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This book covers some portions of our CONDENSED - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. The condensed version is mainly for use by non-professional home inspectors to assist them with inspecting real estate. Professional home inspectors use our NARRATIVE - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. Contact us if you would like to purchase our Narrative - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist if you are interested in doing professional home inspections on any real estate property.

 

Lower Level

  • There is (y/n)__________ a lower level area for the subject property.
  • The lower level is (y/n)__________ finished with areas that are not accessible or not visible. The lower level has (y/n)__________ areas that are inaccessible due to personal items and furniture of the homeowner, or lack of access for the inspector to view areas. Any inaccessible areas cannot be evaluated by the inspector.
  • The lower level stairs are in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition. The stairs do (y/n)__________ have sturdy handrails with closely spaced posts to prevent tripping hazards and children from falling through the railing openings. The stairs do (y/n)__________ have evenly spaced steps to help prevent tripping hazards.
  • The house construction materials used for the foundation walls, in the visible areas, are made of _____________________________________________________________________.
  • The floor of the lower level does (y/n)__________ have a concrete covering. A concrete floor is recommended in the lower level areas to help prevent moisture and wood destroying insect problems in the house. The floor is in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition where visible and accessible.
  • There are (y/n)__________ signs of abnormally large settlements cracks in the visible areas of the walls and floors of the lower level. Any long, horizontal settlement cracks or any cracks that are over 1/4 of an inch wide MUST be further evaluated by a licensed contractor to determine the possible cause and repair options.
  • There are (y/n)__________ signs of areas of the foundation that have been altered from the time of the original construction of the house. Any alterations to the structure from the time of the original construction will require valid permits and approvals from the municipality for the work performed.
  • The main girder beam(s) was checked, where accessible, and was in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition and is made of _____________________________________________________________________. The "main girder" of a house is the large beam that spans across the entire width of the house. This is the beam that supports the interior portions of the house and it rests on the top the foundation walls. There are (y/n)__________ signs of excessive rusting, rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the main girder beam(s). When any of these conditions are noted, the beam(s) must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The support posts were checked, where accessible, and are in (G/A/F/P)__________ condition and are made of __________________________. The "support posts" of a house are found underneath the main girder beam(s) and should be spaced about 6 feet apart. These posts support the main girder beam(s) in the middle sections of the house lower level area while the ends of the main girder beam(s) are supported by the foundation walls. There are (y/n)__________ signs of excessive rusting, rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the support posts. When any of these conditions are noted, the posts must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The floor joists were checked, where accessible, and are in (G/A/F/P)_______________ condition. The "floor joists" are the wood boards that span across the underside of the floors in the house, which in turn hold up the floors. The floor joists run perpendicular to the main girder beam(s). The floor joists do (y/n)__________ have the required diagonal bracing installed in the visible areas. These are small wood boards or metal straps placed diagonally in between the floor joists to "tie" them together for additional strength. There are (y/n)__________ signs of excessive rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the floor joists. When any of these conditions are noted, the joists must be evaluated by a licensed contractor for safety.
  • The sub-flooring was checked, where accessible, and was in (G/A/F/P)_____________________ condition. The "sub-flooring" is the plywood boards or paneled wood boards that are located on top of the floor joists. The purpose of the sub-flooring is to support the finished flooring above, such as hardwood, tiles or carpeting, that rests on top of the sub-flooring. There are (y/n)__________ signs of excessive rotted, cut-out, cracked and/or sagging sections of the sub-flooring.

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