Answer: Most Home Inspectors offer a computer generated Home Inspection Report to present their findings. The best companies offer reports that include digital pictures embedded in the report to add clarity to the discussion. There should also be a summary section at the end of the report. However, buyers are encouraged to read the entire report.
With the age of electronic communications, a quality Home Inspector will email your Home Inspection Report to you later the same day of the Inspection. With the Client's permission, a copy is also sent to the buyer's real estate agent. That speeds things up since the agent will almost always be involved in evaluating the Home Inspection report. Inspectors who submit a written report on site at the end of the Inspection may be playing the volume game. A thorough Home Inspection Report takes time. The Inspector should go back to his office, upload his findings onto a computer, organize the report using the best pictures for clarity, review his findings on his computer, then submit to the Client. Those Inspectors playing the volume game are more interested in getting on to the next Inspection and not in providing the best service to the Client.
Some Inspection companies offer a printed hard-copy version of the report as well. This should be a bound document that is delivered to the Client or their representative/agent. Usually there is a small charge to cover the materials, time and gas to create and deliver this document.
Before hiring a Home Inspector, ask for a sample of their report and make sure it includes embedded color digital photos. You deserve that for your money.