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Why Do I Need A Home Inspection


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Why Do I Need A Home Inspection

  1. 1. In A Home Inspection Report, What Does That Comment Mean & Should I Be Concerned? Duane Serrano Tri-Star Inspection Services 408-266-2706
  2. 2. What Is A Property Inspection? A visual overview of the home on the day of inspection by a Certified ASHI Inspector Discloses the major and minor concerns Compliments the qualities of the home Organizes the information into a written report
  3. 3. An Inspector Looks For Concerns In The: Structure Electrical HVAC Plumbing Crawlspace / Slab Kitchen Interior Exterior
  4. 4. What Are The Advantages Of A “Pre-Listing Inspection”? Puts you in the “Drivers Seat” Helps you decide what to fix, what not to fix and what will be just information The more you know about the home, the more you are prepared for the buyer that comes along
  5. 5. ROOFING
  6. 6. Asphalt shingle roofing materials have horizontal cracks-have further inspected by a qualified roofing contractor.
  7. 7. Asphalt shingle roofing materials show signs of premature failure at the ridge cap-have further inspected by a qualified roofing contractor.
  8. 8. Skylight is loose & not secured to the curb structure-vulnerable for leaking & possibly blowing off in a strong wind.
  9. 9. Plumbing vent is not extended through the vent collar-this is a hole in the roof-vulnerable for leaking.
  10. 10. Vent collars are not sealed at various plumbing vents-vulnerable for leaking.
  11. 11. Roof flashing is not installed properly at a plumbing vent located over the laundry room-vulnerable for leaking.
  12. 12. ELECTRICAL
  13. 13. Main electrical cables do not have a proper clearance from the gutters & roofing materials-contact hazard-contact a qualified electrical contractor for repairs.
  14. 14. Various electrical sub panels have been installed improperly & the main panel may be inadequately sized for the added circuits-have inspected by a qualified electrical contractor.
  15. 15. Circuits entering the electrical panel are not secured & protected.
  16. 16. Doubled up breakers exist & one exposed wire end exists in the panel which is a contact hazard to the metal panel box-have repaired by a qualified electrical contractor.
  17. 17. Neutral wiring is partially melted & is discolored in the sub panel indicating an electrical short is or has occurred-have further inspected by a qualified electrical contractor.
  18. 18. Wiring in the garage is loose & unprotected, one uncovered junction box exists & an extension cord is being used to extend power.
  19. 19. Wiring is exposed & not secured at the garbage disposer-contact hazard.
  20. 20. Wiring is exposed, not installed per proper electrical standards & is a contact hazard located at the front entry closet-recommend removing.
  21. 21. The main electrical panel is grounded to the abandoned water supply plumbing system making the panel not properly grounded-have the panel properly grounded by a qualified electrical standard.
  22. 22. PLUMBING
  23. 23. Copper & galvanized water supply piping is not separated properly in the crawlspace located under the kitchen.
  24. 24. Water supply lines show signs of corrosion & are leaking at various areas in the crawlspace.
  25. 25. Water supply piping is not properly supported in the crawlspace located under the living room-pipes bang when water is turned on & off.
  26. 26. An “S” trap is installed for the master shower drain line-sewer smell exists in the bathroom.
  27. 27. The hall bathroom fan duct is not installed per proper plumbing standards-the duct vents into the toilet vent pipe & should vent to the exterior.
  28. 28. Water Heater is not properly earthquake strapped per CA State Architect’s requirements. Water Heater T/P pipe has a threaded end. Water heater flue is improper materials .
  29. 29. A non standard water heater is installed-recommend replacing.
  30. 30. HVAC
  31. 31. Heating duct is disconnected in the crawlspace.
  32. 32. Sample view of materials that could possibly contain asbestos on the ducting.
  33. 33. Heating ducts appear to be made out of asbestos materials without a metal interior duct-have further inspected & tested by a qualified asbestos expert.
  34. 34. Various ducts are dented, missing insulation & have soils contact.
  35. 35. The heat exchanger is rusted, corroded & is holed. Have further inspected by a qualified mechanical contractor or PG&E
  36. 36. INTERIOR
  37. 37. Voids exist in the garage firewall-materials have been removed at various areas.
  38. 38. Garage firewall protection has been breached due to the added attic access panel.
  39. 39. Attic insulation is upside down with the paper vapor barrier exposed-fire hazard.
  40. 40. The dining room ceiling is damaged-the object must be removed to perform the repairs.
  41. 41. KITCHEN
  42. 42. Garbage disposer is not installed per proper building standards-unit is supported by a non standard building component.
  43. 43. Kitchen exhaust duct vents into the attic & should vent to the exterior-duct pipe is incomplete & appears to be blocked by a structural beam.
  44. 44. STRUCTURE
  45. 45. Roof framing collar ties have been partially removed in the attic which is jeopardizing the structural integrity of the roof structure.
  46. 46. A rafter has been cut for what appears to be the installation of the attic furnace.
  47. 47. Evidence of a past fire exists in the attic. Check with others regarding the history of this fire.
  48. 48. A paper wasp nest exists in the attic-appears to be abandoned-recommend removing.
  49. 49. A live paper wasp nest exists in the crawlspace under the family room-recommend having removed by a qualified bee expert.
  50. 50. Signs of past or present wood borer activity exists in the crawlspace-check the pest report.
  51. 51. A floor joist has been cut for the tub drain assembly making the tub not properly supported.
  52. 52. A floor joist has been cut for the installation of the ducting making the living room floor not supported properly.
  53. 53. A ½” wide vertical crack exists in the basement wall located under the dining room-monitor.
  54. 54. Horizontal foundation cracks exist at the rear & left elevations under the kitchen-have further inspected by a qualified engineer or a qualified foundation expert.
  55. 55. A pier & post have been added under the front entry way & the installation does not meet proper building standards-FYI.
  56. 56. A sump pump has been improperly installed & does not appear to operate-recommend having further inspected by a qualified contractor.
  57. 57. Signs of past standing water exist in the crawlspace.
  58. 58. Standing water currently exists in the crawlspace.
  59. 59. Metal anchors have contact with pressure treated wood & the anchors are rusted, corroded & appear to have lost structural integrity-have further inspected by a qualified engineer.
  60. 60. Various foundation vents have been sealed closed or are partially blocked by insulation.
  61. 61. Signs of improper ventilation, water intrusion, heavy condensation, moisture damages & organic growth exists under the room additions-have further inspected by a qualified environmental company, a qualified engineer & check the pest report.
  62. 62. Once in a while, good things are found in a crawlspace.
  63. 63. Any Questions? Thank You!!!
  64. 64. 15 Years Experience Inspecting Homes in the Santa Clara Valley Performed over 7000 Home & Building Inspections Certified ASHI Member General Contractor Lic. #579397 Duane Serrano 408-266-2706