3 building inspection photos one should take to manage the risk

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Aside from the detailed information that you can find in the comprehensive inspection report, another important part is photo documentation. In a building inspection process, photos are what makes the evaluation put into a piece of evidence. With the help of pictures, the client will be able to get a full understanding of what issues are found during the inspection.

Professional inspectors use different kinds of tools when they do an inspection of the property. They use a ladder, flashlight, testers, etc. among these tools, the camera is the most used one. This is because they take a lot of photos in order to produce a story that they want to tell their client regarding the condition of the property. 

If you are a building inspector and are wondering what area or part you should take a picture of, then here are the top three photos that you should not miss.

The inaccessible areas

There are times when you can’t access a certain part of the house. This is because the owner may have locked some rooms for you not to check, maybe because they are keeping something important in there or they just don’t want you to see what’s inside. 

Weather conditions such as rain may also inhibit you from accessing areas like roofing because it may be unsafe to do so. Perhaps, you can’t check the basement because there is not enough clearance for you to enter. Also, there may be things like furniture or moving boxes that are blocking the rooms you want to inspect.

Whatever the reason is for being unable to check the area, you must take pictures of what is prohibiting you. These pictures can help you in your explanation in the inspection report of why you are not able to inspect certain parts of the building. If you don’t take pictures of those, your client may think that you didn’t check them at all. So to avoid wrong assumptions, it’s always better to take photos of the factors or reason why you were not able to inspect the roofing, the basement or other parts.

The hidden areas

These areas are accidentally concealed or intentionally covered by the seller. More often than not, there are cabinets, mirrors or paintings that block certain parts of the house, which gives the inspector an incomplete picture of the property. While it’s always the inspector’s duty to inspect all areas, you are only responsible to inspect what is visually visible and accessible. Taking pictures of the concealed parts can help you prove what parts are only visible at the time of the inspection.

For example, if the buyer claims that there are cracks or moulds on the wall, you can take a look at the pictures you have taken during the inspection. You may find that the wall with issues was behind a big closet intentionally or not placed there by the seller. The picture will help you in proving that you didn’t fail the inspection, but you were not able to do your duty because of some limits placed.

The areas with no faults

While it’s the inspector duty to find defects and issues on a property, the true purpose of having building inspection Officer is to know the real condition of the building. As an inspector, it’s your responsibility to reveal the damage and serious problems of the house. However, it is also important that you reveal or declare the non-defective areas. 

You should take pictures of areas without issues so you can provide documentation of the condition of the property during the inspection. These pictures can be used against a false accusation that the buyer may claim. This can prevent misunderstanding in the future.

While it may be tiring taking photos during inspections, as a good inspector, you should do it to manage risks such as false accusations and defend your business against wrong allegations. Pictures can be a great tool in showing the true condition of the property as well as give more details when an inspector finds it hard to describe certain issues. Overall, as an inspector, your most helpful and valuable tool during the inspection is your camera. It can help you make your inspection report more credible.