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Written by Certified Master Inspector/ NACHI.TV producer/ InterNACHI course author/published book author (Jobsite Phrasebook, English Spanish) Kenton Shepard, narratives are based on the following sources:

  • 11 years inspection experience
  • 4 years experience in writing inspection courses
  • 30 years building experience, residential/light commercial
  • International Residential Code (IRC)
  • National Fire Protection Standards
  • Roofing contractors
  • Insurance company policy
  • Home inspection Standards of Practice
  • Existing narrative libraries (all narratives re-written for uniformity)
  • Technical Data Sheets
  • Manufacturer’s specifications
  • Building product installation manuals

Narratives are worded with safety and inspector liability in mind. Code is not quoted. Both long and short versions of common narratives give you a choice in choosing how you want to say it. Narratives cover all the home systems and include comprehensive sections on Swimming Pool & Spa, Log Homes, and Green Building.

 
 
"Other libraries have narratives that are way too short. 
Others have narratives that are way too long. 
Like Goldilocks once said... this one's just right! 
Many thanks to Kenton for his years of work on this project."
 
             -- Nick Gromicko, Founder of InterNACHI
 
"Kenton:  I avoided buying your collection of report narratives simply because I
didn’t like the price.  That was a big mistake. I finally gave in and spent the money
and wanted to let you know I think this collection of report narratives is a master work
that is well worth every penny.  Not only is this an invaluable tool for report writing,
it is also a complete lesson in how to perform a thorough home inspection.
As a home inspector I want to avoid reinventing the wheel and get right down to business
doing exceptional inspections and writing exceptional reports.  This tool will help me do exactly that.
 
Thanks for the grand effort!
 
All the best,
Mike Murphy
Mike Murphy Inspections"
 
 
 
 

             TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

            1. GENERAL NARRATIVES 2,890 words

·      Introduction, 2

·      Moisture Intrusion, 2

·      Timely Evaluation, 2

·      Home Age, 2

·      Winterized Property, 3

·      General Maintenance, 4

·      HOA Disclaimer, 5

·      Unique Non-compliant Home, 6

·      Old or Historic Home, 6

·      Notice to Absent Clients, 7

·      No Certificate of Occupancy, 7              

             

          2. EXTERIOR 15,805 words

 

   EXTERIOR 1           

·      General Observations, 2

o  Address Identification, 2

o  Home Views, 2

o  Slope of Building Site, 2

o  Expansive Soil, 3

o  Snow, 5

·      Building Permits, 5

·      Natural Hazards, 6

o  Flood, 6

o  Hurricane, 7

o  Earthquake, 8

o  Wildfire, 8

o  Hazardous Wildlife, 9

·      Hillside Excavation, 9

·      Tree Problems, 9

·      Play Apparatus, 11

·      Sauna, 11

·      Grading and drainage, 11

·      Driveway, 14

o  Driveway materials, 14

o  Driveway Condition, 14

·      Walkways, 17

o  Materials, 18

o  Condition, 18

·      Bridge, 20

o  Bridge Condition, 20

o  Attachment to home, 20

o  Planking material, 21

o  Planking Condition, 21

o  Guardrail Material, 22

o  Planking Condition, 21

o  Guardrail Material, 22

o  Guardrail Condition, 22

·      Retaining Walls, 25

o  Retaining Wall Materials, 25

o  Retaining Wall Condition, 26

·      Vegetation at Exterior walls, 27

·      Radon Riser, 28

·      Exterior Faucets, 28  

·      Exterior outlets, 30

o  General Outlet Condition, 30

o  GFCI Outlets, 30

o  GFCI-protected Outlets, 31

o  Non-GFCI Outlets, 32

·      Window & Door Exteriors, 35

o  Window Conditions, 35

o  Window Screens, 37

o  Door Conditions, 38

o  Door & Window Conditions, 41

·      Exterior Lighting, 43

·      Window Wells, 44

·      Exterior Trim, 45

o  Exterior Trim Material, 45

o  Exterior Trim Condition, 45

o  Fascia Material, 47

o  Fascia Condition, 47

o  Soffit Material, 48

o  Soffit Condition, 48

·      Wood-destroying Insects, 50

 

   EXTERIOR  2 10,890 words

·      Decks, 2

o  General Condition, 2

o  Locations, 3

o  Structure Material, 3

o  Structure Condition, 4

o  Foundation, 4

o  Structural Framing, 5

o  Hardware, 6

o  Attachment to Home, 7

o  Finish Coating Condition, 8

o  Planking material, 9

o  Planking Condition, 9

o  Guardrail Material, 10

o  Guardrail Condition, 10

·      Exterior Stairway, 13

o  Foundation & Structure, 13

o  Handrail, 14

o  Width, 17

o  Risers, 17

o  Treads, 18

·      Balcony, 18

o  General Condition, 18

o  Attachment to the Home, 19

o  Structural Integrity, 20

o  Finish Coating, 20

o  Planking material, 21

o  Planking Condition, 21

o  Guardrails, 22

·      Patio, 25 

o  Location, 25

o  Description, 25

o  General Condition, 26

o  Surface Deterioration & Damage, 27

o  Patio Cover or Roof, 28

·      Porch, 28

o  Locations, 29

o  General Conditions, 29

o  Foundation, 30

o  Structural Condition, 30

o  Stairway Condition, 31

·      Fence & Gate, 33

o  General Condition, 33

o  Posts, 34

o  Barriers, 36

o  Gates, 38

·      Irrigation Systems, 38

·      Water Features (ponds, streams, fountains, etc.), 39


   EXTERIOR WALL COVERINGS 10,620
words

·      Exterior wall Membrane, 2

·      EIFS, 3

·      Stucco, 3

·      Terminations, 4

·      Cracking, 4

·      Damage, 5

·      Brick, 6

·      Type of Construction, 6

·      Brick Condition, 7

·      Cracking, 7

·      Deterioration, 8

·      Damage, 9

·      Air Space Ventilation, 10

·      Lintels, 11

·      Miscellaneous Brick, 12

·      Wood Siding, 12

·      Type, 12

·      Condition, 13

·      Damage, 14

·      Deterioration, 14

·      Installation, 14

·      Finish Coatings, 15

·      Composite Siding, 16

·      General Condition, 16

·      Installation, 16

·      Cementicious Lapped Siding, 19

·      Vinyl Siding, 20

·      Wood Shingles, 22

·      Log Veneer, 24

·      Aluminum siding, 25

·      Artificial Stone, 27

·      Stucco-Cement, 27

·      Asbestos Shingle, 31

 

