I’m curious how others of you classify certain defects that are very common. We all know that our training and real-world scenarios don’t always perfectly align and that a delicate balance has to be achieved with our reporting so we aren’t terrifying our clients but are still reporting thoroughly and objectively. I’ll provide a list of a handful of the types of defects I’m referring to, and please let me know whether you would classify each in a report as a more major (summary) type of defect or as a minor deficiency. I certainly don’t expect anyone to answer every single one, but at least a few would be helpful.
-Missing blow-off leg or expansion tank at water heater
-Double tapped breakers or neutral wires
-Above-grade downspouts that are extended, but not quite far enough
-An open-sided stairway when a handrail is still present against a wall
-Peeled exterior paint on treated lumber that doesn’t yet show signs of rot
-Nails in a ledger board, rather than lags or carriage bolts
-Buckled shingle tabs
-No cap on a chimney, or tar as flashing in lieu of step and counter flashing
-Ungrounded three-prongs or reversed polarity
-A wood-burning fireplace hearth extension that is older and only 10-12” deep
-A hairline horizontal crack in the center of a foundation wall when the wall is still plumb
-No ventilation in a centrally located 1/2 bath
-No check valve on a sump pump discharge pipe
-Minor surface corrosion on metal supply or waste piping when no active leaking is observed
Thanks in advance!