Hi all, I read another forum thread on this topic that appeared to be about eight years old, and I’m hoping there’s some additional insight now.
My policy has always been to inspect detached garages when there isn’t an attached garage as a courtesy at no additional fee, but in a cursory manner (not AS detailed as the primary dwelling). I recently ran into an issue where the detached “garage” was an older, very large building that functioned as a garage (in the sense that it had manual doors) but was really a very large workshop. The building was generally in disrepair from obvious long-term neglect, and the client was already aware of its many issues and didn’t seem concerned about it when we spoke at the inspection.
Because of the many defects and what he communicated, I didn’t include it as part of the home inspection report. I thought that was fine in this case (and he seemed fine with it) until the broker of his agent called me and asked why it wasn’t inspected. Apparently the buyer’s agent brought it up in a staff meeting, so she called me for clarification. I explained and she understood, but that led into a rather long discussion about what outbuildings are inspected, for what fees, how that’s determined, etc.
So my question isn’t so much whether you all charge extra for detached garages when there’s no attached garage. I’m not planning to change my policy on that, and my policy aligns with my competition. What I AM wondering is how you classify certain outbuildings as detached garages that demand an additional fee. For me, a detached garage that’s a standard size is simple. But what do you do when there’s no attached garage but the detached “garage” is much bigger than typical and is clearly intended for use beyond what is typical of a garage?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!