Home Inspection Report

1234 E. Main St., Yourtown, AZ
Inspection Date:
1 January 2002
Prepared For:
Mr. & Mrs. Buyer
Prepared By:
Homewerx, Inc.
P.O. Box 1976
Gilbert, AZ 85299-1976
(480) 503-2611
(480) 813-8949 Fax
Homewerx@qwest.net
www.home-werx.com
Report Number:
Sample
Inspector:
Inspector

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Report Overview
THE HOUSE IN PERSPECTIVE
This is an above average quality home. As with all homes, ongoing maintenance is required and improvements to the
systems of the home will be needed over time. The improvements that are recommended in this report are not considered
unusual for a home of this age and location. Please remember that there is no such thing as a perfect home.

CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS REPORT
For your convenience, the following conventions have been used in this report.
• Major Concern: denotes a major improvement recommendation that is uncommon for a home of this age or location.
• Safety Issue: denotes an observation or recommendation that is considered an immediate safety concern.
• Improve: denotes improvements that should be anticipated over the short term.
• Monitor: denotes an area where further investigation and/or monitoring is needed. Repairs may be necessary. During
the inspection, there was insufficient information. Improvements cannot be determined until further investigation or
observations are made.
Please note that those observations listed under “Discretionary Improvements” are not essential repairs, but represent logical
long-term improvements.
WEATHER CONDITIONS
Dry weather conditions prevailed at the time of the inspection. Weather conditions leading up to the inspection have been
relatively dry. The estimated outside temperature was 75 degrees F.
NOTE: For the purpose of this report, it is assumed that the house faces north.

IMPROVEMENT RECOMMENDATION HIGHLIGHTS
The following is a synopsis of the potentially significant improvements that should be budgeted for over the short term.
Other significant improvements, outside the scope of this inspection, may also be necessary. Please refer to the body of this
report for further details on these and other recommendations.
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• Improve: Circuits within the main distribution panel that are doubled up (referred to as “double taps”) should be
separated. Each circuit should be served by a separate fuse or breaker.
• Improve: All junction boxes should be fitted with cover plates, in order to protect the wire connections.
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• Improve: The temperature drop measured across the evaporator coil of the air conditioning system is greater than
considered normal. This indicates that airflow across the evaporator coil is too low. Low airflow could be the result of
a dirty filter, dirty or obstructed evaporator coil fins, or insufficient blower and/or ductwork sizing. This condition can
lead to ice build-up on the coil. A qualified heating and cooling technician should be consulted to further evaluate this
condition and the remedies available for correction.
• Improve: The air conditioning system requires servicing.
• Improve: The dirty air filter should be replaced.
• Improve: The air conditioning condensation pan is obstructed. Minor improvements are needed.
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• Improve: The overhead garage door is damaged. Repairs may be desirable.
• Improve: The grading should be improved to promote the flow of storm water away from the house. This can usually
be accomplished by the addition of topsoil. The ground should slope away from the house at a rate of one inch per foot
for at least the first ten feet. Ideally, at least eight (8) inches of clearance should be maintained between soil level and
the top of the foundation walls.
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• Improve: Evidence of termite activity was observed. A licensed pest control specialist should be engaged to evaluate
this condition and recommend measures to eliminate further termite activity within the home.
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• Improve: Minor repairs to the roofing are recommended. All roof penetrations should be examined and sealed as
necessary.
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• Improve: Insulation is missing and should be replaced for better economy.
• Improve: The level of ventilation should be improved. It is generally recommended that one (1) square foot of free
vent area be provided for every one hundred and fifty (150) square feet of ceiling area. Proper ventilation will help to
keep the house cooler during warm weather and extend the life of roofing materials. In colder climates, it will help
reduce the potential for ice dams on the roof and condensation within the attic.
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• Improve: Water heaters in garages should be on a raised platform so that the pilots, burner or heating elements are not
less than 18 inches from the garage floor.
• Improve: The sink drain piping is leaking.
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• Improve:
• Improve:
• Improve:
• Improve:

The tile floor is loose and/or cracked.
Doors should be trimmed or adjusted as necessary to work properly.
The bathroom countertop is damaged.
Missing or damaged cabinet hardware in the bathroom should be repaired.

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• Improve: The dishwasher should be better secured.
• Monitor: The waste disposer is excessively noisy.
• Safety Issue: The smoke detector(s) did not respond to testing.

