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Sample Home Inspection Report

  1. 1. Closer Look Home Inspections Home Inspection Report Cover Page Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Inspection prepared for: Somebody HomeBuyer Agent: The Best - XYZ Reality Inspection Date: 4/1/2020 Time: 9:00 am Age: 41 years Size: 1400 Sq. ft. Weather: Clear Raised Bungalow Inspector: Karl VanHeyst 40 Pheasant Run Dr., , Guelph, Ontario, N1C 1E7 Phone: 519-830-9049 Email: closerlook@rogers.com www.closerlookinspections.caThis confidential report is prepared exclusively for the client @ Closer Look Home Inspections.
  2. 2. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario The summary below consists of potentially significant findings. These findings can be a safety hazard, a deficiency requiring major expenses to correct or items I would like to draw extra attention to. The summary is not a complete listing of all the findings in the report, and reflects the opinion of the inspector. Please review all of the pages of the report as the summary alone does not explain all the issues. All repairs must be done by a licensed &bonded trade or profession. I recommend obtaining a copy of all receipts, warranties and permits for the work done. On this page you will find, in RED, a brief summary of any CRITICAL concerns of the inspection, as they relate to Safety and Function. Examples would be bare electrical wires, or active drain leaks. The complete list of items noted is found throughout the body of the report, including Normal Maintenance items. Be sure to read your entire report! For your safety and liability, we recommend that you hire only licensed contractors when having any work done. If the living area has been remodeled or part of an addition, we recommend that you verify the permit and certificate of occupancy. This is important because our inspection does not tacitly approve, endorse, or guarantee the integrity of any work that was done without a permit, and latent defects could exist. Depending upon your needs and those who will be on this property, items listed in the body of the report may also be a concern for you; be sure to read your Inspection Report in its entirety. Note: If there are no comments in RED below, there were no CRITICAL system or safety concerns with this property at the time of inspection. Page 1 of 60
  3. 3. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, OntarioReport Summary Report Summary Exterior Page 14 Item: 11 Electrical • Damaged/rusted outdoor lighting observed, suggest Conditions repairing for safety. Page 16 Item: 18 Deck Condition • Railing is rotted, requires replacement. Roof Page 20 Item: 5 Roof Surface • Roofing materials show extensive wear and deterioration Conditions and is at the end of their useful life. A licensed roofer should be consulted for further review prior to closing for repairs/replacement as required. Basement Page 26 Item: 5 Basement Walls • Active leaks observed at the time of inspection on west wall Condition in kitchen area. Further review/repair required. Page 27 Item: 13 Electrical • Extension cord improperly used as permanent wiring. Conditions Extension cords should not be used for permanent wiring due to fire safety concerns. Client should consider review by a licensed electrician prior to closing for installation of proper electrical wiring and receptacles to ensure safety. • Open junction boxes were observed. Whenever an electric wire is cut and reconnected, the splice should be encased in a covered junction box to prevent shocks and separation of the splice. • Replace damaged outlets as required. Electrical Page 32 Item: 6 Electrical • Recommend full review by qualified electrical contractor for Comments quotes on upgrades/repairs to bring the electrical system into compliance and to repair all electrical safety hazards prior to close. Heating Page 34 Item: 3 Exhaust Venting • Vent pipe is disconnected or poorly fitted, which is a safety Conditions concern. • This is a serious safety concern. Page 35 Item: 8 Heating Comments • Furnace was not operating at time of inspection, further review/repair required by a licenced contractor prior to close. • Replace blower belt; damaged. Water Heater Page 37 Item: 5 Flue Venting • A rusted draft hood is a sign of improper venting. This is a Conditions safety concern, which should be evaluated by a qualified contractor. No backdrafting was occurring at the time of inspection. Advise obtaining maintenance and repair history. If no past repair can be confirmed, we suggest having a safety evaluation. Bedrooms Page 41 Item: 2 Wall Condition • Caulk and seal windows as required. Some moisture noted below corners of windows. Bathroom 1 Page 45 Item: 9 Bathroom Exhaust • None observed, we recommend an exhaust fan be installed Fan Condition in all bathrooms for proper ventilation and moisture control. Page 2 of 60
  4. 4. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Other Interior Areas Page 54 Item: 5 Window Condition • Recommend caulking and sealing windows, some moisture noted on walls below living and dining room windows. Page 55 Item: 6 Electrical • Missing junction box observed in dining room area, suggest Conditions installing for safety. Attic Page 57 Item: 3 Sheathing • Minor moisture staining noted at stove vent pipe. Repair Condition required. Page 3 of 60
  5. 5. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Definitions 1. Apparent condition: Systems and components are rated as follows: Functional = Indicates the component is functionally consistent with its original purpose but may show signs of normal wear and tear and deterioration. Monitor/ or Maintenance / (Mon) = Indicates the component will probably require repair or replacement anytime within five years. Owner is advised to monitor. Minor Repair = Minor repair is recommended; costs should not exceed $3000.00. Major Repair = A system or component that is considered significantly deficient or is unsafe. Cost will exceed $3000.00. Fair = Indicates the component will need repair or replacement now or in the very near future. Safety Hazard = Denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention. N/A = Not applicable, not inspected or not installed or does not pertain to subject property. ? = Performance/future performance of system or component is unpredictable. 2. Installed systems and components: exterior; interior; roofing; plumbing; electrical; heating; central air-conditioning (weather permitting; insulation and ventilation. 3. Readily accessible systems and components: only those systems and components where Inspector is not required to remove personal items, furniture, equipment, soil ,snow, or other items which obstruct access or visibility. Page 4 of 60
  6. 6. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario A Home Inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the prediction of future conditions. A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection. A material defect is a condition with a residential real property or any portion of it that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the real property or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property. The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at or beyond the end of the normal useful life of such a structural element, system or subsystem is not by itself a material defect. AN INSPECTION VERSUS A WARRANTY A home inspection is just what the name indicates, an inspection of a home...usually a home that is being purchased. The purpose of the inspection is to determine the condition of the various systems and structures of the home. While an inspection performed by a competent inspection company will determine the condition of the major components of the home, no inspection will pick up every minute latent defect. The inspector’s ability to find all defects is limited by access to various parts of the property, lack of information about the property and many other factors. A good inspector will do his or her level best to determine the condition of the home and to report it accurately. The report that is issued is an opinion as to the condition of the home. This opinion is arrived at by the best technical methods available to the home inspection industry. It is still only an opinion. A warranty is a policy sold to the buyer that warrants that specific items in the home are in sound condition and will remain in sound condition for a specified period of time. Typically, the warranty company never inspects the home. The warranty company uses actuarial tables to determine the expected life of the warranted items and charges the customer a fee for the warranty that will hopefully cover any projected loss and make a profit for the warranty seller. It is essentially an insurance policy. The service that we have provided you is an inspection. We make no warranty of this property. If you desire warranty coverage, please see your real estate agent for details about any warranty plan to which their firm may have access. Page 5 of 60
