Regal Home Inspections has a number of goals when preparing the Property Inspection Report.
1) They should meet (and almost always) exceed the letter and spirit of the law.
2) They must be thorough and comprehensive. Written in a manner that the client can understand and get good insight into the home they are about to purchase.
3) They include numerous, important photos. Many are captioned and highlighted with arrows or circles to direct the reader to the element of the photo that needs to be focused on. I don’t assume that you already know what I am referring to.
4) The report must support the client’s demands and requests when/if they have to make repair/maintenance requests of the seller.
The report is the document of record for the results of the Property Inspection.
While NJ law, technically, allows an inspector to give you a simple, hand written, checklist style report I don’t think that’s adequate and I will spend as much time preparing the report at my desk as I do on site at the inspection. Some inspectors prepare a digital report right there on site and hand you a copy when they are done. I do not believe that either the checklist or the digital, on site report is a product that is thorough or comprehensive enough for my clients. The preparation of the report and presentation requires attention to detail just as the inspection did. I believe an inspector whose priority is to hand you the report asap and move on to the next inspection is doing you a disservice and a poor job.
I hope that those qualities come across in the sample report here.
Click Here to view a fictional, SampleReport
The “SampleReport” and SAMPLEREPORT #2 are from 2015. The last two are from 2018.
This sample report is one from a very large house. We inspect everything from 700 square foot condos to 8000 square foot (and larger) homes.
The Electric section (Page 11) shows how thermal imaging can be used to find or confirm problems in a home. This example has to do with overheating wiring.