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  • 1. Full House Inspections "Precision Inspections for Informed Decisions" 210 NW 41st, Seattle, WA 98107 Tel: 206-784-7100 Fax: 206-297-3505 Cell: 206-399-1313 www.fullhouseinspections.com fullhouseinspections@hotmail.com SUMMARY REPORTClient: Mr. JonesRealtor: Jane Doe, First Estate RealtyInspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USAInspection Date: 10/6/2004 Start: 2:30 pm End: 5:30 pmInspected by: Stephen CanclerThis Summary Report is intended to provide a convenient and cursory preview of the conditions and componentsthat we have identified within our report as needing service. It is obviously not comprehensive, and should not beused as a substitute for reading the entire report, nor is it a tacit endorsement of the condition of components orfeatures that may not appear in this summary. Also, the service recommendations that we make in this summaryand throughout the report should be completed well before the close of escrow by licensed specialists, who maywell identify additional defects or recommend some upgrades that could affect your evaluation of the property. This inspection report is also available for viewing over the Internet Open your web browser and enter the following text into the Address line: http://www.inspectvue.com and enter the following Log-in Name: homebuyer and Password: fullhouseThis report is the exclusive property of the Inspection Company and the client whose name appearsherewith, and its use by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.____________________________________________________________________________________________Components and Conditions Needing ServiceStructuralRaised Foundation or Basement Description of Foundation Type • The foundation is raised and unbolted Crawlspace & General Condition • Moisture has migrated through the stem walls of the foundation which should be serviced or monitored • The soils in the crawlspace are moist or desiccated which could indicate a chronic drainage problem • Recommend redistributing or adding vapor to cover entire ground • Remove animal carcasses and all damaged insulation in crawl area Poured Concrete Basement or Stem Walls • There are separated or rotated cracks in the poured concrete walls Ventilation • One of the foundation ventilation screens are damaged or missing and should be repaired or replaced Floor Insulation • Some pieces of insulation are hanging or have fallen from between the floor joistsExterior_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Summary - Page 1
  • 2. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________Exterior Features Fascia and Trim • Some of the exterior wood sills are damaged and should be servicedRoof/AtticComposition Shingle Roof Gutters and Drainage • The gutters on the composition shingle roof need to be serviced as well as being cleaned • It would be prudent to add leaders at the bottom of the downspout to promote positive drainagePlumbingWater Heaters Pressure Release Valve and Discharge Pipe • The pressure relief valve on the water heater does not have a discharge pipeChimneyLiving Room Chimney Chimney Stack or Walls • There are loose bricks and mortar at the chimney that need service Crown or Termination Cap • The chimney crown is washed out or deteriorated and should be replaced Weather Cap • There is no weather cap on the chimney which we recommend having installed Fireplace • There are cracks loose bricks or missing mortar in the fireplace that should be serviced • There is a gap between the fireplace and the surround that should be sealedLiving AreasDen Doors • The pocket door hardware is defective and should be replaced for smooth function Dual-Glazed Windows • A window has a brioken hermetic seal and should be replacedBedroomsMaster Bedroom Doors • The door latch needs to be adjusted to engage Dual-Glazed Windows • A window has a broken hermetic seal and should be replaced_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Summary - Page 2
  • 3. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________Bedroom 2 Flooring • The floor at the NW corner is spongy and may need serviceBathroomsHallway Bathroom Tub-Shower • Recommend recaulking tub surround Toilet • The toilet is loose and should be securedCommon AreasKitchen Dual-Glazed Windows • A window has a broken hermetic seal and should be replaced Counter Top • A separation between the counter top and the backsplash should be sealed • An open seam between the sink and the counter top should be caulked_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Summary - Page 3
  • 4. Full House Inspections "Precision Inspections for Informed Decisions" 210 NW 41st Seattle, WA 98107 Tel: 206-784-7100 Fax: 206-297-3505 Cell: 206-399-1313 www.fullhouseinspections.com fullhouseinspections@hotmail.com CONFIDENTIAL INSPECTION REPORT PREPARED FOR: Mr. Jones _______________________________________________________________ INSPECTION ADDRESS 12345 Main St, Somewhere, USA. INSPECTION DATE 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm REPRESENTED BY: Jane Doe First Estate RealtyThis report is the exclusive property of the Inspection Company and the client whosename appears herewith, and its use by any unauthorized persons is prohibited._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 1
  • 5. GENERAL INFORMATIONInspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere, USAInspection Date: 10/6/2004 Time: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pmWeather: Partly Cloudy - Temperature at time of inspection: 70 DegreesInspected by: Stephen CanclerClient Information: Mr. JonesBuyers Agent: First Estate Realty Jane Doe Cell Phone: 205-696-2529Structure Type: Wood FrameFurnished: YesNumber of Stories: OneStructure Style: RamblerStructure Orientation: WestApprox.Year Built: 1942Unofficial Sq.Ft.: 1000People on Site At Time of Inspection: Buyer(s) Buyers AgentPLEASE NOTE:The service recommendations that we make in this report should be completed well before the close ofescrow by licensed specialists, who may well identify additional defects or recommend some upgradesthat could affect your evaluation of the property.Report File: Jones_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 2
