HOW TO READ YOUR REPORT
Informational Sections of Report: These are clickable tabs that identify general specifics of the particular area or category of the property (location, condition, type, etc.) or gives general information about the report (click on Informational/Limitation tabs.) There also could be more specifics e.g. the gallon capacity, fuel type, brand, etc. of the water heater. Also listed will be any limitations/exclusions present at the time of inspection.
References: These are located in the Informational tabs and contain general, helpful information intended to help you understand the terminology of your report, best practices, limitations, etc. Not everything, but most, on these pages will generally apply to the particular property.
Narratives: These are the color coded "boxes" below the grid sections that detail the particular observation/defect and recommendations. NOTE: Sometime there will be red text which denotes potential safety issues or latent safety issues.
Internet links: Blue writing within narratives and/or report are clickable links.
Summary: This generally sums up the attention issues in the report, but should not be used solely as a reference on the condition of the property. Please be sure to read and understand the entire report to aid you in making an educated decision on your real estate purchase. Also, be sure read to read this.
Costs/Estimates: If included, the prices are not quotes, estimates or costs to cure. They are "guesstimates" only, based on what was seen to help you prioritize the major defects. Individual prices from contractors can vary substantially from these ranges. I advise that several bids be obtained on any work exceeding a few hundred dollars. Some situations are too complex to put a guesstimate on and/or require further, detailed assessment. The max range should always be assumed to be higher. Click here for more info. Check out these 3 sites for prices/costs too: $ $ $
Pictures/Videos: These are included (as applicable) to help you understand and see what was seen at the time of the Inspection. They can be clicked on within the report to enlarge/show more detail. Pics and vids are intended to show an example, graphic, or illustration of an area of concern, but may not show every occurrence and may not accurately depict its severity. Also note that not all areas of concern will be pictured (we take hundreds of pictures or multiple videos and not all come out clearly or properly.) Please do not rely on pictures or videos alone.
Taking Care of Your Property (at end): Preventative maintenance tips are a valuable aid pertaining to property ownership.
THE ASPEC INSIGHT (at end): This special section better explains our inspection process and provides insight on the inspection part of the real estate transaction. We highly recommend reading, at the least, the sections marked with an *(asterisk) along with entire report before your inspection contingency expires as it will hopefully answer any questions you may have.
WHEN TO READ YOUR REPORT
You should read/understand the complete report:
- NOW/Before your inspection time contingency period expires,
- Before you close escrow,
- After you close escrow and move in,
- If you have questions at anytime - See contact info
These are the grid sections at the beginning of each report area.
I = Inspected: Indicates component(s) or system were inspected and acceptable/overall intact or was functioning as intended with no significant deficiencies or anomalies, however, some exceptions may exist and/or will be listed in observations/recommendations.
NI/LI = Not Inspected/Limited Inspection: Indicates that either part of a system/component could not be inspected/evaluated thoroughly or was limited due to applicable conditions present at the time of inspection.
NP = Not Present: Indicates that a system or components were not present at the time of inspection. If the system or component should have been or is recommended to be present, there will be an Observation/Recommendation comment color coded box.
O/R = Observations/Recommendations/Defects: These are the narratives about your particular property are located directly below the info sections of your report. They provide more in depth explanations, comments/recommendations, or suggestions and are written exclusively for you. They will be color coded orange, blue, & red. (See below for definitions.)
Secondary (Orange colored boxes): The majority of the items in the report will fall into this category, which denotes observations/items/components that the inspector does not deem to be overly significant at this time and are considered discretionary. Some will be for your info/FYI . Others will need repair, replacement, maintenance, corrective action, improvement, further disclosure or evaluation, or monitoring. Some of these observations/items/components may develop into more significant concerns/issues if not addressed or attended at some point.
Primary (Blue colored boxes): Denotes observations/items/components that, in the inspector's opinion, needs immediate repair, replacement, corrective action, further evaluation, approval by local authority, or is otherwise significant. Also includes items/systems/components that may have not been operating and/or operating properly at the time of inspection. These items should generally be addressed before your home inspection contingency period expires or the close of escrow. NOTE: If systems/components have multiple issues, repairs could become major when all said and done.
Major (Red colored boxes): Denotes observations/items/components that, in the inspector's opinion, is a major or more significant issue and needs immediate attention or repair, replacement, corrective action, or further evaluation. These items, too, should generally be addressed before your home inspection contingency period expires or the close of escrow.
Again, you should read the entire report to understand and keep in context all recommendations and observations, as your opinions on observations/recommendations may differ.