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Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer
72 Second St.
XXXXXX, NY 11XXX
516-XXX-XXXX
vXXXXXX@aol.com

Inspection Site:   2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX
Inspection Date:   May 6, 2012




Congratulations! You are considering the purchase of a new home!

Thank you for selecting Long Island Home Inspection Consultants to perform
your building inspection for you.

We invite you to visit our website www.longislandinspection.com. Our website is packed
with great information about the various components that make up a house or building.

If you attended the inspection, our inspector has already provided you with a
verbal report and discussion of his findings. The following report is designed to
highlight significant defects uncovered during the inspection and provides
maintenance suggestions to protect and prolong the life of the area discussed.

The inspection has been performed in accordance with The State of New York standards of
practice. It is intended only as a general guide to help the client make his or her own
evaluation of the overall condition of the home and is not intended to reflect the value of
the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report
expresses the personal opinions of the experienced inspector, based upon his visual

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impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of inspection only. The inspection
 and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive or to imply that every component
 was inspected or that every possible defect was discovered. No disassembly of equipment,
 opening of walls, moving of furniture, appliances or stored items, or excavation is
 performed.     All components and conditions, which by nature of their location are
 concealed, camouflaged or difficult to inspect are excluded from the report.       We can
 provide an excellent overview of the property, but will not find every defect; or uncover
 every possible risk, whether visible or not.

 The inspection report should not be construed as a compliance inspection of any
 governmental or non-governmental codes or regulations. The report is not
 intended to be a warranty or guarantee of the present or future adequacy or
 performance of the structure (we can not predict the future), its systems or
 their component parts. This report does not constitute any expressed or implied
 warranty of merchantability or fitness for use regarding the condition of the
 property and it should not be relied upon as such. Any opinions regarding
 adequacy, capacity or expected life of components are general estimates based
 on information about similar components and occasional wide variations are to
 be expected between such estimates and actual experience

 We certify that our inspectors have no interest, present or contemplated, in this property or
 its improvements. To the best of our knowledge and belief, all statements and information
 in insulation, internal or underground drainage or plumbing, any systems which are shut
 down or otherwise secured; water wells (water quality and quantity) zoning ordinances;
 intercoms; security systems; heat sensors; cosmetics or building code conformity. Any
 general comments regarding these systems and conditions are informational only and do not
 represent an inspection, however we can provide professional testing for radon, asbestos,
 water quality, mold testing, electromagnetic fields, and urea formaldehyde at the client’s
 request for additional fees. this report are true and correct.




                                          TABLE OF CONTENTS


CONGRATULATIONS!
  Welcome..................................................................................   1-2

 TABLE OF CONTENTS.....................................................................3

 OFFICE USE ONLY: PAID BILL............................................................4

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EXTERIOR...................................................................................6-9


TERMITE REPORT..........................................................................10

INTERIOR
   Structure and Foundation.............................................................11
   Attic or Crawl Spaces..................................................................12
   Plumbing/Heating/Electrical Systems..............................................13-17
   Rooms....................................................................................18-19

GENERAL NOTES...........................................................................20-21

SUMMARY...................................................................................22

                                     Terence Kursawe
                         Licensed New York State Home Inspector
                         Long Island Home Inspection Consultants
                           536 Bedford Ave., Bellmore NY 11710
                          New York State License #16000005820
                        NYSDEC Termite Certification #C1811196
                           American Society of Home Inspectors
                                      ASHI #: 202339
                                     1-800-553-1843
                                Direct Line: 516-880-5103
                                  tkinspect@netzero.net
             www.longislandinspection.com       www.longislandinspection.net




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Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer
72 Second St.
XXXXXX, NY 11XXX
516-XXX-XXXX
vXXXXXX@aol.com

Inspection Site:    2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX
Inspection Date:    May 6, 2012




Inspection Fee:                      $xxx.00


Total AmountPaid:                    $xxx.00



                                                  THANK YOU!




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EXTERIOR



         ITEM          MATERIAL                                  RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Street Sidewalk         N/A          Not Applicable

                                                                         A corner of the driveway has settled.
2. Driveway             Blacktop
                                                                         See Comment 10
                                        Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's
3. Front Walkway          Slate
                                        intended function.

                                        Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's
4. Front Stoop            Slate         intended function.

5. Entry Doors        Wood/Metal        The exterior doors are old. Replace existing doors with insulated solid
                                        wood or metal doors and frames. Install dead bolt locks for security.
                                        Balcony railings are damaged/rotted and are not safe. Replacement
6. Railings              Caution
                                        needed.

                                                                         There are several cracks near the base
                                                                         of the chimney, this may indicate
                                                                         problems with the footing. Contact a
                                                                         licensed and qualified mason to
                                                                         review/repair/replace as needed.
7. Chimney                Brick




8. Roof              Asphalt Shingles



                                        The roof covering is a single layer 3-tab, fiberglass/asphalt composite
                                        shingle. Evidence of repair/prior leakage observed. Shingles are worn,
                                        several are missing. Roof requires replacement. Contact a licensed and
                                        qualified roofing contractor to review /replace roof.




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EXTERIOR



          ITEM           MATERIAL                                 RECOMMENDATIONS

                                                                         The joint between the garage roof and
                                                                         house is not properly flashed. This has
9. Flashing                 Metal                                        caused cedar siding to rot, and there is
                                                                         evidence of water entry into the
                                                                         adjacent rear bedroom.

                                         Clean all gutters and leaders to prevent backup. Proper management of
                                         gutter/leader system is important for preventing soil erosion and
                                         possible damage to foundation/structure as well as for helping to keep
                                         the basement/crawl area dry. Mis directed downspouts may be
10. Gutters/Leaders       Aluminum       responsible for conditions observed: settled driveway, cracked/settled
                                         garage floor, foundation cracks, basement water entry.
                                         At least twice a year gutters, leaders, and downspouts should be cleaned
                                         and checked for proper alignment and connection.

