HomeTrackr FAQ's

What comes in a Home History Report?

Home History Reports include property specific data and analytics about:

  • Building permits

  • City/County permit inspections

  • Property damage alerts

  • Contractors who worked on the home with known contact information

  • Estimated home value comparison from leading industry sources

  • Bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, last sold date

  • Links to a robust library of national home inspection research and education.

Where do we get our data?

We pull data from public records such as your local city/county permitting office. We also utilize information from your local tax assessor and courthouse recording files.

Why are Building Permits Important?

Building Permits are an important part of understanding the history of an existing home. Today’s building codes require all new construction and substantial remodels/repairs to obtain building permits. Permits contain information about the type of work performed, when it was done, and the cost of the work.

Should I be concerned about permit inspections?

Permit data is typically accompanied by a series of code compliance inspections by city/county officials. Inspections should be reviewed for each permit to make sure one or more are still not outstanding. Since different cities/counties name and record inspections differently, it is impossible for HomeTrackr to alert you to any inspections that are missing or outstanding. Our goal is provide you with the data, so you can look into it further if you need to.

Will a Home History Report show 3rd Party code inspections?

Not in every case, but in most cases, yes. Most 3rd party code inspection companies are required to submit their records to the local city/county building department for recording.

How do you know if a property was damaged?

Using permit data, we are able to determine a host of factors that relate to property damage. If a home has experienced a significant amount of damage that the repairs require permits, then our report can alert you to look into this matter deeper. Our report scans all of the information about a property and can determine using analytics if the property has a history of a fire, flood, water damage, or pest damage.

Why should I care about Contractors who worked on a house?

The Contractors that have performed work on a property can be an indicator of Quality, Craftsmanship, and Value. When considering a purchase of a home that has undergone significant remodel, it’s helpful to know the contractor source for warranty claims or just getting the right paint and flooring color. It’s also helpful to know how long that contractor has been in business, and what their customers say about them. You don’t have to hire them again, buy you are inheriting their work!

How far back in time does a report history go?

Our reports provide you information as far back as your city/county has provided digital records of your property. A coverage date range is clearly displayed on a Home History Report.

What if my report doesn’t show any permits?

If we generate a report for you, that means we have a record from your city/county sufficient enough to do so. Our permit data clearly shows the time frame (beginning and end) that we are displaying. This is where you must use your better judgment! If you see an obvious remodel or addition that should have been permitted and it was completed during the time frame your report displays, it’s time for you to start asking some questions.

What if the Contractor of record for a permit is the owner of the property?

In most jurisdictions around the country a property owner can pull their own permit. In some cases they can complete their own work even though they are not a licensed contractor. Many times an owner sub-contracts the work and in some cases they literally do it themselves.

In either case, your job here is to look closer at this particular work. Make sure your home inspector gives these areas a thorough inspection as well before you finalize the purchase.

Does a Home History Report have insurance claims information?

No, our report does not include insurance claims information. Currently, insurance claims data can only be obtained by the owner of the property. If you would like more information on how to obtain this data, fill out the contact form on this page.

How do I go about correcting inaccurate information about a property?

To correct inaccurate information about a property you must contact the local city/county building department and request they update their information. Our system can take up to 30 days to refresh the data in a Home History Report once the change has been made. HomeTrackr uses this approach on data correction in an effort to prevent fraud and protect the accuracy of the data we provide.

Does HomeTrackr have data on every house?

Our data covers approximately 85% of existing homes in the United States. If we do not have ample data to produce you a report, you will not be charged.

Won’t my agent or attorney do this research for me?

Your real estate agent or attorney could perform similar research, but not everything that our report provides. The critical information we pull together for you could take a trained professional several hours or more – And at what cost to you? We don’t just give you data, we give you the alerts and analytics that help you make a smarter decision on the spot.

Is a Home History Report a replacement for a physical (typical) home inspection?

Our reports contain historical information that the typical home inspection does not. The typical home inspection reveals the current condition instead of the history. HomeTrackr strongly recommends that you hire a licensed and accredited home inspector to help you on a home you are looking to purchase. The information you get in a Home History Report can help you point out specific areas that you may want a home inspector to check on more closely.

Another big difference is that our report can be purchased for $49 before you make an offer. The national average for a physical home inspection is $350 and you perform these after you make an offer to purchase a home.

Can HomeTrackr recommend a qualified home inspector?

We sure can. Click here to tell us a little more about where you are in the buying process and we can link you to a licensed and accredited home inspector in your area.