The home inspector is in the opinion business. He/she does not have the authority to pass / fail things. If you make a recommendation - no matter how foolish or stupid - its just that, a recommendation.
If the buyer negotiates this issue with the seller and the seller agrees to further evaluation, etc - thats it - win, loose or draw.
I’ve had sellers call me and say “Well, old Charlie said they always do it that way. Nothing wrong with the 4 wires under 1 breaker, etc; the top loaded taps on the main electrical panel; the whatever …”
My response is “Terrific, thats old Charlies opinion - I gave my client (not you) my opinion. Apparently you and them negotiated this, you agreed to have further evaluation & pay for it. Were you going to send me a bonus check if your old Charley agreed with my findings and admitted to screwed the pooch - probably not. So have a nice day and go pay old Charley”.
Think about something real long and seriously. You’re at your doctors for your annual check-up and he finds something that worries him - say a black spot on your lungs. He recommends going up the hall to the lung specialist for further testing. Turns out to be just discoloration from growing up on a hay farm in South Dakota and breathing the dust.
Do we run back to the 1st doctor and call him / her a slimy POS and want him to pay for the tests - not often.
Why would we be any different - Guys / gals, butch up and get professional. We’re not their momma’s or pappa’s - we didn’t agree to adopt and raise them - just inspect the house 1 time - end of story. Don’t be bashful about telling them and real estate agents that story.
Way too many agents, buyers and sellers think we owe them something more than we actually do. Many of you think you’re demonstrating great customer PR when you baby them. When in fact you’re making them think our whole industry should babysit them - this hurts us all.