                3. STRUCTURE

 

   GENERAL FOUNDATION 1,250 words

  • Combination Foundation, 2
  • Visible Footings, 2
  • Cone of Compression, 2
  • Bowed Foundation Wall, 3
  • Concrete Cracks, 3
  • Damp-proofing, 3
  • Anchor Bolts, 4
  • Foundation Holes, 5



   FOUNDATION WALLS 5,060
words

·      Cone of Compression, 2

·      Concrete Foundation Walls

o  General Foundation Wall Condition, 2

o  Cracked Foundation Wall, 3

o  Recommending a Foundation Repair Contractor, 3

o  Recommending a Structural Engineer, 5

o  Out of Flat or Level, 7

o  Grade Beam, 7

o  Caisson Construction, 8

o  Surface Condition, 8

o  General Condition, 9

·      Concrete Masonry Units (CMU), 10

o  Foundation Cracks, 10

o  Cracks in Mortar, 11

o  Cracks in Block, 12

o  Surface Condition, 12

o  Cell Contents, 12

·      Brick Foundation walls, 12

o  Basement, 12

o  Crawlspace, 13

·      Mortared Stone Foundation Walls, 14

·      Stone Rubble Foundation Wall, 14

o  Stone Rubble Foundation Condition, 15

·      Stone Wall Condition, 15

·      ICF Foundation Walls, 16

o  ICF Wall Condition, 16

·      Terra Cotta Foundation Walls, 17

o  Condition, 17

·      Wood Frame Foundation, 17

o  Condition, 17



   CRAWLSPACE 5,925
words

·      Crawlspace Access, 2

·      General Condition, 3

·      Crawlspace Floor, 4

·      Moisture Intrusion, 4

o  Efflorescence, 4

o  Stains, 5

o  Visible Moisture, 6

o  Undermining, 7

o  Odor, 8

·      Floor Framing, 9

o  Floor Structure Configuration, 9

o  Joist Condition, 11

o  Fasteners & Hardware, 13

o  Decay, 14

o  Microbial Growth, 15

·      Structural Supports, 16

o  Grade Beam, 17

·      Connections and Fasteners, 17

·      Sloped Floor, 18

·      Floor Sheathing Condition, 19

·      Moisture Intrusion, 20

·      Evidence of Fire, 21

·      Plumbing, 22

o  Water Supply Pipes, 23

o  Drain, Waste and Vent Pipes, 23

o  Traps, 24

o  Gas, 24

·      Electrical, 25

·      Ducts, 26

·      Insulation, 27

o  Floor Structure Insulation, 28

o  Insulation Conditions, 28

o  Wall Insulation, 29

·      Crawlspace Venting, 30

·      Debris Accumulation, 30

·      Pest, 30


  BASEMENT 9,431
words

·      Basement Configuration, 2

·      General Condition, 2

·      Egress, 4

·      Floating Walls, 5

·      Insulation, 6

o  Floor Insulation, 7

o  Wall Insulation, 7

·      Ducts, 8

·      Floor Framing, 9

o  Floor Structure Configuration, 8

o  Floor Framing Condition, 9

o  Support Posts, 11

o  Joists, 11

o  Fire, 13

o  Fasteners, 14

o  Misc., 14 

·      Floor Sheathing, 15

·      Plumbing, 16

o  Water Supply Pipes, 16

o  Drain, Waste and Vent Pipes, 17

o  Traps, 18

o  Gas, 18

o  Sump Pump, 19

·      Electrical, 20

·      Moisture Intrusion, 21

·      Cone of Compression, 25

·      Building Permits, 25

·      Debris accumulation, 26

·      Odor, 26

·      Basement Floor, 26

o  Floor Material, 26

o  Floor Condition, 27

·      Pest, 28

 

   SLAB-on-GRADE 1,238 words

  • Description
  • Slab Condition
  • Moisture Intrusion

                

            4. ROOF

 