  7. 7. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario General Information 1. Inspector Karl VanHeyst 2. Persons in Attendance Buyers • Buyers Agent 3. Occupancy The property is occupied by the owner 4. Property Information This is a single family home • The house faces west. • Basement apt. Buyer is cautioned that this is NOT a compliance inspection. Should buyer be concerned as to municipal compliance of basement apartment, consultation with Municipality is required. 5. Levels Raised Bungalow 6. Estimated Age This structure is approximately 41 years of age as stated by the MLS. 7. Weather conditions Weather conditions during the inspection: Cloudy Temperature at the time of inspection was approximately 20 degrees C. Recent weather conditions: Hot Page 6 of 60
  8. 8. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario EXTERIOR REMARKS SERVICE WALKS/DRIVEWAYS Spalling concrete cannot be patched with concrete because the new will not bond with the old. Water will freeze between the two layers, or the concrete will break up from movement or wear. Replacement of the damaged section is recommended. Walks or driveways that are close to the property should be properly pitched away to direct water away from the foundation. Asphalt driveways should be kept sealed and larger cracks filled so as to prevent damage from frost. Patios that have settled towards the structure should be mudjacked or replaced to assure proper pitch. Improperly pitched patios are one source of wet basements. EXTERIOR WOOD SURFACES All surfaces of untreated wood need regular applications of paint or special chemicals to resist damage. Porch or deck columns and fence posts which are buried in the ground and made of untreated wood will become damaged within a year or two. Decks should always be nailed with galvanized, stainless steal or aluminum nails. Decks that are not painted or stained should be treated with a water sealer. GRADING AND DRAINAGE Any system of grading or landscaping that creates positive drainage (moving water away from the foundation walls) will help to keep a basement dry. Where negative grade exists and additional backfill is suggested, it may require digging out around the property to get a proper pitch. Dirt shall be approximately 6” below the bottom sill and should not touch wood surfaces. Flower beds, loose mulched areas, railroad ties and other such landscaping items close to the foundation trap moisture and contribute to wet basements. To establish a positive grade, a proper slope away from the house is 1” per foot for approximately 5-6 feet. Recommend ground cover planting or grass up to foundation. ROOF AND SURFACE WATER CONTROL Roof and surface water must be controlled to maintain a dry basement. This means keeping gutters cleaned out and aligned, extending downspouts, installing splashblocks, and building up the grade so that roof and surface water is diverted away from the building. WINDOW WELLS The amount of water which enters a window well from falling rain is generally slight, but water will accumulate in window wells if the yard is improperly graded. Plastic window well covers are useful in keeping out leaves and debris. RETAINING WALLS Retaining walls deteriorate because of excessive pressure buildup behind them, generally due to water accumulation. Conditions can often be improved by excavating a trench behind the retaining wall and filling it with coarse gravel. Drain holes through the wall will then be able to relieve the water pressure. Retaining walls sometime suffer from tree root pressure or from general movement of topsoil down the slope. Normally, these conditions require rebuilding the retaining wall. RAILINGS It is recommended that railings be installed for any stairway over 3 steps and porches over 30” for safety reasons. Balusters for porches, balconies, and stairs should be close enough to assure children cannot squeeze through. CHIMNEYS Chimneys built of masonry will eventually need tuckpointing. A cracked chimney top that allows water and carbonic acid to get behind the surface brick/stone will accelerate the deterioration. Moisture will also deteriorate the clay flue liner. Periodic chimney cleaning will keep you apprised of the chimney’s condition. The flashing around the chimney may need resealing and should be inspected every year or two. Fireplace chimneys should be inspected and evaluated by a chimney professional before using. Chimneys must be adequate height for proper drafting. Page 7 of 60
  9. 9. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Spark arrestors are recommended for a wood burning chimney, and chimney caps for fossil fuels. Unlined Chimney should be re-evaluated by a chimney technician. Have flue cleaned and re- evaluated. The flue lining is covered with soot or creosote and no representation can be made as to the condition. NOT EVALUATED The flue was not evaluated due to inaccessibility such as roof pitch, cap, cleanout not accessible, etc. CRICKET FLASHING Small, sloped structure made of metal and designed to drain moisture away from a chimney. Usually placed at the back of a chimney. GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS This is an extremely important element in basement dampness control. Keep gutters clean and downspout extensions in place (4’ or more). Paint the inside of galvanized gutters, which will extend the life. Shortly after a rain or thaw in winter, look for leaks at seams in the gutters. These can be recaulked before they cause damage to fascia or soffit boards. If no gutters exist, it is recommended that they be added. SIDING Wood siding should not come in contact with the ground. The moisture will cause rotting to take place and can attract carpenter ants. EIFS This type of siding is a synthetic stucco and has experienced serious problems. It requires a certified EIFS inspector to determine condition. Brick and stone veneer must be monitored for loose or missing mortar. Some brick and stone are susceptible to spalling. This can be caused when moisture is trapped and a freeze/thaw situation occurs. There are products on the market that can be used to seal out the moisture. This holds true for brick and stone chimneys also. Metal siding will dent and scratch. Oxidation is a normal reaction in aluminum. There are good cleaners on the market and it is recommended that they be used occasionally. Metal siding can be painted. DOORS AND WINDOWS These can waste an enormous amount of energy. Maintain the caulking around the frames on the exterior. Check for drafts in the winter and improve the worst offenders first. Windows that have leaky storm windows will usually have a lot of sweating. Likewise, well-sealed storms that sweat indicate a leaky window. It is the tighter unit that will sweat (unless the home has excess humidity to begin with). Wood that exhibits blistering or peeling paint should be examined for possible moisture sources: roof leaks, bad gutters, interior moisture from baths or laundry or from a poorly vented crawl space. Some paint problems have no logical explanation, but many are a symptom of an underlying problem. A freshly painted house may mask these symptoms, but after you have lived in the home for a year or two, look for localized paint blistering (peeling). It may be a clue. New glazing will last longer if the raw wood is treated with boiled linseed oil prior to glazing. It prevents the wood from drawing the moisture out of the new glazing. CAULKING Many different types of caulk are available on the market today. Check with a paint or hardware store for the kind of application you need. Page 8 of 60
