Inspection Report

Prepared For:
Joe Blowe

Property Address:
1234 Main St.
Anytown, IL 60016

Accurate Home Inspections NW Corp

Mark Walsten
2303 Magnolia St.
Des Plaines IL. 60018



Date: 2/23/2005 Time: 11:22 AM Report ID: 22305
Property:
1234 Main St.
Anytown, IL 60016
Customer:
Joe Blowe
Real Estate Professional:
Jane Doe
A-One Real Estate

Comment Key or Definitions

The following definitions of comment descriptions represent this inspection report. All comments by the inspector should be considered before purchasing this home. Any recommendations by the inspector to repair or replace suggests a second opinion or further inspection by a qualified contractor. All costs associated with further inspection fees and repair or replacement of item, component or unit should be considered before you purchase the property.

Inspected (IN) = I visually observed the item, component or unit and if no other comments were made then it appeared to be functioning as intended allowing for normal wear and tear.

Not Inspected (NI)= I did not inspect this item, component or unit and made no representations of whether or not it was functioning as intended and will state a reason for not inspecting.

Not Present (NP) = This item, component or unit is not in this home or building.

Repair or Replace (RR) = The item, component or unit is not functioning as intended or needs further inspection by a qualified contractor. Items, components or units that can be repaired to satisfactory condition may not need replacement.

Age Of Home:
Over 50 Years

Home Faces:
South

Client Is Present:
No

Radon Test:
No

Water Test:
No

Weather:
Clear

Temperature:
Below 40

Rain in last 3 days:
No




ROOFING

The home inspector shall observe: Roof covering; Roof drainage systems; Flashings; Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; and Signs of' leaks or abnormal condensation on building components. The home inspector shall: Describe the type of roof covering materials; and Report the methods used to observe the roofing. The home inspector is not required to: Walk on the roofing; or Observe attached accessories including but not limited to solar systems, antennae, and lightning arrestors.

Styles & Materials
ROOF COVERING:
AGED
3-TAB FIBERGLASS
VIEWED ROOF COVERING FROM:
GROUND
SKY LIGHT (S):
NONE
CHIMNEY (exterior):
BRICK

  IN NI NP RR
1.0 ROOF COVERINGS X      
1.1 FLASHINGS X      
1.2 SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS AND ROOF PENETRATIONS X     X
1.3 ROOFING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS X     X
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
1.0 Tabs on shingles show signs of curling which may indicate advanced age and/or inferior material.

1.0 Picture 1
1.1 Their are several areas on home that siding butts up to roof shingles. A minimum of 2" should separate roofing and siding with proper flashing to prevent water intrusion and ice backup damage.

1.1 Picture 1
1.2 If metal flashing exists I could not see it due to tar smeared all over chimney. Their is evidence of many leaks around the chimney from the inside that are old. Recommend inspection of this area by a qualified licenced roofing contractor. 

1.2 Picture 1

1.2 Picture 2

1.2 Picture 3

1.2 Picture 4
1.3 Downspout is damaged at front right corner of home. This could cause water backup and may add to water penetration at foundation.. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.

1.3 Picture 1

Downspout needs extension  to carry water away from home at left corner (facing rear).

1.3 Picture 2
The roof of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Roof coverings and skylights can appear to be leak proof during inspection and weather conditions. Our inspection makes an attempt to find a leak but sometimes cannot. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



EXTERIOR

The home inspector shall observe: Wall cladding, flashings, and trim; Entryway doors and a representative number of windows; Garage door operators; Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches and applicable railings; Eaves, soffits, and fascias; and Vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building. The home inspector shall: Describe wall cladding materials; Operate all entryway doors and a representative number of windows; Operate garage doors manually or by using permanently installed controls for any garage door operator; Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when meeting reasonable resistance during closing; and Probe exterior wood components where deterioration is suspected. The home inspector is not required to observe: Storm windows, storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories; Fences; Presence of safety glazing in doors and windows; Garage door operator remote control transmitters; Geological conditions; Soil conditions; Recreational facilities (including spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities); Detached buildings or structures; or Presence or condition of buried fuel storage tanks. The home inspector is not required to: Move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, snow, ice or debris that obstructs access or visibility.

