Home Inspection Reports

Written by Shirley Parker
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Many reports can be written up following a home inspection. A summary of any negative findings is extremely important. In addition, a full narrative report, which is usually quite lengthy, is required. It may sometimes be called the "overall evaluation," or just the "narrative report."

Variations, including the concise report, are readily available in certain software programs. However, most reports are essentially narrative in nature. An expanded report fully explains any serious concerns the inspector may have. If he has found black mold or other major environmental hazards, he will go into detail about which rooms have the problem. However, he may not be able to see the full extent of it.

Another example triggering an expanded report would be if the electrical panel or wiring seems ancient. The home inspector will draw attention to that. The condition may even show loose connections or obvious bare wire in places. However, the inspector is not required to endanger his own life by attempting to examine it further. He is not, after all, a licensed electrician, in most cases.

Newer Homes Should Have Fewer Defects

Newer homes generally make for cleaner reports, though not always. What is discovered often depends on the ethics of the contractor or the maintenance attitude of a previous owner. Phrases such as concrete walkway appears acceptable, trees are sufficiently clear of structures, or receptacle outlets appear acceptable will be listed on the main inspection report.

If the inspector has reservations, he will state them. For example, "The single car garage was overflowing with what appeared to be surplus household goods. I could not perform an inspection of that area during this visit." As a rule, the inspector will then add his recommendations as to what the buyer should do about examining the missed area before closing the sale.

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