If condominium, only owner-responsible items evaluated in this inspection.
Look for modification that may have been done without permits
Snow cover on exterior allows only peripheral, if any, evaluation of much of exterior.
Some non‑original construction has been done on this property. We recommend that an anonymous check be made with the applicable municipality’s building and housing division to see when this address was last permitted without revealing your reasons.
Shed/Hot Tub/Pool/Playground/Sauna/Tennis Courts not inspected
Well/Private sewage disposal not evaluated.
No gutter over entry at eave (S, A).
Some rain gutter components may be likely to leak.
Substantial debris in gutters (M, B).
Poor slope in rain gutters (M, A)
Gutters corroded (M, B)
Some downspouts missing (M, B).
Damaged or loose downspouts (M, B).
Corrosion or rust apparent at downspounts (M, B).
Leaks or decay at downspouts (M, B).
No extensions on downdrains (M, B).
Extensions on downdrains do not carry water away from house
Corrosion or rust apparent at extensions (M, B).
Leaks or decay at extensions (M, B).
Splashbocks do not carry water away from house (M, B).
Corrosion/leaks at splashblocks (M, B).
Splits in wood of fascia (M, C).
Evidence of leaks/stains in soffit/fascia–possible ice/debris dam/no drip edge (M, A).
Unscreened vent openings in soffits (M, C)
Evidence of leaks under eaves–possible ice/debris dam (M, A).
Wood at soil at front porch/stoops/stairs (M, A).
Trip hazard: non‑uniform/<11″ treads/short step/covering deteriorated/projecting at front porch/stoops/stairs (S, A).
Settlement of porch away from house with trip hazard (S, A).
Support posts for roof over porch possibly pulling roof down with settlement (M, A)
Rail/stair rail/rail components missing/ungraspable/broken continuity/loose–front porch/stoops/stairs (S, A).
Weathered railing/deck boards on front porch (S, A)
Stair related concerns exist at the front porch: Stairs poor lit/spacing between balusters on rail too wide (S, A)
Storm or screen door automatic closer in disrepair (P, B).
Screen door has torn screen/broken window/hardware disrepair (P, B).
Front/Side/Rear door hardware disrepair/broken window/poor fit/split/severely weathered/dragging on floor/doesn’t stay shut without locking (S ,A).
Planter settling away from house/deteriorating (M, B).
Trees or shrubs too close to house (M, B).
Concrete surface broken on walks (M, A).
Trip hazard on walks due to settling and/or buckling (S, A).
Wood at soil at walk (M, A).
Significant cracks exist at the garage‑house/chimney‑house junction(s) (M, A).
Wood touching soil at foundation exterior wall or cover (M, B)
Minor cracks in foundation-‑probably represent primarily a cosmetic concern-‑patch (M, A).
Medium sized cracks in foundation or wall. Could consider structural contractor’s/engineer’s advice.
Major foundation or wall cracks/settlement/bulging/out of plumb. Should consider structural contractor’s/engineer’s advice.
Cracks in the outside wall are vertical/horizontal/diagonal (see notes above).
Exterior wall brick mortar deteriorating (M, A).
Exterior wall siding is damaged/has no vent holes (M, A).
New stucco may be prone to cracking shortly after installed/is deteriorating (M, A).
Possible asbestos siding on this house. Contact an industrial hygienist about this issue (S, A).
Ventilation openings on the house are unscreened (M, A).
Evidence of possible previous fire on the exterior of the house (M, A).
Vines reduce the opportunity to inspect/has or may result in damage to sidewalls, etc. of the house (M, A).
There is apparently some span sag over windows/doors/openings in the exterior wall of this home (M, A).
Parging deteriorating/missing on foundation wall (P, C)
Panels/shingles/masonry/concrete missing/split/loose/delaminating/deteriorating on exterior walls (M, A).
Grading around perimeter of house flat or toward house (M, B).
Concrete at house perimeter slopes toward house (M,A).
Minor/Major paint peeling in some exterior areas (M, B).
Entire house appears to need repainting (M, A).
Window screens missing (M, C).
Window screens damaged (M, B).
Some double pane windows have evidence of condensation (M, C).