11. Exterior Walls      Wood Frame       See Comment 39 regarding insulation.

                                                                         Many of the exterior cedar shingles are
                                                                         loose, missing and warped. This
12. Siding              Cedar Shingles                                   indicates that the siding is at the end
                                                                         of it's service life. Replacement
                                                                         needed.
                                                                         There is a crack in the exterior right
13. Masonry               Concrete
                                                                         side foundation wall. See Comment 36

14. Trim               Wood/Aluminum     Replace various rotted wood trim/ damaged aluminum trim around
                                         exterior of structure.
15. Paint                Water base      Exterior paint is worn. Professional painting is needed.

                                         Maintain caulking around all windows and window frames. Scrape off
16. Caulk               Silicone/Latex   old caulking where needed. Use silicone caulk, which has long life
                                         expectancy.
                                         As viewed from the exterior, windows appeared in satisfactory
17. Storms / Screens     Single Pane
                                         condition.

18. Sidewalk                 N/A         Not Applicable

19. Side Stoop               N/A         Not Applicable

                                         Install covered galvanized window wells at basement windows, where
20. Window Wells        None Present     none presently exist. This prevent water from entering the basement
                                         through these windows.

21. Rear Walkway          Concrete       Rear walkway is cracked and requires repair.
22. Rear Steps            Concrete       Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's
                                         intended function.
23. Deck                     N/A         Not Applicable




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EXTERIOR



          ITEM          MATERIAL                                RECOMMENDATIONS

                                        Periodically pitch soil away from foundation slab to aid in positive
24. Grading                Level        drainage. Soil should be pitched at a minimum of 15 degrees away to
                                        help prevent seepage into crawl area.

25. Landscape          Shrubs/Trees     Trim/remove shrubs and trees away from house as a preventative
                                        maintenance.

26. Patio                  Slate        Relevel uneven rear patio.

27. Pool                    N/A         Not Applicable

28. Fences                 Wood         Replace worn fencing/gates.


29. Retaining Walls         N/A         Not Applicable

30. Access Buildings        N/A         Not Applicable

31. Bulkhead                N/A         Not Applicable

32. Garage             2 Car-Attached




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EXTERIOR



         ITEM   MATERIAL                            RECOMMENDATIONS


                           The first two photos show that the worn garage roof is leaking. Third
                           photo is termite mud tubes on the wall between the garage and house.
                           The last photo shows a roof balcony post which appears to be damaged
                           by water as well as termites. It was also observed that the floor slab has
                           cracked and settled, the overhead doors are rotting, and a mold-like
                           substance is present on walls/ceiling.
                           Strongly suggest removal of all finished materials in order to thoroughly
                           inspect condition of foundation, supports, framing, roof structure, etc.
                           A thorough termite inspection should be conducted as well.




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Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer
72 Second St.
XXXXXX, NY 11XXX
516-XXX-XXXX
vXXXXXX@aol.com

Inspection Site:   2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX
Inspection Date:   May 6, 2012




                                TERMITE INSPECTION REPORT




Termite damage observed to rear sill, box beam, several floor joists and sub floor beneath the
den entry. See also comment 32. It could not be determined if drill holes in foundation were
from a termite treatment. If dwelling has been treated, obtain warrantee from seller. If not,
treatment is needed. Due to the slab construction and/or finished nature of this dwelling,
framing was not visible for inspection. It should be noted that slab-on-grade construction is
particularly prone to insect infestation. Strongly recommend entering into a service contract
with a licensed and qualified pest control company for periodic inspections.




Long Island Home Inspection Consultants




____________________________
Terence Kursawe
T1811196




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INTERIOR
                                STRUCTURE AND FOUNDATION


       ITEMS             DESCRIPTION                               RECOMMENDATIONS


33. Termites               Evidence       See Termite Report.

                                          Contact a qualified pest control company regarding carpenter ants
33A. Other Pests           Evidence       observed on exterior perimeter. Treat in accordance with E.PA. and
                                          D.E.C. guidelines.

34. Dry Rot                  N/A          Not Applicable




35. Water Entry            Evidence


                                          Evidence of water entry at bricked up rear basement window, form
                                          ties, and several foundation cracks. Water staining on carpet as well.
                                          See Comment 10, contact a professional waterproofing company for
                                          further evaluation.




36. Foundation          Poured Concrete



                                          Several cracks and other defects to foundation were observed.
                                          Numerous interior repairs have been made, however excavation work
                                          is required to properly repair cracks and waterproof the foundation
                                          from the exterior. This will be costly.

37. Girders                  Wood         No major defects were observed.


38. Columns                  Steel        Support columns are rusting and may need future replacement.


38A. Miscellaneous           N/A          Not Applicable




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INTERIOR
                                   ATTIC OR CRAWL SPACES



        ITEMS         DESCRIPTION                                RECOMMENDATIONS




39. Insulation         Cellulose



                                       Blown cellulose insulation can be a fire hazard if it was not properly
                                       treated prior to installation. This insulation was tested and was able
                                       to sustain a flame. This indicates a fire hazard, the cellulose
                                       insulation in this dwelling should be removed. It should be noted that
                                       this insulation can also be an allergen to sensitive individuals.
40. Floor             None Present     Install plywood flooring in upper attic area for safety and light storage.




41. Ventilation        Gable Fan


                                       The whole house fan requires a protective shroud for safety,
                                       however, use of this fan would seriously disturb the cellulose
                                       insulation. Also, since insulation has been blown into the soffit areas
                                       (eves) the attic is no longer properly ventilated. This may raise
                                       cooling costs, and reduce the lifespan of the roofing shingles.

