I don’t really mean misses in general, I mean like in a crawlspace when you’re faced with floor sheathing, joists, girders, posts, post and exterior foundation, maybe several different plumbing supply and drain pipe materials, various plumbing connections, components, and supports, abandoned pipes, electrical (both active and improperly terminated), gas, soil cover, sump pump, radon mitigation system,etc.
So you’re looking at layers of things especially when you look up. Do you look at each entire system separately? Go section by section looking at all components in each section before moving on to the next section? Kneel there on the concrete scrap and rocks and stare, thinking about how much more you like inspecting home with slabs instead of crawlspaces?
The purpose of this post is to help newer inspectors who are confronted with all this stuff and aren’t sure how to make sense of it all and not miss anything without taking a long, long time.