Our SoP says we are not required to move things to perform a visual inspection, but it does NOT say we mustn’t.
While there are times when you won’t move items, either because you might damage them, or the property, don’t rely on your SoP to become lazy.
It doesn’t provide your client with the service they are paying for or deserve, and it may land you in hot water if it can be proved that the item to move was trivial in nature, and the defect may have been serious.
For instance. Block foundation corner.
I could have easily said here “Possible water intrusion from tidemark stains on wood slats” However that may have been able to be argued by a seller if I was wrong as being marks from another location, or capillary action from condensation on the slab.
Removing the “strategically” placed towel…
No we have an indication of long-term water intrusion into the corner, and possible fungal growth.
- No physical damage caused by moving the towel? Check!
- Properly servicing of my clients needs to have a home carefully inspected? Check!
- SoP complied with? Check!
Use your common-sense and exceed your SoP when it is safe (physically and liability wise) to do so.