This is our favorite topic to talk about because there is so much misinformation on the internet propagated by older former construction contractors turned inspectors who should be retired by now and journalists who interview them. Sorry, did I say that out loud?
OK, so we are all certified to either the ASHI or NACHI membership standard. We all took some kind of home inspection course. We all ask you to sign a limited liability pre-inspection agreement. We all provide you with a report. But this is where the similarities start to end.
So let’s take the deep dive:
Detailed Home Inspections provides an easy to read PDF file narrative style report with pictures embedded and emailed to you the same day as the inspection. We are fortunate enough to have had many competing inspector reports forwarded to us over the years so we know what is out there and have taken the very best elements from these reports to combine into our own.
A lot of these reports are hard to read and follow which gives even us, experienced inspectors, a headache! Some of these reports don’t even include pictures or are actually hand written check lists. Others are just plain hard to follow. Before you hire an inspector you should be familiar with the type of report they deliver and how soon they give it to you. Send us an email and we will be happy to send you our sample report.
Do not hire an inspector without reviewing their sample inspection report. Our inspection report recommendations are straight and to the point. We rarely recommend bringing another expert or tradesperson back to the house for further evaluation because we are not sure if there is a problem or not.
Watch out for inspectors who do this as they are just covering themselves from a liability standpoint which ends up costing you more money because you will have to pay for another trades person to review the item.
This is just an indication of inspector lack of experience – when you ask for an inspector’s inspection report look for this. Typically, the only time we recommend further evaluation is when there is foundation or structure damage. A licensed structural engineer needs to evaluate it to sign off on it or provide instruction for repair.
Or there is a potentially large cost for correcting an issue and you should have a hard cost estimate from a licensed contractor in hand in order to understand the cost implications so you can negotiate with your Seller.
The next and probably most important thing to understand….