Styles & Materials
SIDING STYLE:
BEVEL
SIDING MATERIAL:
VINYL
EXTERIOR ENTRY DOORS:
WOOD
STEEL
APPURTENANCE:
AGED
DECK WITH STEPS
GARAGE DOOR MATERIAL:
FIBERGLASS
GARAGE DOOR TYPE:
TWO MANUAL
DRIVEWAY:
ASPHALT

  IN NI NP RR
2.0 WALL CLADDING FLASHING AND TRIM X     X
2.1 DOORS (Exterior) X      
2.2 WINDOWS X      
2.3 GARAGE DOOR OPERATORS (Report whether or not doors will reverse when met with resistance)   X    
2.4 DECKS, BALCONIES, STOOPS, STEPS, AREAWAYS, PORCHES AND APPLICABLE RAILINGS X     X
2.5 EAVES, SOFFITS AND FASCIAS X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
2.0 Vinyl siding at left side (facing front) is missing. Further deterioration can occur if not corrected. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.

2.0 Picture 1
2.1 Storm door at left side (facing front) is missing closure. This is a maintenance issue and is for your information. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.

2.1 Picture 1

2.1 Picture 2

2.1 Picture 3

Side entry door reveals daylight at threshold when latched. This can cause some heat loss in winter and loss of cool air in summer if not corrected. Recommend a qualified contractor inspect and repair as needed.
2.2 Calking at West basement window has separated allowing water to intrude.

2.2 Picture 1

Some windows are improperly flashed allowing water intrusion.

2.2 Picture 2
2.4 Structural posts appear to be in ground surrounded by concrete instead of sitting on piers. This will cause the posts to decay and rot. 

2.4 Picture 1

Piers on the front porch appear to have sunk causing the pitch down at each end, recommend inspection from a structural engineer.  

2.4 Picture 2
The exterior of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



INSULATION AND VENTILATION

The home inspector shall observe: Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces; Ventilation of attics and foundation areas; Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems; and the operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan, and, when temperature permits, the operation of any readily accessible thermostatic control. The home inspector shall describe: Insulation in unfinished spaces; and Absence of insulation in unfinished space at conditioned surfaces. The home inspector shall: Move insulation where readily visible evidence indicates the need to do so; and Move insulation where chimneys penetrate roofs, where plumbing drain/waste pipes penetrate floors, adjacent to earth filled stoops or porches, and at exterior doors. The home inspector is not required to report on: Concealed insulation and vapor retarders; or Venting equipment that is integral with household appliances.

Styles & Materials
ATTIC INSULATION:
AGED
BLOWN
BATT
VENTILATION:
GABLE VENTS
DRYER POWER SOURCE:
GAS CONNECTION

  IN NI NP RR
3.0 INSULATION AND VAPOR RETARDERS (in unfinished spaces) X      
3.1 VENTILATION OF ATTIC AND FOUNDATION AREAS X      
3.2 VENTING SYSTEMS (Kitchens, baths and laundry) X      
3.3 VENTILATION FANS AND THERMOSTATIC CONTROLS (ATTIC) X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
3.0 Rock Wool (loose-fill) insulation is old and has settled, and less than six inches in thickness remains. in attic. Heat loss can occur more on this home than one that is properly insulated. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.

3.0 Picture 1
3.2 Outside dryer vent cover is missing, allowing cold air and pests to enter the house.

3.2 Picture 1
The insulation and ventilation of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Venting of exhaust fans or clothes dryer cannot be fully inspected and bends or obstructions can occur without being accessible or visible (behind wall and ceiling coverings). Only insulation that is visible was inspected. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



INTERIORS

The home inspector shall observe: Walls, ceiling, and floors; Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings; Counters and a representative number of installed cabinets; and A representative number of doors and windows. The home inspector shall: Operate a representative number of windows and interior doors; and Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components. The home inspector is not required to observe: Paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings, and floors; Carpeting; or Draperies, blinds, or other window treatments.

Styles & Materials
CEILING MATERIALS:
AGED
PLASTER
WALL MATERIAL:
AGED
PLASTER
FLOOR COVERING(S):
AGED
TILE
VINYL
WOOD
INTERIOR DOORS:
AGED
WOOD
WINDOW TYPES:
THERMAL/INSULATED
DOUBLE-HUNG
WINDOW MANUFACTURER:
UNKNOWN
CABINETRY:
AGED
WOOD
COUNTERTOP:
AGED
LAMINATE

  IN NI NP RR
4.0 CEILINGS X     X
4.1 WALLS X     X
4.2 FLOORS X     X
4.3 STEPS, STAIRWAYS, BALCONIES AND RAILINGS X     X
4.4 COUNTERS AND A REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER OF CABINETS X      
4.5 DOORS (REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER) X     X
4.6 WINDOWS (REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER) X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
4.0 The ceiling in east bedroom is bowed and may be a safety concern. Recommend inspection by a qualified contractor.

