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Jharperinspect
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How many pages and also how consolidated is it? Do you put everything in it? Or just the things that need reporting? The reason I ask is because I saw another inspectors report and it was very short and to the point and mine was significantly more info.

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Generally 14-18 pages depending upon the house. I keep it to the point and what the client wants to know - what's wrong. I list what I inspected; condition and any deficiencies and or limitations. No maintenance information, that's the hard copy Ultimate Home Book. I believe too much information in the report buries the information that is critical at the time we inspect. Exclusions, etc. are in the contract. I might list a few unique limitations in the report such as inaccessible areas, etc.

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If you have access to it or can find a copy of it, you should look at a Texas report format.

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I have texas reports for my software. I'll take a look I think I spend way too much time entering acceptable items on my report and I think it effects my time spent at an inspection.

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Mike Casey wrote:Generally 14-18 pages depending upon the house. I keep it to the point and what the client wants to know - what's wrong. I list what I inspected; condition and any deficiencies and or limitations. No maintenance information, that's the hard copy Ultimate Home Book. I believe too much information in the report buries the information that is critical at the time we inspect. Exclusions, etc. are in the contract. I might list a few unique limitations in the report such as inaccessible areas, etc.


This girl that I formally dated always told me: "Michael, BIGGER isn't always better, it's all in how you use it, and believe me Michael, you don't have anything to worry about". So I said: "Let the good times roll".

I also like to keep it to the point. However, I need documentation showing that I inspected according to my Inspection Agreement, and that I met or exceeded InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice. On a typical Residential Report: 18-25 pages minimum, depending upon the house. The bigger the house, the longer the report. The more systems in a house, the longer the report.

No need to clutter the report. I like to keep it to where everyone can easily understand. My limitations and exclusions are listed on my website and I have a direct link in my Home Inspection Agreement that directs the client(s) to it and the SOP.

I like to include Narratives, and Illustrations, into my report,

I prefer to have my clients present at inspections so that I can more easily explain complicated or technical issues. Potential buyers often look at a home from a different perspective after receiving the Inspection results. Because you were unable to attend, I strongly encourage you to read the whole report thoroughly.
Please contact me if you have any questions.



Page #1 – Cover Page
1. Website Address, Company Logo, Inspection Address, Inspection Date,
2. This confidential report is prepared exclusively for:
3. Prepared By:
4. Report Number:
5. Inspector:
6. Report Disclaimer that coincides with the Inspection Agreement:


Page #2 – Report Overview
1. REPORT SECTION - Condition Terms: SATISFACTORY, MARGINAL, POOR.

2. SUMMARY SECTION CATEGORIES: MAJOR CONCERNS, MONITOR, SAFETY HAZARD, MAINTENANCE.

3. THE SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION

4. BUILDING DATA

5. THE HOUSE IN PERSPECTIVE

Page #3 – Report Summary
Went over with the client(s) at the end of the inspection. Full Report delivered within 24 hours, to the client.

Page #4 – Grounds
Service Walks, Stoops/Steps, Deck/Balcony, Fence/Wall, Driveway/Parking, Landscaping affecting foundation, Retaining wall, Hose bibs, Ground General Comments, and Grounds Pictures.

Page #5 – Exterior
Chimney(s), Gutters/Scuppers/Eavestrough, Siding, Trim, Fascia, Caulking, Windows, Storm Windows, Slab-On-Grade/Foundation, Service Entry, Building(s) Exterior Wall Construction, Exterior Door, Exterior A/C - Heat pump # 1, Exterior General Comments, and Exterior Pictures.

Page #6 – Roof
Roof Visibility, Inspected From, Style of Roof, Ventilation System, Flashing, Skylights, Plumbing Vents, Roof General Comments, Roof Pictures.



Page #7 – Garage/Carport
Type, Automatic Opener, Safety Reverse, Roofing, Gutters/Eavestrough, Siding, Trim, Floor, Sill Plates, Overhead Door(s), Exterior Service Door, Electrical Receptacles, Fire Separation Walls & Ceiling, Garage/Carport General Comments, and Garage/Carport Pictures.

The garage vehicle door was old, deteriorated and at or near the end of its useful life. Consider consulting with a qualified contractor to discuss options and costs for replacement.


Page #8 – Electrical
Main panel, Sub panel 1, Electrical General Comments, and Electrical Pictures.

Although the main electrical panel was mounted indoors, no light was provided illuminating the electrical panel as is required by generally-accepted safety standards. Although this condition may have been commonly considered safe or acceptable at the time the home was originally constructed, as general knowledge of safe building practices has improved with the passage of time, building standards have changed to reflect current understanding. Consider updating the existing condition to meet generally-accepted current standards.


Page #9 – Plumbing
Water service, Well pump, Water heater #1, Plumbing General Comments, and Plumbing Pictures

Page #10 – Heating
Heating system, Boiler System, Other System, Heating General Comments, and Heating Pictures.

Page #11 – Cooling System
Heat Pump - A/C Unit #1, Cooling General Comments, and Cooling Pictures.

