When buying a home, you’re going to end up doing a lot of reading. That’s a good thing. An informed buyer wants to know as much as possible about a property before investing in a new house.
And while getting a proper home inspection is important, it’s also vital to get an inspection report that’s easy to read. You need to know about im
portant issues that might disqualify a property for your ownership, and you need to know that as soon as possible.
If the devil really is in the details, you want those details to be right up front, where you can see them. Here’s a quick list of things to look for in an easy-to-read home inspection report:
Summary Page of Defects
While you’ll want to see the underlying documentation throughout the rest of the report, the summary page of defects is where your qualified home inspector will detail the concerns and issues he sees with the property. It’s an at-a-glance document that you can refer to throughout the rest of the report.
Clearly Labeled Photos
By the time you get a home inspection, you’ve already toured the property. But a home inspection is much more thorough, and a good inspector will look at things from angles that buyers may never consider. Photo documentation of potential issues is hugely important, but an informative caption should be included. That caption should tell you what you’re looking at, where it’s located in the house, and what the inspector’s concerns are.
Here’s where a good home inspector can really show off. Not every defect should be disqualifying for a property. A cracked foundation? That’s a no-brainer. But what if there’s a dead outlet in a room? An inspector can give you recommendations on who you can contact to have simple issues fixed or what specialist can give you more information about a defect.
At Jones-Warren, we stand ready to serve all of your home inspection needs. For more information, contact us at 205.607.0031 or email email@example.com.