4.0 Picture 1
4.1 Surround kit at bathtub on wall is deteriorated and needs repair at Lower Level Bath. Repairs are needed to prevent water damage from shower/bath. Recommend a qualified contractor inspect and repair as needed.

4.1 Picture 1
4.2 Floors in South bedroom and kitchen are unlevel in many areas, recommend a structural engineer inspect.

4.2 Picture 1
4.3 Blasters are missing at stairs to upstairs, this is a safety defect and should be repaired immediately by a qualified contractor.

4.3 Picture 1
4.5 Door knobs are missing through out the house. A person could get trapped in a room/closet by not being able to turn the striker. This is a safety defect and should be repaired immediately by a qualified person.

4.5 Picture 1
The interior of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. The inspection did not involve moving furniture and inspecting behind furniture, area rugs or areas obstructed from view. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

The Home Inspector shall observe structural components including foundations, floors, walls, columns or piers, ceilings and roof. The home inspector shall describe the type of Foundation, floor structure, wall structure, columns or piers, ceiling structure, roof structure. The home inspector shall: Probe structural components where deterioration is suspected; Enter under floor crawl spaces, basements, and attic spaces except when access is obstructed, when entry could damage the property, or when dangerous or adverse situations are suspected; Report the methods used to observe under floor crawl spaces and attics; and Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components. The home inspector is not required to: Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to or adversely effect the health of the home inspector or other persons.

Styles & Materials
FOUNDATION:
BRICK
METHOD USED TO OBSERVE CRAWLSPACE:
NO CRAWLSPACE
FLOOR STRUCTURE:
2 X 8
WALL STRUCTURE:
2 X 4 WOOD
COLUMNS OR PIERS:
SUPPORTING WALLS
CEILING STRUCTURE:
NOT VISIBLE
ROOF STRUCTURE:
2 X 6 RAFTERS
METHOD USED TO OBSERVE ATTIC:
WALKED
ATTIC INFO:
SCUTTLE HOLE

  IN NI NP RR
5.0 FOUNDATIONS (Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.) X     X
5.1 WALLS (Structural) X      
5.2 COLUMNS OR PIERS X      
5.3 FLOORS (Structural) X     X
5.4 CEILINGS (structural) X      
5.5 ROOF STRUCTURE AND ATTIC X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
5.0 Visible signs of water intrusion in basement are present on brick foundation.. Water intrusion can lead to more costly repairs and increase damage if not corrected. Recommend further investigation or correction by a qualified licensed contractor or water infiltration specialist.

5.0 Picture 1

5.0 Picture 2
5.3 Please refer to interior section.
The structure of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



PLUMBING SYSTEM

The home inspector shall observe: Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets; functional flow; leaks; and cross connections; Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation; leaks; and functional drainage; Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety controls; and chimneys, flues, and vents; Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and Sump pumps. The home inspector shall describe: Water supply and distribution piping materials; Drain, waste, and vent piping materials; Water heating equipment; and Location of main water supply shutoff device. The home inspector shall operate all plumbing fixtures, including their faucets and all exterior faucets attached to the house, except where the flow end of the faucet is connected to an appliance. The home inspector is not required to: State the effectiveness of anti-siphon devices; Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private; Operate automatic safety controls; Operate any valve except water closet flush valves, fixture faucets, and hose faucets; Observe: Water conditioning systems; Fire and lawn sprinkler systems; On-site water supply quantity and quality; On-site waste disposal systems; Foundation irrigation systems; Spas, except as to functional flow and functional drainage; Swimming pools; Solar water heating equipment; or Observe the system for proper sizing, design, or use of proper materials.

Styles & Materials
WATER SOURCE:
PUBLIC
PLUMBING SUPPLY:
AGED
COPPER
PLUMBING DISTRIBUTION:
GALVANIZED
COPPER
PLUMBING WASTE:
PVC
GALVANIZED
CAST IRON (OLD)
WATER HEATER POWER SOURCE:
GAS (QUICK RECOVERY)
CAPACITY:
50 GAL (2-3 PEOPLE)

  IN NI NP RR
6.0 INTERIOR DRAIN, WASTE AND VENT SYSTEMS X     X
6.1 INTERIOR WATER SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND FIXTURES X      
6.2 HOT WATER SYSTEMS, CONTROLS, CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS X      
6.3 MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF DEVICE (Describe location) X      
6.4 FUEL STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (Interior fuel storage, piping, venting, supports, leaks)     X  
6.5 SUMP PUMP     X  
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
6.0 Open vent lines vent into the attic, this is a defect and can cause moisture buildup and mold in attic and should be repaired by a qualified licenced plumber.

