Originally Posted By: kleonard
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I record information 3 ways during my inspections.
1) I have a 100% computer generated report. I use 3D software. I have a PDA that I input all my findings, when I get back to my office I then download it directly to my PC into the program.
2) I take digital pictures. These pictures can also be put into the report when explaining a problem. Home buyers love this feature.
3) I also use a digital recorder to take voice notes. With the 3D software I can also manualy add anything to, or change any one line item of the report. I can also change the color to make it stand out.
I then mail the report either the same day or the following depending on time.
Each report takes about an hour of extra time. I also use my reports as a selling tool though. In my area there are so many of us (Home Inspectors) that you really have to stand out to get business. So to me it's worth it. Although many inspectors do prefer an onsite report.
As for your question, I think you really should have some type of checklist when performing an inspection. There are too many different parameters for a complete whole house inspection to remember. At least there are for me.
You can check out a sample of my report if you like at:
Hope this helps and I wish you the best in your pursuits. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)