  • 6. SCOPE OF WORKYou have contracted with Full House Inspections to perform a generalist inspection in accordance with thestandards of practice established by National Association of Home Inspectors, a copy of which is available uponrequest, and which can be read or downloaded by visiting www.nahi.org. Generalist inspections are essentiallyvisual, and distinct from those of specialists, inasmuch as they do not include the use of specialized instruments,the dismantling of equipment, or the sampling of air and inert materials. Consequently, a generalist inspectionand the subsequent report will not be as comprehensive, nor as technically exhaustive, as that generated byspecialists, and it is not intended to be. The purpose of a generalist inspection is to identify defects or adverseconditions that would warrant a specialist evaluation. Therefore, you should be aware of the limitations of this typeof inspection, which are indicated in the standards. However, as a courtesy, we are including some commonplaceinformation about several of the environmental contaminants that could be of concern to you and your family.There are many environmental contaminants that we do not have the expertise or the authority to test for, such asasbestos, radon, methane, formaldehyde, termites and other wood-destroying organisms, pests and rodents,molds, microbes, bacterial organisms, and electromagnetic radiation, to name some of the better known ones.Nevertheless, we will attempt to alert you to any suspicious substances that would warrant evaluation by aspecialist,. However, you should also be aware that our use of terminology like "mold," and "asbestos," isintentionally generic, and should not be construed as a statement of fact. Regardless, health and safety, andenvironmental hygiene is a deeply personal responsibility, and you should make sure that you are familiar withany contaminant that could affect your home environment.Mold and mildew are different forms of fungi, or microscopic organisms that feed on organic matter andpropagate by means of airborne spores. Mold can take many different forms. Some characterized as allergensare relatively benign but can provoke allergic reactions among sensitive people, and others characterized aspathogens can have adverse health effects on large segments of the population, such as the very young, theelderly, and people with suppressed immune systems. However, there are less common molds that are calledtoxigens that do represent a health threat. All molds flourish in the presence of moisture, and we make aconcerted effort to look for any evidence of it wherever there could be a water source, including that fromcondensation. Interestingly, the molds that commonly appear on ceramic tiles in bathrooms do not usuallyconstitute a health threat, but they should be removed. However, some visibly similar molds that form oncellulose materials, such as on drywall, plaster, and wood, are potentially toxigenic. If mold is to be foundanywhere within a home, it will likely be in the area of tubs, showers, toilets, sinks, water heaters, evaporatorcoils, inside attics with unvented bathroom exhaust fans, and return-air compartments that draw outside air, all ofwhich are areas that we look at very closely. Nevertheless, mold can appear as though spontaneously at anytime, so you should be prepared to monitor your home, and particularly the areas that we have alluded to.Naturally, it is equally important to maintain clean air-supply ducts and to change filters as soon as they becomesoiled, because contaminated ducts are a common breeding ground for dust mites, rust, and other contaminants.Regardless, the specific identification of molds can only be determined by specialists and laboratory analysis, andis absolutely beyond the scope of our inspection. Nonetheless, as a prudent investment in environmental hygiene,we categorically recommend that you have your home tested for the presence of any such contaminants, andparticularly if you or any member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma.Asbestos is another notorious contaminant that could be present in any home built before 1978. It is a naturallyoccurring mineral fiber that was first used by Greek and Romans in the first century, and it has been widely usedthroughout the modern world in a variety of thermal insulators, including those in the form of paper wraps, bats,blocks, and blankets. However, it can also be found in a wide variety of other products too numerous to mention,including duct insulation and acoustical materials, plasters, siding, floor tiles, heat vents, and roofing products.Although perhaps recognized as being present in some documented forms, asbestos can only be specificallyidentified by laboratory analysis. The most common asbestos fiber that exists in residential products is chrysotile,which belongs to the serpentine or white-asbestos group, and was used in the clutches and brake shoes ofautomobiles for many years. However, a single asbestos fiber is said to be able to cause cancer, and is thereforea potential health threat and a litigious issue. Significantly, asbestos fibers are only dangerous when they arereleased into the air and inhaled, and for this reason authorities such as the Environmental Protection Agency[EPA] and the Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] distinguish between asbestos that is in goodcondition, or non-friable, and that which is in poor condition, or friable, which means that its fibers could be easilycrumbled and become airborne. However, we are not specialists and, regardless of the condition of any real or_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 3
  • 7. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________suspect asbestos-containing material [ACM], we would not endorse it and recommend having it evaluated by aspecialist.Radon is a gas that results from the natural decay of radioactive materials within the soil, and is purported to bethe second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The gas is able to enter homes through the voidsaround pipes in concrete floors or through the floorboards of poorly ventilated crawlspaces, and particularly whenthe ground is wet and the gas cannot easily escape through the soil and disperse into the atmosphere. However, itcannot be detected by the senses, and its existence can only be determined by sophisticated instruments andlaboratory analysis, which is completely beyond the scope of our service. However, you can learn more aboutradon and other environmental contaminants and their affects on health, by contacting the EPA or a similar stateagency, and it would be prudent for you to enquire about any high radon readings that might be prevalent in theregion surrounding your home.Lead poses an equally serious health threat. In the 1920s, it was commonly found in many plumbing systems. Infact, the word "plumbing" is derived from the Latin word "plumbum," which means lead. When in use as acomponent of a waste system, it does not constitute a viable health threat, but as a component of potable waterpipes it would certainly be a health-hazard. Although rarely found in use, lead could be present in any home buildas recently as the nineteen forties. For instance, lead was an active ingredient in many household paints, whichcan be released in the process of sanding, and even be ingested by small children and animals chewing onpainted surfaces. Fortunately, the lead in painted surfaces can be detected by industrial hygienists usingsophisticated instruments, but testing for it is not cheap. There are other environmental contaminants, some ofwhich we have already mentioned, and others that may be relatively benign. However, we are not environmentalhygienists, and as we stated earlier we disclaim any responsibility for testing or establishing the presence of anyenvironmental contaminant, and recommend that you schedule whatever specialist inspections might be deemedto be prudent before the close of escrow._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 4