THE SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION
All components designated for inspection in the ASHI Standards of Practice are inspected, except as may be noted in the
“Limitations of Inspection” sections within this report.
This inspection is visual only. A representative sample of building components are viewed in areas that are accessible at the
time of the inspection. No destructive testing or dismantling of building components is performed.
It is the goal of the inspection to put a homebuyer in a better position to make a buying decision. Not all improvements will
be identified during this inspection. Unexpected repairs should still be anticipated. The inspection should not be considered
a guarantee or warranty of any kind.
Please refer to the pre-inspection contract for a full explanation of the scope of the inspection.

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Electrical System
DESCRIPTION OF ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Size of Electrical Service:
Service Entrance Wires:
Main Disconnect:
Service Ground:
Main Distribution Panel:
Distribution Wiring:
Receptacles:
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters:

•120/240-Volt Main Service
•Underground
•Main Service Rating 200 Amps •Breakers
•Copper
•Breakers
•Copper
•Grounded
•Bathroom(s) •Kitchen

ELECTRICAL OBSERVATIONS
Positive Attributes
The size of the electrical service is sufficient for typical single family needs. The distribution of electricity within the home
is good. All 3-prong outlets that were tested were appropriately grounded. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices
have been provided in some areas of the home. These devices are extremely valuable, as they offer an extra level of shock
protection. All GFCI’s that were tested responded properly. Dedicated 220-volt circuits have been provided for all 220-volt
appliances within the home.
General Comments
Inspection of the electrical system revealed the need for minor improvements, as is typical of most homes. Although these
improvements are not costly to repair, they should be considered high priority for safety reasons. Unsafe electrical
conditions represent a shock hazard. A licensed electrician should be consulted to undertake the improvements
recommended below.
RECOMMENDATIONS / OBSERVATIONS
• Improve: Circuits within the main distribution panel that are doubled up (referred to as “double taps”) should be
separated. Each circuit should be served by a separate fuse or breaker.
• Improve: All junction boxes should be fitted with cover plates in order to protect the wire connections.
Each circuit breaker should
only have one wire attached to
it. Separate these circuits by
adding another circuit breaker.
All junction boxes need a cover
plate to protect the wire
connections inside.

LIMITATIONS OF ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
As prescribed in the pre-inspection contract, this is a visual inspection only. The inspection does not include low voltage
systems, telephone wiring, intercoms, alarm systems, TV cable, timers or smoke detectors. The inspection of the electrical
system was limited by (but not restricted to) the following conditions:
• Electrical components concealed behind finished surfaces could not be inspected.
• Only a representative sampling of outlets and light fixtures were tested.
• Furniture and/or storage restricted access to some electrical components.
• The ground connection for the electrical service was not visible at the time of the inspection.
Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.
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Cooling / Heat Pump System
DESCRIPTION OF COOLING / HEAT PUMP SYSTEM
Energy Source:
System Type:
Other Components:

•240-Volt Power Supply
•Air Cooled Central Air Conditioning •Air Source Heat Pump System
•Air Handler/Fan

SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS
Positive Attributes
The capacity and configuration of the system should be sufficient for the home. The heat pump serves to air condition the
home and provide heat during cooler weather conditions. The location of the return air vents is well suited to air
conditioning.
General Comments
The cooling system for the home has lacked maintenance.
RECOMMENDATIONS / OBSERVATIONS
• Improve: The temperature drop measured across the evaporator coil of the air conditioning system is greater than
considered normal. This indicates that airflow across the evaporator coil is too low. Low airflow could be the result of a
dirty filter, dirty or obstructed evaporator coil fins, or insufficient blower and/or ductwork sizing. This condition can
lead to ice build-up on the coil. A qualified heating and cooling technician should be consulted to further evaluate this
condition and the remedies available for correction.
• Improve: The air conditioning system requires servicing.
• Improve: The dirty air filter should be replaced.
• Improve: The air conditioning condensation pan is obstructed. Minor improvements are needed.

Insulation needs to be removed from the
condensation drip pan so water can flow
out of this area, preventing damage to the
pan.

LIMITATIONS OF COOLING / HEAT PUMP SYSTEM INSPECTION
As prescribed in the pre-inspection contract, this is a visual inspection only. Air conditioning and heat pump systems, like
most mechanical components, can fail at any time. The inspection of the cooling system was limited by (but not restricted to)
the following conditions:
• Window mounted air conditioning units are not inspected.
• The adequacy of distribution of cool air within the home is difficult to determine during a one-time inspection.
Please also refer to the pre-inspection contract for a detailed explanation of the scope of this inspection.

This confidential report is prepared exclusively for Mr. & Mrs. Buyer
© 2002 Homewerx, Inc.