BTW, my client called me and told me the seller had sent her a copy of “the letter” that the seller provided. The letter stated that “after inspection of your trees, the trees are not impending harm on (Utilities) cabling. Thank you for your concern”. The “letter” in no way shape or form addressed the service drop and its close proximity.
There are a couple of issues here.
- Why isn’t the seller concerned about his/her and family safety?
- Why wouldn’t the utility take a more pro-active approach at looking into this problem? Maybe they were at the property before this condition existed.
- The more I do inspections; the more I realize how clueless some are.:roll:
Many times (and in this case) the buyers are young, newly married, inexperienced, new home buyers. These two were both young school teachers and had no clue. If I would have told the young man to reach out and grasp those cables, he probably would have.
Of course, letter or no letter, the safety factor remains and would not, should not and could not affect the report.
I firmly believe that my job as an inspector is not only to give a condition assessment of the property but also to educate the buyer, especially in the case of first time buyers.
Just imagine this couple moving into this house, throwing a party; drinking on this balcony; a little horseplay and a call to 911.
I emphatically recommended my clients have their lawyer pursue this issue with the seller’s attorney with an adequate resolution and repair prior to closing. I also told them I would be glad to re-inspect after the work was completed at no charge.