Marcel made a great comment in a post recently that I wanted to ask about separately. He said, “A house that age, (1960) you can only recommend upgrades for items that pertain to safety, they are not defects.” I have been helping a new member and saw in his first report some recommendations of things to do that fell under Marcel’s comment. They weren’t really defects, but as Marcel said, recommendations to upgrade for enhanced safety.
When my friend put those items in the report as a recommendation, I knew it wasn’t a defect. However, the client didn’t, and immediately most of those recommendations got sent to the seller as an item that needed correcting. Which then caused some back and forth between buyer and seller as to whether it was required or a nice to have and that nothing was really wrong with it as is, was it really a defect, then they both contacted the inspector and he wasn’t sure how to answer their questions, an argument ensued, etc. Definitely want to avoid that ever happening again.
So how would you write up something like that…something that isn’t a defect cause it probably met code at the time of construction…and there really isn’t anything “wrong” with it now, but that it definitely can be improved upon now. I will not give an example because most of the replies will then just focus on that one example. How would you write something like that up or identify it in your report, so it isn’t considered a defect?