  • 8. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ StructuralFoundations are not uniform, and conform to the structural standard of the year in which they were built. Weidentify foundation types and look for any evidence of structural deficiencies. However, cracks or deterioratedsurfaces in foundations are quite common. In fact, it would be rare to find a raised foundation wall that was notcracked or deteriorated in some way, or a slab foundation that did not include some cracks concealed beneath thecarpeting and padding. Fortunately, most of these cracks are related to the curing process or to common settling,including some wide ones called cold-joint separations that typically contour the footings, but others can be morestructurally significant and reveal the presence of expansive soils that can predicate more or less continualmovement. We are keenly aware of cracks, and will alert you to their presence if they are clearly visible.However, we are not specialists, and in the absence of any major defects, we may not recommend that youconsult with a foundation contractor, a structural engineer, or a geologist, but this should not deter you fromseeking the opinion of any such expert. Structural ElementsWall StructureInformational ConditionsThe walls are conventionally framed with wooden studs.Floor StructureInformational ConditionsThe floor structure consists of posts piers girders and joists sheathed with plywood or diagonal boards.Roof StructureInformational ConditionsThe roof structure is conventionally framed with rafters, purlins, collar-ties, et cetera. Raised Foundation or BasementGeneral CommentsThis residence has a raised foundation. Such foundations permit access, and provide a convenient area for thedistribution of water pipes, drain pipes, vent pipes, electrical conduits, and ducts. However, although raisedfoundations are far from uniform, most include concrete footings and walls that extend above the ground withanchor bolts that hold the house onto the foundation, but the size and spacing of the bolts vary. In the absence ofmajor defects, most structural engineers agree that the one critical issue with raised foundations is that theyshould be bolted. Our inspection of these foundations conforms to industry standards, which is that of a generalistand not a specialist, and we do not use any specialized instruments to establish that the structure is level. Wetypically enter all accessible areas, to confirm that foundations are bolted and to look for any evidence ofstructural deformation or damage, but we may not comment on minor deficiencies, such as on commonplacesettling cracks in the stem walls and slight deviations from plumb and level in the intermediate floor framing,which would have little structural significance. Interestingly, there is no absolute standard for evaluating cracks,but those that are less than ¼" and which do not exhibit any vertical or horizontal displacement are generally notregarded as being structurally relevant. Nevertheless, all others should be evaluated by a specialist. However, inthe absence of any major defects, we may not recommend that you consult with a foundation contractor, astructural engineer, or a geologist, but this should not deter you from seeking the opinion of any such expert.Description of Foundation TypeComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe foundation is raised and unbolted. We can elaborate on this safety issue, but you should consult a specialistabout retrofitting it, which could affect your evaluation of the property.Method of EvaluationInformational ConditionsWe evaluated the raised foundation by accessing and evaluating the components within the crawlspace._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 5
  • 9. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________Crawlspace & General ConditionInformational ConditionsThere is evidence of rodent infestation within the crawlspace, which authorities recognize as a significant healththreat, that should be evaluated for service by a specialist as soon as possible. Rodents have collapsible ribcages and can squeeze through the numerous small openings in the floor and walls, and contaminate not only thecrawlspace and its components, including insulation, ducts, and conduits, but can eventually contaminate theliving space.Components and Conditions Needing ServiceThere is evidence that moisture has migrated under or through the stem walls of the raised foundation and stoodin the crawlspace. This is apparent from a watermark on the stem walls and large fissures in the soil. Therefore,you should consult a grading and drainage contractor to correct this adverse condition.The soils in the crawlspace are moist or desiccated, which could indicate a chronic drainage problem that shouldbe evaluated by a specialist.Recommend redistributing or adding vapor barrier to cover entire ground.Remove animal carcasses from crawl area and all loose, damaged insulation. There has been considerablewater damage at east and west floor framing, subfloor etc. due to previous leaking windows that needs repair.Some damage to rim joist and mudsill along north perimeter was visible. Recommend removing all floorinsulation and having framing, substructure evaluated by a licensed contractor for estimates for repair work. Water Water Water Water damaged damaged damaged damaged sub floor joist joist rim joistPoured Concrete Basement or Stem WallsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThere are vertical cracks in the poured concrete walls with some separation or rotation that have probablypenetrated the footing. There is a crack at the south wall to the east that is 1/2 to 3/4" that needs repair to preventmoisture penetration . This should be evaluated and monitored for further movement by a specialist. Correctingdrainage issues at south property should help to eleviate this issue. Separation Moisture of stem pentration wall @ evidence South at SE perimeter cornerVentilationInformational ConditionsThe ventilation in the foundation crawlspace appears to be standard and adequate.Components and Conditions Needing ServiceOne of the foundation ventilation screens are damaged or missing, and should be repaired or replaced to keeprodents and other pests out._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 6
