Sample Home Inspection Report

Taking a look at a sample home inspection report will help you appreciate how well it is written, how informative it is, and how it will assist you in making an informed decision. As we strive to write complete sentences, provide specific information about the location of issues, and distinguish between major and minor defects, we are confident that other sample reports cannot compete with ours.

In order to prioritize issues quickly, leverage the issues in negotiations, or create a repair list when you move into your new home, home buyers and their real estate agents require detailed, well-written reports that are easy to understand. We understand your needs and have honed our report writing over the past fourteen years to align with your requirements.

Breakdown of Your Home Inspection Report

Your home inspection report is sent in PDF format, and our observations are organized into three major categories.

Material Defects

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) defines a material defect as a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the property’s value or pose an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at, or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not a material defect.  

For example, a leaking roof is a material defect, but an older roof is not.

Non-Material Defects

The rest of the defects in the report are non-material defects. These are smaller defects that we observed that don’t rise to the level of a material defect. For example, a leaky faucet is a non-material defect. Although not required, home inspectors list many non-material defects in their reports. 

Material Adverse Facts

A material adverse fact is something your inspector believes is important information but is not a defect. For example, cast iron pipes are a material adverse fact. Although they are approved for plumbing, most cast iron pipes are at 50-100 years old. So, they’re prone to cracking, clogging, and causing backups. 

Report Summary

The summary includes only the most material defects, such as safety concerns and significant defects. The report body includes non-material defects, life expectancy of the major systems, maintenance recommendations, energy efficiency issues, and even weather conditions.

Turnaround Time for Home Inspection Report

You’ll notice your home inspector taking notes on a mobile device at the home inspection. We utilize premium software that generates the report as we inspect the home. This means that we can finalize and send the report shortly after the home inspection. 

​Bottom Line

Whether you’re a real estate agent, a homeowner, or a home buyer, you’ll get a detailed report that makes your life a little easier. Plus, you’ll get it in record-breaking time.