42. Water Leaks        Evidence        See Comments 8 and 9.

43. Access               Hatch         Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform
                                       it's intended function.
43A. Electric Light     Present        Performing intended function. No visible defects.
43B. Storage             N/A           Not Applicable

43C. Misc.               N/A           Not Applicable
INTERIOR
                     PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS


       ITEMS            DESCRIPTION                                 RECOMMENDATIONS

                                           Recommend clearing all drain lines upon occupancy. Use PVC
44. Fixtures             See Remark
                                           compatible cleaner, follow manufacturer instructions.

                                           The plumbing fixture is in serviceable/operable condition. No leaks
        A.                 Kitchen
                                           observed.

        B.           Main Level Bathroom   The plumbing fixtures are in serviceable/operable condition.


        C.           Upstairs Bathrooms    The plumbing fixtures are in serviceable/operable condition.


49A. Drain Lines       Galvanized/PVC      No leaks were observed. No defects were observed.

                                           Waste/drain piping in this house is original. They could be prone to
                                           clogging and restricted flow because of internal corrosion. Future
                                           repair or replacement may be required. Due to the slab construction
                                           and/or finished nature of this dwelling, waste piping was not visible
49B. Waste Lines        Cast Iron/PVC      for inspection, however periodic maintenance can be anticipated. No
                                           representations can be made as to the condition of this waste piping.
                                           No leaks or blockage was observed. Consider a having video scope
                                           inspection of waste line done by a licensed/qualified plumber, as
                                           waste/septic/sewer lines are costly to replace.

                                           Wherever possible, insulate exposed cold water piping to eliminate
50 Supply Piping           Copper          condensation and hot water pipes to conserve energy. No leaks/defects
                                           were observed.

51 Plumbing Valves          Brass          Label plumbing valves for identification purposes.


52 Water Supply           Municipal        The municipal water shut-off is located in the basement.

                                                                            The water heater was operational at
                                                                            time of inspection. Generally water
                                                                            heaters do not require replacement
                          Kenmore                                           unless they leak. Periodic monitoring
                                                                            is advised. The average lifespan of a
53 Water Heater             Gas
                                                                            water heater under normal conditions
                          50 Gallon                                         is between 5 and 10 years. It is
                                                                            possible that this unit may require
                                                                            replacement at any time, as it is
                                                                            beyond it's statistical life span.
INTERIOR
                    PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS


       ITEMS          DESCRIPTION                                RECOMMENDATIONS

                                                                         The boiler is a converted coal boiler
                                                                         and likely the original heating system
                                                                         for the building. Although the system
                                                                         was operational during the time of
                                                                         inspection, due to its age, future
                                                                         replacement can be anticipated. Also,
                         Sunray                                          since asbestos was commonly used in
54 Heating System     Steam Boiler                                       the construction of boilers of this
                                                                         type, it is possible that this unit may
                         1 Zone                                          contain asbestos as an ingredient of
                                        the cement sealer or insulation lining. Positive determination can
                                        only be made through laboratory analysis. Remediation by a qualified
                                        asbestos company may be required. If performed, this work may be
                                        expensive.
                                        Replacement prior to, or upon occupancy is advised.


                                                                        It appears that the fuel oil storage
                                                                        tank in the crawl space may be
                                                                        leaking. Some of the surrounding soil
55 Burner                  Oil                                          has a strong odor of fuel oil and may
                                                                        be contaminated. Professional clean
                                                                        up is needed. Contact a licensed and
                                                                        qualified environmental remediation
                                                                        company for evaluation.


56 Humidifier             N/A           Not Applicable

                                        Wherever possible, insulate heat pipes to reduce heat loss and improve
57 Heat Pipes         Copper/Iron
                                        overall efficiency of system. No leaks/defects were observed.

                                        Have ducts professionally cleaned upon occupancy and at lease once a
58 Cooling Ducts    Supply and Return   year. Change the filter every 30 to 60 days of the cooling season to
                                        provide clean air and to extend lifespan of cooling equipment.

                                        Heat was present at all radiators when tested. Surface temperatures of
                                        steam radiators can reach levels high enough to present a risk of burn
59 Heat Radiation       Radiators       injury. It is recommended to install protective gratings around exposed
                                        radiators. Steam radiators can sometimes develop leaks and should be
                                        checked periodically for the same.
INTERIOR
                      PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS


       ITEMS           DESCRIPTION                              RECOMMENDATIONS




                                       The electric panel is located in the garage.
                                       Panel is overloaded, there are more circuits than allowed by the
                                       manufacturer schematic. There is evidence of arcing in the panel at
                                       the main breaker. This is unsafe. Contact a qualified licensed
                         100 Amp       electrician to review and repair as needed.
60 Electric Service
                       120/240 Volts
                                       We recommend upgrading existing electrical service to a 200 Amp,
                                       120/240 Volt service with a single circuit breaker box. Distribute
                                       electrical load in dwelling as required to meet modern electric needs.
                                       This may require some wiring alterations.



                                        The electric cable is much too close to the balcony entry and railing.
                                       This is a potential electrocution hazard, which requires correction.
                                       Contact a qualified licensed electrician to review and repair as needed.
INTERIOR
                     PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS


       ITEMS           DESCRIPTION                                RECOMMENDATIONS

                                         Install GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt) circuits in kitchen, bathroom,
                     Copper/BX/Romex     laundry and exterior locations for safety. Test all GFI outlets on a
61 Electric Wiring                       monthly basis, replace any which fail. Label all circuit breakers for
                      Circuit Breakers   added safety. A random check of electrical outlets did not reveal any
                                         deficiency.




