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Richard of I-Spy provides the most thorough, honest and professional home inspections around. That’s why nearly 400 satisfied customers agree and have given I-Spy an average 5-star rating on RedFin. Richard will inspect every aspect of your property, including interior, exterior, plumbing, heating, electrical and more.

Roofing

included in your report

Included in your roofing report will be the following:

  • Roof coverings
  • Exposed roof drainage systems
  • Flashings
  • Skylights, chimneys
  • Chimneys
  • Roof penetrations
roofing identifications

I-Spy will identify the following:

  • The type of roof covering materials your home has
  • The roof drainage system
  • The chimney materials
notations

I-Spy will document the following in regards to your roof:

  • The methods used to observe your roofing
  • Signs of previous and/or active leaks
Excluded from your report

I-Spy shall not be required to:

  • Walk on the roof unless in the opinion of the Home Inspector walking on the roof will pose
    no risk of personal injury or damage to the roofing components
  • Observe and report on attached accessories including, but not limited to: solar systems, antennae, satellite dishes and lightning arrestors
  • Observe and report on the interior of chimney flues

structure

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on:

  • The foundation
  • The floor structure
  • The wall structure
  • The ceiling structure
  • The roof structure
structure identifications

I-Spy shall identify:

  • The foundation materials
  • The Basement floor
notations

I-Spy Home Inspection shall:

  • Probe exposed readily accessible and observable structural components where
    deterioration is suspected; however, probing is NOT required when probing would unduly
    damage any finished surface
  • Note the methods used to observe under floor crawl spaces
  • Note the methods used to observe attics
  • Note signs of previous and/or active water penetration into the basement, under floor crawl
    space and attic including the presence of sump pumps and dehumidifiers
Excluded from your report

I-Spy shall not be required to:

  • Collect engineering data such as the size, span, spacing, species, section modulus, slenderness ratio and/or modulus of elasticity of the structural members
  • Provide access to the items being inspected (Responsibility of Client/seller/seller’s
    representative)
  • Enter the under floor crawl space.
    a. If it is not readily accessible;
    b. If access is obstructed and/or if entry could damage the property;
    c.
    If a dangerous or adverse situation is suspected and reported by the home inspector; or
    d. observe and report on wood destroying insects, rodents and/or vermin unless specifically contracted for in writing

Exterior

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on:

  • Wall cladding
  • Trim
  • Doors/Windows
  • Garage Doors (if the garage is attached to the main dwelling)
  • Deck, balconie, porche, stoop, landings, steps
  • Railings, guardrails
  • Areaways, window wells
  • Flashings
  • Driveways, walkways, vegetation, grading, site drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the dwelling and their ability to provide safe egress
exterior identifications

I-Spy Home Inspection shall identify the following:

  • Probe exposed readily accessible and observable exterior components where
    deterioration is suspected: However, probing is NOT required when probing would unduly
    damage any finished surface
  • Operate garage doors (if the garage is attached to the main dwelling), manually or by using
    permanently installed controls of any garage door operator
  • Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when
    meeting resistance during closing
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excluded from your report

I-Spy will not required to observe and report on the following:

  • Storm doors and windows, screening, shutters, awnings and similar seasonal accessories
  • Fences, landscaping, trees, swimming pools, patios, irrigation systems
  • Safety glazing
  • Recreational facilities
  • Any other dwelling units or addresses in multi unit buildings
  • Outbuildings and detached garages
  • Underground utilities, pipes, buried wires or conduits

attic space

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on the following:

  • The foundation
  • The floor structure
  • The wall structure
  • The ceiling structure
  • The roof structure
attic identifications

I-Spy shall identify the following:

  • The foundation materials
  • The Basement floor
notations

I-Spy shall note the following:

  • Probe exposed readily accessible and observable structural components where
    deterioration is suspected; however, probing is NOT required when probing would unduly
    damage any finished surface
  • Note the methods used to observe under floor crawl spaces
  • Note the methods used to observe attics
  • Note signs of previous and/or active water penetration into the basement, under floor crawl
    space and attic including the presence of sump pumps and dehumidifier
excluded from your report

I-Spy shall not be required to:

