Being a real estate agent is a rewarding job. You may help someone buy their first home or help another get that dream home they’ve been saving up for. However, the job comes with its challenges, one of which is handling home inspection reports. One issue that can be a bother is dealing with inspector reports that are not user-friendly.
When you have to figure out the inspector’s lingo and then adapt the information into the proper format so that a repair requests can be sent to the seller’s agent, then you’ve spent a great deal of unnecessary time. Why bother with such hassles when modern home inspection reports make your job so much easier. Read on to find out all the ways.
Simple preparation of repair requests
Modern home inspection reports are in HTML format meaning they are user-friendly with easy copy and paste functions. Discover the simplicity of using a modern interface. When you open up the report, you’ll discover an “Agent’s Tool” box in the upper right-hand corner. Click on to find the recommendations in an instant.
However, you have even more choices. Do you want to see just recommendations or safety hazards with the recommendations? Select the option you prefer by clicking on the black arrow tab at the top right of the box. Scroll down to the bottom to find a select all button. Easily copy and paste your repair requests and save valuable time.
Tools for efficiency
When you first open up the inspector report, you will notice an easy, user-friendly interface with which to work. You have several choices about how you want to view the available information. No one wants to scroll through an entire report hunting for information. Unlike reports of days past, the modernized version allows you to click your mouse once to see either:
- Full Report
- Safety Hazards
Simply click on one the three tabs and the report dynamically changes to show you those concerns. But that’s not all. You have even more options.
Along the left-hand side is a menu that runs vertically to the report data. This menu allows you to go directly to a specific part of the inspection. For example, if you wanted to check the roofing right away, you just click on “roof” and you are taken to a new page with roof information. In addition, the roof page has tabs offering you:
- An overview of the report about the roof
- General information about the roof
- Standards used to inspect the roof
This provides a thorough basis for any negotiations you may need to do.
Highly detailed information and pictures
Once you click on an area that needs attention, you are taken to a page that shows a picture, series of pictures, and/or embedded brief videos of the damage or problem area. Accompanying the picture are several lines of text explaining the issue and what type of professional is necessary to complete the work.
These pictures provide extra detail that words alone do not always capture. It allows every party to see and understand why the recommendations are being made.
At-a-glance view of the category and number of issues
On the main homepage, you will see the sidebar menu on the left. This serves as a table of contents. Quickly scan the table of contents to see what areas have issues and how many issues there are for each one. Next to each category that has an issue is a blue circle with a number in it. This number indicates how many issues are in the given area.
If there is no blue circle and number, then there are no problems or recommendations in that area. This makes your job as an agent simpler because you can go directly to the problem area to get more details or you can have an idea from glancing if many problems exist.
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