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Our Home Inspection Reports

The home inspection report.  IMO (along with judges and lawyers), the most important aspec_logopart of the whole inspection process. After all, this is what the client has to remember us by (not my charming personality☺.)

Our reports are definitely much more detailed/comprehensive than most. Usually upwards of 75+ pictures/graphics.  Videos.  Internet links.  Color-coded. Cost estimate resource.  Yearly maintenance tips. And more.

Very easy to read and understand. Crafted and tailored just for you. They just contain all the pertinent information needed for a home purchase and ownership thereafter in a clear and concise manner.  The “main” stuff for the real estate transaction is, for the most part, contained within the summary section (homebuyers may want other stuff within the report attended to and/or is “summary-worthy” in their opinion, though. After all, it’s their money, and their family that will be living there.)

Along with real estate transactional and disclosure/informational purposes, our reports are created to be “a custom homeowners manual” of sorts.  Most folks don’t realize just how much stuff there is going on around the exterior and contained within the four walls of their home.  There are a multitude of systems, components,  pieces, & parts. We strive to provide you an accurate and detailed documented assessment of those things (minus most of the cosmetic stuff that you probably noticed anyway.) In essence, our reports double as a “repair/home improvement guide” to use during the course of homeownership. Something to reference for years to come for your specific house.

I also know from experience, that completing/finalizing the report away from the job, is a must.  There are many times I have to sit and ponder things, research, study, put things in perspective, etc. etc. – away from all “influences, circumstances, and pressures” at the site.  I also have access to an ultimate resource – I’m able consult with Home Inspection Professionals all around the world if I have a question on something or need some input/insight/advice on something I’m not clear on (yes, I’m human! yes, I don’t know everything!  yes, I’m not afraid to ask for help! yes, I’ll do whatever it takes to provide you with a detailed and accurate inspection report!)

Read a few reviews about our reports from folks who used ASPEC in the past:

-“I liked the pictures of each issue.  The report itself rocked.  Great attention to detail.”
– “Detailed with good pictures and comprehensive report.  Nice hard copy to keep on file.”
-“The report was easy to understand.”
-“Very technology advanced report…I absolutely loved the report.  I can hold onto that for many years.”
-“The final report was amazing! Very well put together and easy to understand. Exceptional work.”
-“The report was very detailed.  I like that you mailed a copy also. Very satisfied.”
-“Very well documented.”
-“Report has lots of useful info.”
-“Liked the very thorough report.”
-“Liked the layout of the information.  Easy to follow.”
-“We really liked the detailed paperwork we get as well.”
-“The inspection and report were much more detailed and complete than I had anticipated.  As a result, many repairs were made by the seller, saving me a great deal of time and money. Thank  you!”
-“My husband and I loved the pictured report.  You do excellent work.”
-“Liked the very thorough reports, use of pictures & personalized messages.”
-“Very in depth- everything back in a timely manner. Nicely laid out.”
-“The report is very easy to understand and contains a lot of detail and helpful information.”
-“I liked the pictures which gave an accurate idea of what is going on under the house & other places I couldn’t actually see.”
-“Good report with great explanations.”
-“Liked that the report included links and pictures of how to correct items in need of attention.”
-“Helpful links for DIY projects on areas that need work.  It is refreshing to know that we had all the possible information to help aid in our decision.”
-“The final report was awesome. Very thorough and gave suggestions on how to fix problems.”
-“Great final report.”
-“Like that the book on the house came in the mail within days of the inspection. Very detailed.”
-“Complete information in an easy to read binder.”
-“We especially loved the binder we received – it’s so handy for future repairs!”
-“His report has & continues to help me prepare.”
-“Like the very detailed outline of your findings. Easy to read & well organized.  Very complete.”
-“My husband & I were very pleased with the detailed report.  I can see all the work you put into it on our behalf.”
-“Report was very complete.”
-“My friends in my office were impressed with your report as well.”
-“…very in depth and professional.”
-“Very professional report.”
-“I’m sure I will use the well written report and the include remarks and recommendations frequently as I learn more about home maintenance.”
-“We liked all the pictures in the report with explanations.”
-“Detailed & easy to read report.”
-“Pictures helped immensely, and graphics helped display new concepts…Incredibly thorough and educational.”
-“Very organized!”
-“Very nice report – very professional – prompt feedback.”
-“Very useful report w/videos on DIY & pricing for replacement of household items.”
-“I am very pleased & impressed with the report.”
-“Neat and well put together report.”
-“Very easy to understand.  The report gave us a list of improvements we can make and also gave us information to watch for in the future.”
-“Inspection report was very detailed, easy to read, and a negotiating tool that gave me an advantage for asking a lower price.  Which was successful.”
-“Report was easy to read & very descriptive.”
-“Professional report.”
-“We LOVED your detailed report that included links and pictures.”
-“Liked that attention to detail and the thoroughness of report, and color-coded key on the report helped in determining what needed attention  prior to us purchasing the house and provided a quick reference on what to fix as we moved in.”
-“The book was very professional.”
-“I liked the book with all the explanations in it.”
-“Excellent & detailed report.”
-“The inspection report was very detailed, a lot of info to go over, very professional and well done.”
-“Highly detailed home inspection report.”
-“Loved all the detail. The report had plenty of pictures and included a “what to expect” for homeowners section.”
“We were impressed and overwhelmed (in a good way) with the detail of the house inspection report. Well laid out, and great info. for the future when we want to make any changes or improvements to the house.  We certainly got our value!”

