roofing cracking. This usually means the
material is past approximately the midpoint of its useful life (usually a watch situation)
_____Rolled roofing installed on a roof with less
than an appropriate pitch. The pitch of the roof is not a proper application by
manufacturer's instructions and its serviceability is indeterminable (M, A).
124_____ Chimney masonry deteriorating (M, A).
_____Chimney cap damaged (M, A).
_____Concrete capped tile flue deteriorating (M, B).
_____No screen covers on chimney (S, A)--should be at
least 1/4" mesh-do not use window screen.
125_____ Chimney or skylight flashing not stepped into mortar or caulked
on pitched sides of chimney (M, A).
128_____ Flashing at combustion/sewer vents inadequate--e.g., cracked/no
flash at top of conical flashing, etc.(M, A).
_____Flashing at combustion/sewer vents deteriorated
_____No screened covers over combustion air vents (S,
A)--should be at least 1/4" mesh--do not use window screen.
_____Combustion vents below top of evaporative cooler
129_____ No drain line to carry evaporative cooler overflow water off of
roof or unit is leaking. This has resulted/could result in significant damage to the roof
below the evaporative cooler (M, A).
_____No drain line to carry evaporative cooler
overflow water off roof. This could result in significant damage to the roof below the
evaporative cooler although we are unable to evaluate possible damage due to snow on roof
_____Evaporative cooler unit does not step flashed on
sides. At least add step flashing at next re-roofing (M, A).
130_____ Evaporative cooler winterized and so not evaluable.
132_____ Inadequate diagonal wall supports
in garage (S, A).
_____Inadequate diagonal with garage walls out of
plumb (S, A).
133_____ Garage roof has inadequate cross members (S, A).
_____There is noticeable settlement at garage
foundation. Recommend structural engineer or contractor for further evaluate (S, A).
134_____ Inspector did not mount garage roof because too
cold/snow/ice/rain/too steep/too high/other
135_____ Ridge/Deck of garage roof sags (S, A).
_____Trees scraping garage roof with risk of damage
significant enough to reduce life of roof (M, A).
136_____ Minor portions of garage roof need reroofing (S, A).
_____Moderate portions of garage roof need reroofing
_____Large portions of garage roof need reroofing.
Consider replacing entire roof since replacing only the parts of the roof that need
replacement may be about the same costs as complete replacement (S, A).