Page #12 – Kitchen
Countertops, Cabinets, Plumbing, Walls & Ceiling, Heating/Cooling Source, Floor, Appliances, Kitchen General Comments, and Kitchen Pictures.

Page #13 – Laundry
Laundry, Laundry General Comments, and Laundry Pictures.

Page #14 – Rooms
Rooms, Rooms General Comments, and Rooms Pictures.

Page #15 – Bathroom 1
Bathroom 1, Bathroom 1 General Comments, Bathroom 1 Pictures.

Page #16 – Basement
Stairs, Foundation, Floor, Drainage, Girders/Beams, Columns, Joists, Basement General Comments, and Basement Pictures.

Page #17 – Interior
Windows/Glass, Fireplace 1, Stairs/Steps/Balconies, Smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors, Attic/Structure/Framing/Insulation, Interior General Comments, and Interior Pictures.



Page #18 – Crawl Space
Crawl space, Access, Foundation walls, Floor, Seismic bolts, Drainage, Ventilation, Girders/Beams/Columns, Joists, Subfloor, Insulation, Vapor barrier, Crawlspace General Comments, and Crawlspace Pictures.

Page #18 – PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS
I. FOUNDATION and MASONRY: Basements, Exterior Walls:
II. ROOFS, GUTTERS, & EAVES TROUGH:
III. EXTERIOR WALLS:
IV. DOORS AND WINDOWS:
V. ELECTRICAL:
VI. PLUMBING:
VII. HEATING and COOLING:.
VIII. INTERIOR:
IX. Know the location of:
• Main water shutoff valve.
• Main emergency shutoff switch for the heating system.
• Main electrical disconnect or breaker.

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Mine average 35-40 pages, mainly I customize each report to the specific amount of rooms , and bathrooms, I do not do a general interior report for two reasons, it helps me to not forget any rooms, in addition it allows me to pinpoint each room with ceilings, floor, walls, electrical, etc, I usually have the template set up before the inspection. Of course the summary report goes in the beginning, the agreement is included in every report which adds an additional 3 pages.

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40 pages is 20 too many.

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What is the detriment to having too many pages, I assumed clients would want to see each bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc listed rather than just interiors, I do have a summary page that is in the first couple of pages, I am open minded and willing to see the " light " !

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Part of the problem is listing each room creates a lot of redundant information. Depending on the report format, there could be info in there that no one cares about because it it has no bearing on the condition of the house.
At least that's how I view those convoluted reports.

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Michael Altizer
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Check this article out, it may help you:
http://www.workingre.com/home-inspectors-report-writing-101/
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advanced wrote:What is the detriment to having too many pages, I assumed clients would want to see each bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc listed rather than just interiors, I do have a summary page that is in the first couple of pages, I am open minded and willing to see the " light " !



Nobody likes homework. We didn't like it in school, we don't like it now. When the Jiffy Lube guy starts reading through the list of what they do, I politely tell him, "you're flirting with death."

We are not there to educate home buyers. We're not there to write a book. We're there for one purpose exclusively, and that would be to identify actual defects a buyer might ask the seller to fix or at least be aware of as they assess the value of what they're purchasing and put that information into a simple, actionable format.

One page per section. Sections by category- not by room.

If I were an agent and got a 40+ page report with 100 pictures and a room by room analysis I would send it back, ask for a real report, and make sure none of my clients ever used that inspector again.


Not to be harsh, just giving you reality because I care about your business.

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Nathan wrote:
advanced wrote:What is the detriment to having too many pages, I assumed clients would want to see each bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc listed rather than just interiors, I do have a summary page that is in the first couple of pages, I am open minded and willing to see the " light " !



Nobody likes homework. We didn't like it in school, we don't like it now. When the Jiffy Lube guy starts reading through the list of what they do, I politely tell him, "you're flirting with death."

We are not there to educate home buyers. We're not there to write a book. We're there for one purpose exclusively, and that would be to identify actual defects a buyer might ask the seller to fix or at least be aware of as they assess the value of what they're purchasing and put that information into a simple, actionable format.

One page per section. Sections by category- not by room.

If I were an agent and got a 40+ page report with 100 pictures and a room by room analysis I would send it back, ask for a real report, and make sure none of my clients ever used that inspector again.


Not to be harsh, just giving you reality because I care about your business.


Exactly, spot on Nathan........
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That is why I joined this forum, brutal ,honest advice to assist me in growing my business, I will be just going back to
" interiors " and not room by room, the only added item I do have is for more than 1 zone of HVAC . Strange thing though, on my last home inspection, the agent complimented me on the report ??

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40 pages or so...

Now Nathan, I know you say too many, but clients and REAs up here love them. The photos are a bit larger than most nearly 1/4 page. and they are mixed in so the formatting sometimes adds length...Narrative is right with each picture. Not once has ant realtor or client said they're too long at 40.

Some guys do a 18-20 page report (around here anyway) but its 18 pages of all text then the photos are an addition the text references...

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