How to Get the Most From Your Inspection Report

Your inspection report from Hawley Home Inspections LLC will be both easy to read and give in-depth information about your new home.  The inspection report will have three sections. The first section will be general information about the property.  The Summary page(s) is the second section. And this is a summary of items your inspectors thought was essential and will need your attention.  The third section is a room-by-room system by system detailed breakdown of the home’s condition during the inspection. 

When you receive the report, if you have any questions, please call our office at 314-247-0040 or 618-593-9631.  Our office staff can answer most questions.  However, if they cannot help you, they will have one of our field supervisors contact you.

Inspection Report Cover Page

The cover page includes the

  1. Picture of the property
  2. Clients name(s)
  3. Address of the property
  4. date of the inspection
  5. Name and license number of the inspector(s)
  6. Our entity number
  7. Expiration dates for these licenses
  8. Inspectors signature
  9. Report Overview (conditions present at the time of the inspection)

Inspection Report Summary Page

The Summary Page has eight divisions to the inspection report

  1. Major Concerns
  2. Safety Issues
  3. Items Not Working
  4. Items Not Inspected Due to the Following
  5. Improvement/Maintenance Items
  6. Items to Monitor
  7. Deferred Cost Items that May Reach the End of Their Average life in the next 5 Years
  8. Just for your Information

Main Body of Inspection Report

The report’s body will include a detailed checklist of items inspected in each room with separate sections for basements, garages, roof, etc. The first and third sections are self-explanatory so that we will focus on the summary page(s).

Major Concerns in Inspection Report

“Major Concerns,” is where you will find defects that are important and may require attention.

The inspection report will  only include major concerns

Major concerns usually require repair or replacement but can be delayed.  The purpose of the major concerns section is to draw attention to items that should be corrected.

Safety Issues in Inspection Report

“Safety Issues,” will list safety issues the inspector found that present a possible danger to the home’s inhabitants.  The most common safety issues are missing or inoperative GFCI’s, problems with decks and basement stairs.  Safety issues will appear in blue ink in summary and the general portion of the report.  Safety issues should be addressed as soon as possible and only by qualified professionals.

Safety issues will be in blue in the summary and the main body

Items Not Operating in Inspection Report

“Items not operating,” will list any item tested that was not operating at the time of the inspection.  The reason may be individual appliances or systems. In this case, the water was turned off during the inspection and later turned on, requiring a second trip. An additional charge will be applied If the inspector has to return at a later date.

This section lists major items that were not operating

Items Not Inspected Due to the Following in the Inspection Report

“Items Not Inspected Due to the Following” are usually weather-related.  We do not test air conditioners and outside faucets from November 1 to March 31. Sometimes we cannot review an item or system because we cannot reach it or access it because of furniture or personal belongings.  Examples would be receptacles behind couches and dressers, or attic access panels blocked by clothing.

These items were not inspected

Improvement / Maintenance Items in the Inspection Report

“Improvement / Maintenance Items” are usually defects that should be repaired or replaced but do not need immediate attention.  Often these will be maintenance items that will re-occur regularly. The deficiencies noted may also have been accepted practice when the home was built. But changes to National Standards suggest they should be upgraded or changed.

Theses items will require improvement or may be normal maintenance items

Items to Monitor in the Inspection Report

Items to Monitor,” are often borderline defects that may become a problem over time.  The items to monitor section will list areas of concern that may produce problems in the future.

These items should be monitored for changes

Deferred Cost Items (Items that May Reach the End of Their Average Life in the Next 5 Years in the Inspection Report

Deferred Cost Items (Items that May Reach the End of Their Average Life in the Next 5 Years).   The average age is only an estimate based on national averages and should be used as a guide only.  The life span of any appliance depends on its quality, age, and maintenance record.  We only list the furnace, water heater, air conditioner, and sump/ejector pumps in the report.  There is a section in the back of your “Now That You Have Had and Inspection” book with the average age of most appliances found in the home.

Deferred cost items are nearing or have reached their expected life span

Just for Your Information in the Inspection Report

Just for Your Information,” is where we put general information that does not fit in the other categories.  For instance, we might note the GFCI in the garage controls the outside receptacles.

The just for your information section is where we put general information that does not fit in another section

Code Inspections and the Inspection Report

This is not a “Code Inspection,” and we do not do code inspections.  Please note the national codes are updated every three years, but each local municipality rarely adopts the latest code cycle.  We service sixteen counties and over three hundred and fifty cities and towns in  Illinois and Missouri. So, there is no way to keep track of what code cycle anyone town is using.  Because of this, we conduct our inspections on National Standards.  Our approach is simple “if it can hurt you in a home built in 2021, it will hurt you in a home built in 1821”.

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