Inspection Report

Not only do you need a great home inspector, you need one who produces a great home inspection report.  Luckily, you found me.



Here are some examples of what your home inspection report will look like with Ben. Keep in mind however, that every report is unique and individualized to your specific home. A typical home inspection report can range anywhere from 30 pages up to 80 or more, depending on the age and condition of the home.

Many home inspection companies boast about “on-site” delivered reports.  This is a surefire way for mistakes to be made. After I complete my inspection of the home I take my pictures and notes back to the office to prepare your report.

This is a critical part of the home inspection process. Mistakes can easily be made by trying to present you with a report “on-site.” My report process can take 3-5 hours to complete. I do not want to waste your day waiting for us to complete your report on-site. Once completed, you will be emailed a PDF version of your home inspection, complete with color coded text and photos.

I do NOT rush my home inspections.  At most we schedule one home inspection per day. If your home needs more attention (large, old, and/or in “fixer-upper” condition) I’ll dedicate as much time as it takes, up to a day or more, for your inspection.

My home inspections and reports are completed and prepared by the ASHI Standards of Practice. You may download a copy of these standards here – ASHI SOP. This will give you a better idea of what you can expect from your home inspection. As always, you may give me a call if you have any questions about the process.

Click a link button to open an actual home inspection report prepared by ABI Home Inspection Services.  Be sure to look at the report that best matches your category.  Home Inspections are not one size fits all.

40yr Old Flipped House

This home is a perfect example of why water management is so important. Especially when dealing with roof water. You must extend your downspouts away from the house much further than those crappy splash blocks. If you don’t, you get cracking bricks and leaking basements like this home.

15yr Old Custom Built House

This home is a perfect example of how the devil is in the details. The foundation wall on this house was mis-measured and didn’t extend back far enough for the back wall of bricks to rest on concrete. The builder tried to bolt steel angle on the face of the concrete to hold the brick up. That is now rusting and failing, and the brick veneer on the back of the house is cracking. Who knows how long it will be before gravity wins, and the brick falls off the house.

60yr Old Flipped House

It always makes me chuckle when someone calls and schedules a “Newly Remodeled” old house. Most folks call them “flipped houses”, and they are usually poorly done. In this particular house I found the “flipper” had created a false ground in the electrical system. This is also known as a “bootleg ground.” This scenario is both illegal and dangerous. To properly repair this most of the time it requires the home to upgraded to a modern 3 conductor wire, which cost thousands to do.

40yr Old Crawlspace House

I don’t hide the fact that I dislike crawlspaces for a number a reasons. Mostly because after crawling through a thousand of them, I’ve yet to see one that was textbook correct. Some were close, but most are train-wrecks. These areas are what out of sight-out of mind issues are all about. Small problems go unchecked for 40yrs, and then you have big problems. This home had lots of mold growing everywhere under the house. Its a bad sign when your floor joist have varicose veins.

You get what you pay for.  Here is an example of what a cheap $300.00 inspection report looks like from an local inspector here in Louisville.  Are you comparing apples to apples when searching for a home inspector?  Most people only do this kind of thing a couple times in their lives and don’t know any better.  Don’t fall into the cheap guy price trap.  You’ll only drown in problems down the road. 

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