Three Types of Reports

There are three basic types of home inspection reports; the simple checklist report, the "book" type report and the full narrative report.

It is generally agreed that checklist reports are the least desirable. They are very cryptic and give little explanation of the findings.

The "book" type report adds a large, sometimes overwhelming, volume of information to a checklist report. The reader must use codes and keys to search through the book to learn the significance of, and "next steps" needed for, the concerns identified in the checklist.

The full narrative report usually provides in-depth information, but can be difficult to "sort out" the most important items from the ones that can wait until after you move in.

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