Home inspection seems intimidating at first glance– but, honestly, it’s not an intimidating prospect to behold. Home inspection is a ‘necessary evil,’ as they would say. If you’re preparing your home for sale, a home inspection service will provide you with all the information you’ll need to know if your home is ready for the market.
The home inspection report is a check box and narrative account of a home inspector’s findings– as in, the findings related to the home that they’ve inspected. These reports provide the details necessary to inform clients about the true condition of their home, giving them the knowledge they need to properly assess their home before potentially selling the property.
Some people might be intimidated by the prospect of a home inspection report. Well, in this article, let’s take a brief look at what goes into a home inspection report.
What Goes Into a Home Inspection Report?
Home inspectors perform a routine visual inspection of an entire property, including all of its main systems. Home inspectors are required by law to provide their clients with two specific documents that pertain to the inspection itself: the home inspector contract and the home inspection report.
The Home Inspection Report: What’s Included?
Home inspection reports contain detailed information about the inspection of a property.
Inspection reports have to clearly identify the property’s components and its systems, as observed by the inspector themselves. Most inspectors will provide reports containing several pages of information, including photos.
Many home inspection reports cover the following:
- Property’s structural components, including the foundation and framing
- Property’s exterior features, such as its siding, walkways and porches
- Property’s roofing system
- Property’s electrical system
- Property’s plumbing system, such as its drains, pipes and water heating equipment
- Property’s heating and cooling system, including ventilation, energy sources and other associated equipment
- Property’s interior features, such as its walls, floors, windows, doors and stairs
- Property’s insulation and ventilation, including those in the attic (if it has one) and other spaces around the home
- Property’s fireplaces, vents and chimneys
Just in case you’re curious: a home inspection report generally doesn’t include anything that your home inspector can’t see. That means they won’t be taking apart or disassembling any part of your home just to perform an inspection.
Many inspectors will provide your property’s complete inspection report on the day of the inspection. The report is often written to be easy to understand and as concise as possible, providing you with as much information you need about the condition of your property.
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