                                         The average life expectancy for an air conditioning compressor under
                                         normal conditions is 8 to 12 years. It is possible that this unit may
                                         require replacement within 5 years.          Check with owner for
                           Trane
                                         documentation on the installation date of A/C compressor.
62 Central Air             5 Ton
                                         The primary and secondary condensate lines have been tied together. It
                          2 Zones        is recommended that they be separated so that in the event of a clog in
                                         the primary line, condensate drainage may still occur. Otherwise,
                                         condensate will back-up and may cause damage to equipment and/or
                                         leak through to living space below attic. Secondary drain line should
                                         terminate at an exterior point overhanging gutter in a location that can
                                         be readily observable, thereby providing notice that the system needs
                                         to be serviced.
                                         System was operational during the inspection.
INTERIOR
                 PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS


       ITEMS       DESCRIPTION                            RECOMMENDATIONS

63. A/C Units          N/A        Not Applicable

                                  Upon occupancy have fireplace cleaned/serviced prior to use, and on
63A. Fireplace     Wood Burning   an annual basis there after. Have flue damper adjusted/repaired for
                                  proper drafting.
INTERIOR
                                                ROOMS


              ITEMS                                         RECOMMENDATIONS

                         See previous comments regarding systems and components located in basement area.
                         Strongly suggest removal of all finished materials from basement area in order to
64. Basement             thoroughly inspect condition of foundation, supports, framing as well as plumbing,
                         heating and electrical distribution. A thorough termite inspection should be conducted
                         as well.
65. Kitchen              Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.




66. Pantry




                         Evidence of (garage) roof leakage, and the doorframe is no longer plumb. See
                         Comment 32.

67. Dining Room          Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.


68. Living Room          Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.

69. Den                  Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.


70. Half Bathroom        Install a GFCI electrical outlet as required by most electrical codes for safety.

                         Evidence of water entry from balcony, and several wall cracks present. See Comment
71. Rear Left Bedroom
                         32.

72. Front Left Bedroom   Uneven floor, See Comment 32.


73. Front Bedroom        Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.

74. Master Bedroom       Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.

                         Some of the grout between the ceramic tiles is loose or missing. This can allow water
                         to penetrate and damage the structure behind the tile. Remove all loose grout and re-
75. Master Bathroom
                         grout as needed. Install a GFCI electrical outlet as required by most electrical codes for
                         safety. Install electronic exhaust fan vented to exterior to remove excessive moisture.
INTERIOR
                                         ROOMS


           ITEMS                                   RECOMMENDATIONS


76. Full Bathroom   Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.
GENERAL NOTES

•   As this inspection was conducted during daylight hours, the effectiveness of exterior
    lighting could not be determined. Repair existing or add where necessary for safety.

•   Condition of sewer line could not be determined at time of inspection; however,
    anticipate maintaining, cleaning and/or replacement. Contact a licensed and qualified
    plumbing company to evaluate sewer line prior to closing.

•   Water supply valves to any washing machine should always be turned off when the washer
    is not in use. Otherwise the washer hoses, which contain live water pressure, could
    rupture at a most inopportune time, potentially causing significant water damage.

•   Clogged dryer vents are a leading cause of home fires. Dryer vent should be disassembled
    and cleared of accumulated lint upon occupancy and periodically as part of normal
    maintenance. A clean dryer vent will improve the efficiency of the dryer as well.

•   The flooring in this dwelling consists of wood, carpet, tile.
•   No determination can be made as to the surface condition of any flooring that is covered
    by finished materials.

•   The windows are wood double hung-single panes with storm windows. It is possible that at
    some time wooden window sashes had been painted with paint containing lead. Double-
    hung windows are friction able surfaces, meaning that paint dust, which may contain lead,
    is created each time the window is opened or closed. Painted single-pane double-hung
    windows should be replaced with high quality thermo pane windows.

•   The walls and ceilings in this dwelling are sheet rock, plaster, panel and tile. Lead paint
    was widely used in houses built prior to 1978 and is a known health hazard. Recommend
    having this house tested for lead paint, and if present, abate as necessary.
•

•   A complete system of smoke and carbon monoxide detection should be installed on these
    premises, as per New York State law. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    recommends smoke alarms in every bedroom, and on every level-including basement.
    Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and replaced if needed.

•   Obtain Certificate of Occupancy on building including any needed permits.

•   When recommendations have been made for repairs and/or service, we suggest you
    contact a qualified tradesperson prior to closing so actual costs involved can be
    anticipated.

•   Our service does not include a representation regarding the absence or presence of
    underground storage tanks. Advise obtaining written representation from present owner
    regarding this matter.

•   Our service does not include checking of appliances. All major appliances should be on
    separate electrical circuits. Due to varying increases and decreases of electrical power
    supply, electrical appliances, motors, equipment, etc. may be subject to change.

•   All repairs, alterations and recommended work within this report should be done by
    licensed (where necessary) and qualified tradesperson in accordance with state and local
    codes.
•   No representation is made regarding any enclosed areas and/or possible
    concealed damage. This includes all areas blocked by storage and furniture.
    It is highly recommended to re-inspect premises once all storage has been
    removed and all areas are visible and accessible to check for any problems
    that may have been concealed during this inspection.

•   All mechanical equipment should be maintained under contract and/or on a regular
    basis as prescribed by manufacturer.

•   There is no representation made in this report as to the conclusion of environmental
    analysis, if performed, such as air quality (radon or urea formaldehyde levels, pollution,
    mold, or noxious gases); or the quality of water and/or soil. A full spectrum of
    environmental testing is available and includes: radon, water, electro magnetic fields,
    mold and air quality testing, etc. With exception to those mentioned as performed in
    this report, the remaining tests were not performed.

