Sample Inspection Report

Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Anyone interested in seeing what the competition is offering you can find a sample report from US Inspect at:


http://www.usinspect.com/content/getadobeHV.asp

This gave me some good ideas although I did not really care for the format. For one, it would take forever to write a report with all the things I find wrong in most houses. Good Luck Everyone!


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Originally Posted By: jmyers
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How about some feedback on this report. What did everyone think of it. I defenitely like certain parts. Mostly the part with the summary at the end which easily and readily identified the defects that needed corrected.


By the way....I reformatted my report. Looks very professional, if I say so myself. And I do, I do!!


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Originally Posted By: rkuntz
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Joe


I modeled my report off of their format. One thing I like that I haven't changed in my reports yet is the way they seperate the desciption of systems and the defect list. I just think its a lot cleaner.

It looks like they use 3D reporting software. I use MSWord for my reports but am considering moving to 3D so that I can use their handheld computer program. One thing I like about using Word is it seems easier to insert my pictures where I want them.

I would be interested in what software others are using.


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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I thought the report looked professional, which is more meaningful than if you are a knowledable home inspector. At least that is the way most look at it.


I did like the way in which they define the scope of the item which is being inspected an then list the defects underneath.


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Originally Posted By: rwills
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My report is designed from 3-D software and has been fine tuned over time. It has both checklists and narrative room for every item, an addendum page, a summary page, and photo pages that I custom made and can download my photos right into them. I hear a lot of people using the computerized handheld software and will probably look into it maybe next year. Sure gonna be hard to give up the old custom made baby though!..Bob



Bob Wills - MAB Chairman


BW Inspection Services


Warminster, Pa.


http://www.bwinspections.com

Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Hey Bob,


How much did you pay for your software?

Who makes it?

Joe Myers


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Originally Posted By: rwills
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Joe, I think it was somewhere aroung 5-600 dollars when I got it, now it’s more, probably $700. Go to www.3dinspection.com I think they can even get you samples…Bob



Bob Wills - MAB Chairman


BW Inspection Services


Warminster, Pa.


http://www.bwinspections.com

Originally Posted By: rsmithson
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I’ve been using Palm-Tech for about 2 years now. It is very user friendly, allows photos to be added and with there design program can be turned into any type of report you wish. I like it because it is very easy to read and understand for my clients. It allows me to print on site. The hand held computer small and durable and you can take it anywhere with you. Computer, printer, software runs 1700 to 2700 depending on accessories. Text



Bob Smithson

Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Bob and bksmithson,


You guys are making me feel cheap. I am using a $70 Microsoft Word XP program that I grabbed off the internet. Custom tailored to suit my individual needs! :)

Are you guys sure you are smarter than me? (just kidding)

Joe Myers


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Originally Posted By: rkuntz
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Joe


Don't feel bad, I created my own using MS-Word that came with my PC. I do alot of cut and paste, and it takes me a little longer to prepare a report. I do have more flexibilty and I saved $$$. Right now, as a new inspection company, I have lots of time, but limited income, so the extra time to prepare a report is not a problem now. When my schedule gets tight, I am going to move to the 3D with a handheld and laptop to save time. I suggest you call 3D and get their free trial version. Its a full version so you can try all the features.


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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If you are familiar with word you really do not have to cut and paste what you want to add to the report. You can pre-define what you want to add and then use the word auto correct feature to add it into your report where ever you want. You can even add diagrams to them! :slight_smile:


Joe Myers


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Originally Posted By: rkuntz
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Joe


I guess my MS-Word skills are basic right now. Are you saying I can add sentences and then just select them to add to the report? How do you do this? And how do you use the auto correct feature?


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ronk,


I will be posting this information under the new subjects soon. Keep you eyes open.

Joe Myers


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Originally Posted By: Daniel Keogh
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Porter Valley software Inc makes a very good software progranm that can be used with both a hand held and a lap top . I recently saw the software demaonsrated at the NAHI fall conventin. I was very imprest with it. I do however perfer the reporting system that my partner and I have developed. If you are intested in seeing the porter Vally software contact Steven Grove at www.pvsoftware.com I hung out with this guy at the convention he realy knows his stuff and can probable help answer any software questions any of you have.


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Hey Bob,


The 3-D software starts at $679. Little too expensive for my blood. I will stick with MS Word. You can pick the Works Suite for $90. It includes the full version of Word.

Joe Myers

Dan,

I aslo checked out the Porter Valley Software you mentioned. It looks a little like a data base recording system into a pre-defined template. I know for a fact the data base software is out for me, takes up too much hard drive space and processor resources.

Joe Myers


Originally Posted By: gbell
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I use the report plus from www.ahit.com it works with word and it is a boiler plate but you can change all of it to fit you area. I have been very happy with it. I am just glad that I bought it when it was for sale. Now you can only rent it.


Greg Bell
Bell Inspection Service


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Greg,


Pardon my stupidity but what exactly is boiler plate? I have read about it on the inspection news web site but I have never experienced it.

Joe Myers


Originally Posted By: gbell
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It is where there is a pre set information that comes up for each section of the report. With this you can just pre enter anything you want to show up in a screen for each section. Then all you have to do is click on it and it inserts the information you made for that subject. It takes a lot of time to make it the way you want but I can write a report in less than 20 minutes. It really helps when I give the report on site. So in the long run it is a time saver. But with my new web site I am now loading more and more reports to it. That way I can do 3 inspections in a day instead of 2. So far everyone who has used it has had positive comments.


Greg Bell
Bell Inspection service


Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Hey Greg,


It actually sounds a lot like the method I use in word now. Only this does not require any secondary software, you only have to use word.

Know where I could view the boiler plate software? I have heard a considerable amount of bad press on it from the inspectionnews.com message boards. Can you throw some comments my way on that thought since you know what it is?


Joe Myers


Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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Joe,


It's not boilerplate software.

The software is what you use to make your report. i.e. you use Word, I use Palm-Tech, others use 3D, etc.

Boilerplate is the text you put in the report. For example:
I have a final comment section in my report. I always use this same text (below) and then add on any comments pertinent to that particular inspection.



Home inspectors are generalists conducting an essentially visual inspection and recommending specialists in the appropriate area for specific repairs. Some specialists, and other people, will disagree with my opinions. I always defer to specialists opinions, since as a matter of law, they know more than I do. I've put my opinions in writing. I feel you should have them put their opinions in writing also. If they refuse to do so, you need to establish what weight to give each opinion,

I recommend that you obtain as much history as is available concerning this property. This historical information may include copies of any seller's disclosures, previous inspection or engineering reports, reports prepared by or for: relocation companies; municipal inspection departments; lenders; insurers; and appraisers. You should attempt to determine whether repairs, renovation, remodeling, additions or other such activities have taken place at this property.

No cost estimates are provided by B4U Close Home Inspections. Cost estimates are prepared by qualified specialists in a given trade. They are usually preceded by specific measurements taken (that are outside the scope of this inspection) and labor, equipment and material cost data that are generally not possessed by home inspectors. Client is advised to obtain a copy of the Seller's Disclosure Statement and review it prior to closing.

Client is also advised to conduct a pre-closing walk through of the residence immediately before finalizing to verify that all items that were to be repaired are repaired and that the property condition has not substantially changed since this inspection. Client should request verification that agreed upon repairs/replacements were made by qualified licensed tradesmen and contractors where necessary. I recommend that Client investigate and consider the purchase of a Home Warranty through your real estate agent. This warranty may help protect you in the event a covered system fails or needs repair/replacement after closing.