I recently received a phone call from a person who bought a home that I had previously inspected. They were calling to inform me that their roof was at the end of its life and their insurance company would not cover it and therefore they were pulling the homeowners policy.
Needless to say I about had a heart attack and told them that when I got home I would review the report and get back with them.
I reviewed the report and I had mentioned that the roof had significant granule loss and was in the later third of its life span. I also recommended that the client seek a roofing contractor to evaluate and give a better estimate on the age of the roofing material.
Now that being said I realized when I called the buyer back that this buyer had gotten the report from the realtor that they used for the purchase who received it from the selling agent that received it from my client to negotiate repairs and they would not comply so my clients opted out of their contract.
I guess my question is how often does this happen? How could a person stop it? It is unethical and my inspection agreement states that the report is for my client and is only to be used in negotiations between my client,their agent and the sellers and their agent and is not a transferable document.
This Cost Myself or another inspector a home inspection fee