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The Percentage Factor

The Percentage Factor

I made a video in early December mentioning how we, as an industry, have run off and left the Realtors and Home Buyers behind. The changes in technology, the depths we go to, and our thoroughness have exponentially increased in the ten years I have been an inspector. Typically, today’s inspectors are using Infrared cameras, aerial drones, moisture meters, hygrometers, crawl space bots, sewer cameras, and much more. Then, tack on CE hours, additional certifications, and a constant desire to research and know more to differentiate yourself and have answers to any questions you receive from home buyers, Realtors, contractors, tradesmen, and tradeswomen. 

I have watched 20-page, one-line narrative reports evolve into 50-100+ pages packed with defects, concerns, limitation language, educational narratives, hundreds of photos, and more. I, like a lot of you, can find 40 to 60, to sometimes 100 plus defects in a home. We see this stuff day in and day out. We have become numb to the common type of defects we repetitively see. 

Let’s place ourselves in the eyes of the home buyer and the realtor. They don’t understand the sheer amount of defects we see often; they see a report with 80 defects, and they are OVERWHELMED. Though many inspectors will categorize defects as minor/maintenance, marginal/moderate, and Significant/Safety hazards, this categorization doesn’t add full or final context and still leaves 80 defects to interpret. 

Herein lies the “Percentage idea.” I think this should be led with the statement that “Commonality Does Not Equal Acceptability,” if it’s wrong, it is wrong, black and white. I believe true and final context lies in how often we find a particular defect. Example: TPR Valve Discharge Tube Missing…(See pic below), This is found on 87% of this Inspector’s inspections. That provides “True” context. The buyer can see that number and garner that there’s only a 13% chance they won’t find this again! No longer do homebuyers have to take our word that “we find this often” or take the Relator’s word that “they find that all the time.” Here’s hard data showing exactly how often a particular defect is found. 

Percentage Idea

This idea will also work in the inverse; if something is found, say, 12% of the time, they can understand this is more of a rare occurrence.

This idea has limitations as of now due to the data available/captured. It would not be fair to say that possible ACM 9” X 9” tiles were present, found on 4% of inspections, due to age playing in. Then, we have different cladding types and multiple other differing building materials and items that can skew these numbers as we don’t have a 100% baseline from which to start. So, the ability to toggle the percentage off and on per defect is a must until more data can be captured.

Any SOP that I have read requires the inspector to report on the type of particular building materials, i.g; the wall cladding type, roof covering type, foundation type, plumbing materials, etc. If these metrics were captured and then combined with the decade the home was built in, this tool could provide a much deeper-dive and be an amazing resource. I like the term “Defect Analytics” for this tool. 

I had this idea in 2018 after repeatedly hearing, “How often do you find that?” I believe it’s a powerful tool that can better educate and, therefore, prepare a homebuyer to make the best decision for them. This isn’t an idea I need credit for, or am looking for anything for, it’s a tool that can help inspectors, homebuyers, and Realtors PERIOD. 

Home Inspection Percentage Spectora

If you see this vision and what it can grow into, reach out to Spectora through the “Bubble” or email them. Tell them you want the Percentage Context Tool! 

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