Both Sharon and Gail found the inspection cursory and, in our case, not completely focused on the damage. Both feel that you need to be home to ensure that everything is seen, however that is unlikely to be the case.
Apparently EQC believe a suitable assessment can, if necessary, be made from outside a house. When you look at the assessment form it seems obvious that an assessment of just the outside will, in some cases, be insufficient to decide into which of the first three categories a house best fits. If you think you need emergency repairs call EQC 0800 DAMAGE (0800 326 243) irrespective of what the assessment says.
This is what a preliminary assessment looks like:
|EQC Notice of Preliminary Assessment|