Some windows cracked/broken (M, B).
Some windows appear to not be weather tight (M, B).
Expect some casements to not operate properly (M, B).
Window air conditioning/evaporative cooler unit(s) appear to not be level/firmly supported (S, A).
Exterior wood around window(s) deteriorating (M, B)..
Air circulation around window air conditioner/evaporative cooler unit appears blocked (trees, shrubs, etc. block the unit) (M,A).
Window air conditioner/evaporative cooler unit is noisy/dusty/rusted/corroded/leaks/leaf riddled (M, A).
Housing covers on the window air conditioner/evaporative cooler unit are not all in place (M, A).
Window evaporative cooler drain line missing/doesn’t take water away from house (M, B).
South or west face window air conditioning unit is not protected by shade or awning (M, A).
Basement window(s) wood deteriorating (S, A).
Two pane basement window shows some condensation and so the glass may need replacement (M, A).
Basement window broken (S, A).
Basement windows appear to be below grade without window wells (M, A).
Inadequate window wells (M, A).
Window wells not covered with rain repelling cover (M, B)
No grid over window wells near patio/walk, etc, (M, A)
Caulking/sealing around outside wall penetrations appears poor (M, A).
No cover over outlet/switch/junction box at exterior (S, A)
Wire connections exposed outside due to no junction box/no conduit (S, A)
Lamp cord used outside in lieu of “hard wire” (S, A).
Unachored electrical boxes (S, A).
Inoperable/loose/inadequate/broken outlets on exterior (S, A).
Wired taped at junctions (S, A).
Ungrounded 3 prong outside outlets–use 2 prong or ground (S, A)
Reversed electrical polarity at exterior outlets (S, A).
Switch defect exists on exterior switch (S, A).
Exterior GFCI outlet not operating properly (M, A).
Exterior outlet not properly weatherstripped (S, A).
Exterior switch not properly weatherstripped (S, A).
Faucet splashblocks recommended (M, B).
Outside faucet dripping (M, A).
Evaporative cooler may still be/appears to have been connected in the winter with possible freeze to the line (S, A).
Evaporative cooler appears to be disconnected during the normal operating season. We are unable to fully check the cooler as a result (M, A).
Possible freeze to hose bib/faucet (S, A).
Hose faucet froze previously and may leak at inside wall (M, A).
Air conditioning unit(s) not level (M, A). This results in a less efficiently operating unit and many times results in a shorter useful life of the unit.
Inadequate or no platform on the exterior air conditioner unit (M, A).
Air circulation around exterior air conditioner/evaporative cooler unit appears blocked (trees, shrubs, etc. block the unit) (M,A).
Outdoor temperature too cool to allow for evaluation of central air conditioning.
Air conditioning oil heating elements not on for at least 24 hours prior to inspection and so air conditioning not evaluated.
The exterior air conditioner unit is breakered/fused at a level that is greater than that for which the unit was designed (M, A).
Electrical service line to house too close to ground (S, A).
The pole-to-house wires are not drip looped where they connect at the house (e.g. at the masthead or near the anchor) (S, A).
Building/Trees/Antenna touching electrical service line to house (S, A).
The electrical meter base appears loose (S, A).
Non-conduited wire appears too close to ground level (S, A). Check if can conduit without complete exterior upgrade.
The main breaker/fuse on the house wiring is 30 40 50 60 70 80 100 125 150 200 Other None (S, A).
The service wires that extend from the telephone pole to the house are frayed. Consider contacting the electric company to replace these (S, A).
The main breaker/fuse panel box is loose/not properly covered (S, A).
There are no shutoff valves/warning signs for the gas/oil main supply line(s) (S, A).
The gas/oil supply tank is significantly rusted (S, A).
There is evidence of spills/odors/gauge problems with the exterior fuel/oil supply system (S, A).
The oil tank‑to‑burner supply pipe is not underground (S, A).
The well on this property appears to be used for drinking water. Check with the proper water authorities to verify that this well has been tested and is approved for drinking water (S, A).
Well used for drinking water is located less than 100 feet from/downhill from the likely location of a septic drain field (S,A).