  ROOF 1 11,130 words

·      General Comments, 2            

·      Method of Evaluation, 3

·      Roof Structure, 3

o   Roof Structure Description, 3

o   Roof Configuration, 4

o   Roof Components OK, 5

o   Sagging Ridge, 5

o   Sagging Rafters, 6

o   Sheathing Condition, 7

·      Roof Membrane, 8

o   Underlayment Material, 8

o   Underlayment Condition, 9

o   Underlayment Installation, 10

·      Roof Drainage System, 10

o   Drainage System OK, 10

o   Gutters System Configuration, 11

o   Gutter Condition, 11

o   Downspouts, 13

·      Roof Flashings, 15

o   Kick-Out Flashing, 17

o   Chimney Flashing, 18

o   Skylight Flashing, 19

o   Vent Flashing, 20

o   Roof-To-Wall Flashing, 21

o   Valley Flashing, 22

o   Roof-Edge Flashing, 23

o   Combustion Exhaust Flue, 24

o   Plumbing Vents, 25

o   Ridge/Roof Vents, 26

·      Crickets, 26

·      Miscellaneous Roof Problems, 27

o   Overhanging Tree Limbs, 27

o   Skylights, 28

o   Ice Dams, 28

o   Debris Accumulation, 30

o   Poor Pitch Transition, 28

o   Wildlife Damage, 28

·      General Comments on Roofs, 30

o   Home Inspectors Do Not Certify Roofs As Leak-Proof, 30

o   Roof Leakage, 231

o   Roof Pitch, 31

o   Roof Lifespan, 31


   ROOF-COVERING MATERIALS 25,913
words

·     General Roof Comments, 2

·     Composition Asphalt Shingle, 3

o   Description, 4

o   Disclaimer, 4

o   Warranty, 4

o   Number of Layers, 4

o   General Condition, 6

o   Deterioration, 7

o   Batch problem 8

·     Damage, 9

o   Wind & Hail, 9

o   Mechanical, 10

o   Cracking/splitting, 10

o   Granule loss, 12

o   Installation, 12

o   Fasteners, 13

o   Flashing, 14

o   Low Slope, 16

o   Bonding  17

o   Discoloration, 18

·     Roll Roofing, 19

o   Description, 19

o   General Condition, 19

o   Damage, 20

o   Deterioration, 20

o   Low Slope, 21

·     Metal Roofs, 21

o   Description, 21

o   Installation, 22

o   Low Slope, 22

o   Fasteners, 22

o   General Condition, 23

o   Damage, 23

o   Trim, 24

o   Seams, 24

o   Corrosion, 25

o   Metal Shingles, 26

o   Snow Guards, 26

·     Built-up Roof, 26

o   Description, 27

o   General Condition, 27

o   Built-up Roof Drainage, 28

·     Parapet Wall, 29

o   Description, 29

o   Parapet Wall Condition, 30

·     Wood Shake Roof, 31

o   Reference, 31

o   Description, 33

o   Roof Sheathing, 34

o   Roof Membrane, 35

o   Installation, 35

o   Starter Course, 36

o   Field shakes, 36

o   Fasteners, 37

o   Flashing, 38

o   General Condition, 38

o   Curling/Cupping, 39

o   Damage/Deterioration, 39

o   Decay, 40

o   End of Useful Life. 40

·     Wood Shingles, 41

o   Reference, 41

o   Description, 43

o   Roof Sheathing, 44

o   Roof membrane, 44

o   Installation, 45

o   Starter Course, 45

o   Field Shingles, 45

o   Fasteners, 46

o   Flashing, 47

o   General Condition, 48

o   Curling/cupping, 48

o   Damage/Deterioration, 49

o   Decay, 50

o   End of Useful Life, 50

·     Concrete Tile, 50

o   Description, 50

o   Disclaimer, 50

o   Underlayment Material, 51

o   Underlayment Condition, 52

o   Underlayment Installation, 53

o   Roof Sheathing Material, 53

o   Tile Installation, 54

o   Starter Course 54

o   Fasteners, 54

o   Tile Installation, 55

o   Tile Roof Condition, 55

o   Cracks, 56

o   Damage, 56

o   Aging, 57

·     Underlayment/Battens, 58

·     Clay Tile, 58

o   Description, 59

o   Disclaimer, 59

o   Underlayment, 59

o   Roof Sheathing, 61

o   Tile Installation, 62

o   Starter Course, 62

o   Fasteners, 62

o   Field Tile, 63

o   Tile Condition, 63

o   Cracks, 64

o   Damage, 64

o   Aging, 65

o   Underlayment/battens, 66

·     Slate, 367

o   Description, 67

o   Manufacturing Variations, 67

o   General Condition, 38

o   Type of Installation, 67

o   General Condition, 68

o   Slate tile condition, 69

o   Starter Course, 70

o   Fasteners, 71

o   Slate Installation, 72

o   Flashing, 73

o   Cleaning, 73

o   Snow Guards, 74

o   Repairs, 74

·     Composite Slate, 75

·     Vinyl Roof Description, 76

·     Thermoplastic Roofing (TPO), 77

·     Green Roof, 78

·     EPDM, 79

 

 

 


            5. PLUMBING


   PLUMBING 1 11,870
words

·      General Water Supply, 2

·      Water Source, 2

·      Potable Water Condition, 2

·      Water Pressure, 2

·      Main Water Supply Pipe, 3

·      Main Supply Pipe Material, 3

·      Main Supply Pipe Condition, 4

·      Main Shut-Off Location, 4

·      Main Shut-Off Condition, 5

·      Distribution Pipe Material, 5

·      Distribution Pipe Condition, 7

·      Distribution Pipe Bonding, 10

·      Pressure Regulator, 10

·      Leak Detection System, 11

·      DWV Pipes, 11

·      DWV Pipe Material, 11

·      DWV Pipe Condition, 12

·      Damaged/Leaking Waste Pipes, 12

·      1Open Sewer, 12

·      Improper Conditions, 13

·      Traps, 13

·      Clean-Out Locations

·      Vent Pipes

·      Clean-Out Locations, 14

·      Vent Pipes, 15

·      Water Filter Types, 17

·      General Gas Components, 19

·      Type of Gas Used For Fuel, 19

·      Propane Tank Condition, 19

·      Main Gas Shut-off Location, 20

·      Gas Pipe Material, 21

·      Gas Pipe Condition, 22

·      Gas System Observations, 23

·      Gas Water Heater, 24

·      Description, 24 

·      Location, 25

·      Label Information, 26

·      Capacity, 28 

·      General Condition, 28

·      Leakage, 30

·      Exterior Condition, 31

·      Gas & Water Shut-Offs, 31

·      Fuel Supply, 32

·      Response to Controls, 32

·      Burn Chamber, 33

·      Exhaust Flue, 34

·      Draft Diverter, 35

·      Combustion Air Supply, 37

·      Pressure Relief Valve, 37

·      TPR Discharge Pipe, 38

·      Drip Pan, 39

·      4Water Pipe Connections, 40

·      Drain Valve, 40

·      Expansion Tank, 41

·      Dormant Water Heater, 41

 

