When preparing a report for clients I often wonder what people want from an inspection report. Quite frankly, more often than not, most people don’t know what the really want from a building inspection.

Quite often they want to know the house is not going to fall over in 2 weeks. If this were so they would probably be able to see it themselves.

Often people see hairline cracks and are worried the structural integrity of the house is compromised. In these cases we regularly are reporting that the cracks are not an issue warranting any attention but while on site we see evidence of rising damp that they could not see.

Worried by what they can see and blissfully unaware of what they can’t see an d need to know.

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So here is my take on what a reliable home inspection report

should do and therefore what I endeavour to do.

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All houses have faults. My job is essentially to find and list them for you.

In other words it is better for you to know what faults you are buying than not know and be unprepared to deal with it when it finally reveals itself. Of course when it does it will be the wrong time.

It is not and never should be the job of the inspector to advise whether or not to buy because of the faults that exist in a particular house. That is your job. You and only you can determine whether or not you want to purchase the faults of a particular home.

We are always careful to help our clients understand that all houses have faults, so any decision not to buy the faults of the one we are looking at must be tempered by the knowledge that the next house they look at will also have faults.