Types of Inspections and Reports

Original Inspection:

This is the first inspection done on the property by a licensee. An original report may be either a complete or limited inspection. These reports are valid for 120 days from the date of inspection. Any inspection ordered after 120 days shall be considered a new original inspection.

Limited Inspection:

This type of inspection is done when inspecting a designated portion(s) of a structure. For instance, there is thought to be a termite swarm or other evidence of termites active at a bedroom window or exterior eaves by the gutter. We would limit the scope of the inspection to that bedroom and the exterior of the structure.

NOTE: Limited inspections can NOT be issued a clearance. A clearance can only be issued from a Complete Inspection or Original Limited Inspection.

Complete Inspection:

This is a report of all visible and accessible portions of a structure. For example, a single-family residential home, includes the exterior, sub-area or crawl space, interior including all rooms (bed, bath, closet, etc.), attic, garage, and any attached structures such as decks, porch , or patio, or carport covers. Fences are an exception to this, however.

Supplemental Inspection:

This is used as a follow-up inspection based on the original inspection. Let’s say there is a home that had an area that was inaccessible during the original inspection, such as storage blocking attic access or a locked door. It has since been opened up and made accessible so we can come back out and finish the inspection. When this happens, and we go back to inspect an area, a Supplemental Inspection report will be issued of what we do or don’t find.

Another common time a Supplemental Inspection is needed, is when someone opens up an area and finds another problem after an Original Inspection. As an example, the owner removes old carpet and finds possible termite wood damage underneath the old carpet that was removed. Or there is dry rot to the wood siding and as the wood siding is being removed for replacement, it is uncovered that the studs/framing behind the siding also has dry rot. In both of these situations, a Supplemental Inspection and report would be performed and issued explaining what is going on with a recommendation as needed.

Original Limited Inspection:

An “original limited inspection” is very similar to an “original inspection”. However, it is intended to be used when inspecting an individual attached home, such as a condo or townhome. The main difference between the two is that an “original limited inspection” only includes the inspection of an individual unit and does not include an inspection of the entire structure. Said another way, it’s limited to the individual unit and would not include inspecting neighboring units that share a common wall for example. A further inspection may be recommended of the entire structure.


This is an inspection of items previously listed on an original report which were completed by someone other than the inspecting company or subcontractors. The purpose of the reinspection is to determine if the recommendations have been completed correctly and appropriately. Reinspections must occur within the validity of the Original Inspection, within 120 days.

Note: Reinspections can NOT be performed on termite treatments. Termite treatments must be done by the company that performed the Inspection. We can not and will not certify, warranty, or attest to the effectiveness of another company/person’s termite treatment.

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