Actually, there are many, some of which are legal reasons, and often involve “Power of Attorney” contracts between the Client and the Agent… that you are usually NOT privy to.
A year ago we had a agent book a inspection for a “High profile Judge relocating from Connecticut”. The agent that booked the inspection insisted that he didn’t want the Judge to be bothered and the inspection was booked under the Agents name and the agent paid for the inspection using the clients credit card. This was a 5,500 sqft house that we billed $1,750 for the Home Inspection plus Mold Inspection/ Mold Testing. After the client moved in they called complaining about the central vacuum system not working right and one of the 3 wine cooler not working right (the house had 3 wine coolers). We explained as Home Inspectors we do not inspect central vacuum systems or non permanent appliances as per Nachi’s standards. Client did a charge back and when the credit card company saw the agreement under someone else name they automatically favored the buyer and not us regardless of the signed agreement, language in the agreement stating the agent represented the buyer and Nachi standards we presented. Thankfully this was limited to just the Inspection cost but had the buyer chose to pursuit a legal route I would of been vulnerable to a lawsuit without signed agreements. In the long run in court I could of absolutely most likely won the case however the typical owner operated Inspection company cannot afford the legal cost of a lawsuit that typically takes a year or two to resolve. You can roll the dice and not have any agreements for your entire career but if you decide to grow to a multi inspector company doing thousands of inspections a year headaches are not a “If” but a “when”
Good experience/info to share…
However, the inspection was bought and paid for by the agent.
The agent can do anything they want with their report.
Except for the buyer being a Connecticut Judge, what contractual obligation did you have with the judge? The Agent created the contract. They should deal with their client.
Your SOP covers what an Inspection is.
But the reality is, you can try pissing up a rope or spitting into the wind, but you wont come out of it unstained.