Question: How will the results of the Home Inspection be presented?

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Home Inspector with HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

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.

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Rainer
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John Coker
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

Richard, I know you used the word "may" but I still disagree with this statement...

Inspectors who submit a written report on site at the end of the Inspection may be playing the volume game.

I could also answer

Inspectors who submit a report via Email at the end of the day may be playing the volume game.

How the report is submitted has absolutely no bearing on the quality of the report or the intentions of the inspector. I have an office set up in my truck and provide a computer report on site. When the inspection is completed, I ask the client if they are willing to wait the 15-30 minutes to write the report or do they want it Emailed to them later that day. If I feel I can't complete a proper report on site, I explain why and will send it to them later.  

I have seen hand written reports that just blow away Emailed or computer reports. It's not the method or time of delivery, it is based on the Home Inspectors ability to write a report.  

 

 

Jan 19, 2008 01:40 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

John,

I think you are right that offering the Client either method, on-site vs email,  is the best way to go.  We do that as well: however, it has been our experience that taking the time to look things over on a desktop and processing the report away from the site can lead to a better report over the on-site report.  My concern is that due to the compression of the time factor (and related money) too many Inspectors rush the on-site report thru and the Client is short changed.

Jan 20, 2008 05:28 PM #2
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Scott Patterson, ACI
Trace Inspections, LLC - Spring Hill, TN
Home Inspector, Middle TN

Richard has a very good point.  Out of the 22 home inspector cases that I worked on last year as a litigation consultant or as an expert witness, with 9 of them the inspectors did their report on site.  A big part of those cases revolved around missed items.  I think this kind of speaks for itself.  On a side note; The vast majority of those cases the inspector was also in business less than two years when they did the inspection in question.

Jan 21, 2008 05:30 AM #3
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John Coker
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

9 of the 22 cases that revolved around missing items were onsite? Doesn't that show the other way? If 9 of 22 were onsite, then there were 13 inspectors that went back to the office and did the report yet still ended up in court. Of course we are missing a number too, those 9 or the 13 are what percentage of the inspectors?

 

And to be more clear in my statement, I don't think doing the report on site or off make any difference, it's the inspectors ability to write the report regardless of anything else. 

Jan 21, 2008 07:13 AM #4
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Scott Patterson, ACI
Trace Inspections, LLC - Spring Hill, TN
Home Inspector, Middle TN

No, they were not all screw-ups.  With some the inspector was correct, did nothing wrong and just fell in the sights of the shotgun lawsuit.  Sad but a fact of life.   Some were dismissed, and some were settled.

The 9 that did their reports on site all had a common theme and that was after we sat down and talked to each inspector they said that they were being rushed or felt like they needed to hurry and get the report done.

Anyway, just be careful what you write and make sure that your reports are clear and to the point.  Do not try and dazzle everyone with "inspectorspeak".  Just report what you see and go on with life.

Jan 21, 2008 08:05 AM #5
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John Coker
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector
Ahh yes Scott I agree with the pressure. That is why I bought an inverter and moved my computer from inside the house to inside my truck. 
Jan 21, 2008 10:36 AM #6
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