So if you run into a untreated 4x4 used as a post to support a deck, there should be no mention of it as long as it’s “performing” at the time of the inspection? What happens when few years down the road the post disintegrates, the deck collapses, someone gets hurt… investigation determines the post should have been treated and the inspector did not call it out because it was “performing” at the time of the inspection.
A “qualified” home inspector should have a good understanding of what materials should be used and where. I can provide a large list where this applies, such as a plastic vent instead of metal on conventional fuel burning appliance, metal straps vs plastic, dry-area only rated cables used in outdoor application, bright common nails instead of galvanized, etc, etc… are you saying not to call any of these out just because they are performing at the time of the inspection? really? So in other words… it’s all good if the entire house falls apart because it wasn’t built using the right methods and or materials only because it “performed” on the day of the inspection? okay