What Does a Home Inspection Report Look Like?

Your home inspection is one of the most critical steps in your home buying experience. You have submitted an offer and the seller has accepted it. Now you enter the contingency phase of your contract to purchase. You have a set number of days to have the home inspected. After your inspection – you will receive your home inspection report – but do you have any idea what a home inspection report looks like?

We’ll define a few basics for home buyers and sellers and show you what a modern home inspection report should look like.


A home inspection report is a written document that a home inspector delivers to you after the home inspection is completed. It should include:

  • Images of issues needing attention
  • Descriptions of the issues and the potential impact
  • Recommendations as to who to contact for additional evaluation, assistance or repairs
  • A summary to highlight all discovered issues noted in your home inspection
  • A Critical Issues summary that highlights the most crucial or critical issues
  • An HTML and/or PDF version


Many modern professional certified home inspectors will deliver you a report in both a digital and PDF format, that is viewable on a mobile device. The home inspection report should be highly visual and easy to navigate with a table of contents and summary.

At Sentry Home Inspection Services we use the most modern inspection software available in the industry – SPECTORA.

To view an example of our SPECTORA reports click here: Sample Home Inspection Report


Major issues and concerns should be easy to understand with annotations and descriptions.

What is a home inspection report

Simply put – our home inspection reports are state of the art. They are user friendly, packed with images and are easy to follow and understand. Our reports give you and your agent the information you need to make an informed investment decision about the house or property you are looking at. You won’t find a better home inspection report available anywhere else.

At Sentry Home Inspection Services – We’ve Got Your Back!