   PLUMBING 2 7,210 words

  • Electric Water Heater, 2
    • Description, 2
    • Electrical Connections, 2
    • Description, 3
  • Tankless Water Heater, 3
    • Description, 3
    • Tankless Water Heater Condition, 4
    • Tankless Problems, 6
  • On-Demand Water Heater, 7
    • Description, 7
    • Response to Controls, 7
  • Sewage Disposal System, 8
    • Sewage System Type, 8
    • Description, 8
    • Leach Field, 10
  • Private Well, 11
    • Description, 11
    • General Condition, 11
    • Well House, 12
    • Well Head, 12
    • Pressure Tank, 13
    • Main Water Shut-Off, 14
    • Pressure Control Switch, 14
    • Well Sub-Panel, 15
    • Pump, 16
  • Sump Pump, 16
    • Description, 16
    • Pump Location, 17
    • Condition, 17
  • Sewage Ejector Pump, 18
    • Description, 18
    • Location, 18
    • Condition, 18
  • Fire Suppression System, 19
  • Solar-Powered Systems, 19
    • General Plumbing Comments, 20


    6. ELECTRICAL


   ELECTRICAL 1 14,075
words

  • Older Electrical System, 2
  • Overhead Service Drop
    • Service Conductor Condition, 2
    • Service Conductor Clearances, 3
    • Drip Loop, 5
    • Point of Attachment, 6
  • Service Entrance, 6
    • Weatherhead, 7
    • Mast, 7
  • Underground Service, 8
  • Electric Meter, 8
    • Electric Meter Location, 8 
    • Electric Meter Installation, 9
    • Electric Meter Condition, 9
  • Main Electrical Service Panel, 10
  • Main Panel General Condition, 11
    • Main Panel Location, 12
    • Main Panel Access, 13
    • Main Panel Manufacturer, 14
    • Main Panel Type, 16
    • Main Panel Amperage Rating, 17
  • Main Disconnect, 18
    • Main Disconnect Location, 18
    • Main Disconnect Type, 18
    • Main Disconnect Amperage rating, 18
    • Main Disconnect Conditions, 19
  • Main Panel Exterior Condition, 20
  • Main Panel Interior Condition, 21
  • Dead Front Cover Condition, 22
  • Main Panel Labels, 23
    • Circuit Label, 23
    • Manufacturer’s Label, 23
  •  Service Entrance Conductor, 24
    • Conductor Ratings, 24
    • Service Entrance Conductor Size & Material, 25
  • Main Panel Rating Defects, 26
  • Main Panel Wiring, 26
    • Type of Wiring, 26    
    • Wiring Defects, 28
  • Service Grounding, 30
    • General Grounding Conditions, 29
    • Driven Rod, 30
    • Water Pipe, 31
    • Ufer Ground, 31
  • Equipment Grounding & Bonding, 31
    • General Grounding & Bonding Conditions, 32
  • Circuit Breakers, 33
    • Circuit Breaker General Conditions, 33
    • Bad Brands, 33
    • Circuit Breaker Defects, 34
  • Main Panel Observations, 35
  • Fused Service Panel, 36
  • Branch Wiring, 36
  • Switches, 38
  • Outlets, 38
    • GFCI & AFCI, 39
    • Conventional Outlets, 40
    • Ungrounded System, 41
  • Demand Control System, 42
    • Section Introduction, 42


   ELECTRICAL 2 6,181
words

  • Sub-panel, 2
    • Description, 2
    • General Condition, 2
    • Location, 3
    • Access, 4
    • Manufacturer, 5
    • Amperage Rating, 6
    • Exterior Condition, 7
    • Interior Condition, 8
    • Dead Front Cover, 9
    • Labels, 10
  • Feeder Conductors, 11
    • Amperage Rating, 11
  • Disconnect, 12
    • Type, 13
    • Amperage Rating, 13
    • Disconnect Conditions 13
  • Rating Defects, 14
  • Sub-panel Wiring, 14
    • Type of wiring, 14
    • Wiring Defects, 16
  • Sub-panel Grounding, 17
    • General Conditions, 17
    • Driven Rod, 18
    • Water Pipe, 19
    • Ufer, 19
  • Equipment Grounding & Bonding, 19
    • General Conditions, 19
  • Circuit Breakers, 21
    • General Conditions, 21
    • Bad Brands, 21
    • Circuit Breaker Defects, 21
  • Sub-panel Observations
  • Fused sub-panel


    7. HEAT


   HEAT 1 12,185
words

  • Forced-air Furnace Fuel, 2
    • Gas-Fired, 2
    • Oil-Fired, 2
  • Forced-air Furnace Thermostats, 3
    • Thermostat, 3
  • Forced-air Furnace, 4
    • Multiple Furnaces, 4
    • Furnace Location, 4
    • Furnace Accessibility, 4
    • Attic Furnace Defects, 5
    • Furnace General Condition, 5
    • Furnace Operation, 7
    • Furnace Shut-Offs, 7
    • Furnace Label, 8
    • Air Filter Location, 9
    • Air Filter Condition, 10
    • Electronic Air Filter, 11
    • Furnace Exterior Condition, 12
    • Furnace Interior Condition, 13
    • Exhaust Flue, 13
    • Draft Diverter, 16
    • Fuel Pipe Condition, 17
    • Condensate Drain, 17
    • Combustion Chamber Condition, 19
    • Combustion Air, 19
    • Blower, 20
    • Humidifier, 21
    • Duct Condition, 22
    • Return Air Condition, 23
    • Oil-Fired Furnace Defects, 24
  • Boiler, 25
    • System Description, 25
    • Response to Controls, 26
    • Boiler General Condition, 26
    • Oil-Fired Boiler Defects, 28
    • Boiler Location, 29
    • Shut-Offs, 29
    • Label Information, 29
    • Boiler Manufacturer, 30
    • System Temperature and Pressure, 30
    • System Temperature, 31
    • System Pressure, 31
    • Exhaust Flue, 32
    • Draft Diverter, 34
    • Boiler Exterior, 34
    • Pressure Relief Valve, 34
    • Discharge Pipe, 35
    • Air Vent, 37
    • Fuel Pipe Condition, 37
    • Circulation Pump, 38
    • Boiler Interior, 38
    • Combustion Chamber, 39
    • Combustion Air Supply, 39
    • Expansion Tank, 40
    • Radiant In-Floor Distribution, 41
    • Hot Water Baseboard Distribution, 41
    • Hot Water Re-Circulation System, 42
    • General Observations, 42
    • Carbon Monoxide, 43
    • Heating system efficiency, 43


