The Inspection Report
When interviewing a home inspector, ask the inspector what type of report format that they provide. There are many styles of reports used by property inspectors. These reports can range in style from a simple checklist, computer generated format, or the narrative style. Some reports are delivered on site, while others may take as long as 4 - 6 days for delivery.
Eye Spy Property Inspections uses a computer generated report with a thorough explanation of its findings along with color photos to document such findings. You will have this comprehensive report the same day as the inspection. 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. After all, at Eye Spy Property Inspections, we are "Looking Out For You!" 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. 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. Eye Spy Property Inspections is "Looking Out For You!"