•   Recheck this structure immediately prior to closing for things that may have
    changed since the inspection or were inaccessible due to furnishings and/or
    storage. All mechanical systems should be checked for malfunctions. All
    windows and doors should be checked for proper operation. All finished
    walls, floors, and ceilings should be checked for damage. All plumbing
    fixtures, including heat and hot water, should be checked for proper
    operation. Check all visible plumbing lines for leaks. Check electrical
    outlets and switches for proper operation prior to closing. If you require
    assistance with your pre-closing “walk-through” inspection, contact this
    office (800-553-1843).

•   This inspection has been performed in accordance with New York State Standards and
    American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
SUMMARY

This dwelling has been generally well constructed, however, much of it's maintenance has
been neglected. Significant problems were observed, which will be costly to correct.
Structure should be re checked once vacant and empty prior to closing. The following
concerns were observed:

•   Roofing-Comments 8, 9, 32
•   Siding-Comment 12
•   Garage-Comment 32
•   Foundation-Comments 7, 10, 13, 35, 36
•   Pest Control-Comments 32, 33, 33a
•   Insulation-Comments 39, 41
•   Heating System and Oil Tank-See Comments 54, 55
•   Electrical-Comments 60 and 61


Additional observations have been outlined throughout this report. Obtain estimates
for all required work prior to going to contract to be aware of cost and scope.
Anticipate ongoing maintenance as part of normal home ownership.


                                Thank you for the opportunity to work with you.
                                                  Good Luck !
2012 sample report 50-55 year old house

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2012 sample report 50-55 year old house