   HEAT 2 4,045
words

  • Electric Baseboard, 2
  • Electric Wall Heater, 2
  • Electric Stand-Alone Room Heater, 3
  • Radiant Electric Heating, 3
  • Floor Heater, 4
    • Description, 4
    • Floor Heater Condition, 4
    • Exhaust Flue, 5
  • Gas-Fired Wall Heater, 6
    • Description, 6
    • Wall Heater Condition, 6
    • Wall Heater Exhaust Flue, 7
  • Pellet Stove Description, 8
  • Gas Fireplace Condition, 8
  • Wood Stove Description, 9
  • Wood Stove Condition, 10
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace Description, 12
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace Condition, 12
  • Masonry Heater, 14
  • Wood-Burning Insert Condition, 15


     8. COOLING 5,475
words

  • AC System, 2
    • Description, 2
    • Label Information, 2
  • AC Temperature Gradient, 3
  • AC General Condition, 4
  • AC System Response, 5
    • Air Temperatures, 6
  • AC Electrical Disconnect, 7
  • AC Refrigerant Lines, 8
  • AC Efficiency Rating, 8
  • AC Compressor, 9 
    • Operation, 9
  • Compressor Housing, 9
    • Cabinet Location, 9
    • Pad & Enclosure, 10
    • Exterior Condition, 10
  • AC Evaporator Coils, 11
  • Air Filter, 11 
    • Location, 12
    • Condition, 12
  • Condensate Disposal, 13
  • Whole-House Fan, 14
    • Description, 14
    • Location, 15
    • Operation, 15
    • Winterization, 16
  • Evaporative Cooler, 16
    • Description, 16
    • Condition, 18
    • Operation, 19
    • Evaporative Cooler Ducts, 19
  • Wall-Mounted AC, 20
  • Window-Mounted AC, 20


     9. INTERIOR 11,210
words


   GENERAL INTERIOR

  • General Interior, 2
    • Interior Condition, 2
  • Rodent Infestation, 3
  • General Wear And Deterioration, 4
  • Odor, 4
  • Doorbell, 4
  • Signs Of Interior Flooding, 5
  • Environmental Hazards, 5
    • Asbestos, 5
    • Lead Paint, 7
    • Radon, 7
  • Indoor Air Quality, 8
  • Fire & Co Protection, 8
    • Smoke Detectors, 9
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors, 10
    • Fire Suppression System, 11
  • Wall Insulation, 11
    • Type, 11
    • Thickness, 12
  • Ceiling Fan, 12
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV), 13
  • Interior Lighting, 13
  • Interior Trim, 14
  • Interior Doors, 16
    • Condition, 16
    • Hardware, 17
  • Exterior Doors, 18
    • Condition, 18
    • Hardware, 19
    • Sliding Glass Doors, 19
  • Windows, 22
    • General Condition, 22
    • Wood, 23
    • Vinyl, 24
    • Aluminum, 25
    • Fiberglass, 26
    • Steel-Frame, 26
    • Various Types & Materials, 27
    • Storm Windows, 28
    • Window Sill/ Jamb Condition, 28
    • Window Trim, 29
  • Floors, 30
    • Wood, 30
    • Carpet, 33
    • Tile, 34
    • Vinyl, 34
    • Registers, 34
  • Walls, 35
    • Cracking, 35
    • Damage & Deterioration, 36


   GENERAL ROOM TEMPLATE 13,010
words

  • Room General Condition, 2
  • Floors, 3
    • Floor General Condition, 2
    • Carpet, 3
    • Tile, 4
    • Vinyl, 4
    • Wood, 5
    • Poor Workmanship, 6
    • Floor Registers, 7
  • Wall Condition, 7
    • Cracking, 7
    • Damage & Deterioration
    • Nail Pops, 9
    • Poor Workmanship, 9
  • Ceilings, 9
    • Damage, 9
    • Moisture Damage, 10
    • Poor Workmanship, 11
  • Interior Trim Components, 11
  • Room Interior Doors, 12
    • Door Condition, 12
    • Door Operation, 12
    • Hardware, 13
  • Exterior Door, 14
    • Door Condition, 14
    • Door Operation, 15
    • Hardware, 15
  • Sliding Glass Door, 18
  • Windows, 20
    • General Condition, 20
    • Tempered Glass Requirements, 22
    • Window Operation (By Type), 22
    • Window Trim, 23
    • Sill Condition, 23
    • Jamb Condition, 24
  • Skylight Condition, 25
  • Electrical Outlets, 26
  • Switches, 28
  • Light Fixtures, 29
  • Ceiling Fans, 30
  • Smoke Detectors, 31
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors, 32
  • Thermostat, 33
  • Baseboard Heaters, 33
    • Hot Water Baseboard, 33
    • Electric Baseboard Heater, 34
  • Wall Heaters, 34
    • Electric Wall Heater, 35
    • Gas Wall Heater, 35
  • Gas Fireplace, 36
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace, 37
  • Wood-Burning Insert, 40
  • Wood-Burning Stove, 40
    • Description, 40
    • Condition, 41
  • Pellet Stove, 43
  • Gas-Fired Floor Heater, 44
    • Description, 44
    • Exhaust Flue, 44
  • Wood-destroying insect, 45


