Report remarks & disclaimers for snow.

Does anyone have some remarks pertaining to snow covering for exterior & roofs?

Here’s mine. . .

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I would of liked to call in sick today. This client was a real pain in my ***.
I could never get him to listen. He left at least 10X for coffee, pee, forgot payment, everthing was more important than the inspection.

Sir you have some issues here on your 3 year old house. *Sorry I am to busy the client states in the other room can you check this broken cover plate?
Realtor doesnt care this is a take as is!!
Do you inspect any homes in the snow? You have the Big bear, Mammouth, tahoe or do you prefer Death Valley?

While the inspector loves to play in the snow ON THE GROUND, snow on the roof makes it dangerous to inspect, therefore, the inspector will not be playing in your snow today!

( Roof inspection prevented by Snow/Ice )
If possible I do try and put my Ladder up and sweep away in more then one area and just give a verbal on what I have can see.
I aslo remind them there is no way for me to do more then I have and they may wish to get a confirmation from the owner .

Roy Cooke

Sorry…couldnt resist!


I prefer heat over cold, any day of the week. I’ve not had the opportunity to inspect mountain homes in the winter, nor do I look forward to that opportunity, however, I would not dismiss it.

From yesterday’s “romp in the snow…”

“The townhome’s roof system was not fully physically-accessed, due to the substantial presence of snow and/or ice cover at the time of your inspection. Observation and inspection of the roof system was accomplished by the use of binoculars from the ground. Approximately 65% of the total roof covering surface above the inspected townhome unit was not visible, due to the stated snow/ice cover. Specifically, 85% of the main East (rear) elevation roof covering could not be viewed, and approximately 60% of the main West (front) elevation roof covering could not be viewed…”

We include additional comments on the types of flashing not observed due to snow cover (i.e. certain penetrations and all edge flashings), and we finish it-up by stating that the gutters were…you guessed it…full of snow. Appropriate disclaimers about the overall and/or operating condition of obscured roofing components are included in the specific report section comment, as well as in the overall Report section boilerplate which precedes the Roofing comments. Simply, if you can’t SEE it, you WON’T be held responsible for its’ condition.

Is this what you had in-mind?

What’s snow?? :-k

Gee If I was reading a report I think I like the KISS better .

(( Roof inspection prevented by Snow/Ice )

This is directly from the Carson Dunlop Book , I am led to believe it has been used more then any other reporting system so I think it has stood the test of time .
Roy Cooke

I employ a Dan Bowers type comment (from the other thread):

Our comments would ALWAYS be “The roofing, flashings and other accessories were snow covered and not visible at the time of our inspection. Nothing is known of the presence or absence of any defects at this area. We recommend examining this area prior to closing to determine its condition and to determine if any repairs are needed”.

What if the snow is not gone before closing - not my problem. Will I go back - absolutely (for a small fee $75-$100). If the realtor, lender or client is a good friend or uses us a LOT and the house is within 5 miles of my office, I may go back free IF I can do it without setting up a timed appointment and can simply slide it in at my own convenience.

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The roof is snow covered. Query vendor as to age, warranties, previous repairs.

No I do not put a ladder to edge, no I do not sweep a section off. If you sweep one section off, why not sweep a section on the other sides?

You cannot comment on what you cannot see, or that which is covered.

Macy’s plenty smart, Mr. Cooke. If he needed a “Roof inspection prevented by Snow/Ice” comment, I’m reasonably confident he could have cooked that up on his own.

Regarding Carson Dunlop…sure, they’re fine. They may indeed have been one of the first Words, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re the last Word. Different strokes for different folks. I was specifically asked to comment on the VISIBLE portions of the roof covering at the inspection from which the above-quoted narrative was pulled. My disclaimers (oral, with the Client in-person, and written, both specific and general) go-on to clearly state that partial observations of systems and roof components do not constitute a thorough inspection, and that the affected components should be fully-reviewed by me or a licensed roofer when the snow cover is gone…

As it turns-out, I’ll be back there on Monday after some warmer weather (their natural gas supply was locked-out at the meter at the original inspection), so the possibility exists that they’ll actually get a full roof inspection.

Back in the 70’s it was that stuff that Cheech and Chong theorized was what made Santa’s reindeer fly.

I hope this helps

“During the inspection the house was covered with snow and the wind chill factor is -10. I Strongly recommend that you get seek further evaluation from a Real Estate Professional about relocating to Florida”

Under Site Obsevations: “A recent snowfall limited visibility of surfaces.”

Under Roof: “The roof was evaluated from a ladder and with binoculars. It could not be safely walked”.

Will you take me in, from the cold?

Alive and frozen in the GREAT WHITE(SNOW) COVERED NORTH

Bob is a whimp it’s still fall .
I wonder when he will do when Winter comes .
See you on Dec 30th I hope .Shall I pick you up. 11;00 am

Sure! You got that new snowmoible yet? Or should I get the old plow and pick up truck out, to push the car down the road. I am not getting in that car of yours when its snowing no sir, last time I froze with my head out the window.
Please, buy wiper blades so I don’t have to do that again.