  • 10. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________Floor InsulationComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceSome pieces of insulation are hanging or have fallen from between the floor joists. This does not have anyserious consequences, but you may wish to have it serviced. Some insulation is damaged due to animalintrusion. Remove damaged material and replace as necessary. ExteriorWe evaluate the following exterior features: driveways, walkways, fences, gates, handrails, guardrails, yard walls,carports, patio covers, decks, building walls, fascia and trim, balconies, doors, windows, lights, and outlets.However, we do not evaluate any detached structures, such as storage sheds and stables, and we do not watertest or evaluate subterranean drainage systems or any mechanical or remotely controlled components, such asdriveway gates. Also, we do not typically evaluate landscape components, such as trees, shrubs, fountains,ponds, statuary, pottery, fire pits, patio fans, heat lamps, and decorative or low-voltage lighting. Similarly, we donot usually comment on coatings or cosmetic deficiencies and the wear and tear associated with the passage oftime, which would be apparent to the average person. However, cracks in hard surfaces can imply the presenceof expansive soils that can result in continuous movement, but this could only be confirmed by a geologicalevaluation of the soil. Wall Covering or CladdingType of MaterialInformational ConditionsThe exterior house walls are clad with aluminum sidingWall Cladding ObservationsInformational ConditionsThe exterior wall cladding is in acceptable condition. Exterior FeaturesGeneral Comments and DescriptionIt is important to maintain a property, including painting or sealing walkways, decks, and other hard surfaces, andit is particularly important to keep the house walls sealed, which provide the only barrier against deterioration.Unsealed cracks around windows, doors, and thresholds can permit moisture intrusion, which is the principlecause of the deterioration of any surface. Unfortunately, the evidence of such intrusion may only be obvious whenit is raining. We have discovered leaking windows while it was raining that might not have been apparentotherwise. There are many styles of windows but only two basic types, single and dual-glazed. Dual glazedwindows are superior, because they provide a thermal as well as an acoustical barrier. However, their hermeticseals can fail at any time and allow condensation to form between the panes that is only clearly visible undercertain temperature conditions, which is why we disclaim an evaluation of hermetic seals. Regardless, inaccordance with industry standards, we test a representative number of unobstructed windows in every residence,and make sure that at least one window in every bedroom is operable and able to facilitate an emergency exit._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 7
  • 11. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________WalkwaysInformational ConditionsThe walkways are in acceptable condition.There are offsets in the city sidewalk that could prove to be trip-hazards.Fascia and TrimInformational ConditionsThe fascia board and trim are in acceptable condition.Components and Conditions Needing ServiceSome of the exterior wood sills are damaged and should be serviced. The wood is soft and is visiblydeteriorated.. Recommend replacing damaged wood as necesssary. Consult with a contractor about estimates.DoorsInformational ConditionsThe exterior doors are in acceptable condition. Roof/AtticThere are many different roof types, which we evaluate by walking on their surfaces. If we are unable or unwillingto do this for any reason, we will indicate the method that was used to evaluate them. Every roof will weardifferently relative to its age, the number of its layers, the quality of its material, the method of its application, itsexposure to direct sunlight or other prevalent weather conditions, and its maintenance. Regardless of itsdesign-life, every roof is only as good as the waterproof membrane beneath it, which is concealed and cannot beexamined without removing the roof material, and this is equally true of almost all roofs. In fact, the material onthe majority of pitched roofs is not designed to be waterproof only water-resistant. However, what remains true ofall roofs is that, whereas their condition can be evaluated, it is virtually impossible for anyone to detect a leakexcept as it is occurring or by specific water tests, which are beyond the scope of our service. Even water stainson ceilings, or on the framing within attics, will not necessarily confirm an active leak without some corroborativeevidence, and such evidence can be deliberately concealed. Consequently, only the installer can crediblyguarantee that a roof will not leak, and they do. We evaluate every roof conscientiously, and even attempt toapproximate its age, but we will not predict its remaining life expectancy, or guarantee that it will not leak.Naturally, the sellers or the occupants of a residence will generally have the most intimate knowledge of the roofand of its history. Therefore, we recommend that you ask the sellers about it, and that you either includecomprehensive roof coverage in your home insurance policy, or that you obtain a roof certification from anestablished local roofing company. AtticGeneral Comments and DescriptionIn accordance with industry standards, we will not enter attics that have less than thirty-six inches of headroom,are restricted by ducts, or in which the insulation obscures the joists and thereby makes mobility hazardous, inwhich case we would inspect them as best we can from the access point. In evaluating the type and amount ofinsulation on the attic floor, we use generic terms and approximate measurements, and do not sample or test thematerial for specific identification. Also, we do not move or disturb any portion of it, which may well obscure waterpipes, electrical conduits, junction boxes, exhaust fans, and other components.Method of EvaluationInformational ConditionsWe evaluated the attic from the access due to obstructions that would make mobility hazardous.Access & General ConditionInformational ConditionsThere is clear access to enter and evaluate the attic.FramingInformational ConditionsThe visible portions of the framing are in acceptable condition, and would conform to the standards of the year inwhich they were constructed._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 8
  • 12. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________VentilationInformational ConditionsVentilation within the attic is provided by a combination of eave, dormer, turbine, or gable vents, and should beadequate.Plumbing VentsInformational ConditionsThe plumbing vents are in acceptable condition.Blown-In Cellulose InsulationInformational ConditionsThe attic is adequately insulated, but not necessarily to a maximum standard. The amount of insulation can rangefrom three to eighteen inches, depending upon the climate, the region, and the year in which the house was built.The attic is insulated, with approximately nine-inches of blown-in cellulose, which meets or is close to currentstandards. Some types of this insulation, which were manufactured and installed prior to 1979, consist ofshredded paper and are flammable. However, we do not categorically recommend removing and replacing theinsulation, because this is a personal decision that is best made by the owners or the occupants. Composition Shingle RoofGeneral Comments and DescriptionThere are a wide variety of composition shingle roofs, which are comprised of asphalt or fiberglass materialsimpregnated with mineral granules that are designed to deflect the deteriorating ultra-violet rays of the sun. Thecommonest of these roofs are warranted by manufacturers to last from twenty to twenty-five years, and aretypically guaranteed against leaks by the installer for three to five years. The actual life of the roof will vary,depending on a number of interrelated factors besides the quality of the material and the method of installation.However, the first indication of significant wear occurs when the granules