box vs. Narrative reporting style
the information discovered during our home inspection is useless
until it is understood by you, written communication is our
most important tool. Most home inspection reports fall into
two categories: narrative and check box.
box home inspection reports are great...for inspectors. They
are generally far easier to prepare than narrative reports.
The inspector writes down their observations once, checks
the applicable boxes, separates the NCR sheets, and whoala,
they're finished. There is nothing to take back to the office
to rewrite, polish, edit, or modify, so they will be less
time consuming. What could be easier? The only problem is
that this type of report is generally weak in communication
pertinent information, contains hand writing (on a clip board
while walking) which can translate into miscommunication.
the other hand, narrative reports can communicate very well.
The drawback with this type of report is important information
buried inside could get lost or be very time consuming to
find. It will generally demand significantly more time and
double or triple entry could mean errors and possible missed