     10. KITCHEN 14,910
words

  • Kitchen Inspection, 2
  • General Condition, 2
  • Gas Range, 2
    • Burners/Igniters, 3
    • Fuel, 3
  • Electric Range, 4
    • Gas/Electric Combination Range, 4
    • Range Defects, 5
    • Damage, 5
    • Oven, 5
    • Inoperable Components, 6
  • Exhaust Hood, 6
  • Downdraft, 7
  • Cooktop, 8
    • Gas Cooktop, 8
    • Electric Cooktop, 8
  • Built-In Oven, 9
  • Lighting, 10
  • Electrical Outlets, 11
    • GFCI Outlets, 11
    • Conventional Outlets, 12
  • Switches, 14
  • Sink, 15
    • General Condition, 15
    • Faucet, 15
  • Under-Sink Plumbing, 17
    • Plumbing General Condition, 17
    • Supply Pipes, 17
    • Traps, 18
    • Air Admittance Valve, 19
  • Garbage Disposal, 19
  • Dishwasher, 20
  • Salamander Broiler, 22
  • Counters, 22
  • Cabinets, 23
  • Floors, 25
    • General Condition, 25
    • Tile Floors, 25
    • Wood Floors, 26
    • Vinyl Floors, 28
  • Wall Condition, 28
    • Cracking, 28
    • Damage & Deterioration, 29
  • Ceilings, 30
  • Damage, 30
    • Moisture Damage, 30
    • Poor Workmanship, 31
  • Windows, 31
    • General Condition, 31
    • Tempered Glass Requirements, 33
    • Window Operation (By Type), 34
    • Window Trim, 35
    • Sill Condition, 35
    • Jamb Condition, 36
  • Skylight Condition, 37
  • Interior Trim, 39
  • Kitchen Interior Doors, 39
    • Door Condition, 39
    • Door Operation, 40
    • Hardware, 41
    • Kitchen Door To Exterior, 41
    • Door Condition, 41
    • Door Operation, 42
    • Hardware, 42
    • Sliding Glass Doors, 44
  • Ceiling Fans, 46
  • Baseboard Heaters, 47
    • Hot Water Baseboard, 47
    • Electric Baseboard Heaters, 47
  • Wall Heaters, 47
  • Electric Wall Heater, 47
  • Gas Wall Heater, 48
  • Electric Radiant Heating, 49
  • Gas Fireplace, 49
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace, 50
    • Description, 50
    • Fireplace Defects, 51
    • Wood-Burning Insert, 52
    • Wood Stove, 53
    • Description, 53
    • Condition, 54


     11. BATHROOMS 13,450
words

  • Section Introduction, 2
  • Bathroom Configuration, 3
  • Bathroom General Condition, 3
  • Electrical Outlets, 4
    • GFCI Outlets, 4
    • Conventional Outlets, 5
  • Switches, 7
  • Light Fixtures, 8
  • Cabinets, 9
    • General Condition, 9
    • Hardware Condition, 9
    • Cabinet Damage, 9
  • Counters, 11
  • Sink, 12
    • Faucet, 13
    • Water Volume, 14
  • Under-Sink Plumbing, 15, 
    • Plumbing General Condition, 16
    • Supply Pipes, 16
    • Traps, 16
    • Air Admittance Valve, 18
    • Hot Water Recirculation Device, 17
  • Toilet, 17
    • Type, 17
    • Condition, 19
    • Damage, 20
    • Operation, 21
    • Leaks, 22
  • Bidet, 23
  • Tub, 23
    • General Condition, 23
    • Whirlpool Tub, 25
  • Bathroom Shower, 25
  • Heat Source, 27
  • Ventilation, 28
  • Bathroom Windows, 29
    • Condition, 31
    • Operation (By Type), 31
    • Trim, 33
    • Sill Condition, 33
    • Jamb Condition, 34
  • Skylight Condition, 35
  • Floor Condition, 37
    • General Floor Condition, 37
    • Floor Condition By Type, 37
  • Wall Condition, 41
    • Cracking, 42
    • Damage & Deterioration, 42
  • Ceiling Condition, 43
    • Damage, 43
    • Moisture Damage, 43
    • Poor Workmanship, 44
  • Interior Trim Components, 45
  • Interior Doors, 45
    • General Condition, 45
    • Hardware, 46

 

     12. BEDROOMS 11,965 words

  • Bedroom General Condition, 2
  • Floor Condition, 2
    • Carpet, 3
    • Tile, 4
    • Vinyl, 4
    • Wood, 4
    • Poor Workmanship, 6
  • Register Condition, 6
  • Wall Condition, 7
    • Cracking, 7
    • Damage & Deterioration, 8
    • Poor Workmanship, 9
  • Ceiling Condition, 9
    • Damage, 9
    • Moisture Damage, 9
    • Poor Workmanship, 10
    • Nail Pops, 11
  • Bedroom Trim Components, 11
  • Bedroom Interior Doors, 12
    • Door Condition, 12
    • Door Operation, 12
    • Hardware, 13
  • Exterior Door, 14
    • Door Condition, 14
    • Door Operation, 14
    • Hardware, 15
  • Sliding Glass Door, 16
  • Windows, 18
    • General Condition, 18
    • Tempered Glass Requirements, 20
    • Operation (by type), 21
    • Window Trim, 22
    • Sill Condition, 22
    • Jamb Condition, 23
  • Skylight Condition, 24
  • Electrical Outlets, 25
  • Switches, 27
  • Light Fixtures, 28
  • Ceiling Fans, 29
  • Smoke Detectors, 30
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors, 31
  • Baseboard Heaters, 31
    • Hot Water Baseboard, 31
    • Electric Baseboard Heater, 32
  • Wall Heaters, 33
    • Electric Wall Heater, 33
    • Gas Wall Heater, 33
  • Gas Fireplace, 34
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace, 35
  • Wood-Burning Insert, 37
  • Wood-Burning Stove, 37
    • Description, 37
    • Condition, 38
  • Pellet Stove, 40


