HONLES CONSTRUCTION

1303 N. Pacific Ave.                                                    Lic. # 773172

Glendale, CA 91202


Marc A. Honles, General Contractor

House Inspection

THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT OF THE CONDITIONS , SYSTEMS, AND COMPONENTS OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1989 ANYSTREET VIEW COURT, CAMARILLO, CA 93010 AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION PERFORMED ON JUNE 2, 2002.

1989 Anystreet View Court, Camarillo, CA
June 2, 2002

 

Note: This report is for your exclusive use in determining the physical condition of the property inspected. Although a thorough inspection of the property was made, we wish to CAUTION you that conditions may change and
equipment may become defective. The report should not be construed as a guarantee or warranty of the premises
or equipment, or future uses thereof (Home Warranty plans are available).


The inspection, by definition, deals with an existing structure which may have older types of plumbing or wiring.
It is very probable these systems would not meet present standards, although the system did meet requirements at
the time it was installed.

 

RESIDENTIAL PRE-SALE INSPECTION REPORT

INSPECTION CHECKLIST               

 
 NO.  060202

DATE  JUNE 2,2002

PROPERTY

Single family dwelling

LOCATION

1989 Anystreet View Court, Camarillo, CA 93010

LOT SIZE

8009

PREPARED BY

M. Honles

SQUARE FOOTAGE

1636

APPROVED BY

AGE OF STRUCTURE  /   IMPROVEMENTS

Original house constructed in 1973

PHONE

(310)704-3612

 

SUMMARY OF INSPECTIONS.

ITEM INSPECTED

REMARKS

FOUNDATION

Slab on Grade: Good condition

Minor settling. Hairline cracks typical.

ROOFING

Composition Shingle: Good condition

Rain gutters are installed and in serviceable condition. Recommend sweeping out debris that has accumulated in gutter at rear of house

HEATING

Forced heat: Good condition

Filter replacement and maintenance service recommended

AIR CONDITIONING

None

PLUMBING

Copper piping: Good Condition

Water heater: Good condition. Earthquake straps & PR valve properly installed.

Natural gas lines intact. All visible couplings/joints appear serviceable.

Plumbing fixtures- toilet at hall bath continues to run after flushing cycle; replace flapper element. All other fixtures such as faucets, toilets, shower controls and tub controls were found operable.

ELECTRICAL

Main Panel: 100 Amp service.

220 V line to garage looks questionable. Verify that proper gage wiring exists. A licensed electrician should perform this task.

Outlets: grounded receptacles are present throughout house, however, due to time constraints and limited scope of electrical inspection typically performed, all outlets were not tested. It is assumed that these items are functioning normally. Seller should disclose any known problems to buyer.

GFCI receptacles are required at bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room outlets. Replace existing plugs with required units.

Existing GFCI receptacle at hall bath malfunctions when tested and interrupts power in adjacent living room. Check for improper wiring and repair as needed. A licensed electrician is needed for this type of work.

SEWER

Did not inspect service to city sewer.

Waste lines observed at bathroom sinks and kitchen sink / garbage disposal appear intact and serviceable. No leaks were observed during running water tests.

MECHANICAL

Plenum and rigid heating ducts observed in attic space are intact and insulated.

Heating registers are unobstructed and passed flow tests.

Heating exhaust vent is clear of combustibles and intact routed vertically from heater unit through roof vent.

Automatic attic venting system appeared serviceable and functioned properly at time of inspection.

Kitchen Range hood vent fan functioned normally at the time of inspection.

Dryer vent system functioned normally at the time of inspection.

WEATHERIZATION

Attic insulation: Fiberglass batts.

Appeared to be adequate R-25 (R-30 better) and in good condition.

Wall insulation was not tested nor observed, but it is believed that insulation  is in compliance with the energy codes in effect at the time of original construction.

The single paned slider windows operated and weather stripping on them was intact.

Door weather stripping appeared intact and serviceable.

GLAZING

All windows were intact, and operable windows had screens in place and functioned properly at the time of inspection.

DOORS

All interior and exterior doors were intact.

Latches, locks, and self closers operated properly at the time of inspection.

The main garage door was inaccessible and was not tested.

