November 6, 2014 in Report Writing

The Importance of Using Illustrations in Your Home Inspection Report

When you’re developing a home inspection report for homeowners and real estate professionals, it’s important to make it easy to understand. Many inspectors use home inspection software that adds illustrations automatically to their reports. Let’s take a look at how illustrations can reinforce your findings and recommendations for thorough, easy-to-understand reports.

Simplifies Complex and Technical Issues

When explaining complex issues , a diagram can help your clients understand. A. Here’s an example from a sample home inspection report. As you can see in the image below, the diagrams and photos concisely explain and document a fault in the gas furnace’s venting system. Without the illustration, it could be difficult for the client to understand exactly what you are referring to, now and in the future.

Sample report page

Find a Simple Way to Access Illustrations

It is vital that you have a reliable way to find and select the appropriate images that reinforce your report. Typically, home inspection software includes a library of images that allow you to quickly and easily select and place them into your report exactly where you need them. The best software inserts the illustrations for you automatically. Some inspectors also give clients reference material with lots of color illustrations Carson Dunlop’s Home Reference Book, is a resource that home inspectors often use, which includes 550 easy-to-understand illustrations and simple text written for the layperson.

Software Solutions Make Selecting Illustrations Easy

If you are interested in using software, take a look at our easy-to-use, professional Horizon Home Inspection Software. With this software, you’ll have 1700 color illustrations to choose from, and an easy way to place them exactly where you need them in your report. Not only will you save time writing your reports, but you’ll be able to manage your business effectively from any device with cloud-based support