     13. STAIRWAYS 4,525
words

  • General Stair Condition, 2
    • General Defects, 2
    • Sloped Handrail Assembly, 3
    • Horizontal Guardrail Assembly (Stairs), 6
    • Horizontal Guardrail Assembly (Interior Balcony), 7
    • Stairway Width, 8
    • Projections, 9
    • Risers, 9
    • Treads, 10
    • Headroom, 12
    • Landings, 12
    • Stairway Lighting, 13
    • Exterior Lighting, 14
  • Means of Egress


     14. LAUNDRY ROOM 10,880
words

  • Laundry Room General Condition, 2
  • Dryer Venting, 3
    • Vent Condition, 3
    • Material Type, 4
    • Termination, 4
    • Dryer Gas Shut-Off, 6
  • Electrical Outlets, 6 
    • 240-Volt Dryer Outlet, 6
    • 120-Volt Outlets, 7
  • Switches, 9
    • Light Fixtures, 10
  • Sink, 11
    • General Sink Condition, 11
    • Undersink Plumbing, 12
    • Supply pipes, 12
    • Traps, 13
    • Air Admittance Valve, 14
  • Room Ventilation, 15
  • Window Condition, 15 
    • Tempered Glass Requirements, 18
    • Operation Defects by Type, 18
    • Window Trim, 19
    • Sill Condition, 19
    • Jamb Condition, 20
  • Skylight Condition, 21
  • Interior Doors, 22
    • Condition, 22 
    • Operation, 23
    • Hardware, 24
  • Exterior Doors, 25
    • Condition, 25 
    • Operation, 25
    • Hardware, 26
  • Sliding Glass Door, 27
  • Floor Condition (by type), 29
  • Register Condition, 33
  • Wall Condition, 33
    • Cracking, 33
    • Damage & Deterioration, 34
    • Poor workmanship, 35
  • Ceiling Condition, 36
    • Damage, 36
    • Moisture Damage, 36
    • Poor workmanship, 37
  • Smoke Detectors, 38
  • Baseboard Heaters, 38
    • Electric Baseboards Heaters, 38
    • Hot water Baseboard, 39


     15. ATTIC 9,200
words

  • Attic Access, 2
    • Access Location, 2
    • Method of Evaluation, 3
    • Provisions for Access, 4
  • Attic Insulation, 4
    • General Insulation Information, 4
    • Insulation Type, 6
    • Insulation Thickness, 7
    • Attic Insulation Defects, 8
  • Attic Ventilation, 9
    • Approaches To Attic Ventilation, 9
    • Ventilation Condition, 10
    • Attic Ventilation Devices, 10
  • Chimney Condition, 12
  • Clearance to Combustibles, 12
  • Non-Combustion Exhaust Vents, 13
    • Bathroom Exhaust Vent, 13
    • Laundry Exhaust Vent, 14
    • Dryer Exhaust Vent, 14
    • Range Exhaust Vent, 15
  • Plumbing Pipes, 15
  • Visible Roof Framing, 15
  • Truss Roof, 16
    • Description and Disclaimer, 16
    • Installation Problems, 16
    • Improper Installation
    • Contact with Interior Walls, 17
    • Trusses out of Plumb, 17
    • Inadequate connections, 17
    • Poor Workmanship, 18
  • Conventional Framing Methods, 19
    • Framing General Condition, 19
    • Rafters, 19
    • Engineered Lumber for Rafters, 20
    • Engineered Rafter Condition, 20
    • Connections & Fasteners, 21
    • Ridge, 22
  • Roof Sheathing, 23
    • Sheathing Material, 23
    • Condition, 21
  • Lighting, 22
  • Wiring, 24
    • Wiring Condition, 24
  • Fire Damage, 26
  • Miscellaneous Attic Problems, 26
    • Pest Entry, 26
    • Wood-destroying Insects, 28
    • Debris Removal, 28


     16. CHIMNEY 3,145
words

  • Chimney Foundation Condition, 2
  • Chimney General Condition, 2
    • Abandoned, 3
    • Evidence of Fire, 3
    • Spark Arrestor, 3
    • Inadequate Clearance, 3
    • Poor Condition, 4
  • Stone Chimney, 5
    • Stone Chimney Condition, 5 
  • Brick Chimney, 5
    • Brick Chimney Condition, 5
  • Stucco Chimney, 6
    • Stucco Chimney Condition, 7
  •  
  • CMU Chimney, 5
    • CMU Chimney Condition, 8
  • Cricket, 8
  • Roof Flashing, 9
  • Chimney Cap, 10
    • Mortar Cap, 10
    • Sealant Needed, 10
    • Cracking, 10
    • Damage/ Deteriorated, 10 
    • Missing, 11
  • Chimney Flue, 11
    • Flue Material, 11
    • Flue Tile Condition, 11
    • Flue Needs Cleaning, 12
    • Flue Not Visible, 12
    • Flue Obstructions, 12
  • Miscellaneous Problems, 13
    • Too Low, 13
    • Tall Chimney Needs Bracing, 13
    • Chimney Too Close to Valley, 13