begin to separate and leave pockmarksor dark spots. This is referred to as primary decomposition, which means that the roof is in decline, and thereforesusceptible to leakage. This typically begins with the hip and ridge shingles and to the field shingles on the southfacing side. This does not mean that the roof is ready to be replaced, but that it should be serviced or monitored.Regular maintenance will certainly extend the life of any roof, and will usually avert most leaks that only becomeevident after they have caused other damage.Method of EvaluationInformational ConditionsWe evaluated the roof and its components by walking its surface.Age and General Evaluation of a Single-layer RoofInformational ConditionsThe composition shingles on this roof are becoming brittle, and the shingles are starting to lose some of theirgranules, which is indicative of a roof that is approximately fourteen years old or older, but this is just an estimateand you should request the installation permit from the sellers, which will reveal its exact age and any warranty orguarantee that might be applicable.FlashingsInformational ConditionsThe roof flashing appear to be in acceptable condition.Gutters and DrainageComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe gutters on the composition shingle roof need maintenance service, such as cleaning, sealing seams, securingthem in places, et cetera. Some seams are leaking and need to be sealed. This particularly important on ahouse with no eaves(overhang). See seam at north run.It would be prudent to add leaders at the bottom of the downspouts to promote positive drainage. Recommenddirecting downspouts away from foundation to prevent moisture intrusion, ideally 10 feet away. Consider addingbasin drain and/or drywell system._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 9
  • 13. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ PlumbingPlumbing systems have common components, but they are not uniform. In addition to fixtures, these componentsinclude gas pipes, potable water pipes, drain and vent pipes, shut-off valves, which we do not test if they are notin daily use, pressure regulators, pressure relief valves, and water-heating devices. The best and mostdependable water pipes are copper, because they are not subject to the build-up of minerals that bond withingalvanized pipes, and gradually restrict their inner diameter and reduce water volume. Water softeners canremove most of these minerals, but not once they are bonded within the pipes, for which there would be noremedy other than a re-pipe. The water pressure within pipes is commonly confused with water volume, butwhereas high water volume is good high water pressure is not. In fact, whenever the street pressure exceedseighty pounds per square inch a regulator is recommended, which typically comes factory preset betweenforty-five and sixty-five pounds per square inch. However, regardless of the pressure, leaks will occur in anysystem, and particularly in one with older galvanized pipes, or one in which the regulator fails and high pressurebegins to stress the washers and diaphragms within the various components.Waste and drainpipes pipes are equally varied, and range from modern acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)ones to older ones made of cast-iron, galvanized steel, clay, or a cardboard-like material that is coated with tar.The condition of these pipes is usually directly related to their age. Older ones are subject to damage throughdecay and root movement, whereas the more modern ABS ones are virtually impervious to damage, althoughisolated batches of them have been alleged to be defective. However, inasmuch as significant portions ofdrainpipes are concealed, we can only infer their condition by observing the draw at drains. Nonetheless,blockages will occur in the life of any system, but blockages in drainpipes, and particularly in main drainpipes,which we recommend having video-scanned. This could also confirm that the house is connected to the publicsewer system, which is important because all private systems must be evaluated by specialists before the closeof escrow. Potable Water PipesType of MaterialInformational ConditionsThe residence is served by galvanized potable water pipes.Water Main LocationThe main water shut-off valve is located adjacent to the entry. Waste and Drainage SystemGeneral Comments and Description We attempt to evaluate drain pipes by flushing every drain that has an active fixture while observing its draw andwatching for blockages or slow drains, but this is not a conclusive test and only a video-scan of the main linewould confirm its actual condition. However, you can be sure that blockages will occur, usually relative in severityto the age of the system, and will range from minor ones in the branch lines, or at the traps beneath sinks, tubs,and showers, to major blockages in the main line. The minor ones are easily cleared, either by chemical means orby removing and cleaning the traps. However, if tree roots grow into the main drain that connects the house to thepublic sewer, repairs could become expensive and might include replacing the entire main line. For thesereasons, we recommend that you ask the sellers if they have ever experienced any drainage problems, or youmay wish to have the main waste line video-scanned before the close of escrow. Failing this, you should obtainan insurance policy that covers blockages and damage to the main line. However, most policies only coverplumbing repairs within the house, or the cost of rooter service, most of which are relatively inexpensive.Type of MaterialInformational ConditionsThe waste and drain is served by galvanized piping._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 10
  • 14. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Water HeatersGeneral Electric Water Heater CommentsThere are a wide variety of residential electric water heaters that range in capacity from fifteen to one hundredgallons. They can be expected to last at least as long as their warranty, or from five to eight years, but they willgenerally last longer. However, few of them last longer than fifteen or twenty years and many eventually leak. Soit is always wise to have them installed over a drain pan that is plumbed to the exterior. Also, it is prudent to flushthem annually to remove minerals that include the calcium chloride bi-product of many water-softening systems.The water temperature should be set at a minimum of 110 degrees fahrenheit to kill microbes and a maximum of140 degrees to prevent scalding. Also, water heaters can be dangerous if they are not seismically secured andequipped with a pressure/temperature relief valve and discharge pipe plumbed to the exterior.Age Capacity and LocationHot water is provided by a 14 year old, 50 gallon electric water heater located in the laundry room.Pressure Release Valve and Discharge PipeComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe pressure relief valve on the water heater does not have a discharge pipe. One should be installed by alicensed plumber before the close of escrow that extends to the exterior and terminates no more than twenty-fourabove grade and no closer than