  • Collect engineering data such as the size, span, spacing, species, section modulus,
    slenderness ratio and/or modulus of elasticity of the structural members
  • Provide access to the items being inspected (Responsibility of Client/seller/seller’s
    representative)
  • Enter the under floor crawl space:
    a. If it is not readily accessible;
    b. If access is obstructed and/or if entry could damage the property
    c. If a dangerous or adverse situation is suspected and reported by the inspector
    d. Observe and report On wood destroying insects, rodents and/or vermin unless
    specifically contracted for in writing
    (e) Attic Space
  • The inspector shall not be required to enter the attic space:
    a. If it is not readily accessible;
    b. If access is obstructed and/or if entry could damage the property; or
    c. If a dangerous or adverse situation is suspected and Reported by the inspector
  • Walk on the exposed and/or insulation covered framing members

plumbing

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on:

  • The water supply and distribution system:
    a. Piping, including supports and insulation
    b. Fixtures
    c. Faucets
  • The drain waste and vent system:
    a. Piping, including supports
    b. Traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation
  • Hot water systems including:
    a. Water heating equipment
    b. Normal Operating Controls
    c. The presence of Automatic Safety Controls
    d. Flue piping
plumbing identifications

I-Spy Home Inspection shall identify:

  • The types of water distribution piping materials
  • The types of drain, waste, and vent piping
  • The type of water heating equipment, and the nameplate capacity of the water heating
    equipment (gallons and/or gallons per minute)
  • The location of the main shut off valve
  • The inspector shall operate all plumbing fixtures where practical, including their faucets if
    readily accessible
excluded from your report

I-Spy shall not be required to:

  • Test the operation of any valve except water closet flush valves and fixture faucets
  • Collect engineering data on the size of or length of water and/or waste systems and/or
    remove covering materials
  • Report On the adequacy and/or the efficiency of the in place systems to provide sufficient hot water to the dwelling, sufficient water supply or drainage for the dwelling
  • State the effectiveness of anti siphon devices
  • Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private
  • Observe, operate, or report on:
    a. The exterior hose bibs
    b. Fire suppression systems
    c. Irrigation systems
    d. Water quality
    e. Wells and their related equipment
    f. Foundation sub drainage systems
    g. Interior of flue linings
    h. Underground utilities, pipes, buried wires or conduits
    i.Water conditioning and filtration components and systems
    j.Operate any laundry equipment, including washing machines and dryers

electrical

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on:

  • The service entrance conductors
  • The service equipment, including the main overcurrent device
  • The grounding system device
  • The service and distribution panels by removing the enclosure cover
  • The branch circuit, overcurrent devices, and conductor capability
  • A representative number of interior and exterior receptacles
electrical identifications

I-Spy will identify the following:

  • The service as being overhead or underground
  • The type of interior wiring
  • The ampacity of the main service disconnect
electrical tests

I-Spy will test the following:

  • The polarity and grounding of a representative number of receptacles
  • The operation of all readily accessible ground fault circuit interrupters
excluded from your report

I-Spy Home Inspection shall
not be required to:

  • Collect engineering data on the compatibility of the overcurrent devices with the panel
    and/or determine the short circuit interrupting current capacity
  • Determine the adequacy of the ground and/or the in place systems to provide sufficient
    power to the dwelling, or reflect on the sufficiency of the electric distribution system in the
    dwelling
  • Insert any tool, probe, or testing device inside the panels
  • Test or operate any overcurrent device except ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the service and distribution panels. However, the Inspector is not required to remove the covers of the service and distribution panels if the panel covers are not readily accessible, if there are dangerous or adverse situations present, or when removal would damage or mar any painted
    surface and/or covering materials
  • Observe or report on:
    a. The quality of the conductor insulation
    b. Low voltage systems, doorbells, thermostats, other
    c. Telephone, security alarms, cable TV, intercoms, or other ancillary wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution system
    d. Underground utilities, pipes, buried wires, or conduits
    e. The home inspector shall not be required to test or operate Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

cooling / central air conditioning

included in your report

I-Spy shall observe and report on the following cooling components:

  • Cooling and air handling equipment
  • Normal operating controls
  • Cooling distribution systems
  • The insulation on the exposed supply ductwork
  • The inspector shall identify the type of distribution system
other items included

