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What to Expect In Your Inspection Report: An Interview with Christopher Chirafisi of American Home Inspectors Training Institute

By Christopher Chirafisi

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Today, AHIT is the largest home inspection training company in North America, with over 30 training facilities throughout the United States and Canada. We continue to expand our presence to serve you and with AHIT's industry leading, live class room, online and home study courses, we are committed to providing you the fastest way to achieve success in the home inspection industry.

What areas does a standard home inspection report cover?

A thorough home inspection will meet at least the industry Standards of Practice from either the state (some states have specific requirements ) other states do not so the report should cover either ASHI, NAHI or InterNACHI's SOP or a state association they are a member of. The standards outline what the home inspector is required to inspect so the report will cover the exterior, roof, interior, electrical, HVAC, Insulation/ventilation, structure and the different components of the home that relate to these different areas. Keep in mind the standards are minimums just like building codes so inspectors may go above and beyond the standards.

How long is the report and how long should it take to receive it?

It varies our written inspection report is 35 pages our computerized report can vary due to customization and the amount of pictures the inspector adds to the report. Our computer report will have the same information as our written report though. Both of our reporting systems can be delivered on-site after the inspector completes the home inspection because he/she is filling it out as they go through the inspection. If they don't deliver it on-site it should be delivered within 24 hours of completing the inspection.

What are two or three of the most common defect you see in homes in Wisconsin?

Safety hazards are common as well as "do it yourself fixes" that weren't done properly.

What kind of information about defects will an inspection report include?

Typically the report will identify where the problem is located , if it needs further evaluation by a qualified trades person or if we recommend repair or replacing it. We call it Detect, Evaluate, Direct.

Considering there are many states that do not require certification, what are a few benefits of hiring a certified and trained home inspector?

A trained home inspector will have the proper training in areas of communication,how to properly explain things to the client in an easy to understand way, how to properly fill out the inspection report and how to perform a professional home inspection and be familiar with all the different areas and components of a home. Just because someone let's say is an electrician does not mean they know anything about plumbing. We teach them about all the different areas of the home.

What advice would you give to people who no longer want to buy a home based on the inspection report?

The home inspector is the professional they hired to inspect the home there is no such thing as a perfect home. It is really up to the client after they review the report with the inspector to decide if it is the right home for them. This is why it is always a good idea to work with a Realtor so they can discuss with the Realtor what the next steps are for example if they are going to renegotiate or ask the seller to fix things.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

People can either call us at 1-800-441-9411 or visit our website at www.ahit.com

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