Your home inspection report is laid out into three categories – repair/replacement, monitor and maintain, and improvements. These categories are used to classify the conditions and findings observed during the inspection. These categories help both the inspector and the homeowner understand the current state of the property and what actions might be needed. Here's an explanation of each category:
1. Repair/Replacement: This category includes issues or defects that require immediate attention to address safety concerns, prevent further damage, or restore proper functioning of the home's components. Items in this category generally have a significant impact on the habitability, integrity, or value of the property. Examples of items that might fall into this category include a malfunctioning electrical system, a leaking roof, a broken furnace, plumbing leaks, structural issues, and safety hazards.
2. Monitor and Maintain: Items categorized as "Monitor and Maintain" are not currently presenting major problems, but they might require attention over time to prevent them from becoming more serious. These issues could lead to deterioration or failure if not addressed in the future. Homeowners are advised to keep an eye on these items and perform regular maintenance to ensure they don't worsen. Examples of items in this category include minor cracks in the foundation, a small roof leak that hasn't caused significant damage yet, or signs of wear on exterior surfaces.
3. Improvements: This category includes items that are not necessarily problematic or in need of immediate attention, but making improvements could enhance the functionality, energy efficiency, safety, or overall comfort of the home. These recommendations are typically optional and may vary based on the preferences of the homeowner. Examples of improvements could include upgrading insulation, installing energy-efficient windows, replacing outdated appliances, or enhancing landscaping.
Create Your Request List
Once you've reviewed your report, create a request list to send to your agent or seller's agent showing exactly what deficiencies you would like repaired or credited for. Click the button below for more information on how to use this extremely useful Homegauge feature.