6.0 Picture 1

6.0 Picture 2

Waste/overflow in first floor bathroom does not operate.

6.0 Picture 3
6.1 Hot and cold are reversed in upstairs shower.

6.1 Picture 1
The plumbing in the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Washing machine drain line for example cannot be checked for leaks or the ability to handle the volume during drain cycle. Older homes with galvanized supply lines or cast iron drain lines can be obstructed and barely working during an inspection but then fails under heavy use. If the water is turned off or not used for periods of time (like a vacant home waiting for closing) rust or deposits within the pipes can further clog the piping system. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

The home inspector shall observe: Service entrance conductors; Service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device, and main and distribution panels; Amperage and voltage ratings of the service; Branch circuit conductors, their over current devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities and voltages; The operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls; The polarity and grounding of all receptacles within six feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures; The operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; and Smoke detectors. The home inspector shall describe: Service amperage and voltage; Service entry conductor materials; Service type as being overhead or underground; and Location of main and distribution panels. The home inspector shall report any observed aluminum branch circuit wiring. The home inspector shall report on presence or absence of smoke detectors, and operate their test function, if accessible, except when detectors are part of a central system. The home inspector is not required to: Insert any tool, probe, or testing device inside the panels; Test or operate any over current device except ground fault circuit interrupters; Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main and auxiliary distribution panels; or Observe: Low voltage systems; Security system devices, heat detectors, or carbon monoxide detectors; Telephone, security, cable TV, intercoms, or other ancillary wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system; or Built-in vacuum equipment.

Styles & Materials
ELECTRICAL SERVICE CONDUCTORS:
OVERHEAD SERVICE
ELEC. PANEL MANUFACTURER:
Unknown
BRANCH WIRE 15 and 20 AMP:
COPPER
WIRING METHODS:
ROMEX
CONDUIT

  IN NI NP RR
7.0 SERVICE ENTRANCE CONDUCTORS X      
7.1 SERVICE AND GROUNDING EQUIPMENT, MAIN OVERCURRENT DEVICE, MAIN AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS X      
7.2 BRANCH CIRCUIT CONDUCTORS, OVERCURRENT DEVICES AND COMPATIBILITY OF THEIR AMPERAGE AND VOLTAGE X      
7.3 CONNECTED DEVICES AND FIXTURES (Observed from a representative number operation of ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls) X     X
7.4 POLARITY AND GROUNDING OF RECEPTACLES WITHIN 6 FEET OF INTERIOR PLUMBING FIXTURES, AND ALL RECEPTACLES IN GARAGE, CARPORT, EXTERIOR WALLS OF INSPECTED STRUCTURE X     X
7.5 OPERATION OF GFCI (GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS) X      
7.6 LOCATION OF MAIN AND DISTRIBUTION PANELS X X    
7.7 SMOKE DETECTORS   X    
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
7.3 Ceiling fan does not have a proper mounting box in Bedroom. Electrical issues are considered a hazard until repaired. Recommend a qualified licensed electrician perform repairs that involve wiring.

7.3 Picture 1

Their are many open light fixtures, this is a defect and a safety issue. Recommend repair by a qualified licenced electrician.

7.3 Picture 2

7.3 Picture 3

Their are many open electrical boxes throughout the house and wiring uncovered by insulation. Recommend all electrical system be inspected and repaired by qualified licenced electrician.

7.3 Picture 4

7.3 Picture 5

7.3 Picture 6

7.3 Picture 7
7.4 Outlet in bathroom is within 3' of plumbing fixture and  is not GFCI, recommend replace by a qualified licenced electrician.

