BuildFax™

Get Public Permit Information with your Home Inspection Report

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With BuildFax’s easy-to-read, standardized report, you get a Property “Background Check” on the house you are buying.

  • BuildFax™ Data
    • 8 billion data points on more than 80 million U.S. commercial and residential structures
    • Construction history on properties in 8,500+ cities, counties, and townships
    • Remodels, new construction, pools, demolition, and roofs
    • Covering all the trades — mechanical, electrical, plumbing
    • Data points include inspection/contractor history and more
  • Better Documentation: See documented repairs (such as HVAC updates and roof replacements) and value increases (such as additions and remodels) to have peace of mind in the property purchase.
  • Even Better and Easy Your BuildFax report will show up in your list of reports beside your home inspection and any other reports we have created for you.

FAQs

  • Why get a BuildFax™ Property History Report? BuildFax provides you with deep insight into a property, including all details of permitted home improvements and renovations made to the structure. This includes additions, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing updates, roof replacements, renovations, demolitions, and more. In addition to permitted updates, BuildFax Property History Reports Reports can also show spans of time when updates haven’t occurred (often great indicators of aging systems).
  • What is the cost? It is free when you upgrade to our Premium, Deluxe or Elite level of service.
  • How can I better understand the coverage in my area? BuildFax has permit information on the majority of permits issued in the U.S. In some areas, coverage is 90% or higher. In other, more rural areas, permit information is still being gathered, and more data comes online every day. It’s important to note that areas, where an inspector may do business, may have differing levels of coverage. Just because one address cannot be found, don’t stop searching.
  • Where does BuildFax™ get its data? BuildFax data is primarily sourced from permit data and collected directly from the source – the building department. This collected data is standardized into a common report format and mined using advanced data analytics to highlight the information that matters to home buyers and weed out the cryptic “noise” often found within permit text. The net result is an easy-to-read report that arms inspectors with the life story of a property.