What is the address of the house that you inspected without any defects?
As I stated above, “I tell my buyers that they have the right to object to ANY and** ALL **conditions that are dis-satisfactory on their inspection report”. NACHI Standards of Practice ascribe to the thinking that, (and I quote):
NACHI Standards of Practice, Definitions and Scope, (BOLD ADDED)
1.1. A Home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a residential dwelling, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify observed material defects within specific components of said dwelling. Components may include any combination of mechanical, structural, electrical, plumbing, or other essential systems or portions of the home, as identified and agreed to by the Client and Inspector, prior to the inspection process.
I. A home inspection is intended to assist in evaluation of the overall condition of the dwelling. The inspection is based on observation of the visible and apparent condition of the structure and its components on the date of the inspection and not the prediction of future conditions.
II. A home inspection will not reveal every concern that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the day of the inspection.
1.2. A Material defect is a condition with a residential real property or any portion of it that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the real property or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property. The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at or beyond the end of the normal useful life of such a structural element, system or subsystem is not by itself a material defect.
1.3. An Inspection report shall describe and identify in written format the inspected systems, structures, and components of the dwelling and shall identify material defects observed. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported or recommendations for correction, monitoring or further evaluation by professionals, but this is not required.
NOTE THE BOLD TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE STANDARDS YOU ASCRIBE TO. GEE…SOUNDS ALMOST WORD FOR WORD WHAT I SAID ABOUT SAFETY AND VALUE CONCERNS…
I don’t cozy up to inspectors and they don’t cozy up to me. You are one of those “chip on the shoulder guys”. I have never seen a client take out the phone book and look for an inspector.
I obviously have enough confidence in my professionalism and my client’s satisfaction rating over the past 12 years to ask advice directly from a NACHI web site. Ask Nick, he’ll tell you, agents ARE NOT your enemies, they are fellow professionals.
BTW…it’s a big NO NO for you to say that your clients will take your report and RENEGOTIATE based on your findings. Are you in the business of real estate negotiation and are you qualified to assess the value of your findings to a real estate transaction in terms of dollar credits?
I NEVER said I didn’t want my client to know all the defects in a home, just to know which defects will affect their safety and value, but I can 100% GUARANTY that you will not find every defect in any given property and I bet you have a tidy disclosure that says so, am I right?
Be nice Bob! It’s such a fifth grade attitude the “home inspectors against agents thing…”