Reading a Report

Tips on Reading an Inspection Report 

When interviewing a home inspector, ask the inspector what type of report format he or she provides. There are many styles of reports used by property inspectors, including the checklist, computer generated using inspection programs, and the narrative style.
Accurate Home Inspections reports are delivered on site. 
The most important issue with an inspection report is the descriptions given for each item or component. 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:
None of these descriptions gives the homeowner an idea about what is wrong. Does the sink have a problem? Does the home have a plumbing problem? A good report should supply you with descriptive information on the condition of the site and home. An example of a descriptive condition is:
Kitchen Sink: Condition - Good, Fair, or Poor.
Kitchen sink: Condition - Minor wear, heavy wear, damaged, rust stains, or chips in enamel finish. Recommend sealing sink at counter top.
Accurate Home Inspections provide narrative descriptions and include a recommendation for repair along with estimated costs. Narrative reports without recommendations for repairing deficient items may be difficult to comprehend, should your knowledge of construction be limited.
At the end of the inspection Accurate Home Inspections will provide a summary with estimated costs for repairs. Use this opportunity to ask questions regarding terms or conditions that you may not be familiar with. We will be able to explain the answers to your questions.  For instance, if the inspector's report states that the concrete foundation has common cracks, be sure to ask, "Why are they common?" The answer you should receive will be along these lines: common cracks are usually due to normal concrete curing and or shrinkage. Our inspectors have the knowledge and experience in how the size and characteristics of the cracking is determined.
We recommend that you are present at the time of the inspection if possible. This helps you to understand the condition of the home and the details of the report.
Read the report completely and 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.
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