  10. 10. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Exterior 1. Driveway Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Asphalt X Observations: • Suggest sealing/caulking the opening between the foundation and the driveway with an elastic concrete caulk. • Common cracks and patching noted. • Settlement and common cracking noted. • Suggest repairing as necessary and sealing to preserve the remaining life of the driveway. Suggest repairing as necessary and sealing to Suggest sealing/caulking the opening between the preserve the remaining life of the driveway. foundation and the driveway with an elastic concrete caulk. 2. Walkway Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Paver/Tile • Patio Stone X Observations: • Common cracks and heaved/settled areas observed. • Evidence of ponding observed. • Recommend review for repair or replacement as necessary. • Possible trip hazard. This is a safety concern. Suggest repair/replacement as needed to ensure safety. Page 9 of 60
  11. 11. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Evidence of ponding observed. Possible trip hazard. This is a safety concern. Suggest repair/replacement as needed to ensure safety. 3. Exterior Wall Cladding Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Brick X Observations: • The materials appeared to be in serviceable condition at the time of inspection. • Suggest trimming back vegetation from brick to prevent deterioration. • Minor cracking in brick veneer noted. This is normally not a serious concern. Buyer is advised to monitor this condition and consult with a qualified contractor should condition worsen. • Maintain caulking on trim work, repair as necessary. • Missing mortar in various areas. Recommend ongoing maintenance. Maintain caulking on trim work, repair as necessary. Page 10 of 60
  12. 12. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 4. Trim Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Vinyl and Metal X Observations: • Split Caulking and peeling paint noted. • Suggest caulking around doors and windows as necessary. • Suggest sealing/caulking as part of routine maintenance to prevent further deterioration. 5. Window/Frame Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Sliding Frame • Vinyl Frame X X Observations: • Damaged/missing screens observed. • Minor wood softening noted. Recommend ongoing maintenance. • Some windows in this home do not meet modern standards. Upgrade would greatly enhance overall comfort and efficiency. • Peeling paint observed, suggest scraping and painting as necessary. • Fog/condensation observed in thermopane windows. This is an indication of a failed seal. Recommend review for repair or replacement as necessary. Damaged/missing screens observed. Caulk/seal Required Fog/condensation observed in thermopane windows. This is an indication of a failed seal. Recommend review for repair or replacement as necessary. Page 11 of 60
  13. 13. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 6. Exterior Door Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Metal Clad • Wood • Metal Storm Door X X Observations: • Recommend upgrading weather stripping as necessary. 7. Gutter/ Downspouts Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Aluminum X X Observations: • Suggest cleaning gutters now, and as a normal part maintenance. • Drains to underground drain piping which was not tested. Recommend extensions; discharge above ground. • Nail pops noted. Recommend repair to secure to structure. Damaged downspouts - been frozen Nail pops noted. Recommend repair to secure to structure. Drains to underground drain piping which was not tested. Recommend extensions; discharge above ground. Page 12 of 60
  14. 14. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 8. FenceCondition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Chain Link X Observations: • Damaged gate observed. • Fence leaning in areas. • Recommend repairing sagging fence. • Recommend review for repair or replacement as necessary. Recommend repairing sagging fence. 9. Electric Meter Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Location: Right Side X 10. Gas Meter Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Location: Rear X Observations: • The pipes are rusted, recommend contacting gas company for repair/replacement as required. 11. Electrical Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) were not required when the home was built. Suggest client consider upgrading with GFCIs at all receptacles near water sources, such as the kitchen, the bathrooms, the garage, and exterior receptacles to enhance safety. Upgrades should be performed by a licensed electrician. • Damaged/rusted outdoor lighting observed, suggest repairing for safety. Page 13 of 60
  15. 15. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Damaged/rusted outdoor lighting observed, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) were not suggest repairing for safety. required when the home was built. Suggest client consider upgrading with GFCIs at all receptacles near water sources, such as the kitchen, the bathrooms, the garage, and exterior receptacles to enhance safety. Upgrades should be performed by a licensed electrician. 12. Exterior Faucet Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Location: Front • Rear X Observations: • Recommend installing check valves on all exterior hose bibs. Caulk/seal 13. Door Bell Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Location: Front • Rear X Page 14 of 60
  16. 16. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 14. Lot Grade and Drainage Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • Moderate Slope • Multilevel Lot • While performance of lot drainage and water handling systems may appear serviceable at the time of inspection, the inspector CANNOT always accurately predict this performance as conditions constantly change. Furthermore, items such as leakage in downspout/gutter systems are very difficult to detect during dry weather. Inspection of foundation performance and water handling systems, therefore, is limited to visible conditions and evidence of past problems. Buyer is advised to refer to Disclosure Statement for further information about drainage failure. • Adding dirt backfill to any low lying areas located around the foundation is recommended to ensure proper drainage away from the foundation at all times. 15. Foundation Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type: Basement X X Observations: • Block • Cement parging is flaking/deteriorated. Recommend review for repair as necessary. • Minor cracking was noted in blockwork. Such cracks are very common and are usually harmless. Should this cracking appear to worsen, consultation with a qualified contractor for required repairs is recommended. • Efflorescence observed; this is a mineral deposit left behind from exterior water infiltration. Minor cracking was noted in blockwork. Such cracks are very common and are usually harmless. Should this cracking appear to worsen, consultation with a qualified contractor for required repairs is recommended. 16. Retaining Wall Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Timbers X X Observations: • Wall is leaning. Page 15 of 60
  17. 17. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Wall is leaning. 17. Patio Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 18. Deck Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Treated wood X Observations: • Deck is weathered, suggest cleaning, as necessary, and treating with an oil based, water-repellent preservative to protect and extend the remaining life of the deck. • Railing is rotted, requires replacement. Deck is weathered, suggest cleaning, as Railing is rotted, requires replacement. necessary, and treating with an oil based, water- repellent preservative to protect and extend the remaining life of the deck. 19. Porch Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Page 16 of 60
