Harmony Home Inspection of Massachusetts
P.O.Box 478, Stow, MA 01775
Paul Rogoshewski - MA Home Inspectors License #243 - ASHI Member #205601

 

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Sample Home Inspection Report (Part 1)

I am very pleased to have an example of my current home inspection report on my website. For years I used preprinted checklist/narrative home inspection reports that I filled out in the field. I knew I was a very capable home inspector. Yet I always felt that the preprinted/handwritten home inspection reports were unprofessional and inadequate. I have good handwriting but there is just something unprofessional about crossing things out if you make a mistake, or scribbling in the margins, or having to write very short descriptions because you will run out of room otherwise. A few years ago I made the switch to digital home inspection reporting with the goal of having a truly professional report that would serve my clients better and was also something that I could be proud of. There were a few decisions along the way…...

Sample Home Inspection Report (Part 2)

The computer generated narrative home inspection reports are much more work, and so I had to make the decision to charge more, but I think the final product has been well worth the extra fee. I also had to make a choice of whether to print in the field or take it home with me and tweak it, so that it was specific to the home and did not rely predominantly on prepackaged "boilerplate". I knew a few inspectors that printed in the field, so it was possible, but my gut reaction and experience told me that writing the home inspection report the next day was vastly superior to any field generated report, and I think it definitely is. There is no substitute for being able to thoroughly think through the proper language to describe a problem, defect, potential safety hazard, and give your recommendations., to take the time to carry out any additional research, not to mention running a spell check, There are many things that are laundry list material such as "extend your downspouts away from the foundation" or "install a railing for safety". But, I have found, that the homes I inspect are also very unique with several specific problems requiring specific interpretations. Simply put, I believe that field generated home inspection reports that rely on prepackaged boilerplate fall short of true professionalism.

Sample Termite Report

The other major decision I had to make was whether to include digital photos in the report. Many home inspectors do not do digital photography, or if they do, they don't include it in the body of the home inspection report. The reason is it's a heck of a lot of work. Again, being the perfectionist, I decided to go the extra mile. There are several instances where digital photography makes a huge difference. Taking pictures of roofs, for instance, gives all concerned parties the inspector's view. Likewise, pictures of the underside of a hot water heater or the inside of the electrical service panel put all parties on the same page. The digital camera also allows me to see things I wouldn't normally be able to see, such as when I insert the camera in the ash pit of a fireplace and take a picture of the inside where I could never get a good look, even with a mirror. Including the photography in the body of the report gives much more organization to the report and allows specific reference to the photos with captions, circles, arrows, dimensions, and other visual cues. The sample report I've included shows some of these situations and features, and demonstrates why next day digital reporting with photography is vastly superior to any other home inspection reporting format. Your home inspection report will be very similar to what you see, and hopefully with many less problems. The reports are in PDF format and are uploaded onto a website. You are sent an e-mail notifying you that you can download the report and you are given a user name and password to use. The whole process is very easy and I've had very few problems getting the reports out to my home inspection clients.

 


Service Area

We perform home inspections in the following cities and towns in Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester Counties of Massachusetts:

Acton, Allston, Andover, Arlington, Ashland, Ashburnham, Auburn, Ayer, Bedford, Belmont, Berlin, Billerica, Bolton, Boston suburbs, Boylston, Boxboro,Boxborough, Brighton, Brookline, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Dedham, Dunstable, Fitchburg, Framingham, Franklin, Gardner, Grafton, Groton, Harvard, Holden, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Jamaica Plain, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Marlboro, Marlborough, Maynard, Medway, Mendon, MetroWest, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northboro, Northborough, Norwood, Pepperell, Shrewsbury, Somerville, Southboro, Stoneham, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Upton, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Westboro, Westborough, Westford, West Roxbury, Weston, Westwood, Winchester, Woburn, Worcester, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Millbury, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, West Boylston.


 

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