7.4 Picture 1
7.6 Main distribution panel unremovable due to paneling restriction.

7.6 Picture 1
7.7 Smoke detector should be tested at common hallway to bedrooms upon moving in to home.
The electrical system of the home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Outlets were not removed and the inspection was only visual. Any outlet not accessible (behind the refrigerator for example) was not inspected or accessible. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



HEATING

The home inspector shall observe permanently installed heating systems including: Heating equipment; Normal operating controls; Automatic safety controls; Chimneys, flues, and vents, where readily visible; Solid fuel heating devices; Heat distribution systems including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors; and the presence of an installed heat source in each room. The home inspector shall describe: Energy source; and Heating equipment and distribution type. The home inspector shall operate the systems using normal operating controls. The home inspector shall open readily openable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance. The home inspector is not required to: Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage; Operate automatic safety controls; Ignite or extinguish solid fuel fires; or Observe: The interior of flues; Fireplace insert flue connections; Humidifiers; Electronic air filters; or The uniformity or adequacy of heat supply to the various rooms.

Styles & Materials
HEAT TYPE:
FORCED AIR
ENERGY SOURCE:
GAS
NUMBER OF HEAT SYSTEMS (excluding wood):
ONE
TYPES OF FIREPLACES:
NONE
OPERABLE FIREPLACES:
NONE
NUMBER OF WOODSTOVES:
NONE

  IN NI NP RR
8.0 HEATING EQUIPMENT X     X
8.1 NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS X      
8.2 CHIMNEYS, FLUES AND VENTS X      
8.3 SOLID FUEL HEATING DEVICES     X  
8.4 HEAT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units and convectors) X      
8.5 GAS/LP FIRELOGS AND FIREPLACES     X  
8.6 PRESENCE OF INSTALLED HEAT SOURCE IN EACH ROOM X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace
Comments:
8.0 Furnace is very old but did work at time of inspection. Unable to determine life remaining.

8.0 Picture 1
The heating system of this home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. The inspection is not meant to be technically exhaustive. The inspection does not involve removal and inspection behind service door or dismantling that would otherwise reveal something only a licensed heat contractor would discover. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING

The home inspector shall observe: Central air conditioning and permanently installed cooling systems including: Cooling and air handling equipment; and Normal operating controls. Distribution systems including: Fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with associated supports, dampers, insulation, air filters, registers, fan-coil units; and The presence of an installed cooling source in each room. The home inspector shall describe: Energy sources; and Cooling equipment type. The home inspector shall operate the systems using normal operating controls. The home inspector shall open readily openable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance The home inspector is not required to: Observe window air conditioners or operate cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage; Observe non-central air conditioners; or Observe the uniformity or adequacy of cool-air supply to the various rooms.

Styles & Materials
COOLING EQUIPMENT TYPE:
AIR CONDITIONER UNIT
COOLING EQUIPMENT ENERGY SOURCE:
ELECTRICITY
NUMBER OF A/C UNITS:
ONE

  IN NI NP RR
9.0 COOLING AND AIR HANDLER EQUIPMENT   X    
9.1 NORMAL OPERATING CONTROLS   X    
9.2 DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (including fans, pumps, ducts and piping, with supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units and convectors)   X    
9.3 PRESENCE OF INSTALLED COOLING SOURCE IN EACH ROOM X      
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace

The cooling system of this home was inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. The inspection is not meant to be technically exhaustive. The inspection does not involve removal and inspection behind service door or dismantling that would otherwise reveal something only a licensed HVAC contractor would discover (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.



BUILT-IN KITCHEN APPLIANCES

The home inspector shall observe and operate the basic functions of the following kitchen appliances: Permanently installed dishwasher, through its normal cycle; Range, cook top, and permanently installed oven; Trash compactor; Garbage disposal; Ventilation equipment or range hood; and Permanently installed microwave oven. The home inspector is not required to observe: Clocks, timers, self-cleaning oven function, or thermostats for calibration or automatic operation; Non built-in appliances; or Refrigeration units. The home inspector is not required to operate: Appliances in use; or Any appliance that is shut down or otherwise inoperable.

Styles & Materials
TRASH COMPACTORS:
NONE

  IN NI NP RR
10.0 DISHWASHER   X    
10.1 RANGES/OVENS/COOKTOPS   X    
10.2 RANGE HOOD X      
10.3 TRASH COMPACTOR     X  
10.4 FOOD WASTE DISPOSER X      
10.5 MICROWAVE COOKING EQUIPMENT   X    
IN=Inspected, NI=Not Inspected, NP=Not Present, RR=Repair or Replace

The built-in appliances of the home were inspected and reported on with the above information. While the inspector makes every effort to find all areas of concern, some areas can go unnoticed. Please be aware that the inspector has your best interest in mind. Any repair items mentioned in this report should be considered before purchase. It is recommended that qualified contractors be used in your further inspection or repair issues as it relates to the comments in this inspection report.