I could keep going and going, but I think you have a general idea ☺. If our reports don’t meet your expectations or completely educate you about the property you’re buying, we didn’t do our job. If that’s the case, we certainly want to know, so we can make it right!

In a nutshell, our reports can be compared with the old slogan for Glad® trash bags… Ours: Hefty, hefty, hefty. And theirs?  Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy. 😉


If you would like a sample report or schedule an inspection, please contact us.

cropped-24-104638-jpeg-t104638.jpgASPEC Residential Services, LLC  – providing Home Inspections, the way they should be, throughout Defiance and all of Northwest Ohio.

We are a full-time, family-owned and operated home inspection company saving families from buying potential Familymoney pits throughout Defiance and Northwest Ohio since 2007. We are always on your side, the homebuyer, and treat you like family.  The vast majority of our clients are past clients, their family members, friends, or co-workers of theirs. 

Buying a home in Defiance Ohio or anywhere else in Northwest Ohio? “See” the difference by getting an ASPEC Home Inspection!  We set ourselves apart from the others by always putting you first and delivering an exceptionally thorough, comprehensive, and educational experience each and every time – and when we say that, we really mean it!


Galvanized Steel Piping

New Home Base Logo edited for web

Galvanized water and/or drain lines have a typical life expectancy of 40 – 60 years.  Galvanized piping was typically installed in Northwest Ohio homes up until 1960 or so. The interior surfaces of this pipe corrodes over time and the buildup reduces the water flow/drainage or the pipe will simply rust/corrode through and leak, especially at joints. Sometimes it is difficult to run multiple fixtures or the drainage will become noticeably slower. If there is any galvanized piping found during your home inspection, it would be prudent to budget for replacement. If there are signs of leaks, corrosion, or reduced pressure or drainage, it should be replaced with plastic or copper. Please note that if the main water line from the street is galvanized, this is the homeowner’s responsibility and will involve a significantly higher replacement cost.  Please also note that softening the water typically extends the life of galvanized piping and hard water deteriorates it much quicker.                                                                                                 galvinized steel pipe leak2


Example of a galvanized water line from the street to home

Youtube video of galvanized steel piping


















Sellers – Top Ten Ways to Speed Up your Home Inspection


Hurry up, would ya! I do have my life to get back to!

If your selling your home here are 10 suggestions to help speed up the home inspection. The inspection will go smoother for everyone involved, with fewer concerns or issues that may delay closing.

10. Confirm that water and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights all lit. Home Inspectors will test everything just as a homeowner would – turn the thermostat up to get heat, flip the switch to the gas fireplace and it fires up, operate the hot side of a faucet and hot water comes out, etc. Under certain/limited circumstances, we can perform this service with written permission and knowledge of why utility was off from the seller/owner/listing agent.  We also can perform dewinterizations for a fee.

9. Ensure all breakers are on, even if it’s something you don’t use anymore. (or put a note on the panel ledger stating why breakers are off/not in use.) Again, under certain/limited circumstances, we can perform this service with written permission and knowledge of why the breaker(s) are off from the seller/owner/listing agent.

8. Trim exterior vegetation, remove leaves, snow, etc. accordingly, to allow for visibility/accessibility.

7.Attend to easy/simple fixes like, leaky drains under the sinks, downspouts extensions missing/not long enough, gutter leaks/standing water, door knobs that aren’t latching/locking properly, windows and doors opening/closing properly, changing/replacing dirty/missing furnace filters, installing junction box covers, etc.

6. Remove/rearrange items blocking access to attics and crawl spaces, heating and cooling equipment, electrical panels, water heaters, etc. Also, make sure any locks are removed and/or made accessible. In addition, ensure that caulked/painted/finished attic accesses, electrical panel covers, etc. are easily accessible.

5. Leave rare, expensive baseball cards in the attic for me to find 😉 I’ll cancel the inspection right away and retire 🙂

4. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection, or better yet, me, the inspector! Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside.

3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. Ensure they exist at all the required areas.

2. Replace light bulbs! Otherwise, it will be documented in the report that the light was inoperable/not working when tested with the switch.

1. Ensure there are fresh, warm brownies (or equivalent) on the kitchen counter with a note in plain view stating “For the inspector only.” I get groggy when my belly’s full and I might not be able to find any issues at your house while I’m in a food coma 😉

And for the other #1 😉 – disclose, disclose, disclose! Homebuyers (and inspectors especially) appreciate honesty, frankness, and forthrightness! In other words, if there’s something you know about, please don’t try and hide it or pretend you don’t know. I’m pretty good at finding things, in fact, it’s how I feed my family ;).

Attending to these items will help ensure a smoother process with less hiccups. The inspection will go faster. Your real estate agent will thank you!  The buyer(s) will thank you! I will definitely thank you! After all, we all want to keep the ball rolling and get everyone moving on with their real estate goals and dreams as soon as possible!


Visit us online @ http://aspecresidentiaspec_logoal.com/,  email us @ aspecresidential@aol.com, call us at 419-782-8924, or text us at 419-615-5076 with any questions or concerns.  We’re always here to help!

Your friends at ASPEC,

Josh & Celena Frederick