Originally Posted By: dandersen
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The most neglected. Most often the cause of roof, wall, floor, foundation and footer damage. Results in structural movement and mold issues within the house.
Is a simple fix. If not done will kill an unsuspecting occupant (maybe a child) changing a light bulb!
Stair case design: Not to code in older homes. Are we going to require re-construction?
The wording in your report is the most likely source of "nit-pick".
Just list the issue. You don't have to report on the cause and do not have to tell them how or that they must fix it. When you start doing this, your making a big deal over something they may feel is un-necessary. Let them decide what is important to them. Just point it out.
Agents remark that some things I point out are minor issues. I respond that I must report everything I see if I don't know what the client feels is relevant. It's up to the client to determine what is important. If I don't mention it and they feel it was important, they will sue me. I try not to make a big deal out of anything if I can help it. "Just the facts".
You need to understand the clients family dynamics. Some little things may be catastrophic under some conditions.
I asked a client if his brother was Bob Vila once! It turned out that he was a qualified re-habber on a small scale. He understood what he was getting into. Planned on spending several years and $50,000 (+/-) in improvements. That was the important thing that needed to get across.