Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard pose an interesting question in their article “Ladder Safety.” The question revolves around the necessity to walk a roof in order to provide an effective “general” home inspection. The article concludes that “to perform a home inspection to the Standards of Practice, you are not obligated to walk a roof. You have alternatives.”
I’m wondering, as a male, whether walking or not walking a roof has more to do with “a man being a man” than it does with the actual need to get on the roof. Given that the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled in the last decade (according to the article), I’m more than willing to get the most out of a pair of binoculars if that will serve the “general” home inspection purpose.