six inches to it. ElectricalThere are a wide variety of electrical systems with an even greater variety of components, and any one particularsystem may not conform to current standards or provide the same degree of service and safety. Regardless, weare not licensed electricians and in compliance with industry standards we only test a representative number ofswitches and outlets, and we do not perform load-calculations to determine if the supply meets the demand.However, in the interests of safety, we regard every electrical deficiency and recommended upgrade as apotential hazard that should be serviced immediately, and that the entire system be evaluated and certified assafe by a licensed contractor. Therefore, it is essential that any recommendations that we may make for serviceor upgrades should be completed within the inspection period, or before the close of escrow, because anelectrician could reveal additional deficiencies or recommend some upgrades for which we disclaim anyresponsibility. Main PanelGeneral CommentsCommon national safety standards require electrical panels to be weatherproof, readily accessible, and have aminimum of thirty-six inches of clear space in front of them for service. Also, they should have a main disconnect,and each circuit within the panel should be clearly labeled. Industry standards only require us to test arepresentative number of accessible switches, receptacles, and light fixtures. However, we attempt to test everyone that is unobstructed, but if a residence is furnished we will obviously not be able to test each one.Size and LocationThe residence is served by a 100 amp, 240 volt panel, located in the rear.Service Entrance Mast Weatherhead etcInformational ConditionsThe service entrance, mast weather head, and cleat are in acceptable condition.Main PanelInformational ConditionsThe main panel and its components have no visible deficiencies. You may wish to consult with a licensed_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 11
  • 15. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________electrician about upgrading the system to a new larger panel to accomadate appliance additions.Circuit BreakersInformational ConditionsThere are no visible deficiencies with the circuit breakers in the main electrical panel.GroundingInformational ConditionsThe main electrical panel is grounded to a water pipe. Current standards require the panel to be double-grounded,and you may wish to consider having this done as a safety upgrade. However, such an upgrade is not currentlymandated. Sub PanelsSize and LocationThe residence is served by a __ amp, ___volt sub panel, located adjacent to the main panel. HeatThe components of most heating and air-conditioning systems have a design-life ranging from ten to twentyyears, dependant on the climate zone, but can fail prematurely with poor maintenance. We test and evaluateheating and air-conditioning systems in accordance with industry standards, which means that we do not attemptto dismantle any portion of them, or evaluate the following concealed components: the heat exchanger, orfirebox, electronic air-cleaners, humidifiers, and in-line duct motors or dampers. You should also be aware that wedo not evaluate or endorse any unvented heating devices that utilize fossil fuels, the presence of whichsometimes confirms the inadequacy of the primary heating system. However, these and every other fuel burningappliances that are not vented are potentially hazardous. They can include open flames or heated elements,which are capable of igniting any of the myriad flammable materials found in the average home. Also, even themost modern of these appliances can produce carbon monoxide, which in a sealed or poorly ventilated room canresult in sickness, debilitating injury, and even death. We perform a conscientious evaluation of heating andair-conditioning systems, but we are not specialists. Therefore, it is imperative that any recommendation that wemay make for service or a second opinion be scheduled within the inspection period, or before the close ofescrow, because a specialist could reveal additional defects or recommend further upgrades that could affectyour evaluation of the property, and our service does not include any form of warranty or guarantee. Heat System 1RadiantInformational ConditionsHeat is provided by a functional radiant means that appears to be the same age as the residence.We do not have the expertise to evaluate the radiant heat system, which should be evaluated by a specialist. ChimneyThere are a wide variety of chimneys, which represent an even wider variety of the interrelated components thatcomprise them. However, there are three basic types, single-walled metal, masonry, and pre-fabricated metalones that are commonly referred to as factory-built ones. Single-walled metal ones should not be confused withfactory-built metal ones, and are rarely found in residential use, but masonry and factory-built ones are acommonplace. Our inspection of them is that of a generalist and not a specialist. However, significant areas ofchimney flues cannot be adequately viewed during a field inspection, as has been documented by the ChimneySafety Institute of America, which reported in 1992: "The inner reaches of a flue are relatively inaccessible, and itshould not be expected that the distant oblique view from the top or bottom is adequate to fully documentdamage even with a strong light." Therefore, because our inspection of chimneys is limited to those areas thatcan be viewed without dismantling any portion of them, and does not include the use of specialized equipment,_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 12
  • 16. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________we will not guarantee their integrity or drafting ability and recommend that they be video-scanned before the closeof escrow. Living Room ChimneyGeneral Unlined Masonry Chimney CommentsUnlined chimneys, or those without flue liners, are suspect. Although such flues include a plaster coat of mortar,the corrosive effect of flue gases and the elements can deteriorate the mortar. In fact, the Chimney SafetyInstitute of America reported in 1992 that "all unlined chimneys, irrespective of fuel used, are very liable tobecome defective through disintegration of the mortar joints." For this reason, we recommend that all unlinedchimneys be evaluated by a specialist or video-scanned before the close of escrow.Chimney Stack or WallsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThere are loose mortar and bricks on chimney walls that need repair. Recommend cosulting with masonregarding repairs. Loose brick & mortarChimney FlashingsInformational ConditionsThe chimney flashings are in acceptable condition.Crown or Termination CapComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe chimney crown, which is designed to seal the chimney wall and to shed rainwater, is washed out ordeteriorated and should be replaced.Weather CapComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThere is no weather cap on the chimney and, inasmuch as they prevent moisture intrusion and thereby extend thelife of the chimney, we recommend having one