Document/Narrative for older home

Messed up with saving my older home template. Anybody have a decent page document or narrative about homes built before 1978? Lead disclaimer, problems that may occur due to age, etc.


Jeff, do you use HIP? Just reload an old report and save.

Read these, bookmark these, and print off if needed. I booked an inspection (well over my usual rate) yesterday after using these simple narratives. They helped put the buyer at ease and into a buying mood.

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This property is in need of repair or updating in my opinion and you will need to call in various contractors for estimates.
Bear in mind that updating all the systems and components can be costly.
The property has been neglected, and I will not comment further on the obvious and numerous deficiencies. However, you should obtain estimates from a general contractor, because the cost of renovation could significantly affect your evaluation of the property. Bear in mind utilities were off (gas)(water) and issues may be uncovered during remodeling efforts. mold testing and remediation should be part of the rehab process.

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A material suspected to contain asbestos fibers has been used to insulate the (*****). Asbestos containing materials (ACM) are considered hazardous when they are friable. Friable simply means that the material is fragile and can release asbestos fibers into the air. Asbestos is extremely common in the air and soil around us, and has been used for decades in approximately 3,000 commonly found household products or building materials. How much danger this may pose to the client is unknown. If this is a concern, I recommend having the air in the home sampled by a licensed/certified asbestos remediation specialist, who can best determine whether any friable particulates are present and whether there is a need to encapsulate this material or remove it altogether.

I’ve created several. This was is specific to lead based paint;

This residence was, or portions of it were constructed prior to 1978, in which case, there may be lead based paint on painted surfaces such as wall and ceilings. We do not test for the presence of lead based paint during our inspection, and specifically disclaim it in our contract agreement. On April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. On April 22, 2010, the rule became effective and firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes built before 1978 must be certified. Individual renovators must be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider, and the firms and renovators must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Violators of this law may be subject to fines up to $37,500 per day. Lead-based paint affects more than one million children today. Adverse health effects include learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and speech delays. If not done in a lead-safe manner, renovations and repair activities that disturb lead-based paint can expose children, as well as adults, to harmful levels of lead dust. More information about lead poisoning, and how this law may affect you as a home owner can be found at

thanks guys…I used the last section of the soundsmart and combined a few of your articles, too.


Good one. What about copper piping/lead solder, though? My current one combines the two.

There are many potential source of lead poisoning, but this one has been regulated by the federal government. That is the reason for this specific narrative.