Your home inspection is a vital part of your real estate transaction. It shows you the true condition of your home and helps you make educated decisions. One of the most important parts of the home inspection, though, is the actual home inspection report. A home inspection report is a powerful tool if used properly. So what is exactly in a home inspection report?
1: Defects – One of the report’s primary functions is to make you aware of defects in the home. Defects come both large and small. Examples include roof leaks, a non-functioning HVAC unit, or structural issues.
2: Hazards – Hazards are an important part of the report, because human life is the most important part of a home’s function. Examples of hazards are uncapped and live electrical wires, improper or damaged flues that could lead to fire or CO poisoning, or decks/balconies that have rot and could collapse. Hazards need immediate repair.
3: Maintenance items – These items will likely make up the bulk of your report. Items include small amounts of moss on the roof, peeling paint, loose hardware, leaks under sinks, and items like these.
The primary parts of your report that you want to focus in on are the first two points – but you should not neglect the maintenance items either.