That is the difference in thinking between a Tradesman and an Inspector.
I call out all sorts of stuff because it is old and not as safe as things are today.
Do people have to follow my recommendations?? No, they do not.
But where the trouble starts is where a Tradesman follows me and tell the Clients that the recommendation is not required, which technically is true. What they do not tell the client though is more often than not, the reason for the changes in the code or installation practice is because the newer application is safer.
I always tell people to change out the Transite Vent pipe passing through attics… it is not safe.
I always tell people to put Smoke Detectors in all Bedrooms, for increased Safety.
I always tell people to get at least one Carbon Monoide Detector in a residence that has Gas Appliances and or Fireplaces…
The list goes on… Are any of these things required in my area for an older home by any sort of Code/Law? No, they are not, but I would be remiss not to give the client the Information and let them decide exactly what they think their personal level of risk is.
By the by my Parents still live in a nice 1940’s home with very few safety upgrades and Asbestos Roofing and Siding. (i did get them to change out the transite vent piping)