  18. 18. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 20. Balcony Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair 21. Stair Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 22. Gereral Exterior Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • An effective water management program is required for all homes. This includes maintenance of all wooden components, caulking of all openings and ongoing vigilance of water handling systems, roof and flashings. Buyer is advised that while there may not be evidence of water intrusion into structure at time of inspection, NO STATEMENT referring to future performance can be made due to changing weather and structure conditions. • Suggest trimming back vegetation for proper clearance and ventilation. • Recommend maintaining positive drainage away from home. • No window wells installed, recommended to prevent water intrusion. • Due to the age of the home, there are numerous exterior items that required ongoing maintenance. Repair as required. No window wells installed, recommended to Suggest trimming back vegetation for proper prevent water intrusion. clearance and ventilation. Page 17 of 60
  19. 19. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario ROOF REMARKS Valleys and Flashings that are covered with shingles and/or tar or any other material are considered not visible and are not part of the inspection. Tar and Gravel Roofs are a type of covering on a pitched roof requires ongoing annual maintenance. We recommend that a roofing contractor evaluate this type of roof. Infra-red photography is best used to determine areas of potential leaks. Flat roofs are very vulnerable to leaking. It is very important to maintain proper drainage to prevent the ponding of water. We recommend that a roofing contractor evaluate this type of roof. ROOF TYPE LIFE EXPECTANCY SPECIAL REMARKS Asphalt Shingles 15-20 years Used on nearly 80% of all residential roofs; requires little maintenance Asphalt Multi-Thickness Shingles* 20-30 years Heavier and more durable than regular asphalt shingles Asphalt Interlocking Shingles* 15-25 years Especially good in high-wind areas Asphalt Rolls 10 years Used on low slope roofs Built-up Roofing 10-20 years Used on low slope roofs; 2 to 3 times as costly as asphalt shingles Wood Shingles* 10-40 years1 Treat with preservative every 5 years to prevent decay Clay Tiles* Cement Tiles* 20 + years Durable, fireproof, but not watertight, requiring a good subsurface base Slate Shingles* 30-100 years2 Extremely durable, but brittle and expensive Asbestos Cement Shingles* 30-75 years Durable, but brittle and difficult to repair Metal Roofing 15-40 + years Comes in sheets &shingles; should be well grounded for protection from lightning; certain metals must be painted Single Ply Membrane 15-25 years (mfgr’s claim) New material; not yet passed test of time Polyurethane with Elastomenic Coating 5-10 years1 Used on low slope roofs. * Not recommended for use on low slope roof 1 Depending on local conditions and proper installation 2 Depending on quality of slate Roof coverings should be visually checked in the spring and fall for any visible missing shingles, damaged coverings or other defects. Before re-roofing, the underside of the roof structure and roof sheathing should be inspected to determine that the roof structure can support the additional weight of the shingles. Wood shakes and shingles will vary in aging, due to the quality of the material, installation, maintenance, and surrounding shade trees. Ventilation and drying of the wood material is critical in extending the life expectancy of the wood. Commercial preservatives are available on the market, which could be applied to wood to impede deterioration. Page 18 of 60
  20. 20. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Roof 1. Methods Used to Inspect Roof How Inspected: Roof mounted. • Fully accessed (walked on). 2. Roof Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Materials: Asphalt Composition Shingles Repair Repair X X Observations: • Roof sagging noted. This is a common condition in older homes and can be a result of poor ventilation and poor sheathing. • Recommend consultation with qualified contractor for replacement quotations in order to budget. Recommend consultation with qualified contractor for replacement quotations in order to budget. 3. Roof Flashing Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Rubber • Metal X Observations: • Typical maintenance necessary, now and on an annual or semi-annual basis. This generally consists of resealing gaps at through-the-roof projections and at the parapet walls as necessary. • Flashings are mastic covered, recommend re-sealing all through the roof vents and projections as a part of routine maintenance. 4. Skylight Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 5. Roof Surface Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • Unable to determine the age of the roofing surface. • Alligator cracking observed. • Blistering between layers observed. • Roofing materials show extensive wear and deterioration and is at the end of their useful life. A licensed roofer should be consulted for further review prior to closing for repairs/replacement as required. Page 19 of 60
  21. 21. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Roofing materials show extensive wear and deterioration and is at the end of their useful life. A licensed roofer should be consulted for further review prior to closing for repairs/replacement as required. 6. Roof Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Observations: Repair Repair X • Budget for new shingles within 0-2 years Page 20 of 60
  22. 22. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Garage 1. GarageType Type: Attached 2. Garage Roof Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Same as house 3. Garage Exterior Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Same as House X 4. Gutter/ Downspout Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Aluminum X Observations: • Drains to underground drain piping which was not tested. • Evidence of leaking observed. Downspouts cracked, appears to have froze at one time. 5. Garage Floor Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Concrete X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 6. Garage Door Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Metal • Tilt Up X Observations: • Weather stripping damaged, recommend repair as required. • Some rust noted along bottom edge of garage door, recommend scraping and painting to prevent further damage. • Peeling paint observed, suggest painting or staining, as necessary, to preserve the remaining life of the door. Weather stripping damaged, recommend repair as required. Page 21 of 60
  23. 23. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 7. Garage Door Hardware Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 8. Garage Door Opener Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 9. Garage Window Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 10. Exterior Door Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 11. Fire Door Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • No self closer. Recommend installation of self closer to protect against fume entry. • Recommend installation of fire-rated door. 12. Fire Wall Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 13. Garage Wall Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plaster X X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. • Efflorescence observed; this is a mineral deposit left behind from exterior water infiltration. Page 22 of 60
