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How to Read a Home Inspection Report
How to Read a Home Inspection Report
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Written by Support Team
Updated over a week ago

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Hire a home inspector and get the report...

Don't worry! Here's a quick guide on how to navigate your home inspection report & what you should really be looking for.

You can also check out this video tutorial on How to Read Your Home Inspection Report

You will receive a link to the Inspection Details page from your inspector. This is where you will complete payment and sign the agreement forms. Your report will be locked until this is complete!

Once you open the report here is what you will see:

(Keep in mind there may be some differences based on your inspector's settings)

Use the corresponding numbers above as a guide

1. Filters

Show more or less by toggling between the Full Report, Summary, and Safety Hazards/Recommendations/Maintenance Items.

*Note: Some home inspectors disable this feature in their reports*

2. Summary

This gives you an overview of the number of items inspected and their condition. *Note: Some home inspectors disable this feature in their reports*

3. Easy Sidebar Navigation

Click into any section to jump down to that item in the report. A blue circled number will be displayed next to that section based on how many maintenance/recommendations/safety hazards were present.

4. Report Tools

  • Copy and Paste - Use this to easily copy all the report text and paste it into other documents

  • Repair Request Builder - Use this to generate professional-looking repair request lists or for adding to your own requests for credit/repair. This can also be used for personal fix-it lists, etc. Read more about RRB here.

5. PDF

Use this to generate the PDF version of the report and to print the PDF.

Okay, now you have the basics down on how to navigate your report. Now you're wondering what these fun circles really mean & just how concerned you should be...

It is your home inspector's job to make sure you're fully aware of the condition of the home. They will make sure to educate you on the good, the bad, what warrants caution, and even the items that just need a little TLC.

If you want to share your report with anyone, just use the URL. This link is not searchable but easy to share with friends or family if you're looking for a second opinion.

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