installed.FireplaceComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThere are cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar in the refractory bricks of the fireplace, which is not uncommon,but which should be serviced.There is a gap between the fireplace and the surround, which should be sealed. Gaps such as this can literallydraw flames beyond the fireplace where they can come into contact with wood framing and pose a fire-hazard.HearthInformational ConditionsThe hearth is in acceptable condition. Living AreasOur inspection of living space includes the visually accessible areas of walls, floors, cabinets and closets, andincludes the testing of a representative number of windows and doors, switches and outlets. However, we do notevaluate window treatments, or move furniture, lift carpets or rugs, empty closets or cabinets, and we do notcomment on cosmetic deficiencies. We may comment on the cracks that appear around windows and doors, orwhich follow the lines of framing members and the seams of drywall and plasterboard. These cracks are a_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 13
  • 17. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________consequence of movement, such as wood shrinkage, common settling, and seismic activity, and will oftenreappear if they are not correctly repaired. Such cracks can become the subject of disputes, and are bestevaluated by a specialist. Similarly, there are a number of environmental pollutants that we have alreadydiscussed, the identification of which is beyond the scope of our service. However, there are a host of lessercontaminants, such as odors that are typically caused by moisture penetrating concealed slabs, or those causedby household pets. And inasmuch as the sensitivity to such odors is not uniform, we recommend that you makethis determination for yourself, and particularly if domestic pets are occupying the premises, and then schedulewhatever remedial service may be deemed necessary before the close of escrow. Living RoomThere is no recommended serviceInformational ConditionsWe have evaluated the room in compliance with industry standards, and found it to be in acceptable condition. DenA Probable Renovation or AdditionInformational ConditionsThis room appears to have been remodeled or part of an addition. If so, we recommend that you verify the permitand certificate of occupancy. This is important because our inspection does not tacitly approve, endorse, orguarantee the integrity of any work that was done without a permit, and latent defects could exist.DoorsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe pocket door hardware is defective and shouild be replaced for smooth function.Dual-Glazed WindowsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceA window has a brioken hermetic seal, and should be replaced. This is evident from the fogging, or condensation,that forms between the panes of glass and confirms that the seal has failed. See NE corner window.LightsFunctional Components and ConditionsThe lights are functional.OutletsFunctional Components and ConditionsThe outlets that were tested are functional. BedroomsIn accordance with state or industry standards, our inspection of bedrooms includes the visually accessible areasof walls, floors, cabinets and closets, and includes the testing of a representative number of windows and doors,switches and outlets. We evaluate windows to ensure that they meet light and ventilation requirements andfacilitate an emergency exit or egress, but we do not evaluate window treatments, nor move furniture, lift carpetsor rugs, empty closets or cabinets, and we do not comment on cosmetic deficiencies. Master BedroomThe master bedroom is located NEDoorsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe door latch needs to be adjusted to engage.Dual-Glazed WindowsInformational ConditionsThe windows that were unobstructed were checked and found to be functional._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 14
  • 18. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________Components and Conditions Needing ServiceA window has a broken hermetic seal, and should be replaced. This is evident from fogging, or condensationforming between the panes of glass, that confirms that the seal has failed. North facing window.LightsFunctional Components and ConditionsThe lights are functional.OutletsFunctional Components and ConditionsThebedroom outlets that were able to be tested are functional. Bedroom 2The second bedroom is located NWFlooringComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceThe hardwood floor at the NW corner is spongy possibly due to missing framing. Recommend repairs to sustainintegrity. Have evaluated by a contractor for repair estimate.Dual-Glazed WindowsInformational ConditionsThe windows that were unobstructed were checked and found to be functional.LightsFunctional Components and ConditionsThe lights are functional.OutletsFunctional Components and ConditionsThebedroom outlets that were able to be tested are functional. BathroomsOur evaluation of bathrooms conforms to state or industry standards. We do not comment on cosmeticdeficiencies, and we do not evaluate window treatments, steam showers and saunas, nor do we leak-test showerpans, which is the responsibility of the termite inspector. However, because of the possibility of water damage,most termite inspectors will not leak-test second floor shower pans without the written consent of the owners. Hallway BathroomSize and LocationThe hallway bathroom is a full, and is located in main hallway.Sink Faucet Valves etc Trap & DrainFunctional Components and ConditionsThe bathroom sink and its components are functional.Tub-ShowerComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceRecommend recaulking of tub surround area to forestall moisture intrusion. Caulking is cracked and does notprovide a tight seal.ToiletFunctional Components and ConditionsThe toilet is functional.Components and Conditions Needing ServiceThe toilet is loose, and should be secured.OutletsInformational ConditionsThere is no wall outlet in the bathroom, and if installed should have ground-fault protection._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 15
