Tasks and Issues

The difference between Tasks and Issues is generally simple.

A Task is a condition, impairment or deficiency that by itself (or with others) likely will not affect your decision to buy the house. It may be a condition that is common to the neighborhood or is typical of the age of the dwelling that can often be excused or overlooked. It is usually something that is discovered by the home inspector and listed in the typical home inspection report as “needing repair or replacement”. The difference is that a Task is a condition or impairment that you may accept and manage yourself when you become the owner. Tasks can often be deferred until after closing and addressed by repairmen or specialists of your choosing once possession takes place.

An Issue is a condition, impairment, defect or deficiency that by itself may impact your decision to proceed.

An Issue can affect your decision to buy the property. Like a Task, an Issue can be a defect or deficiency that can be negotiated. For example, a damaged roof.

An Issue can even be discovered or learned after the contract is submitted and may have nothing to do with the home inspection. An Issue can often require the services of an expert or a licensed specialist.

An Issue may be a task that is too costly to repair or the number of tasks is too high.

This is Part One of a worksheet that can assist in deciding which defects and deficiencies are most important.

This is not a consecutive part of the inspection report but rather it is a separate worksheet that can help place the proper emphasis on the findings of a typical home inspection report.

Issues:

     EXAMPLE Issue #1:  Comments

There is evidence of structural movement at more than one location such as at the rear exterior siding. Some siding planks have dislocated and are now misaligned. Separations in all of the rear wooden window stools upstairs and at family room also indicate movement as does the miter separation at the game room knee wall banister. Recommend consult with a qualified and reputable structural engineer or other foundation expert.

    EXAMPLE Issue #2:  Comments

 Improper finished grade at both the north and south sides of the dwelling. Both sides tend to trap water during and after rains. Both sides need improvements to the finished grade so that water is discharged properly especially during heavy periods of rain. 

 

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Tasks

This is Part Two of a worksheet that can assist in deciding which defects and deficiencies are most important.

This is not a consecutive part of the inspection report but rather it is a separate worksheet that can help place the proper emphasis on the findings of a typical home inspection report.

     EXAMPLE Task #1:  Comments

The dishwasher drain hose is not elevated high enough to prevent backflow of sink water into the dishwasher. This can occur if the food disposer is seldom used. If sink water migrates back into the dishwasher the usual remedy is to simply run the disposer, then re-start the dishwasher.

    EXAMPLE Task #2:  Comments

Several interior and exterior doors need minor repairs and adjustments to work properly. The misaligned garage entry door from the kitchen needs repair; also, does not seal out air well.

The windows are separating from the brick exterior and need to be caulked inside and outside to avoid air infiltration and water penetration.

 

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