Originally Posted By: jmyers
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I personally make it into a what is important issue, rather than a major or minor defect.
GFCI protection would be an important consideration for the occupants of the house because of the risk of electrocution, that is very important in my book and I stress that to the client(s). Whether or not it is important to them is entirely another story. If $8 can save a life, it is well worth it in my book.
CO detectors would be another in my book that is important for homes that have combustionable appliances. I think the chance is rare that it will ever be needed but it is a possibility and your concerns should evolve around items that are there for their safety and well being.
Both of these things are major to me. I don't know if they will be that important to the client, so all I can do is stress how a little money can save their life.
You can also have the failed roof which costs several thousands of dollars to replace that is considered a major defect. A failed chimney or flue liner that could cost up to several thousands to correct depending on what route you would take.
As you can plainly see, a major defect does not necessarily mean expensive, just important. If you start thinking on the level of importance you will do much better than with the major or minor mindset.
Hope this helps un-confuse you.