Supply pipe from well head to house not adequately underground/insulated (M, A).
Septic Tank/Private Sewer: Odors/ Dark hue to grass or snow melted off only at likely drain field pipe locations (S, A).
Basement stairs rail missing (S, A).
No areaway drain at base of stairs to basement (M, A).
Drain at base of exterior stairs appears plugged (M, A).
Trip hazard: non‑uniform/<11″ treads/short step/covering deteriorated/projecting at basement stairs (S, A).
Wood at soil at rear porch/stoops/stairs (M, A).
Trip hazard: non‑uniform/<11″ treads/short step/covering deteriorated/projecting at rear porch/stoop/stairs (S, A)
Settlement of rear porch away from house with trip hazard (S, A).
Support posts for roof over rear porch possibly pulling roof down with settlement (M, A).
Rail/stair rail/rail components missing/ungraspable/broken continuity/loose–rear porch/stoops/stairs (S, A).
Weathered railing/deck boards on rear porch (S, A)
Spacing between balusters on rear porch rail too wide (S, A)
Glass patio door glass broken/cracked/loose/unmarked as tempered (S, A).
Wood at soil at patio, deck, balcony, side porch (M, A).
Deck/Balcony not bolted/screwed to wall under floor level (S, A).
Trip hazard: non‑uniform/<11″ treads/short step/covering deteriorated/projecting at balcony/deck/patio/side porch (S, A).
Support posts for roof over balcony/deck/patio/side porch possibly pulling roof down with settlement (M, A).
Rail/stair rail/rail components missing/ungraspable/broken continuity/loose–balcony/deck/patio/side porch (S, A).
Spacing between balusters on balcony/deck/patio/garage rail too wide (S, A).
Missing/weathered railing/deck boards at balcony/deck/patio/garage (S, A).
Concrete surface broken on driveway (M, A).
Trip hazard on driveway due to settling and/or buckling (S, A).
Poor drainage on driveway or other parking surface (M, A).
Driveway asphalt needs resealing (M, B).
Driveway asphalt needs patching (M, A)
Driveway slopes toward garage without opportunity for drainage (M, A).
The dirt/gravel driveway has major ruts (S, A).
Wood embedded at the soil at driveway. Represents a potential attraction for termites and other word destroying insects(M,A).
Weep holes do not exist in retaining walls (M, A).
Retaining wall shows signs of being slightly out of plumb (watch/check periodically for additional settlement after take preventative action -‑e.g., drill weep holes, eliminate uphill pressure etc) (S, A).
Retaining wall shows signs of being moderately/severely out of plumb. Consider measures to correct/replace the retaining wall.
No rail above retaining wall (S, A)
Untreated wood at soil at retaining wall (M, B).
No “dead man” anchors railroad tie retaining wall to help keep the wall from tipping downhill (M, A).
Masonry deteriorating at retaining wall (M or S, A or B).
Concrete deteriorating at retaining wall (S or M, A or B).
Some retaining walls not evaluable due to vines or scrubs at lot line/other retaining wall.
Minor damage to fence (P, C).
Moderate damage to fence (M, B).
Significant damage to fence (M, B).
Gates/hardware of fence not functioning properly (M, B).
Erosion has weakened some fence supports (M, B).
Chain link/wrought iron fence posts rusted/damaged/not embedded in concrete (M, B).
No drainage ditch or catch basin above building on uphill grade to divert water around house (M, A).
No drainage ditch or catch basin above building on uphill grade of adjacent property to divert water around house (M, A).
Stream nearby which could potentially create a risk of water infiltration into the lower levels of the house (M, A).
Significant erosion apparent in lot grading (M, A).
Sump pump apparently exists on property. This could suggest a water table problem or drainage problem on the property (M,A).
Soggy spots or ponding on lawn could indicate a drainage, water table, or water supply leak (e.g. sprinkler leak, etc.) on the property (M, A).
Poor landscaping (e.g. entire lawn burned, etc.) exists on the property (M, B).
The yard is not fully graded (e.g. unfinished portions, etc.) (M, A).
Severe corrosion/rust apparent on drip edge (e.g. portions of drip edge rusted through, etc.) (M, B).