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Doug
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In my reports I still include the tick box style whereby I let my client know an item has been inspected and the narrative that basically states I found that item to be in serviceable condition at the time of the inspection. To reduce the bulk of the report I was thinking on a different report style whereby I report only those items that are in need of repair/ replacement etc. or information that would be of value to a client. Reporting an item was inspected and found to be in serviceable condition is of value to the client but how many times do they really want to read that. Its been my experience most clients are only interested in what is wrong, not whats right with a property.

I would like to hear back from other inspectors on their thoughts and reporting methodology.

Doug Pennell, CMI
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I am trying to figure how to do this as well. But I don't want the client to think I didn't inspect something because there is no comment in the report.

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Doug
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I am of that same opinion. Maybe a statement in the report indicating that all items as listed in the SOP are inspected but only defects etc are included in the report.

I am curious to see if any inspectors out there are using this methodology.

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Philo
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Sorry, not any Texas inspectors. We cannot delete any required items from the report form.

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I am also trying to just report defects and not all items that are functional. I tried this a couple of times and stopped when I got a call from my client who was wondering what I did inspect. Still thinking about how to prepare the client for a smaller report. I have successfully used this approach on several pre-sale inspections for the sellers.

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Yea, they might not want to read about no-defect items, but they do want to "read" that you were worth the money they paid you. I try to have at least one photo in each category just to prove I looked at "it."

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Doug
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Based on only a few responses it appears that clients like to see what was inspected and that it was tested and functional at the time of the inspection. In Texas they have no choice so maybe for now it's better to leave well enough alone and keep comments as crisp as you can to try to reduce the length of the report.
I want to thank all that responded.

Doug Pennell, CMI
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