  • 1. Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer 72 Second St. XXXXXX, NY 11XXX 516-XXX-XXXX vXXXXXX@aol.com Inspection Site: 2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX Inspection Date: May 6, 2012 Congratulations! You are considering the purchase of a new home! Thank you for selecting Long Island Home Inspection Consultants to perform your building inspection for you. We invite you to visit our website www.longislandinspection.com. Our website is packed with great information about the various components that make up a house or building. If you attended the inspection, our inspector has already provided you with a verbal report and discussion of his findings. The following report is designed to highlight significant defects uncovered during the inspection and provides maintenance suggestions to protect and prolong the life of the area discussed. The inspection has been performed in accordance with The State of New York standards of practice. It is intended only as a general guide to help the client make his or her own evaluation of the overall condition of the home and is not intended to reflect the value of the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report expresses the personal opinions of the experienced inspector, based upon his visual «Last» 1
  • 2. impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of inspection only. The inspection and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive or to imply that every component was inspected or that every possible defect was discovered. No disassembly of equipment, opening of walls, moving of furniture, appliances or stored items, or excavation is performed. All components and conditions, which by nature of their location are concealed, camouflaged or difficult to inspect are excluded from the report. We can provide an excellent overview of the property, but will not find every defect; or uncover every possible risk, whether visible or not. The inspection report should not be construed as a compliance inspection of any governmental or non-governmental codes or regulations. The report is not intended to be a warranty or guarantee of the present or future adequacy or performance of the structure (we can not predict the future), its systems or their component parts. This report does not constitute any expressed or implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for use regarding the condition of the property and it should not be relied upon as such. Any opinions regarding adequacy, capacity or expected life of components are general estimates based on information about similar components and occasional wide variations are to be expected between such estimates and actual experience We certify that our inspectors have no interest, present or contemplated, in this property or its improvements. To the best of our knowledge and belief, all statements and information in insulation, internal or underground drainage or plumbing, any systems which are shut down or otherwise secured; water wells (water quality and quantity) zoning ordinances; intercoms; security systems; heat sensors; cosmetics or building code conformity. Any general comments regarding these systems and conditions are informational only and do not represent an inspection, however we can provide professional testing for radon, asbestos, water quality, mold testing, electromagnetic fields, and urea formaldehyde at the client’s request for additional fees. this report are true and correct. TABLE OF CONTENTS CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome.................................................................................. 1-2 TABLE OF CONTENTS.....................................................................3 OFFICE USE ONLY: PAID BILL............................................................4 «Last» 2
  • 3. EXTERIOR...................................................................................6-9 TERMITE REPORT..........................................................................10 INTERIOR Structure and Foundation.............................................................11 Attic or Crawl Spaces..................................................................12 Plumbing/Heating/Electrical Systems..............................................13-17 Rooms....................................................................................18-19 GENERAL NOTES...........................................................................20-21 SUMMARY...................................................................................22 Terence Kursawe Licensed New York State Home Inspector Long Island Home Inspection Consultants 536 Bedford Ave., Bellmore NY 11710 New York State License #16000005820 NYSDEC Termite Certification #C1811196 American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI #: 202339 1-800-553-1843 Direct Line: 516-880-5103 tkinspect@netzero.net www.longislandinspection.com www.longislandinspection.net «Last» 3
  • 4. Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer 72 Second St. XXXXXX, NY 11XXX 516-XXX-XXXX vXXXXXX@aol.com Inspection Site: 2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX Inspection Date: May 6, 2012 Inspection Fee: $xxx.00 Total AmountPaid: $xxx.00 THANK YOU! cc: «Last» 4
  • 6. EXTERIOR ITEM MATERIAL RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Street Sidewalk N/A Not Applicable A corner of the driveway has settled. 2. Driveway Blacktop See Comment 10 Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's 3. Front Walkway Slate intended function. Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's 4. Front Stoop Slate intended function. 5. Entry Doors Wood/Metal The exterior doors are old. Replace existing doors with insulated solid wood or metal doors and frames. Install dead bolt locks for security. Balcony railings are damaged/rotted and are not safe. Replacement 6. Railings Caution needed. There are several cracks near the base of the chimney, this may indicate problems with the footing. Contact a licensed and qualified mason to review/repair/replace as needed. 7. Chimney Brick 8. Roof Asphalt Shingles The roof covering is a single layer 3-tab, fiberglass/asphalt composite shingle. Evidence of repair/prior leakage observed. Shingles are worn, several are missing. Roof requires replacement. Contact a licensed and qualified roofing contractor to review /replace roof. «Last» 6
  • 7. EXTERIOR ITEM MATERIAL RECOMMENDATIONS The joint between the garage roof and house is not properly flashed. This has 9. Flashing Metal caused cedar siding to rot, and there is evidence of water entry into the adjacent rear bedroom. Clean all gutters and leaders to prevent backup. Proper management of gutter/leader system is important for preventing soil erosion and possible damage to foundation/structure as well as for helping to keep the basement/crawl area dry. Mis directed downspouts may be 10. Gutters/Leaders Aluminum responsible for conditions observed: settled driveway, cracked/settled garage floor, foundation cracks, basement water entry. At least twice a year gutters, leaders, and downspouts should be cleaned and checked for proper alignment and connection. 11. Exterior Walls Wood Frame See Comment 39 regarding insulation. Many of the exterior cedar shingles are loose, missing and warped. This 12. Siding Cedar Shingles indicates that the siding is at the end of it's service life. Replacement needed. There is a crack in the exterior right 13. Masonry Concrete side foundation wall. See Comment 36 14. Trim Wood/Aluminum Replace various rotted wood trim/ damaged aluminum trim around exterior of structure. 15. Paint Water base Exterior paint is worn. Professional painting is needed. Maintain caulking around all windows and window frames. Scrape off 16. Caulk Silicone/Latex old caulking where needed. Use silicone caulk, which has long life expectancy. As viewed from the exterior, windows appeared in satisfactory 17. Storms / Screens Single Pane condition. 18. Sidewalk N/A Not Applicable 19. Side Stoop N/A Not Applicable Install covered galvanized window wells at basement windows, where 20. Window Wells None Present none presently exist. This prevent water from entering the basement through these windows. 21. Rear Walkway Concrete Rear walkway is cracked and requires repair. 22. Rear Steps Concrete Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's intended function. 23. Deck N/A Not Applicable «Last» 7
  • 8. EXTERIOR ITEM MATERIAL RECOMMENDATIONS Periodically pitch soil away from foundation slab to aid in positive 24. Grading Level drainage. Soil should be pitched at a minimum of 15 degrees away to help prevent seepage into crawl area. 25. Landscape Shrubs/Trees Trim/remove shrubs and trees away from house as a preventative maintenance. 26. Patio Slate Relevel uneven rear patio. 27. Pool N/A Not Applicable 28. Fences Wood Replace worn fencing/gates. 29. Retaining Walls N/A Not Applicable 30. Access Buildings N/A Not Applicable 31. Bulkhead N/A Not Applicable 32. Garage 2 Car-Attached «Last» 8