I-Spy Home Inspection will:

  • If possible, the Inspector shall have the seller and/or the seller’s representative operate the
    systems using normal operating controls
  • Open readily accessible operable access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer
    for routine homeowner maintenance and report on conditions observed
excluded from your report

I-Spy will not be required to:

  • Collect engineering data on the size of the cooling equipment, the size or length of the
    distribution systems
  • Identify the type of insulation coverings
  • Report on the air filter condition or effectiveness
  • Operate the cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause
    equipment damage, or when the electrical supply to the unit is in the off position
  • Inspect evaporator coils
  • Report on the adequacy or uniformity of the in place systems to cool the dwelling and/or
    the various rooms within the dwelling

insulation and ventilation

included in your report

The inspector shall Observe and Report on

  • Exposed insulation in unfinished spaces
  • Ventilation of attics and inder floor crawl space areas
  • Bathroom venting systems
  • Kitchen venting systems
insulation & ventilation identifications

I-Spy will identify the existence and/or absence of bathroom ventilation other than windows.

excluded from your report

I-Spy will not be required to observe and report on the following:

  • The types, amounts or adequacy of insulation and/or its material make up
  • Concealed insulation and vapor retarders
  • The adequacy, uniformity and capacity of the in place systems to ventilate the various
    areas of the dwelling

heating

included in your report

I-Spy will observe and report on:

  • Heating equipment
  • Normal operating controls
  • Automatic Safety Controls
  • The exterior of the chimneys, flue piping and vents
  • Heating distribution systems
  • Insulation
  • The presence of an installed heat source in each habitable room including kitchens and
    bathrooms
  • The presence of a fireplace and the operation of their dampers
heating identifications

I-Spy will identify the following:

  • The type of energy source
  • The heating equipment
  • The type of distribution system:
    a. Piping
    b. Duct work
heating notations

I-Spy will note the following:

  • The absence of an installed heat source in habitable rooms including kitchens and
    bathrooms
  • The presence of exposed flues in the smoke chamber being utilized by other appliances
  • The existence of abandoned oil tanks
  • Any observed evidence of underground fuel storage tanks.
excluded from your report

I-Spy Home Inspection will not be required to:

  • Test and/or inspect the heat exchanger. This requires dismantling of the furnace cover and possible removal of controls
  • Collect engineering data on the size of the heating equipment and/or the size or length of
    the distribution systems
  • Report on the adequacy or uniformity of the in place systems to heat the dwelling and/or
    the various rooms within the dwelling
  • Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause
    equipment damage, or when the electrical and/or fuel supply to the unit is in the off position
  • Ignite or extinguish solid fuel and/or gas fires
  • Identify the type of insulation coverings
  • Inspect fuel storage tanks and their related components
  • Inspect humidifiers and electronic air filters
  • Inspect the interior of flues with the exception of exposed flues serving other appliances as observed in the smoke chamber of the fireplace
  • Inspect fireplace insert flue connections

general interior conditions

included in your report

I-Spy will observe and report on:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Steps, stairways, balconies
  • Hand and guard railings
  • Counter tops and a representative number of cabinets
  • Permanently installed cooking appliances, dishwashers, and garbage disposals
  • A representative number of doors and windows
  • Separation walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit and an attached garage or
    another dwelling unit
Other Notations

I-Spy will note the following:

  • Signs of water penetration
  • Operate a representative number of kitchen cabinets and drawers, doors and windows
excluded from your report

I-Spy will not be required to:

  • Observe and report on the following:
    a. Paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings, and floors
    b. Draperies, blinds, or other window treatments
    c. Non-permanently installed household appliances
  • Determine the fire safety rating of any walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit
    and an attached garage or another dwelling unit

Sample Report

“This inspection of the subject property shall be performed by I-Spy Home Inspection for the client in accordance with the Standards of Practice of The American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ASHI). A copy of which can be obtained at www.ashi.org and the MA Standards of Practice 266 CMR 1.00 – 11.00.

 

 

 

The purpose of this inspection in accordance with said standards is to identify and disclose visually observable major deficiencies of the inspected systems and items at the time of the inspection only. Detached buildings are not included.”

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