Home Inspection Forms

Written by Shirley Parker
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Home inspection forms are used so that the inspector, including the homeowner doing his own preliminary inspection, won't forget something. There may be hundreds of items to inspect and to comment on, many of which do apply to the house under scrutiny. However, depending on the geographical area, some homes will all have basements, for example, while in other areas, none of them do.

Preprinted forms prepared by industry affiliates may also contain detailed sections about the average life expectancy of major components of a building, and the likely costs of replacing them. This is valuable information to have, even though it hasn't been customized. If a homebuyer wants individualized information, the personalized report will cost more. Yet, if the investment is very large, it's probably worth the extra expense.

Home inspection forms can also be created in one of several software programs geared toward the home inspection industry specifically. Some programs have computer discs containing lists of a thousand items or more that can be printed out. Others allow the inspector to select only those items that obviously apply. For example, if there is no swimming pool or spa, it doesn't need to be included on the form to be commented on. However, the inspector may want to leave it in and mark it as not applicable, to indicate he or she has done a thorough job and didn't just overlook something.

Additional Home Inspection Forms

A home inspection contract is a must to avoid misunderstandings. It will list what the home inspector doesn't do, for one thing. An attorney can draw up the first one used by the inspector, which can then be modified for succeeding customers, especially if it has blank spaces for the customer name and property address, etc. Or again, software programs have a basic contract that an attorney can review and modify for your particular state. Order forms and invoices are also needed.

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