1. Finding Defects
2. Clear Communication
The first one is crucial. The more defects they find, the clearer the picture you have today and fewer surprises you find later. But that’s only half the story.
The other half is helping you understand those defects and the effect they’re having on the home.
And even though you’ll probably discuss the findings at the end, your real power comes from the home inspection report.
Because it’s your workhorse. The instrument you throw down to negotiate repairs, price drops, or concessions.
So obviously, the more the better.
Good home inspection reports are about as easy to find as purple frogs.
That’s because home inspectors are NOT taught to create reports that are easy for homebuyers to use.
A strange thing considering it’s a critical part of the home inspection.
What makes it so important?
Look at it this way…a bad report is like having a hole in a pocket full of money.
Aside from storing your findings, it’s the only thing you keep when it’s over.
That makes your report the thing you’re actually paying for. It should be just as helpful in 5 or 10 years as it is today.
That’s why we go to the trouble to make it good.
Our report gets revamped every time we find a way to make it easier for you to buy a home (6 times since 2003).
And we’ve eliminated the confusing clutter and deliver it to you the same day.
Our report also uses our very own 5Key™ Comment Method to give you ALL the information you need to understand the full scope of each issue.
We do this by giving you the answers to the same questions we ask ourselves:
1. What happened?
2. What caused it?
3. What will happen if this problem is ignored?
4. What do I recommend?
5. Has it affected anything else or damaged the surrounding area?
Written in that order and on a 5th-grade level so it’s easy and intuitive for you (or anyone) to understand.
1. Dig into each defect to fully reveal its cause and extent of damage
2. Saving you time by answering your most burning questions so you’re not chasing down the answers later.
There are not many home inspectors who have the experience or insight to organize and funnel information this way.
And no one else goes to these lengths because it takes too much time and effort to adapt.
But we do because this is how it should be done and what we’d want for ourselves and our family (and yours). Period.