OBJECTIVES: A home inspection is a non invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of the property, designed to identify areas of concern within specific systems or components defined by the Standards of Practice (SOP), that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector at the exact date and time of inspection. The general home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions. The general home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection.
REPORT NAVIGATION: To start, use the buttons at the top of the report to find the "Summary". This is the meat and potatoes of the report. When you have time, click on the "Full Report" button and read through the entire report. You will find many areas of information that are important and may come in handy to understand your home. At any time, use the left panel to navigate between different areas of the home, such as Interior, Roof, Basement, Plumbing etc.
When viewing from a Smartphone or Tablet:
The report contains high quality pictures and videos. Wifi or Cell connection speeds do matter. The report looks best on a laptop/desktop screen, but also works great on any smartphone or Tablet. When viewing on a smartphone, there are 4 buttons at the top that do not have labels due to screen size issues on some devices.
The 1st button: Shows/hides the Navigation Panel
The 2nd button: Shows the Full Report View
The 3rd button: Shows the Summary View
The 4th button: Shows options to view the PDF (Full or Summary)
- The Report contains a grouping of Major/Safety Concerns (RED), Recommendations (ORANGE), and Maintenance/Informational Items (BLUE) noted that, in the inspectors professional opinion, need further evaluation, repair, or attention. The colors and classifications are done for illustrative purposes and convenience. All issues should be considered and evaluated equally. The fact that a system or component is near, at or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not, in itself, a material defect, but may be listed as a Major/Safety Concern because of associated cost.
A Major/Safety Concern (Material Defect) is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people or property.
The use of these categories should not diminish any other item listed in the report and does not alter the necessity for a repair. All items listed in each category are in need of a repair by a qualified individual, should be evaluated prior to closing (if this inspection is part of a real-estate transaction), and should be taken into consideration in relation to your interest in the home.
CONTRACTORS / FURTHER EVALUATION: It is recommended that licensed professionals be used for repair issues as it relates to the comments in this report. If I recommend evaluation or repairs by contractors or other licensed professionals, it is possible that they will discover additional problems since they will be invasive and may have further knowledge within their trade.
CAUSES of DAMAGE / METHODS OF REPAIR: Any suggested causes of damages, defects, or methods of repair mentioned in this report are considered a professional courtesy to assist you in better understanding the condition of the home or issue and should not be wholly relied upon. Contractors or other licensed professionals will have the final determination on causes of damage/defects and repairs.