  • 9. EXTERIOR ITEM MATERIAL RECOMMENDATIONS The first two photos show that the worn garage roof is leaking. Third photo is termite mud tubes on the wall between the garage and house. The last photo shows a roof balcony post which appears to be damaged by water as well as termites. It was also observed that the floor slab has cracked and settled, the overhead doors are rotting, and a mold-like substance is present on walls/ceiling. Strongly suggest removal of all finished materials in order to thoroughly inspect condition of foundation, supports, framing, roof structure, etc. A thorough termite inspection should be conducted as well. «Last» 9
  • 10. Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer 72 Second St. XXXXXX, NY 11XXX 516-XXX-XXXX vXXXXXX@aol.com Inspection Site: 2 XXXXXX, XXX XXXX, NY 11XX Inspection Date: May 6, 2012 TERMITE INSPECTION REPORT Termite damage observed to rear sill, box beam, several floor joists and sub floor beneath the den entry. See also comment 32. It could not be determined if drill holes in foundation were from a termite treatment. If dwelling has been treated, obtain warrantee from seller. If not, treatment is needed. Due to the slab construction and/or finished nature of this dwelling, framing was not visible for inspection. It should be noted that slab-on-grade construction is particularly prone to insect infestation. Strongly recommend entering into a service contract with a licensed and qualified pest control company for periodic inspections. Long Island Home Inspection Consultants ____________________________ Terence Kursawe T1811196 «Last» 10
  • 11. INTERIOR STRUCTURE AND FOUNDATION ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS 33. Termites Evidence See Termite Report. Contact a qualified pest control company regarding carpenter ants 33A. Other Pests Evidence observed on exterior perimeter. Treat in accordance with E.PA. and D.E.C. guidelines. 34. Dry Rot N/A Not Applicable 35. Water Entry Evidence Evidence of water entry at bricked up rear basement window, form ties, and several foundation cracks. Water staining on carpet as well. See Comment 10, contact a professional waterproofing company for further evaluation. 36. Foundation Poured Concrete Several cracks and other defects to foundation were observed. Numerous interior repairs have been made, however excavation work is required to properly repair cracks and waterproof the foundation from the exterior. This will be costly. 37. Girders Wood No major defects were observed. 38. Columns Steel Support columns are rusting and may need future replacement. 38A. Miscellaneous N/A Not Applicable «Last» 11
  • 12. INTERIOR ATTIC OR CRAWL SPACES ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS 39. Insulation Cellulose Blown cellulose insulation can be a fire hazard if it was not properly treated prior to installation. This insulation was tested and was able to sustain a flame. This indicates a fire hazard, the cellulose insulation in this dwelling should be removed. It should be noted that this insulation can also be an allergen to sensitive individuals. 40. Floor None Present Install plywood flooring in upper attic area for safety and light storage. 41. Ventilation Gable Fan The whole house fan requires a protective shroud for safety, however, use of this fan would seriously disturb the cellulose insulation. Also, since insulation has been blown into the soffit areas (eves) the attic is no longer properly ventilated. This may raise cooling costs, and reduce the lifespan of the roofing shingles. 42. Water Leaks Evidence See Comments 8 and 9. 43. Access Hatch Serviceable. Showing signs of normal wear and tear. Able to perform it's intended function. 43A. Electric Light Present Performing intended function. No visible defects. 43B. Storage N/A Not Applicable 43C. Misc. N/A Not Applicable
  • 13. INTERIOR PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS Recommend clearing all drain lines upon occupancy. Use PVC 44. Fixtures See Remark compatible cleaner, follow manufacturer instructions. The plumbing fixture is in serviceable/operable condition. No leaks A. Kitchen observed. B. Main Level Bathroom The plumbing fixtures are in serviceable/operable condition. C. Upstairs Bathrooms The plumbing fixtures are in serviceable/operable condition. 49A. Drain Lines Galvanized/PVC No leaks were observed. No defects were observed. Waste/drain piping in this house is original. They could be prone to clogging and restricted flow because of internal corrosion. Future repair or replacement may be required. Due to the slab construction and/or finished nature of this dwelling, waste piping was not visible 49B. Waste Lines Cast Iron/PVC for inspection, however periodic maintenance can be anticipated. No representations can be made as to the condition of this waste piping. No leaks or blockage was observed. Consider a having video scope inspection of waste line done by a licensed/qualified plumber, as waste/septic/sewer lines are costly to replace. Wherever possible, insulate exposed cold water piping to eliminate 50 Supply Piping Copper condensation and hot water pipes to conserve energy. No leaks/defects were observed. 51 Plumbing Valves Brass Label plumbing valves for identification purposes. 52 Water Supply Municipal The municipal water shut-off is located in the basement. The water heater was operational at time of inspection. Generally water heaters do not require replacement Kenmore unless they leak. Periodic monitoring is advised. The average lifespan of a 53 Water Heater Gas water heater under normal conditions 50 Gallon is between 5 and 10 years. It is possible that this unit may require replacement at any time, as it is beyond it's statistical life span.
  • 14. INTERIOR PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS The boiler is a converted coal boiler and likely the original heating system for the building. Although the system was operational during the time of inspection, due to its age, future replacement can be anticipated. Also, Sunray since asbestos was commonly used in 54 Heating System Steam Boiler the construction of boilers of this type, it is possible that this unit may 1 Zone contain asbestos as an ingredient of the cement sealer or insulation lining. Positive determination can only be made through laboratory analysis. Remediation by a qualified asbestos company may be required. If performed, this work may be expensive. Replacement prior to, or upon occupancy is advised. It appears that the fuel oil storage tank in the crawl space may be leaking. Some of the surrounding soil 55 Burner Oil has a strong odor of fuel oil and may be contaminated. Professional clean up is needed. Contact a licensed and qualified environmental remediation company for evaluation. 56 Humidifier N/A Not Applicable Wherever possible, insulate heat pipes to reduce heat loss and improve 57 Heat Pipes Copper/Iron overall efficiency of system. No leaks/defects were observed. Have ducts professionally cleaned upon occupancy and at lease once a 58 Cooling Ducts Supply and Return year. Change the filter every 30 to 60 days of the cooling season to provide clean air and to extend lifespan of cooling equipment. Heat was present at all radiators when tested. Surface temperatures of steam radiators can reach levels high enough to present a risk of burn 59 Heat Radiation Radiators injury. It is recommended to install protective gratings around exposed radiators. Steam radiators can sometimes develop leaks and should be checked periodically for the same.
  • 15. INTERIOR PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS The electric panel is located in the garage. Panel is overloaded, there are more circuits than allowed by the manufacturer schematic. There is evidence of arcing in the panel at the main breaker. This is unsafe. Contact a qualified licensed 100 Amp electrician to review and repair as needed. 60 Electric Service 120/240 Volts We recommend upgrading existing electrical service to a 200 Amp, 120/240 Volt service with a single circuit breaker box. Distribute electrical load in dwelling as required to meet modern electric needs. This may require some wiring alterations. The electric cable is much too close to the balcony entry and railing. This is a potential electrocution hazard, which requires correction. Contact a qualified licensed electrician to review and repair as needed.
