How A Good Home Inspection Is Done

How A Good Home Inspection Is Done

Each section of your home inspection report should state the facts about the property’s condition at the time of the inspection. Any disclaimers, within reason, and limitations should be listed in the “scope of work” section of the pre-inspection agreement.

A good inspector will clearly outline any limitations and exclusions specific to the inspection. For example, “The roof was not accessible for inspection due to snow,” or “The attic was not inspected due to homeowner’s personal possessions blocking the access.” In these situations, the inspector should document the disclaimer statement with a photograph.

The main reason you’ve ordered an inspection is to find out any problems with the house, right? So, in the inspection report, your inspector should state any problems, include a photograph of each problem, explain why something is or could be a concern, and describe the corrective course of action. Your inspector may also point out outstanding or superior features of the property. If the inspector sticks to this process, then there is really no need to include an excess of disclaimers, and certainly not in every statement throughout the report.

Your inspection report should be written in simple laymen’s terms, with comments that are clear and concise. You (and your real estate agent) are less likely to read an entire report that is overwritten. Regardless of the report’s length, make sure you read the entire report, and if there’s terminology or anything you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to call your inspector and ask for clarification.


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