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Decoding the Inspection Report: The Preamble

12 December, 2016
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/ By The Home Inspectors

We recently began posting to our blog with the goal of providing helpful information to the consumer as well as the real estate professional addressing topics such as Tips to Prevent Inspection Delays, Home Seller Tips, Home Buyer Inspection Tips, Furnace Maintenance, etc… We will to continue to offer this type of content with a fresh perspective on old thoughts but our true desire has been to create new, original content that has been mostly ignored by the inspection industry in the past.preamble-image

In order to provide the most useful, informative and relevant content aimed at today’s challenges in the home inspection arena we want to start by addressing the number one question that we have asked ourselves as a business:

“How would it be possible to bridge the gap between what the consumer, and to some degree real estate agents, believe a home inspection to be versus the reality of what a home inspection actually is?”

Since the inception of our business in 2010, it has become clear that the average consumer, and to a lesser degree some real estate professionals, lack a thorough understanding of what a home inspection is and what it isn’t – even when they may have been through the home inspection process in the past. This is in no way an indictment of either as the lack of understanding is quite understandable and the solution is evident. We, as an industry, must do a better job of setting the expectations for the consumer and real estate professionals alike.

Setting these expectations will not be a difficult task. The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has already done the work of setting these expectations through use of the Preamble (pages 1 & 2) of the Inspection Report which spells out the purpose, limitations, and inspector/client responsibilities. It is our duty to be the messenger and share this information in an easy to understand manner. To bring about a better understanding of the purpose, limitations and responsibilities we will post a 9-part series over the coming weeks that focuses on decoding the contents of the Preamble:

  •  Agreements, Addenda, & Other Info Related to Property Conditions
  •  The Standards
  •  The Report
  •  Life-Safety Upgrades
  •  Expectations of the Inspection
  •  Responsibilities
  •  Realities
  •  Right to Inspection & the Option Clause
  • Additional Information Provided by the Inspector

Stay tuned…we look forward to sharing with you!

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