The Gift of Comments!

Since it is the season of giving, I thought it would be fun to share comments that others may wish to use in their reports with each others. It is the gift that can truly keep on giving year round.

I invite you to share one or two of your best or favorite inspection comments/narratives!

Here are two that actually were developed out of lawsuits filed against two of my colleagues. One is in regard to organic shingles and one is in regard to textured/popcorn ceilings.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to All! And please feel free to share some of your own great comments!

  1. Textured ceilings and asbestos or any other environmentally hazardous materials: We make no warranty or guarantee that the materials in the home are free from asbestos, contain asbestos or any other environmentally hazardous material. Only environmental testing can prove the existence of environmentally hazardous materials. Permissions need to be granted in order to take bulk samples from the home, by the current home owner. All testing should be performed by a third party lab.( Your Company Name Here) is not responsible for any future findings of hazardous materials within the home if they were not tested for, at the time of inspection. It is recommended that environmental testing always be undertaken/performed if the presence of hazardous materials are in question. Textured ceiling material should not be removed or disturbed until testing is performed by a qualified professional.

  2. [3-tab organic]]The roof may have been covered with 3-tab organic composition asphalt shingles. Organic shingles are composed of a cellulose or paper mat embedded in asphalt and covered with ceramic-coated mineral granules. Organic shingles are no longer manufactured. If this roof should suffer damage not easily repairable, the entire shingle roof may need to be replaced due to a lack of available shingles matching the existing.

Feel free to modify or use the comments as you wish. We are all trying to be our best after all! Cheers!


Merry Christmas.

Glad to see that you’re okay Jeff.
The home contained an older electrical system which, while it may technically meet National Electric Code requirements, may not meet modern safety standards. Because of the potential for hidden defects and the specialized knowledge needed to adequately inspect older electrical systems, the Inspector recommends a comprehensive inspection of the entire electrical system by a qualified electrical contractor.

Water pipes connected to this water heater had dissimilar metals in contact with each other at the time of the inspection. This condition can cause galvanic corrosion. The Inspector recommends installation of a dielectric union by a qualified plumbing contractor to help prevent future corrosion, deterioration and/or leakage made possible by this condition.

Typical shrinkage cracks visible in the foundation slab are not a structural concern. Shrinkage is a natural part of the curing process of concrete and surface cracking is common.

The dishwasher is loose and needs securing to underside of countertop (using a proper length screw). I recommend repair as necessary.

There are small cracks in the chimney walls and grout joints which you may wish to have evaluated. However, such cracks are quite common, and rarely have any structural significance in a lined chimney. They can result from shrinkage, common settling, thermal extremes, moisture contamination, and the expansion and contraction associated with freezing and thawing.

Vines are overgrowing the house walls and although they are attractive they can introduce pests and rodents and accelerate deterioration. Therefore, you may wish to consider having them removed.

This condominium inspection is a partial inspection and is performed on only those components that the buyer or homeowner is responsible for. It does not include the exterior components of the property, crawlspace or attic and all of the components contained therein as this is usually owned by the association and is not owned by the buyer or home owner. It is up to the buyer to determine if any of these excluded areas are in fact the buyers responsibility and if so, to notify the inspector so these areas will be inspected. Please note a different charge will apply should the buyer want these areas inspected. It also is not possible in some cases to inspect attic areas where a duplex unit exist and the buyer is purchasing the lower unit, or vice versa. Our company makes no representation as to the condition of these areas that were not inspected.

I hate these vents

You performed my inspection 4 months ago…
My roof is leaking & you said it was OK

There is an electronic beam safety reverse system installed. It appears to be functional.

These are great! Keep them coming! Thank you for sharing!

Nice contributions , thanks to all! Nice thread Jeff!

Am pushing the threshold of fabulous…but there is always room. You as well!

Thank you Dave! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you!

This is for ceiling fans…
At the time of the inspection, the Inspector observed no deficiencies in the condition of ceiling fans in the home. Here are some energy saving tips for your ceiling fans. Check this link.

The satellite dish was mounted on the roof in a manner that would require it to be sealed with a sealant and then monitored regularly to prevent moisture intrusion. The inspector recommends that a qualified roofing contractor install flashing designed especially for satellite installations.

This home is approx XX years old and the home inspector considers this while inspecting. It is common to have systems and or items that no longer comply with current code. This is not a new home and this home cannot be expected to meet current code standards.

While this inspection makes every effort to point out safety issues, it does not inspect for code. It is common that homes of any age will have had repairs performed and some repairs may not be in a workmanlike manner. Some areas may appear less than standard. This inspection looks for items that are not functioning as intended. It does not grade the repair. It is common to see old plumbing or mixed materials. Sometimes water signs in attics or on ceilings, walls could be years old from a problem that no longer exists. Or, it may still need further attention and repair. Determining this can be difficult on an older home.

The home inspection does not look for possible manufacturer re-calls on components that could be in this home.
Always consider hiring the appropriate expert for any repairs or further evaluation.

Frank has pound for pound one of the best reports all time folks. Check his stuff out! Happy Holidays Frank!

Thank you for sharing Bergy! Happy Holidays!