Know the realities about Common Home Inspection Problems
Professional home inspectors disagree about whether a checklist style report should be used…or whether a narrative style report should be used. In the former, check boxes are used to convey concerns or problems to the reader (I’ve never liked referring to issues as problems, even though an issue may very well be, and definitely is, a problem for someone…) In the above, problems are addressed through narration, with each problem being explained by writing out the issues. In reality, most reports are a mixture of the two. I prefer and recommend the hybrid report format to other Home Inspectors because it allows for thorough commentary, such as materials or part forms, to be communicated through a check box, while the real issues are communicated through narration. check it out
To begin any discussion on this subject, it is critical that the Inspector be experienced, knowledgeable about the majority of relevant issues that may arise, and completely professional toward both the Home Inspection process as a whole and the client (who is likely relying on the contents of the report to make a well-informed real estate purchasing decision). This, in my opinion, should be considered a given and a minimum prerequisite. The Inspector’s overall philosophy should be to provide their clients with not only a good, but an exceptional inspection experience. Of course, if the home has a large number of serious issues, the client’s experience may not be as good at the time…but it is most likely (or should be) the fault of the home’s state rather than the Inspector. If a home inspection report is less than stellar, the customer can rest assured that their experienced Home Inspector and their excellent and professionally crafted Home Inspection report prevented them from purchasing the proverbial Money Pit and incurring a slew of unnecessary or unanticipated costs as a result of their home purchase.