  24. 24. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Efflorescence observed; this is a mineral deposit left behind from exterior water infiltration. 14. Garage Celing Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plaster X X Observations: • Recommend fire poofing any holes or conduits in ceiling. 15. Garage Electrical Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Missing/damaged cover plates require repair. 16. Garage Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • This home is equipped with a central vacuum system which is outside the scope of this inspection and was not tested. Recommend client confirm proper operation prior to close. This home is equipped with a central vacuum system which is outside the scope of this inspection and was not tested. Recommend client confirm proper operation prior to close. Page 23 of 60
  25. 25. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario REMARKS BASEMENT Any basement that has cracks or leaks is technically considered to have failed. Most block basements have step cracks in various areas. If little or no movement has occurred and the step cracks are uniform, this is considered acceptable. Horizontal cracks in the third or fourth block down indicate the block has moved due to outside pressure. They can be attributed to many factors such as improper grading, improperly functioning gutter and downspout system, etc. Normally if little or no movement has taken place and proper grading and downspouts exist, this is considered acceptable. If the wall containing the stress crack(s) has moved considerably, this will require some method of reinforcement. Basements that have been freshly painted or tuckpointed should be monitored for movement. This will be indicated by cracks reopening. If cracks reappear, reinforcement may be necessary. Reinforcing a basement wall can become expensive. FOUNDATION (COVERED WALLS) Although an effort has been made to note any major inflections or weaknesses, it is difficult at best to detect these areas when walls are finished off, or basement storage makes areas inaccessible. No representation is made as to the condition of these walls. MONITOR Indicates that the walls have stress cracks, but little movement has occurred. In our opinion, the cracks should be filled with mortar and the walls monitored for further movement and cracking. If additional movement or cracking occurs, reinforcement may be necessary. HAVE EVALUATED We recommend that the walls be re-evaluated by a structural engineer or basement repair company and estimates be obtained if work is required. VAPOR BARRIER Floors that are dirt or gravel should be covered with a vapor barrier. MOISTURE PRESENT Basement dampness is frequently noted in houses and in most cases the stains, moisture or efflorescence present is a symptom denoting that a problem exists outside the home. Usual causes are improper downspout extensions or leaking gutters and/or low or improper grade (including concrete surfaces) at the perimeter of the house. A proper slope away from the house is one inch per foot for four to six feet. Expensive solutions to basement dampness are frequently offered. It is possible to spend thousands of dollars on solutions such as pumping out water that has already entered or pumping of chemical preparations into the ground around the house, when all that may be necessary are a few common sense solutions at the exterior perimeter. However, this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of causes and solutions to the presence of moisture. No representation is made to future moisture that may appear. PALMER VALVE Many older homes have a valve in the floor drain. This drain needs to remain operational. DRAIN TILE We offer no opinion about the existence or condition of the drain tile, as it cannot be visibly inspected. BASEMENT ELECTRICAL OUTLETS We recommend that you have an outlet within 6 of each appliance. The appliance you plan to install may be different than what exists, therefore the inspection includes testing a representative number of receptacles that exist. It is also recommended to have ground fault circuit interrupts for any outlet in the unfinished part of the basement and crawl spaces. Page 24 of 60
  26. 26. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Basement 1. Basement Access Basement stairway. 2. Foundation Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type: Basement • Finished Basement X Observations: • Finished basement: finished areas in basement were observed. Access to the original basement walls, floors, and ceilings was not available due to the additional construction that is present such as framed out walls, covered ceilings, and added floor coverings. As these areas are not visible or accessible to the inspector they are excluded from this inspection. • Inaccessible areas behind walls, ceilling and floor coverings are not within the scope of this report. Buyer is urged to review the Sellers Property Information Sheet to determine if any issues such as seepage have occurred in past as this inspection is limited to visually accessible items only. 3. Basement Stairs Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 4. Basement Floor Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Carpet • Concrete • Laminate • Linoleum X 5. Basement Walls Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Block • Drywall • Paneled X X Observations: • Efflorescence observed; this is a mineral deposit left behind from exterior water infiltration. • Evidence of past water penetration observed. • Active leaks observed at the time of inspection on west wall in kitchen area. Further review/repair required. Efflorescence observed; this is a mineral deposit Evidence of past water penetration observed. left behind from exterior water infiltration. Page 25 of 60
  27. 27. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Active leaks observed at the time of inspection on west wall in kitchen area. Further review/repair required. 6. Basement Ceilings Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Unfinished • Drywall/Plaster • Tile X Observations: • Dry at the time of the inspection. 7. Exterior Doors Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Wood X X Observations: • Recommend review for repair or replacement as necessary. 8. Joist Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Conventional 2X 8 Framing X Observations: • Very limited view due to finished ceiling. 9. Beams Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Wood X 10. Support Post Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Wood • Block Wall X 11. Subfloor Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 12. Window Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Style: Sliding Frame X Observations: • Some windows in this home do not meet modern standards. Upgrade would greatly enhance overall comfort and efficiency. Page 26 of 60
  28. 28. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 13. Electrical Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Extension cord improperly used as permanent wiring. Extension cords should not be used for permanent wiring due to fire safety concerns. Client should consider review by a licensed electrician prior to closing for installation of proper electrical wiring and receptacles to ensure safety. • Open junction boxes were observed. Whenever an electric wire is cut and reconnected, the splice should be encased in a covered junction box to prevent shocks and separation of the splice. • Replace damaged outlets as required. Replace damaged outlets/switches as required- Safety hazard- Taped wiring safety hazard Open junction boxes were observed. Whenever Extension cord improperly used as permanent an electric wire is cut and reconnected, the splice wiring. Extension cords should not be used for should be encased in a covered junction box to permanent wiring due to fire safety concerns. prevent shocks and separation of the splice. Client should consider review by a licensed electrician prior to closing for installation of proper electrical wiring and receptacles to ensure safety. Page 27 of 60