  • 19. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Common AreasOur evaluation of the common space, which includes the kitchen, hallway, stairs, laundry, and garage, is similarto that of the living space, and includes the visually accessible areas of walls, floors, cabinets and closets, and thetesting of a representative number of windows and doors, switches and outlets. We pay particular attention tosafety standards, such as those involving electricity and the integrity of firewalls, but we do not test portableappliances, including the supply and waste components of washing machines. KitchenGeneral Kitchen CommentsWe test kitchen appliances for their functionality, and cannot evaluate them for their performance nor for thevariety of their settings or cycles. However, if they are older than ten years, they may well exhibit decreasedefficiency. Regardless, we do not inspect the following items: free-standing appliances, refrigerators,trash-compactors, built-in toasters, coffee-makers, can-openers, blenders, instant hot-water dispensers,water-purifiers, barbecues, grills, or rotisseries, timers, clocks, thermostats, the self-cleaning capacity of ovens,and concealed or countertop lighting, which is convenient but often installed after the initial construction andpowered by extension cords or ungrounded conduits.Dual-Glazed WindowsComponents and Conditions Needing ServiceA window has a broken hermetic seal, and should be replaced. This is evident from the fogging, or condensation,that forms between the panes of glass and confirms that the seal has failed. See south wall window.Counter TopFunctional Components and ConditionsThe counter top is functional. You may wish to upgrade counter top material.Components and Conditions Needing ServiceA typical separation between the counter top and the backsplash should be grouted or caulked to forestallmoisture intrusion.An open seam between the sink and the counter top needs to be caulked or re-grouted to forestall moistureintrusion.Trap and DrainFunctional Components and ConditionsThe trap and drain at the sink are functional.OutletsInformational ConditionsAll of the countertop outlets should be upgraded to have ground fault protection, which is mandated by currentstandards and is an important safety feature. HallwaySmoke DetectorsInformational ConditionsA smoke detector is not in place in the hallway and may be required by local ordinances, but this should beverified._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 16
  • 20. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ LaundryGeneral Laundry Room CommentsIn accordance with industry standards, we do not test clothes dryers, nor washing machines and their waterconnections and drainpipes. However, there are two things that you should be aware of. The water supply towashing machines is usually left on, and their hoses can leak or burst under pressure and continue to flow.Therefore, we recommend replacing old rubber hoses with modern braided stainless steel types that are muchmore dependable. You should also be aware that modern washing machines discharge a greater volume of waterthan many of the older drainpipes can handle, which causes the water to back up and overflow. The only remedyfor this is to enlarge the drainpipe.There is no recommended serviceInformational ConditionsWe have evaluated the laundry room in compliance with industry standards, and found it to be in acceptablecondition._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 17
  • 21. AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONSStephen CanclerInspectorStructural Pest Inspector License #64507NAHI Certified Real Estate Inspector #2004107_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 18
  • 22. REPORT CONCLUSIONCongratulations on the purchase of your new home. Inasmuch as we never know who will be occupying orvisiting a property, whether it be children or the elderly, we ask you to consider following these general safetyrecommendations: install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; identify all escape and rescue ports; rehearsean emergency evacuation of the home; upgrade older electrical systems by at least adding ground-fault outlets;never service any electrical equipment without first disconnecting its power source; safety-film all non-temperedglass; ensure that every elevated window and the railings of stairs, landings, balconies, and decks are child-safe,meaning that barriers are in place or that the distance between the rails is not wider than three inches; regulatethe temperature of water heaters to prevent scalding; make sure that goods that contain caustic or poisonouscompounds, such as bleach, drain cleaners, and nail polish removers be stored where small children cannotreach them; ensure that all garage doors are well balanced and have a safety device, particularly if they are theheavy wooden type; remove any double-cylinder deadbolts from exterior doors; and consider installing child-safelocks or alarms on the exterior doors of all pool or spa properties.We are proud of our service, and trust that you will be happy with the quality of our report. We have made everyeffort to provide you with an accurate assessment of the condition of the property and its components and to alertyou to any significant defects or adverse conditions. However, we may not have tested every outlet, and openedevery window and door, or identified every minor defect. Also because we are not specialists or because ourinspection is essentially visual, latent defects could exist. Therefore, you should not regard our inspection asconferring a guarantee or warranty. It does not. It is simply a report on the general condition of a particularproperty at a given point in time. Furthermore, as a homeowner, you should expect problems to occur. Roofs willleak, drain lines will become blocked, and components and systems will fail without warning. For these reasons,you should take into consideration the age of the house and its components and keep a comprehensive insurancepolicy current. If you have been provided with a home protection policy, read it carefully. Such policies may onlycover insignificant costs, such as that of rooter service, and the representatives of some insurance companiesmay deny coverage on the grounds that a given condition was preexisting or not covered because of a codeviolation or manufactures defect. Therefore, you should read such policies very carefully, and depend upon ourcompany for any consultation that you may need.Thank you for taking the time to read this report, and call us if you have any questions or observationswhatsoever. We are always attempting to improve the quality of our service and our report, and we will continueto adhere to the highest standards of the industry and to treat everyone with kindness, courtesy, and respect._____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Inspection Narratives - Page 19
  • 23. Inspection Address: 12345 Main St, Somewhere USA. Inspection Date/Time: 10/6/2004 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm_____________________________________________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTSCover Page 1General Inspection Information 2Scope of Work and Description of Service 3Structural 5 Structural Elements 5 Raised Foundation or Basement 5Exterior 7 Wall Covering or Cladding 7 Exterior Features 7Roof/Attic 8 Attic 8 Composition Shingle Roof 9Plumbing 10 Potable Water Pipes 10 Waste and Drainage System 10 Water Heaters 11Electrical 11 Main Panel 11 Sub Panels 12Heat 12 Heat System 1 12Chimney 12 Living Room Chimney 13Living Areas 13 Living Room 14 Den 14Bedrooms 14 Master Bedroom 14 Bedroom 2 15Bathrooms 15 Hallway Bathroom 15Common Areas 16 Kitchen 16 Hallway 16 Laundry 17Certifications and Affiliations 18Report Conclusion 19_____________________________________________________________________________________________ This report has been produced in accordance with our signed contract and is subject to the terms and conditions agreed upon therein. All printed comments and the opinions expressed herein are those of the Inspection Company. Table of Contents - Page 1

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