I recently did an inspection for a friend of my brother. The house was built in the early 1970’s and had some very mature trees and shrubs very close around it. It had a new gable roof built over an old hip roof with the HVAC ducts run between the two roofs. The roof appeared to be in fairly good condition except for an improperly flashed area and a need for a roof drainage system. It had no gutters. I crawled the attic and found no evidence of water intrusion. A tree about 12-15" in diameter had been cut down that was growing within a foot of the foundation. The foundation was a crawlspace with cement block underpinning. There were a couple of very large trees growing close to the house.
In my report I noted all of the items mentioned above with pictures and the suggestion that the foundation be further evaluated because of the possibility of damage from roots. There was no redily visible damage.
My problem is this: my brother told me his friend was going to lowball his offer and wanted me to change my report to say that there was foundation damage and that it needed a new roof. I refused and stated clearly that I stood by my inspection report as-is. My integrity is not for sale. I would like to hear other opinions. What would you do?