  29. 29. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 14. Visible Plumbing Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: ABS • Cast Iron • Copper X 15. Insulation Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Fiberglass X Observations: • Inaccessible. • Visible at rim joist only. 16. Distribution/Ducts Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Ducts/Registers X Observations: • Very limited review of ductwork due to basement finish. 17. Basement Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Older foundations particularly susceptible to water penetration and damages; it is extremely important to take all steps possible to reduce te amount of water/moisture presented against outside walls; read comments regrading and downspouts. • Limited review due to finished basement. Recommend client refer to the Seller Disclosure Statement regarding the condition of any concealed plumbing and foundation elements. Page 28 of 60
  30. 30. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Plumbing 1. Main Shutoff Location Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Copper X 2. Supply Liine Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Copper X Observations: • No leaks observed at the time of the inspection. 3. Waste Line Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 4. Waste Line Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: ABS • Cast Iron X Observations: • No leaks observed at the time of the inspection. 5. Sump Pump Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 6. Sump Pump Plumbing Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 7. Sump Pit Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X Page 29 of 60
  31. 31. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 8. Ejector Pump Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 9. Venting Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 10. Plumbing Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Comments: X • All plumbing components tested well at time of inspection unless otherwise noted. Page 30 of 60
  32. 32. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Electrical 1. Main Service Drop Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type: Main Service Drop is underground X 2. Electrical panel Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type / Materials: Breakers X Observations: • The main service is approximately 100 amps, 240 volts. The main service is approximately 100 amps, 240 volts. 3. Main Panel Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Recommend labeling all breakers. • Furnace breaker appears to be weak, further review/replacement recommended. Page 31 of 60
  33. 33. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 4. Sub Panelcomments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 5. Smoke detector comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Location: Basement • Main Floor X Observations: • Periodic testing is suggested to ensure proper working order. • Suggest installing additional smoke detectors in appropriate areas as needed to enhance fire safety. Periodic testing is suggested to ensure proper working order and to enhance fire safety. Suggest installing additional smoke detectors in appropriate areas as needed to enhance fire safety. Periodic testing is suggested to ensure proper working order and to enhance fire safety. 6. Electrical Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Recommend full review by qualified electrical contractor for quotes on upgrades/repairs to bring the electrical system into compliance and to repair all electrical safety hazards prior to close. Page 32 of 60
  34. 34. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario HEATING SYSTEM REMARKS Units have limited lives. Normal lives are: GAS-FIRED HOT AIR…………………..15-25 years OIL-FIRED HOT AIR…………………... 20-30 years CAST IRON BOILER…………………... 30-50 years (Hot water or steam) or more STEEL BOILER………………………… 30-40 years (Hot water or steam) or more COPPER BOILER………………………. 10-20 years (Hot water or steam) CIRCULATING PUMP (Hot water)……. 10-15 years AIR CONDITIONING COMPRESSOR…8-12 years HEAT PUMP……………………………..8-12 years Gas-fired hot air units that are close to or beyond their normal lives have the potential of becoming a source of carbon monoxide in the home. You may want to have such a unit checked every year or so to assure yourself that it is still intact. Of course a unit of such an age is a good candidate for replacement with one of the new, high efficiency furnaces. The fuel savings alone can be very attractive. Boilers and their systems may require annual attention. If you are not familiar with your system, have a heating contractor come out in the fall to show you how to do the necessary thing Caution: do not add water to a hot boiler! Forced air systems should have filters changed every 30 to 60 days of the heating and cooling season. This is especially true if you have central air conditioning. A dirty air system can lead to premature failure of your compressor - a $1,500 machine. Oil-fired furnaces and boilers should be serviced by a professional each year. Most experts agree you will pay for the service cost in fuel saved by having a properly tuned burner. Read the instructions for maintaining the humidifier on your furnace. A malfunctioning humidifier can rust out a furnace rather quickly. It is recommended that the humidifier be serviced at the same time as the furnace, and be cleaned regularly. During a visual inspection it is not possible to determine if the humidifier is working. Have HVAC technician examine - A condition was found that suggests a heating contractor should do a further analysis. We suggest doing this before closing. Heat exchangers cannot be examined nor their condition determined without being disassembled. Since this is not possible during a visual, non-technically exhaustive inspection, you may want to obtain a service contract on the unit or contact a furnace technician regarding a more thorough examination. Testing pilot safety switch requires blowing out the pilot light. Checking safety limit controls requires disconnecting blower motor or using other means beyond the scope of this inspection. If the furnace has not been serviced in last 12 months you may want to have a furnace technician examine. CO2 TEST This is not part of a non-technical inspection. If a test was performed, the type of tester is indicated on the Heating System page. COMBUTIBLE GAS DETECTOR If a gas detector was used during the inspection of the furnace and evidence of possible combustible gases was noted, we caution you that our test instrument is sensitive to many gases and not a foolproof test. None-the-less, this presents the possibility that a hazard exists and could indicate that the heat exchanger is, or will soon be, defective. Page 33 of 60
  35. 35. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Heating 1. Heating Type: Gas Forced Air • The heating system is approximately rated at 75,000 BTUs • Make: • Grimsby 2. Burner Chamber Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Suggest having this unit professionally cleaned and tuned to ensure proper and safe operation. • Partially Visible 3. Exhaust Venting Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Masonry X Observations: • Recommend review by a licensed heating contractor for repair or replacement, as necessary, prior to close. • Vent pipe is disconnected or poorly fitted, which is a safety concern. • This is a serious safety concern. Vent pipe is disconnected or poorly fitted, which is a safety concern. 4. Humidifier Comments 5. Air Filter Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Filter is dirty, suggest replacement 6. Thermostat Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Thermostat located in hallway. X Observations: • Suggest programmable unit Page 34 of 60
  36. 36. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Suggest programmable unit 7. Distribution Ducting Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type: Ducts and Registers X Observations: • Recommend having ducts cleaned by a professional, a considerable of pet hair was noted in ductwork. 8. Heating Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Observations: Repair Repair X • The heating unit has exceeded its designed life expectancy. We make no warranty, guarantee or estimation as to the remaining useful life of this unit. • Suggest further review by a licenced contractor for repair or replacement • Furnace was not operating at time of inspection, further review/repair required by a licenced contractor prior to close. • Replace blower belt; damaged. Replace blower belt; damaged. Page 35 of 60
