This last inspection was some what frustrating & thought I would share with other inspectors as I know you have similar circumstances.
We just recently had a snowfall of about 6 inches.
The home was vacant & I typically arrive 30-45 minutes early to map the exterior.
The Realtor showed up early and this was the first time I have met him.
He stated several times during the inspection that he has been in real estate over 30 years.
While we were outside introducing ourselves I mentioned that the roof and numerous exterior components could not be evaluated.
I mentioned in best interest to my/his client that they obtain roof information/documentation from the seller. He stated the roof was 5 years old. I stated it looks like a ski slope & I can not evaluate a snow covered roof.
The Realtor then stated that the weather is to clear in a few days & I should come back to inspect. (For free of course) I told him that I would have to charge for the re inspection. (He was frustrated by my comments)
I then proceeded to inspect the garage & portion of the interior when my client arrived about 30 minutes late. (I am always early & on time why cant people be on time or call if they are running late)
The client is a nervous Nelly type.
They want to know why I am not inspecting the refrigerator. I told them the doors are open & it is unplugged. Takes 12-24 hours to obtain optimum cooling temperatures.
Then we get to the living room.
Skylights with evidence of moisture staining. Nervous Nelly is freaking out.
I state that it is common for condensation or leakage. May need the flashing/curb sealed.
Fireplace door falls off, damper being held in place with a wire and the gas was not on when I went to light.
Realtor is freaking out that I need to go in the basement & turn on the gas.
I stated that my inspection is readily accessible & document needs to be evaluated.
So they Realtor & clients son go in the basement & supposedly turn on the gas. As I continue the inspection through out the interior. The client could not follow along due to health.
As we go by the fireplace Realtor insists I try fireplace. Still no gas.
(When I go in the basement they turned the gas off)
We get to master bath and the shower pan backs up with 2-3 inches of standing water. Realtor tells clients son to get a plunger. (Trap leaked in the basement) Whirlpool does not operate and no GFCI. Realtor freaking out calls an electrician. (He arrives when I get done, I ask him while he is her can he give an estimate on the RP & OG in garage. He states he is only here for the tub) I wouldn’t hire this guy to connect speaker wire. I actually know the guy from playing softball)
Reviewing inspection with client. Home has older water heater & A/C and some appliances. I state about a Home warranty. Realtor freaks out.
Client states she would like to have a fence installed.
I state to obtain permits, hire a quality contractor(Not like the Realtors electrician) and to get a survey. Realtor freaks out and says you do not need a survey.
There were other issues as well.
Have an ispection set for Monday, wait they called & changed to Tuesday due to utilities. This realtor states to have the inspector de winterize the house as they often do this. (I dont) (This guy called 2 weeks ago and I suggested he gets the utilities on for the inspection.
Did inspection 2nd of January. No one showed due to snow but me.
Was for realtors out of town brother.
Home had 18 year old water heater/A/C/Appliances & furnace.
No recent records of service for furnace. The furnace & water heater operated properly and I suggested to have a sytem check performed before closing or have proof of recent documentation and a Home Warranty if concerned about the age of appliances.
Realtor gave my number to seller as her brother wants either new sytems, or a home warranty. I told the selling agent that the systems operated and that asking for new systems is not required by seller. I explained having a 77-125 dollar system check is not unreasonable or discussing a Home warranty.
These are the people that call belly achin that there furnace, water heater or air doesnt work. (I dont have a crystal ball)
Thanks for listening