Home Inspection Reports are crucial these days to helping potential home buyers become home owners.
And to do so with some measure of confidence and knowledge of what deficiencies might exist in the home they are considering buying. Will a home inspection and home inspection reports GUARANTEE that ALL possible defects will be discovered prior to the purchase? No. Of course not. No Home Inspector has X-ray vision or can reach all possible points of trouble, or can possibly look, up close, at every square inch of surface outside and inside the homes they inspect. And the agreements Home Inspectors use with their Clients had better contain some provisions clearly stating that they do not provide perfection and that they cannot promise that they will in fact find every single possible thing wrong.
Why not? For one, let’s think about how much someone pays for a home inspection. Usually a few hundred bucks. For something will cost several hundred thousand dollars (over even over a million). And the object in question (a house), is very complex, usually with multiple levels and many connections and meetings of materials. And that roof: inspectors are advised to NOT walk on it. Inspectors slip and fall and die every year who do that, so the number of such inspectors is diminishing. Use of binoculars is the preferred method these days. And much safer, and faster.
However, the main point is this: Home Inspection Reports, which ultimately each Inspector produces, is the deliverable provided by each Inspector to their Clients. This is usually in the form of a PDF report, rather than hard copy. Why: because we live in an increasingly compact and mobile world. If you can’t email it or grab it off the Cloud, it has limited use.
Home inspection reports are the final item that Inspectors transmit, by whatever means, to their Clients, usually through email on the Internet.
Home Inspection Reports
There was a time, decades ago, when Home Inspectors, simply went out to the house and blundered around, then went home and wrote about the things they could remember seeing. Not a very professional way of doing things. In due time, and with enough complaints from the public, State agencies were formed to require Home Inspectors to be licensed and to pass an exam and exhibit knowledge through education and experience that they knew more about what they were doing. All well and good.
However: there’s nothing legally requiring HOW the Inspector actually produces his or her reports. Only that they must cover various items in compliance with State law.
Hmm. So Home Inspection Reports can be created by any means the Inspector desires. So: if he or she would prefer to take notes on pieces of paper and then return home and type their report on paper, they could, as long as they covered the required areas their State mandated. However, this is an extremely inefficient method, that involves multiple layers of duplication on the part of the Home Inspector. What to do?
This is why there are now Home Inspection Report software companies. They provide electronic formats that guide the Inspector through the 10 sections of a required inspection. However, not all of these have a reliable means for the Inspector to record the data in an efficient manner, that allows their first instance of documenting an issue to be telegraphed throughout the software to other key areas of the Report.
THAT’S PRECISELY WHY HomeInspectionReportsSoftware™ was created! To do just that: allow the Home Inspector to take a compact but reasonably sized electronic device (such as a powerful tablet computer) into the field with them, holding that device in one hand, while using their other hand to made data entries into it.
Now then, how best for a Home Inspector to make such entries? By typing in long, custom text for everything they see? No. That’s too cumbersome. How about figuring out how to create the Home Inspection Report software in such a way so as to allow the Home Inspectors to mainly just have to make an “X” for the various things they see and wish to document for their inspections?
Click on the image to see just part of a sample part 7 Central Air-Conditioning HomeInspectionCheckList HIRS. Note all of the “X”s, used to identify complex information, even in this Category Header section.Once again: THAT’S PRECISELY WHAT HomeInspectionReportsSoftware™ has done. 95%+ of the data entries on the software is by means of entering an “X” into specific locations on CheckLists (which they call “HomeInspectionCheckLists HIRS”) in their software. It can’t get much simpler. And of course, where you need to type in other information, you can.
And for those larger software companies that have approached this from a database point of view? Doesn’t work. No Home Inspector can possibly remember all of the line items they need to check. And databases keep all of their line items hidden inside the computer, until the Inspector queries the software about them. CHI didn’t like that approach, nor the complex software that entails.
Instead, they used a software interface that almost anyone in business today uses and knows: MS Office Excel. A spreadsheet. However, they are using Excel’s “3D” capabilities, using multiple sheets within a single file. It’s all connected and linked, but on separate sheets. Brilliant. Familiar, easy to use. And one major important feature: ALL OF THE LINE ITEMS are exposed on the CheckListZ™. No more hunting for those critical lists of items that Inspectors knows they need to be checking in every home they inspect. It’s all right there! Simple. Easy to understand and read.
The HomeInspectionCheckLists™ are color-coded to help orientation, and each line item has been carefully crafted to be short and descriptive. The result: most line items are only one line long. That greatly simplifies orientation and use, especially while in the field on an inspection. Keep it simple was the philosophy of the programmers. Who were also Home Inspectors who just happened to be very good at Excel. Written by the type of people who use the software. Smart.
And the home inspection reports are automatically driven, with the DDID statement already written for hundreds of typical deficiencies that inspectors will be likely to find while performing an inspection. When you type or make an “X” on the CheckLists, another X appears next to the paired DDID statement in the home inspection report. That saves a great deal of time.
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