  37. 37. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Air Conditioning The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and cooling system (often referred to as HVAC) is the climate control system for the structure. The goal of these systems is to keep the occupants at a comfortable level while maintaining indoor air quality, ventilation while keeping maintenance costs at a minimum. The HVAC system is usually powered by electricity and natural gas, but can also be powered by other sources such as butane, oil, propane, solar panels, or wood. The inspector will usually test the heating and air conditioner using the thermostat or other controls. For a more thorough investigation of the system please contact a licensed HVAC service person. 1. Air Conditioning Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Type: Split System • Approximate estimate cooling capacity of system is 1.5 X tons. Observations: • The air conditioner was activated to check the operation of the motor and the compressor, both of which appear to be in serviceable condition. As a detailed review of the cooling capacity of this unit is beyond the scope of this inspection, we make no warranty as to the systems adequacy. Page 36 of 60
  38. 38. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Water Heater 1. Water Heater The water heater is located in basement and is a rental unit. • Approximate capacity of hot water tank is 189 liters. 2. Supply lines Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Copper X Observations: • No leaks observed at the time of the inspection. 3. Temperature Pressure Release Valve Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 4. Combustion Chamber Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 5. Flue Venting Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Metal X Observations: • A rusted draft hood is a sign of improper venting. This is a safety concern, which should be evaluated by a qualified contractor. No backdrafting was occurring at the time of inspection. Advise obtaining maintenance and repair history. If no past repair can be confirmed, we suggest having a safety evaluation. 6. Water Heater Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Children should be kept away from water heater as the high pressure release valve, if disturbed, can cause scalding. • Serviceable at time of inspection. No warranties can be offered on this or any other appliance. Page 37 of 60
  39. 39. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Kitchen The kitchen is used for food preparation and often for entertainment. Kitchens typically include a stove, dishwasher, sink and other appliances. 1. Kitchen Floor Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Ceramic Tile X 2. Kitchen Walls Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 3. Ceiling Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 4. Kitchen Doors Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Wood X Observations: • Minor damage at exterior bottom edge noted. 5. Kitchen Windows Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Style: Casement X 6. Kitchen Electrical Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • GFCI protected receptacles may not have been required when the house was built. We suggest buyer consider upgrading with GFCIs at all receptacles near water sources. Stove outlet not properly installed, safety hazard Page 38 of 60
  40. 40. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 7. Kitchen Cabinate Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Normal ware noted. 8. Kitchen Counter Top Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Normal ware noted. • Suggest caulking as necessary. 9. Kitchen Sink Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Stainless Steel X Observations: • Suggest caulking as necessary. 10. Kitchen Faucets Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 11. Traps/Drains/Suply Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 12. Stove Cooktop Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Style: Electric X Observations: • This unit was tested and appeared serviceable at time of inspection. Inspection does not include calibration as this is not a technically exhaustive inspection. No warranties or grantees of this or any other appliance can be offered. 13. Oven Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Style: Electric X Observations: • The upper and lower electric oven elements were tested at the time of inspection and appeared to function properly. These can fail at anytime without warning. No warranty, guarantee, or certification is given as to future failures. 14. GarbageDisposal Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 15. Dishwasher Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Dishwasher was operational at the time of inspection. Dishwashers most commonly fail internally at the pump, motor or seals. We do not disassemble these units to inspect these components. We recommend you operate this unit prior to closing. Page 39 of 60
  41. 41. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 16. Hood Fan Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Exterior Vented X 17. Microwave Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 18. Kitchen Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Refers to basement unit. • Basement kitchen appeared serviceable, however stove elements on right side did not operate during inspection. Page 40 of 60
  42. 42. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Bedrooms The main area of inspection in the bedrooms is the structural system. This means that all walls, ceilings and floors will be inspected. Doors and windows will also be investigated for damage and normal operation. Personal items in the bedroom may prevent all areas to be inspected as the inspector will not move personal items. 1. Floor Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 2. Wall Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Common cracks noted. • Caulk and seal windows as required. Some moisture noted below corners of windows. 3. Ceiling Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 4. Door Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • Closet doors require adjustment. Closet doors require adjustment. 5. Window Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • In the inspectors opinion the windows/frames are near the end of their useful life. Page 41 of 60
  43. 43. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Damaged latch In the inspectors opinion the windows/frames are near the end of their useful life. 6. Electrical Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 7. Stair Conditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 8. Other Interior Area Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X X • Minor cosmetic issues are not within the scope of this inspection as it focuses on basic structure and major systems only. • This inspection report recognizes the fact that this property is suffering from some deferred maintenance and is in need of updating in a number of areas. With this in mind we have purposefully overlooked things such as worn flooring and stuck or sticking doors and windows. The main intention of this report is to identify major operational defects and areas of necessary maintenance. Page 42 of 60