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General Summary


Accurate Home Inspections NW Corp

2303 Magnolia St.
Des Plaines IL. 60018

Customer
Joe Blowe

Home
1234 Main St.
Anytown, IL 60016

The following items or discoveries indicate that these systems or components do not function as intended or adversely affects the habitability of the dwelling; or appear to warrant further investigation by a specialist, or requires subsequent observation. This summary shall not contain recommendations for routine upkeep of a system or component to keep it in proper functioning condition or recommendations to upgrade or enhance the function, efficiency, or safety of the home. This Summary is not the entire report. The complete report may include additional information of concern to the customer. It is recommended that the customer read the complete report.

ROOFING
1.2 SKYLIGHTS, CHIMNEYS AND ROOF PENETRATIONS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
If metal flashing exists I could not see it due to tar smeared all over chimney. Their is evidence of many leaks around the chimney from the inside that are old. Recommend inspection of this area by a qualified licenced roofing contractor. 
1.3 ROOFING DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Downspout is damaged at front right corner of home. This could cause water backup and may add to water penetration at foundation.. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.

EXTERIOR
2.0 WALL CLADDING FLASHING AND TRIM
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Vinyl siding at left side (facing front) is missing. Further deterioration can occur if not corrected. Recommend repair or replace as needed using a qualified person.
2.4 DECKS, BALCONIES, STOOPS, STEPS, AREAWAYS, PORCHES AND APPLICABLE RAILINGS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Structural posts appear to be in ground surrounded by concrete instead of sitting on piers. This will cause the posts to decay and rot. 
2.4 DECKS, BALCONIES, STOOPS, STEPS, AREAWAYS, PORCHES AND APPLICABLE RAILINGS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Piers on the front porch appear to have sunk causing the pitch down at each end, recommend inspection from a structural engineer.  

INTERIORS
4.0 CEILINGS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
The ceiling in east bedroom is bowed and may be a safety concern. Recommend inspection by a qualified contractor.
4.1 WALLS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Surround kit at bathtub on wall is deteriorated and needs repair at Lower Level Bath. Repairs are needed to prevent water damage from shower/bath. Recommend a qualified contractor inspect and repair as needed.
4.2 FLOORS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Floors in South bedroom and kitchen are unlevel in many areas, recommend a structural engineer inspect.
4.3 STEPS, STAIRWAYS, BALCONIES AND RAILINGS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Blasters are missing at stairs to upstairs, this is a safety defect and should be repaired immediately by a qualified contractor.
4.5 DOORS (REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER)
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Door knobs are missing through out the house. A person could get trapped in a room/closet by not being able to turn the striker. This is a safety defect and should be repaired immediately by a qualified person.

STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS
5.0 FOUNDATIONS (Report signs of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.)
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Visible signs of water intrusion in basement are present on brick foundation.. Water intrusion can lead to more costly repairs and increase damage if not corrected. Recommend further investigation or correction by a qualified licensed contractor or water infiltration specialist.
5.3 FLOORS (Structural)
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Please refer to interior section.

PLUMBING SYSTEM
6.0 INTERIOR DRAIN, WASTE AND VENT SYSTEMS
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Open vent lines vent into the attic, this is a defect and can cause moisture buildup and mold in attic and should be repaired by a qualified licenced plumber.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
7.3 CONNECTED DEVICES AND FIXTURES (Observed from a representative number operation of ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls)
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Ceiling fan does not have a proper mounting box in Bedroom. Electrical issues are considered a hazard until repaired. Recommend a qualified licensed electrician perform repairs that involve wiring.
7.3 CONNECTED DEVICES AND FIXTURES (Observed from a representative number operation of ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the dwelling's exterior walls)
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Their are many open electrical boxes throughout the house and wiring uncovered by insulation. Recommend all electrical system be inspected and repaired by qualified licenced electrician.
7.4 POLARITY AND GROUNDING OF RECEPTACLES WITHIN 6 FEET OF INTERIOR PLUMBING FIXTURES, AND ALL RECEPTACLES IN GARAGE, CARPORT, EXTERIOR WALLS OF INSPECTED STRUCTURE
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Outlet in bathroom is within 3' of plumbing fixture and  is not GFCI, recommend replace by a qualified licenced electrician.

HEATING
8.0 HEATING EQUIPMENT
Inspected, Repair or Replace
Furnace is very old but did work at time of inspection. Unable to determine life remaining.


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Mark Walsten
2303 Magnolia St.
Des Plaines IL. 60018