I usually place in my report bulbs burned out or missing. I try to check every light fixture. Basically I place in my report.
One or more bulbs may need to be changed out or installed, if bulbs do not work after this I recommend consulting with a qualified electrical contractor for further evaluation and possible repair or replacement of fixture or wiring.
I let them know that we can’t check every fixture in my report. We try to check as many as we can.
Broken/missing bulbs are noted with a note similar to what Shawn posted.
I don’t go around swapping bulbs because the potential for bulbs to break off in the fixture. Sometimes, if the client is concerned, and I can reach, I will use my voltage detector to determine if a fixture no bulb is getting power.
Thanks all. Yes, I’m trying to keep away from itemizing issues, especially when they may just need to replace the bulb.
“One or more bulbs may need to be changed out or installed, if bulbs do not work after this I recommend consulting with a qualified electrical contractor for further evaluation and possible repair or replacement of fixture or wiring.”
Do you recommend they check the bulbs before or after they close?
As Home Inspectors we report defects, if something doesn’t function as intended at the time of inspection, I write it up as defective and recommend corrections be made by a qualified Contractor, in this case it would be a qualified Electrical Contractor, whether it be a bulb, the fixture, the wiring, a switch or a fuse.
Be careful using phrases like, “if it still doesn’t work after you’ve done that troubleshooting then call…” and “possible repair or replacement of any component” in your report unless you want to create confusion and get people POd at you.