How to Read a Home Inspection Report

If you are buying or selling a home, there is a good chance that you will have to read a home inspection report at some point. A home inspection is usually part of the process of selling a home, as it alerts buyers to potential problems with the property. A home inspection can only be performed by a certified home inspector. Here are the basics of how to read a home inspection report. 

Confirm Information

The beginning of the report will outline all of the basics, like the property address and homeowner information. Make sure this is correct so that you know you are looking at the right house. 


The home inspector will then put all of their findings in a detailed report. It will alert you of any potential problem areas or things that will need to be repaired. If you are the homeowner, it will let you know what you need to fix before the sale can go through. Read this portion of the report very carefully, as it is the most important part. They may include pictures of the problems as well. When reading about what the inspector found, take their recommendations seriously, as they typically have a lot of experience in the industry.  

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