AAA Advanced Home Inspections, Inc. | Tips on Reading An Inspection Report
Tips on Reading an Inspection Report
When interviewing a home inspector, ask the inspector what type of report format he or she provides. There are many styles of reports used by property inspectors, including the checklist, computer generated using inspection programs, and the narrative style.
Some reports are delivered on site and some may take as long as 4 – 6 days for delivery.
AAA Advanced Home Inspections uses the computer generated report with explanation and color photos, we can do the report onsite depending on the size of the property and time you have available. You will receive a detailed electronic PDF format report to your email address the same day of the inspection. When its mailed, you will receive the report priority mail usually within 24hrs. The most important issue with an inspection report is the descriptions given for each item or component. A report that indicates the condition as “Good”, “Fair” or “Poor” without a detailed explanation is vague and can be easily misinterpreted.
We spend on average 2-4 hours performing the physical inspection and 2-3 hours after the inspection preparing a very comprehensive narrative final report. The report will document all of the observations made at the time of inspection and will advise you to contact other qualified experts when major repairs are anticipated. The report is then delivered to you in a form that can be easily read and understood. After the inspection process has been completed we will always provide as much free Phone consultation as needed. We are here for you even after your inspection and also send you newsletters with tips and information that is vital for all homeowners.
A good report should supply you with descriptive information on the condition of the site and home. An example of a descriptive condition is:
Kitchen sink: Condition – Minor wear, heavy wear, damaged, rust stains, or chips in enamel finish. Recommend sealing sink at counter top.
As you can see, this narrative description includes a recommendation for repair. Narrative reports without recommendations for repairing deficient items may be difficult to comprehend, should your knowledge of construction be limited.
Take the time and become familiar with your report. Should the report have a legend, key, symbols or icons, read and understand them thoroughly. The more information provided about the site and home, the easier to understand the overall condition.
At the end of the inspection your inspector will provide a summary with a question and answer period. Use this opportunity to ask questions regarding terms or conditions that you may not be familiar with.
We recommend that you accompany your inspector through the entire inspection if possible. This helps you to understand the condition of the home and the details of the report.
Read the report completely and understand the condition of the home you are about to purchase. After all, it is most likely one of the largest investments you will ever make.
If you have any questions you are always welcome to call. We are here for you!