SECURITY

Front and rear door locks operated properly at the time of inspection.

Side gates to yard are severely dilapidated and in need of replacement.

FENCES

Property boundary fence: 6’ Cedar fence boards.

Existing fence shows signs of severe wear in places. Direct earth to wood contact observed in several areas. Some sections of fencing have been replaced with new material. Complete missing sections of fence and allow 1” min. clear space beneath fence boards for drainage.

Replace yard access gates with new material. Leave sufficient space below gates to permit free movement while operating.

RETAINING WALLS

Landscape wall in rear yard is created from railroad ties that are unstable and/or loose at best. Re-mount with metal stakes or rods to eliminate current hazard.

SPRINKLERS

Existing sprinkler lines are PVC and have surfaced and eroded, breaking in several places. Replace broken lines and flush system. Also, provide 12” min soil cover to protect lines from damage.

Yard box at automatic valves must be buried to avoid tripping over.

Replace broken manual control screw on one valve.

No sprinkler control box/timer was discovered during this inspection.

JACUZZI

Significant vibration was detected during Jacuzzi motor operation. Motor control should be mounted on dampers to quiet excess vibration.

No maintenance documents were found in motor access compartment.

Outlet box supplying power to Jacuzzi requires stake mounting or other means of support which was not installed.

Jacuzzi gazebo construction is precarious at best. Bracing is required to stiffen structure. Properly installed metal hardware is recommended at all beam & post connections.

APPLIANCES

Kitchen dishwasher functioned properly at time of inspection.

Range and hood functioned properly at the time of inspection.

Garbage disposal unit functioned properly at the time of inspection.

   

 

CLIENT & INSPECTION INFORMATION

CLIENT'S NAME: Home Buyer
CLIENT'S E-MAIL: homebuyer@yahoo.com.
DATE OF INSPECTION: 06/02/2002.
TIME OF INSPECTION: 01:00 PM.
CLIENT'S AGENT: Prudential.
AGENT'S E-MAIL: _____________.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Property Address: 1989 Anystreet View Court, Camarillo, CA
AREA: Ventura County. Mulholland Hills area of Camarillo.
HOUSE OCCUPIED? Yes.

BUILDING CHARACTERISTICS:
MAIN ENTRY FACES: South.
ESTIMATED AGE OF HOUSE: 1973.
STORIES: 1
SPACE BELOW GRADE: None.
UTILITIES
WATER SOURCE: Public.
SEWAGE DISPOSAL: Public.
UTILITIES STATUS: All utilities on.

TOPOGRAPHY
LOT TYPE: Gentle slope at rear, generally flat with drainage to street.
NOTE: If soil stability or expansive soil conditions are a concern, please consult a Soils Engineer.
RETAINING WALLS: None.
ROOF DRAINAGE: Gutters with downspouts, sheet flow over driveway to street..
FOUNDATION DRAINAGE: OK. Some caution advised in rear yard. The general guideline is for the grading to drop 6" in the first 10' away from the foundation. This promotes water saturation away from the foundation.

INSPECTION DETAILS, PHOTOGRAPHS, DIAGRAMS.

Exterior - Property

DRIVEWAYS/WALKWAYS
DRIVEWAY: Concrete - General condition is Fair. There has been some cracking of the slabs.
WALKWAYS: Concrete - General condition is Fair. There has also been some cracking of the walkways.

Gates and Fences.


Front gate(west):
Requires repair. Some boards are dry rotted.Gate does not open freely, hinges should be checked and gate remounted. Damaged boards should be replaced. Gate support post should not move. Reinstall hasp or lockable gate latch.


Front gate (east):
The east front gate shows similar damage as the west gate.The gate should be reconstructed with new boards, and the gate should be hung to swing clear of the ground. Reinstall hasp or lockable gate latch.
 
 


Yard Fence (east):
Section of fence is missing and should be completed. Fence should be completed to match existing construction of fence that is underway, and entire fence painted or treated to resist water damage. Maintain fence boards plumb and straight with minimum 1” clear space below boards for drainage.
 

Storage Areas and Yards.