  • 16. INTERIOR PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS Install GFI (Ground Fault Interrupt) circuits in kitchen, bathroom, Copper/BX/Romex laundry and exterior locations for safety. Test all GFI outlets on a 61 Electric Wiring monthly basis, replace any which fail. Label all circuit breakers for Circuit Breakers added safety. A random check of electrical outlets did not reveal any deficiency. The average life expectancy for an air conditioning compressor under normal conditions is 8 to 12 years. It is possible that this unit may require replacement within 5 years. Check with owner for Trane documentation on the installation date of A/C compressor. 62 Central Air 5 Ton The primary and secondary condensate lines have been tied together. It 2 Zones is recommended that they be separated so that in the event of a clog in the primary line, condensate drainage may still occur. Otherwise, condensate will back-up and may cause damage to equipment and/or leak through to living space below attic. Secondary drain line should terminate at an exterior point overhanging gutter in a location that can be readily observable, thereby providing notice that the system needs to be serviced. System was operational during the inspection.
  • 17. INTERIOR PLUMBING / HEATING / ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ITEMS DESCRIPTION RECOMMENDATIONS 63. A/C Units N/A Not Applicable Upon occupancy have fireplace cleaned/serviced prior to use, and on 63A. Fireplace Wood Burning an annual basis there after. Have flue damper adjusted/repaired for proper drafting.
  • 18. INTERIOR ROOMS ITEMS RECOMMENDATIONS See previous comments regarding systems and components located in basement area. Strongly suggest removal of all finished materials from basement area in order to 64. Basement thoroughly inspect condition of foundation, supports, framing as well as plumbing, heating and electrical distribution. A thorough termite inspection should be conducted as well. 65. Kitchen Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. 66. Pantry Evidence of (garage) roof leakage, and the doorframe is no longer plumb. See Comment 32. 67. Dining Room Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. 68. Living Room Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. 69. Den Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. 70. Half Bathroom Install a GFCI electrical outlet as required by most electrical codes for safety. Evidence of water entry from balcony, and several wall cracks present. See Comment 71. Rear Left Bedroom 32. 72. Front Left Bedroom Uneven floor, See Comment 32. 73. Front Bedroom Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. 74. Master Bedroom Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed. Some of the grout between the ceramic tiles is loose or missing. This can allow water to penetrate and damage the structure behind the tile. Remove all loose grout and re- 75. Master Bathroom grout as needed. Install a GFCI electrical outlet as required by most electrical codes for safety. Install electronic exhaust fan vented to exterior to remove excessive moisture.
  • 19. INTERIOR ROOMS ITEMS RECOMMENDATIONS 76. Full Bathroom Room was carefully checked, no problems were observed.
  • 20. GENERAL NOTES • As this inspection was conducted during daylight hours, the effectiveness of exterior lighting could not be determined. Repair existing or add where necessary for safety. • Condition of sewer line could not be determined at time of inspection; however, anticipate maintaining, cleaning and/or replacement. Contact a licensed and qualified plumbing company to evaluate sewer line prior to closing. • Water supply valves to any washing machine should always be turned off when the washer is not in use. Otherwise the washer hoses, which contain live water pressure, could rupture at a most inopportune time, potentially causing significant water damage. • Clogged dryer vents are a leading cause of home fires. Dryer vent should be disassembled and cleared of accumulated lint upon occupancy and periodically as part of normal maintenance. A clean dryer vent will improve the efficiency of the dryer as well. • The flooring in this dwelling consists of wood, carpet, tile. • No determination can be made as to the surface condition of any flooring that is covered by finished materials. • The windows are wood double hung-single panes with storm windows. It is possible that at some time wooden window sashes had been painted with paint containing lead. Double- hung windows are friction able surfaces, meaning that paint dust, which may contain lead, is created each time the window is opened or closed. Painted single-pane double-hung windows should be replaced with high quality thermo pane windows. • The walls and ceilings in this dwelling are sheet rock, plaster, panel and tile. Lead paint was widely used in houses built prior to 1978 and is a known health hazard. Recommend having this house tested for lead paint, and if present, abate as necessary. • • A complete system of smoke and carbon monoxide detection should be installed on these premises, as per New York State law. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends smoke alarms in every bedroom, and on every level-including basement. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and replaced if needed. • Obtain Certificate of Occupancy on building including any needed permits. • When recommendations have been made for repairs and/or service, we suggest you contact a qualified tradesperson prior to closing so actual costs involved can be anticipated. • Our service does not include a representation regarding the absence or presence of underground storage tanks. Advise obtaining written representation from present owner regarding this matter. • Our service does not include checking of appliances. All major appliances should be on separate electrical circuits. Due to varying increases and decreases of electrical power supply, electrical appliances, motors, equipment, etc. may be subject to change. • All repairs, alterations and recommended work within this report should be done by licensed (where necessary) and qualified tradesperson in accordance with state and local codes.
  • 21. No representation is made regarding any enclosed areas and/or possible concealed damage. This includes all areas blocked by storage and furniture. It is highly recommended to re-inspect premises once all storage has been removed and all areas are visible and accessible to check for any problems that may have been concealed during this inspection. • All mechanical equipment should be maintained under contract and/or on a regular basis as prescribed by manufacturer. • There is no representation made in this report as to the conclusion of environmental analysis, if performed, such as air quality (radon or urea formaldehyde levels, pollution, mold, or noxious gases); or the quality of water and/or soil. A full spectrum of environmental testing is available and includes: radon, water, electro magnetic fields, mold and air quality testing, etc. With exception to those mentioned as performed in this report, the remaining tests were not performed. • Recheck this structure immediately prior to closing for things that may have changed since the inspection or were inaccessible due to furnishings and/or storage. All mechanical systems should be checked for malfunctions. All windows and doors should be checked for proper operation. All finished walls, floors, and ceilings should be checked for damage. All plumbing fixtures, including heat and hot water, should be checked for proper operation. Check all visible plumbing lines for leaks. Check electrical outlets and switches for proper operation prior to closing. If you require assistance with your pre-closing “walk-through” inspection, contact this office (800-553-1843). • This inspection has been performed in accordance with New York State Standards and American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
  • 22. SUMMARY This dwelling has been generally well constructed, however, much of it's maintenance has been neglected. Significant problems were observed, which will be costly to correct. Structure should be re checked once vacant and empty prior to closing. The following concerns were observed: • Roofing-Comments 8, 9, 32 • Siding-Comment 12 • Garage-Comment 32 • Foundation-Comments 7, 10, 13, 35, 36 • Pest Control-Comments 32, 33, 33a • Insulation-Comments 39, 41 • Heating System and Oil Tank-See Comments 54, 55 • Electrical-Comments 60 and 61 Additional observations have been outlined throughout this report. Obtain estimates for all required work prior to going to contract to be aware of cost and scope. Anticipate ongoing maintenance as part of normal home ownership. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you. Good Luck !