The Home Inspection Report
Home inspection reports provide a solid look at the overall condition of the property you are considering purchasing. Some reports are completed onsite using a checklist with handwritten notes. Others are computer generated. The most up-to-date inspectors will have a laptop, digital camera and portable printer onsite, and can produce full-color printed reports almost immediately after inspection.
Regardless of format, the home inspection reports should include detailed descriptions and photographs of defects and recommendations for repairs, both inside and outside the property. Be sure to ask your home inspector about anything you do not fully understand, or if you think something has been overlooked.
While the results of a home inspection can be a valuable tool for buyer-seller negotiations, keep in mind that minor repairs or cosmetic flaws may not be cause for the seller to reduce the price. On the other hand, if an inspection is part of your sales contract and serious defects are discovered, the report provides a tool for negotiating concessions or an escape clause from a real estate deal.
You should always discuss the results of the inspection carefully with your real estate agent to determine whether or not the inspection’s findings should affect your property purchase.