     17. GARAGE 11,355
words

  • Garage Description, 2
  • Garage General Condition, 2
  • Garage Floor Condition, 3
    • Cracking, 3
    • Settling, 4
    • Damage, 5
    • Curb 5
    • Water Heater, 6
  • Garage Walls (interior), 6
    • Interior Wall-covering Materials, 6
    • Interior Wall Condition, 7
    • Firewall Condition, 7
    • Moisture/Mold, 8
  • Garage Ceilings, 10
    • Ceiling Condition, 10
    • Ceiling Fire Barrier Condition, 11
    • Firewall Condition- Wall & Ceiling, 12
  • Garage Roof, 13
    • Truss Roof Framing, 13
    • Conventional Roof Framing, 14
    • Rafters, 14
    • Engineered Lumber for Rafters, 15
    • Engineered Rafter Condition, 16
  • Electrical Outlets & Switches, 16
    • GFCI Outlets, 16
    • Conventional Outlets, 17
    • Switches, 19
  • Garage Lighting, 19
    • Interior Lights, 20
    • Exterior lights, 21
  • Electrical Defects, 22
  • Vehicle Door, 23 
    • General Condition, 23
    • Door Panels, 24
    • Door Springs, 25
    • Door Tracks, 25
    • Rollers, 25
  • Automatic Opener, 26
    • Number of Openers, 26
    • General Operation, 27
    • Door connection Bracket, 27
    • Automatic Opener Switch, 28
    • Automatic Reverse, 28
    • Auto-reverse Sensors, 29
    • Manual Disconnect, 30
  • Door to Home Interior, 31
    • Door condition, 31
    • Door Operation, 32
    • Door Hardware, 32
  • Conventional door to exterior, 34
    • Door condition, 34
    • Door Operation, 34
    • Door Hardware, 35
  • Stairs to Living Space36
    • Handrail, 36
    • Treads & R
    • Risers, 37

18. FIRE DOOR INSPECTION 2,025 words


Inspection Limitations, 2

·       Proper Operation, 2

·       Missing, Damaged or Worn components, 4

·       Breach of Integrity, 5

·       Improper Modifications, 5

·       Non-compliant Conditions, 6

 

·       19. LOG HOME 15,240 words
Disclaimers,  2

·       Log home type,  4

·       Log profiles,  4

·       Floor structure,  6

·       Log support posts,  10

·       Wall logs,  11

·       Log extensions,  12

·       Corner notches,  13

·       Wall log condition,  14

·       Lower log condition, 17

·       Checking,  19

·       Wood decay,  21

·       Window sills,  22

·       Gasket material,   23

·       Chinking methods,  24

·       Chinking condition,  26

·       Settling allowance,  30

·       Windows,  32

·       Doors,  33

·       Partition walls,  34

·       Staircase,  35

·       Porch roof,  36

·       Loft,  36

·       Mechanical adjustment,  37

·       Plumbing,  38

·       Roof framing,  39

·       Finish Coating, 41

 

20. POOL & SPA 6,250 words

·       Vessel, 2

o  Chemical Damage, 2

o  Surface damage, 2

o  Vinyl liner, 3

o  Tile, 3

o  Grout, 4

·       Deck, 4

o  Coping stone, 4

·       Components, 5

o  Skimmer, 5

o  Drains, 5

o  Air venturi, 5

o  Ladder, 6

·       Control systems, 6

o  Circulation time clock, 6

o  Fireman/Delay switch, 7

·       Electrical system, 7

o  Main disconnect, 7

o  Circuit Protection, 8

o  GFCI protection, 8

o  Conductors, 9

o  Connections, 9

o  Lights, 10

·       Heating system, 11

o  Gas or Oil, 12

o  Venting, 12

o  Combustion chamber, 13

o  Safety devices,  14

·       Pump, 14

o  Pump description, 14

o  Pump condition, 15

·       Filters, 16

o  Air relief valve, 17

o  Filter media, 18

o  Backwash, 19

o  Sight glass, 19

·       Plumbing system, 19

o  Metal pipes, 19

o  PVC pipes, 20

o  Fittings, 20

o  Control valves, 20

o  Isolation valves, 21

o  Drain, 22

o  Flow meter, 22

o  Automatic fill system, 22

·       Automatic sanitation, 22

o  Sanitizer type, 23

o  Automatic meters, 23

o  Chemical storage, 24

·       Pool Covers, 25

o  Cover type, 26

o  Cover condition, 25

·       Water Quality, 26

·       Barrier system, 27

 

21. GREEN BUILDING, 9, 300 words

·       Value Engineering, 2

·       Enhanced Efficiency Building Systems, 3

·       Thermal Insulation, 3

o  Attic insulation thickness, 5

o  Wall insulation , 5

·       Strawbale home, 6

o  Wall plaster, 7

o  Moisture, 8

·       Moisture Control, 8

o  Air leakage, 9

·       Water Conservation, 10

o  Indoor water conservation, 10

·       Irrigation and Landscaping, 11

·       Wind control, 11

·       Solar Heating & Cooling, 12

o  Passive solar, 12

o  Active solar, 13

o  Home directional orientation, 15

o  Windows, 15

o  Solar shading, 16

o  Thermal mass, 16

·       Solar air-heating system, 18

·       General space heating, 18

o  Furnace efficiency, 18

·       Solar Thermal (Water Heating), 19

o  System description, 19

o  System condition, 20

·       Indoor Air Quality, 21

o  Humidity levels, 21

o  Heating-related, 23

o  HEPA filter, 23

o  Tightly built home, 24

·       Lighting, 24

o  Types of lighting, 25

o  Bulb types, 26

·       Energy conservation, 26

·       Home flooring, 27

o  Hard surfaces, 27

·       Low VOC materials, 28

·       Energy/ healthy products programs, 28