Excess House Repair and Building Materials:
Roofing materials and excess building materials, if in good condition, should be relocated to the garage or other covered dry area for storage. Those materials in poor condition should be disposed of properly.
Note: Buyer has indicated that new lumber is desired for future fence maintenance, and new lumber may be stored in garage. Buyer has indicated that old lumber may be retained on the property for the buyer to use as firewood.

LANDSCAPING
TREES: General condition is Good. Keep the trees trimmed.
SHRUBBERY: General condition is Good.
FRONT LAWN: General condition is Good.
BACK LAWN: General condition is Good.

Irrigation.

Irrigation Lines and Valves
Irrigation Valves were difficult to locate and operate. The location of and operation of valves should be reviewed to Buyer by Seller.
 


Irrigation Lines and Valves
A number of PVC irrigation lines were found that had deteriorated due to sun exposure. White PVC irrigation line should be buried 4" or better into soil for protection from sun and physical damage. It appears some PVC irrigation pipe found is no longer in use.
Recommendation: All damaged PVC irrigation piping no longer in use should be removed. All exposed PVC irrigation pipe should be replaced with new Schedule 40 PVC irrigation pipe, and set under soil cover. Exposed portions of new PVC pipe should be properly covered or treated to resist UV sun damage, or should be UV-resistant PVC irrigation pipe.
 


Irrigation Valves and Controls:
Irrigation valves in backyard are in poor location, and create a triping hazard. Valves are low to ground, and may not vacuum break correctly if submerged by sprinkler flooding. One valve in backyard pair has a broken bleeder control and cannot be operated manually. Could not locate sprinkler electronic control unit.
Recommend: Create clear area around valves and place curb into ground to prevent soil from backfilling space. Valve with broken bleeder should be replaced. Top of curb and cover should be at ground level + 1/2 inch max. to eliminate trip hazard.Identify where sprinkler timer control is located if it exists.
 


Irrigation - Sprinkler Heads and Drainage
Sprinkler heads are overspraying and wetting fence boards in various locations. Sprinkler heads should be adjusted to proper orintation and pattern. Soil should be removed from under fence boards to provide a clearance and prevent board damage.

House - Patio.


The patio structure is of good construction, and is connected to the main structure by ledger beam and lag bolts. The remainder of the structure is supported by wood posts, anchored through metal column base brackets to the patio concrete floor.


The patio cover roof is constructed of fiberglass corrugated roofing, attached to the wooden patio structure by screws. The roofing is not designed for foot traffic and caution should be exercised when conducting any roof work on the adjacent shingled roof.
The patio structure should be checked on a seasonal basis (at least once a year) for any wear or corrosion that affects the connectors. Any needed repairs should be done promptly to ensure safety and prevent any additional damage.

HOUSE - GENERAL
MOLDINGS & TRIM CONDITION: Fair.
TRIM PAINT CONDITION: Good.
EAVES/OVERHANGS CONDITION: Good.
WINDOWS CONDITION: Good.
SCREEN CONDITIONS: Fair.
CAULKING CONDITION: Caulking condition is Fair.
WEATHERSTRIPPING CONDITION: General condition is Fair.
INTERIOR PAINT: Fair. Seller noted to provide new interior paint and carpet.

FRONT PORCH
TYPE: Concrete-General condition is Good.
STAIRS: None.
HANDRAIL: None.
LIGHTING: Not tested.
DOORBELL: The doorbell is working.
DOOR: Good.

House - Structural.

General Observation:
No significant structural defects were observed in the house.

Foundations:Grade Slab:
No settlement of foundations of concrete floor slab was observed.

Exterior Walls:
No significant cracking was observed in any of the exterior stucco walls.

Chimney:
The chimney is constructed of solid brick. No separation from the building was observed. No cracks in the masonry construction of the chimney

Roof Structure:
The house is constructed with pre-fabricated wood trusses. The trusses appear to be in good condition.


Roofing:
The Seller states that the roof was replaced 3 years ago. This inspection verified that the composition roof is in very good condition.
The roof shingles were intact, and no damage was observed. Roof jacks around roof vents were inspected and found to be in good condition and well-executed. No water damage was observed in the attic areas that were accesible and visible. All rain gutters were in place and well-maintained.

