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Reading A Report
When interviewing a home inspector, ask the inspector what type of report format he or she provides: checklist, narrative, partial narrative, etc., and when they will provide it. Some reports are delivered same day and some may take as long as 4 - 6 days for delivery. Upon receipt, take the time and become familiar with your report, reading and understanding it thoroughly. The more information provided about the site and home, the easier to understand the overall condition. Do not not rely solely on the summary, as there will be detailed information in the body of the report that you may find important but is not considered a deficiency. It is important that you 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.
A report that indicates the condition as "Good", "Fair" or "Poor" without a detailed explanation is vague and can be easily misinterpreted. An example of a vague condition would be:
Kitchen Sink: Condition - Fair
This description does not give the homeowner an idea about what is wrong. Does the sink have a cosmetic problem? Does the home have a plumbing problem? A good report will supply you with descriptive information on the condition of the site and home and direction on how to proceed. An example of a descriptive condition is:
Kitchen sink: Inspected - Heavy wear and damaged at the kitchen faucet. This condition consists of a leak and can result in damage to the area and its associated components. Recommend having this deficiency repaired, as deemed necessary, by a licensed professional in the field.
As you can see, this narrative description includes a deficiency, describes the deficiency, the implications of the deficiency and recommendation for repair.
At the end of the inspection your inspector will provide a a report, which will contain a summary of the deficiencies. If you are present this report will be reviewed with you in an effort to answer any questions. If for some reason a question cannot be answered at the time of the inspection, the inspector should research the question and obtain the answer for you.