Matrix does make a good checklist, I don’t use them anymore. http://www.home-inspect.com/forms/matrixsamples.asp
I would guess there are MORE inspectors (some good ones too) that are nestled away in there own way of doing business and don’t visit our boards that are successfully using these checklists and communicating their findings well.
“Here’s your report Mr. Buyer, I will email some photo’s of interest when I get back to the office” Bad?
If the knowledge in our heads combined with the defects/conditions present in the property we are inspecting makes it to the customer… done deal.
10 Years ago “Serviceable” was the standard verbage for most inspected items. Some of the problems with the inspection market today (good and bad) is the lack of standards. Although I thought Serviceable was a weird word, in of itself, it WAS what was used and it’s meaning was understood.
We are used to seeing our own reports and such, and completely understand them. Do RE Agents and Consumer’s rely heavily on pic’s now as the reporting styles vary so much? Software, which is great, don’t get me wrong, has infused a huge amount of new reporting methods and a lack of standards in general.
If I thought that a checklist was the way to go for me, that’s what I would do. I did enough inspections last month (# x $$ adds up, prices vary), along with some construction projects. The cost of the reports even in bulk is reason enough to use software.
Bottom line IMO with all the software stuff and preferences is that you - Convey important information that is pertinent to your customer’s purchase and accomplishes the service you agreed to. Provides information in a way that is easily understandable and to the point.
AND FLUFF - The checklists lack the Boilerplate necessary to adequately describe what I do and don’t do. Unfortunately, this is something that I need to include, probably due to the lack of unified standards
Just my .02, however unpopular that may be.
Whether it’s word, a legal notepad that you photo copy (JK) software, checklists… Convey the information!