Buying or selling a home is a significant endeavor, and the home inspection is a pivotal part of this process. However, for many homeowners, decoding the language of a home inspection report can feel like navigating a complex puzzle. That's where HouseMaster steps in, offering not only a thorough inspection but also an exclusive Inspection Resource Guide™ to help you make sense of the findings.

Unlocking the Guide: Your Companion in the Inspection Journey

At the onset of your inspection, you'll receive the HouseMaster Inspection Resource Guide—a comprehensive tool designed to empower you during and after the inspection. Let's delve into the features that make this guide an invaluable resource.

  1. Notes and Measurements

The guide encourages engagement by providing ample space for notes. Feel free to jot down questions, observations, or any insights during the inspection. There's also a layout grid for recording room measurements and window placements, facilitating a deeper understanding of your home's spatial dynamics.

  1. Understanding the Process

Navigating the home inspection process can be daunting. Our guide is your compass, offering insights into what to expect and how to interpret the findings. This section is designed to demystify the inspection journey.

  1. Repair Statistics

Backed by HouseMaster's Home Defect Survey, the Repair Statistics section provides a unique perspective. It highlights common concerns found in homes categorized by age. Armed with this information, you gain context for the report findings and a sense of how your home measures up in comparison.

  1. DIY Repair Guidance

Post-inspection, the guide continues to be your ally. A dedicated section crafted by HouseMaster offers step-by-step instructions for 15 common home repairs or maintenance tasks. This practical resource empowers homeowners to address minor issues and maintain their homes effectively.

  1. Digital Accessibility

HouseMaster offers the Inspection Resource Guide in a digital format for your convenience. This version retains all the excellent features of the physical guide but adds interactivity. Upload photos, record measurements, and access resources on-the-go through the HouseMaster Cloud, ensuring convenience in managing your home-related information.

Home Inspection Report Terminology: Deciphering Your Home Inspection Findings

Understanding the language used in your home inspection report is crucial for making informed decisions about your property. Here's a breakdown of the terminology you might encounter:


Definition: The element was functional at the time of inspection. It was in working or operating order, and its condition was sufficient for its minimum required function. While it doesn't require immediate attention, routine maintenance may be needed to ensure continued functionality.


Definition: The element was functional at the time of inspection but has a probability of requiring repair, replacement, or other remedial work in the future. This could be due to factors such as age, condition, lack of maintenance, or other considerations. Regular evaluation is recommended, and proactive measures should be anticipated.


Definition: The element requires immediate repair, replacement, or other remedial work. Alternatively, it might need evaluation and/or servicing by a qualified specialist. Immediate attention is crucial to address issues that could impact the safety or functionality of the element.

Not applicable

Definition: All or individual listed elements were not present, observed, or were outside the scope of the inspection. This could be due to various factors, and no assessment or rating is provided for these elements.

Not Inspected (Not Rated)

Definition: The element was either disconnected, de-energized, not readily visible or accessible, presented unusual or unsafe conditions, or was outside the scope of the inspection. Independent inspections may be required to evaluate these elements. If accessibility limitations hindered inspection, it's recommended to remove these limiting factors for a comprehensive evaluation.

A Guide to Actionable Insights

Address Repairs Before Closing

All repair needs or recommendations for further evaluation should be addressed before closing. This ensures that you have a clear understanding of the property's condition when making your final decision.

Client Responsibility

The client is responsible for performing a final inspection before closing to determine the property's conditions. Any decision about the property or its purchase should consider the impact of required or discretionary remedial work.

Further Evaluation

If any decision would be affected by a property condition or the cost of required or discretionary work, further evaluation and/or contractor cost quotes should be obtained before making such decisions. This proactive approach ensures that you have a comprehensive understanding of the property's status.

Navigating your home inspection report doesn't have to be a daunting task. With this guide, you're equipped to decipher the findings and take informed steps to ensure your home is safe and functional for years to come. For a more detailed explanation and to see a sample report, explore HouseMaster's Inspection Resource Guide™ and take advantage of our wealth of resources.

Express Report®: Your Key to Swift Understanding

Time is of the essence in real estate transactions, and HouseMaster recognizes this. The exclusive Express Report® is a game-changer, providing a clear and concise rating of major elements in your home—satisfactory, fair, or poor. With estimated ages and system design lives included, this report swiftly communicates the condition of your home's critical components.

The strengths and weaknesses of your home are laid out comprehensively, aiding in understanding what's functioning well, potential future concerns, areas needing further evaluation, and where repairs might be necessary. The report is generated on-site and promptly uploaded to a secure website, accessible through your HouseMaster Cloud Account—a personalized online hub.

Conclusion: Empowering Your Homeownership Journey

HouseMaster goes beyond traditional home inspections. We understand that knowledge is power in homeownership. Our Inspection Resource Guide™ and innovative reporting systems ensure that you not only receive a thorough inspection but also gain insights, DIY guidance, and a clear understanding of your home's condition. It's more than a report; it's a roadmap for confident homeownership.

Ready to crack the code and gain insights into your home? Contact HouseMaster today for a comprehensive inspection and access to exclusive resources!

Harrisburg home inspectors Dan Ayers and Scott Ayers, like all Housemaster home inspectors, have extensive training and certifications and are tested annually to meet the industry standards of continuing education, inspection, reporting, and customer service. As part of the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection business, Dan and Scott have been able to put their decade long experience in fire and water property restoration and their passion for customer service to good use in the professional home inspection processRequest an inspection today!