House - Possible Structural Modification:
The home office / 4th bedroom at one time had a door that accessed the bedroom hallway. Sometime in the past, the door was closed. It is not known if the original structural plans included the double doors that connect that room at present to the front entrance hallway or whether those were added as a modificaation by a previous owner. This alteration, if such, may affect the structural loading of that portion of the hallway due to roof truss loads, but cannot be determined from this level of overall Buyer's building inspection.
If a concern, the Buyer is advised to have a structural engineer or other qualified professional attest to the structural integrity of this portion of the house. The Buyer is also advised to check with the real estate agent who may be familiar with similar house plans in this building tract, to determine if the double hallway doors were part of the original structural design.

House - Electrical

The house is wired for 230V in addition to 115V. The 230V circuit serves the garage and the spa. An additional 230V outlet was found in the laudry service area as an electric dryer hookup. Buyer indicated that no 230V appliances were to be used, and operation of 230V outlets was not checked. Spa was operated. (See Spa section).

Electrical Metallic Tubing containing the 230V circuit was not clamped to a support as required by NEC 358.30. EMT is required to be supported within 3 feet of EMT ends. Recommendation is to place a clamp here. Other locations where EMT and other electrical conduit is not properly supported should be identified and secured by an electrician.

GFCI Outlets:

Master Bathroom:

None. A GFCI protected outlet is required here. Install and test.

2nd Bathroom (Hall bath):

Installed but malfunctions when tested. Also, when tripped, this receptacle interrupts power to the adjacent living room. Recommend that an electrician check for proper wiring and install new GFCI protected outlet here.

Exterior Convenience Outlets:

Did not check.

Additional Locations and Observations:

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Spa and Gazebo.


The gazebo over the spa is in good condition. However, the gazebo structure is not properly braced across the front (the side facing the house) and it sways excessively. This could be corrected by placing properly sized knee braces at the upper post to cross-beam joint, or may be braced by use of a lattice panel and cross-beam as is done on the other three sides of the gazebo.


The electric receptacle box at the spa is not properly mounted. Presently, the box is supported by the same conduit, as the screws in the back of the box no longer attach to what appears to have been a support on a part of an old fence. The box should be fastened properly to a rigid support. This may be accomplished by embedding a short section of 2" diameter galvanized pipe into the soil and U-clamps to attach the box to the pipe. The embedded pipe should enter the soil a sufficient depth to prevent free movement, and should be a minimum of twice the height of the box into the soil.

Significant vibration was detected during Jacuzzi motor operation. Motor control should be mounted on dampers to quiet excess vibration.

No maintenance documents were found in motor access compartment. Seller should provide buyer with all warranty and maintenance documents available.

Children's Playhouse.


The children's playhouse appeared to be in fair condition. However, it recommended that the structure be elevated above the grass and soil by concrete sleepers or other rot-resistant material that will allow for free ventilation and prevent direct contact with soil and moisture. This will extend the life of this auxiliary structure. This may also prevent the establishment of termites on the property. Refer to termite inspection report for further recommendations.

Landscape - Railroad Ties.


The Railroad ties used as lanscaping items in the backyard are not secured and have a tendency to roll forward. This may present a hazard if a heavy railroad tie were to become unbalanced due to the application of foot pressure and slip onto someone's foot, possibly causing injury. The railroad ties should be secured into the soil by the use of a metal rod or small diameter pipe.

 

GARAGE

GENERAL CONDITION: Good

TYPE: Two car           

LOCATION: Attached

ROOF CONDITION: Good.

HOUSE DOOR: Solid core with self closer. Good

MAIN DOOR: Did not test due to personal property obstruction.

 

SUMMARY AND FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS.

This structure is in good to very good condition, with minor repairs as indicated.

NOTES:

1. Seller's personal property obstructed a thorough investigation of all baseboards, wall surfaces, interior closets, and interior electrical outlets. Buyer is advised to arrange a final buyer walkthrough to verify conditions and statements made on Seller's disclosure prior to close of escrow.

2. Seller should declare any unresolved repairs to Buyer on Seller's disclosure for acceptance or further resolution prior to close of escrow.

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