  44. 44. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario BATHROOM REMARKS STALL SHOWER The metal shower pan in a stall shower has a potential or probable life of 10-20 years depending on quality of the pan installed. Although a visible inspection is made to determine whether a shower pan is currently leaking, it cannot be stated with certainty that no defect is present or that one may not soon develop. Shower pan leaks often do not show except when the shower is in actual use. CERAMIC TILE Bathroom tile installed in a mortar bed is excellent. It is still necessary to keep the joint between the tile and the tub/shower caulked or sealed to prevent water spillage from leaking through and damaging the ceilings below. Ceramic tile is often installed in mastic. It is important to keep the tile caulked or water will seep behind the tile and cause deterioration in the wallboard. Special attention should be paid to the area around faucets and other tile penetrations. EXHAUST FANS Bathrooms with a shower should have exhaust fans when possible. This helps to remove excess moisture from the room, preventing damage to the ceiling and walls and wood finishes. The exhaust fan should not be vented into the attic. The proper way to vent the fan(s) is to the outside. Running the vent pipe horizontally and venting into a gable end or soffit is preferred. Running the vent pipe vertically through the roof may cause condensation to run down the vent pipe, rusting the fan and damaging the wallboard. Insulating the vent pipe in the attic will help to reduce this problem. SLOW DRAINS on sinks, tubs, and showers are usually due to build up of hair and soap scum. Most sink popups can be easily removed for cleaning. Some tubs have a spring attached to the closing lever that acts as a catch for hair. It may require removing a couple of screws to disassemble. If you cannot mechanically remove the obstruction, be kind to your pipes. Don’t use a caustic cleaner. There are several bacteria drain cleaners available. They are available at hardware stores in areas where septic tanks are used. These drain cleaners take a little longer to work, but are safe for you and your pipes. SAFETY HAZARDS Typical safety hazards found in bathrooms are open grounds or reverse polarity by water. Replacing these outlets with G.F.C.I.’s are recommended. WHIRLPOOL TUBS This relates to interior tubs hooked up to interior plumbing. Where possible, the motor will be operated to see that the jets are working. Hot tubs and spas are not inspected. Page 43 of 60
  45. 45. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Bathroom 1 1. Bathroom Location Materials: Main Floor 2. Bath FloorConditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Ceramic Tile X Observations: • Recommend sealing cracks/voids. Recommend sealing cracks/voids. 3. Bathroom Wall Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster • Ceramic Tile X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 4. Bathroom Ceiling Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 5. Bathroom Doors Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Hollow Core X 6. Bathroom Windows Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Sliding Frame X X Observations: • In the inspectors opinion the windows/frames are near the end of their useful life. 7. Electrical Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • No GFCI protection present, suggest installing GFCI protected receptacles for safety. Page 44 of 60
  46. 46. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 8. Heat Source Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Central Heating and Cooling X 9. Bathroom Exhaust Fan Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • None observed, we recommend an exhaust fan be installed in all bathrooms for proper ventilation and moisture control. 10. Tub/Whirlpool Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Tub X 11. Tub Surround Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plastic X Observations: • Suggest all tile edges and tub/shower walls be caulked and sealed to prevent moisture penetration. All missing/damaged grouting should be replaced. Failure to keep walls sealed can cause deterioration and extensive moisture damage to the interior walls and surrounding sub-flooring. This damage is not always visible or accessible to the inspector at the time of inspection. 12. Tub Enclosure Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 13. Tub Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 14. Shower Base Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 15. Shower Surround Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X Page 45 of 60
  47. 47. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Caulk/seal required 16. Shower Door Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 17. Shower Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 18. Sink Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Porcelain X Observations: • Suggest caulking as necessary. 19. Sink Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 20. Traps/Drains/Supply Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Older style metal traps noted. Buyer is cautioned that these traps can leak at any time due to corrosion. Page 46 of 60
  48. 48. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Older style metal traps noted. Buyer is cautioned that these traps can leak at any time due to corrosion. 21. Toilet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 22. Counters/ Cabinates Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Suggest caulking as necessary. 23. Bathroom Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X Page 47 of 60
  49. 49. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario Bathroom 2 1. Bathroom Location Materials: Basement 2. Bath FloorConditions Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Linoleum X Observations: • Recommend sealing cracks/voids. Recommend sealing cracks/voids. 3. Bathroom Wall Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 4. Bathroom Ceiling Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Drywall/Plaster X Observations: • Common cracks noted. • Dry at the time of the inspection. 5. Bathroom Doors Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Hollow Core X 6. Bathroom Windows Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Sliding Frame X Observations: • In the inspectors opinion the windows/frames are near the end of their useful life. Page 48 of 60
  50. 50. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 7. Electrical Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • GFCI protected receptacles may not have been required when the house was built. We suggest buyer consider upgrading with GFCIs at all receptacles near water sources. 8. Heat Source Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Central Heating and Cooling X 9. Bathroom Exhaust Fan Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • In the inspectors opinion the exhaust fan is near the end of its useful life due to older window type. Recommend installing updated window fan. 10. Tub/Whirlpool Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 11. Tub Surround Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 12. Tub Enclosure Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 13. Tub Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 14. Shower Base Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plastic X 15. Shower Surround Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plastic X Observations: • Suggest all tile edges and tub/shower walls be caulked and sealed to prevent moisture penetration. All missing/damaged grouting should be replaced. Failure to keep walls sealed can cause deterioration and extensive moisture damage to the interior walls and surrounding sub-flooring. This damage is not always visible or accessible to the inspector at the time of inspection. Page 49 of 60
  51. 51. Closer Look Home Inspections Any Street, Anytown, Ontario 16. Shower Door Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Plastic X 17. Shower Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 18. Sink Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Materials: Porcelain X Observations: • Suggest caulking as necessary. 19. Sink Faucet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 20. Traps/Drains/Supply Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Older style metal traps noted. Buyer is cautioned that these traps can leak at any time due to corrosion. 21. Toilet Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X 22. Counters/ Cabinates Condition Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair Observations: X • Suggest caulking as necessary. 23. Bathroom Comments Funtio Mon N/A Minor Major nal Repair Repair X Page 50 of 60

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