I have an agent who questioned the liability of deeming a house certified as move-in-ready. If seller repairs all items found in the report, that is one thing. But, if seller will not or cannot make recommended repairs (ie GFI, rotten window, etc) how can we claim it to be move in ready? My response to her was that if repairs were not made, it would only be “pre-inspected”. Sellers have to earn the “Certified” label.
I posed the question to my Inspector Lawyer, asking him if I was opening myself up to liability and his one word response was “absolutely”.
So, what exactly is the criteria that a home must meet to qualify?
InterNACHI defines what the buyer should expect in one paragraph in the program. As long as an inspector does not hide that paragraph in his report, there is no more liability than a typical home inspection. Which in my opinion is very little.