is an inspector required to have photo's with an inspection or is his written word enough?

Asked by Curious, Indiana Fri May 8, 2009

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Emmanuel Sca…, , Collin County, TX
Fri May 8, 2009
Hello Curious,

As the saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words"! There is no requirement anywhere that I am aware of that an Inspector has to provide any photographs of anything. However, an Inspector who does not provide photographs of at least issues in areas not readily accessible to the client is an Inspector that should be avoided. I myself provide photographs of issues found in areas not normally accessible to the client and additionally photographs for any item in accessible areas that may be potentially confusing and require a picture. Normally inaccessible areas would be roofs, crawlspaces, attics, etc.

One more thing to understand also about an Inspector and the inspection. The Inspector's job is to find and record issues with the home. The basis for what is and is not an issue can include, but does not necessarily include the following reference sources:

1. Accepted industry practices
2. Local, state and federal building requirements and codes
3. Manufacturers required materials and installation methods
4. Local accepted practices.

With that being said it is important to note that what is written in the report is for your benefit to know the condition of the home, or structure being inspected. How you use that information is totally up to the client. No private Inspector has the authority to demand that a builder, home seller, etc., repair any item they have discovered and reported on. It is the responsibility of the client who commissioned the report to make any demands for repairs or concessions.

If you have specific issues regarding your inspection you should speak with the Inspector about them. If you are having problems where your Inspector is not responding to you then you do have methods of redress in virtually any state. If you have specific questions about your inspection you would like to ask of me please email me and I will be more than happy to help where I can.

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
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Chris Mabry…, , Tucson, AZ
Fri May 8, 2009
Hi Curious,
Photos are probably not required, but a good inspector will use them. Your state's laws may require them, and they may not. You should always attend the home inspection so that you can go through the home with the inspector. You will learn a lot about the house and if they find anything worth noting, you will be there to see it with your own eyes. Also, make sure you hire a qualified home inspector who is liscensed and properly insured. Your agent should advise you what to look for in a qualified inspector. ASHI certified inspectors may cost a little more, but you know they have a higher standard of training and accountability.
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