Over the last several years, my “overview” section at the beginning of the report keeps getting longer. Usually it’s because I saw a topic here and I’d figure I’d change my report ahead of time to help prevent it happening to me. When I see something that will be obvious to the client that is a cosmetic issue, I usually take a photo and caption it “Cosmetic Issue Only” and it does not go into my summary of defects.
So this is in my Overview:
“Cosmetic issues including but not limited to naturally occurring normal wear and tear, degraded paint, worn wall, ceiling and flooring coverings, discolored siding, discolored/stained roofing materials, window treatments and any readily visible cosmetic issue are not part of a home inspection unless a defect of the home or its components are causing the cosmetic issue. These cosmetic issues are not considered a “Defect”. Cosmetic issues are not included in this report unless they are safety concerns or are affecting the function of the home or its components.”