It is important to understand what a home inspection is and how the information is conveyed to the customer.
A Home Inspection is intended to inform the client of the inspector's unbiased opinion of the overall condition of a home based on a visual walkthrough of a home. The information is communicated to the customer via a written document within 48 hours of the physical inspection.
Typical Home Inspection reports fall into one of three categories - Checklist, Narrative and Combination of the two.
Home Inspection reports are not intended to cover cosmetic issues such as stains, old carpeting etc. but rather identify potentially hazardous, life safety and/or costly defects that should be considered prior to moving forward with your sale.
When a potential issue is found, a brief written description of what was visully observed along with a picture is inserted into the proper section of the report. It is ultimately up to the home buyer to determine whether or not the defects are addressed immediately or not at all. In either case, knowlege is power and my customers need to be well educated as some defects can be very costly.
Picutres below were taken in 2016 and represent two different homes. The negotiations fell apart on one home because the structural defects were significant enough that the cost to remediate made the sales price unreasonable when compared to other homes in the neighborhood without the structural defects. The second home successfully closed but the buyer was able to negotiate a significant amount of money off the sales price of the home to cover the remediation of the defects.
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