Your Home Inspection Report
Your Comprehensive Home Inspection Report - Your report includes details of our findings in an easy-to-understand manner. We have developed a very thorough and comprehensive, narrative-style format to offer you a clear understanding of your prospective home. Our thoroughly detailed inspection report is written in "plain English", is easy to read and prioritizes the findings, considered by real estate professionals as one of the best in the Tampa Bay area. This helps you know which areas need to be addressed immediately and which can wait. All of our reports exceed the standards established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI). Our computer generated inspection reports can be printed and delivered at the time of home inspection, though this option will add to the home inspection time. Otherwise, the home inspection report can be emailed that same evening (Guaranteed or it's Free!!!), and the full "hard-copy", along with a CD-Rom will be priority mailed the following morning. Armed with the information our inspection report will provide, you can make your decision with confidence.
Your home inspection will be one of the most fascinating learning experiences of your life. By the time your inspection is done, you will most likely know the house better than the previous owner. We guide you through the home and teach you about each of the major systems and components of the home.
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 home inspectors, including the checklist, computer generated using inspection programs, and the narrative style. It is important that the home inspection is thorough and accurate, but it is also essential for the inspection report to be well organized, easy to read and that you are fully capable of using it for its intended purpose.
Some home inspection reports are delivered on site and some may take as long as 4 - 6 days for delivery. All reporting systems have pros and cons. We have the capability of delivering on site when needed; however, 100% of all our Tampa Bay area home inspection reports can be emailed the same evening of the inspection, Guaranteed or it's free!!!
The most important issue with a home 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:
Kitchen Sink: Condition - Good, Fair, or Poor.
None of these descriptions gives the homeowner an idea about what is wrong. Does the sink have a cosmetic problem? Does the home have a plumbing problem? A good home inspection 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 - Minor wear, heavy wear, damaged, rust stains, or chips in enamel finish. Recommend sealing sink at counter top.
As you can see, this narrative description includes a recommendation for repair. Narrative home inspection reports without recommendations for repairing deficient items may be difficult to comprehend, should your knowledge of construction be limited.
Take the time and become familiar with your home inspection report. Should the report have a legend, key, symbols or icons, read and understand them thoroughly. The more information provided about the site and home, the easier to understand the overall condition.
At the end of the home inspection your home inspector may provide a summary with a question and answer period. Use this opportunity to ask questions regarding terms or conditions that you may not be familiar with. A good home inspector should be able to explain the answers to your questions. If for some reason a question cannot be answered at the time of the home inspection, the home inspector should research the question and obtain the answer for you. For instance, if the home 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. The home inspector's knowledge and experience is how the size and characteristics of the cracking is determined.
We recommend that you accompany your home inspector through the entire home inspection if possible. This helps you to understand the condition of the home and the details of the home inspection report.
Read the home inspection 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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It is recommended that you choose a home inspector who is a Certified Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Registered Professional Inspector with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), and ICC code certified as a Residential Combination Inspector.