I was at an inspection today, and if the SOP was strictly adhered to, the signficant mold and water leakage would never have been noted. There were no signs of the water leak without moving the refrigerator and the oven and then moving the dishes and looking at the back of the cabinets.
So here is the question, I know the SOP protects “US” but isn’t our purpose to protect the buyer?
I am not saying move everything and look everywhere, but the person buying this was a single mom with two small kids. What if a person who strictly abides by the SOP did this inspection? The inspector would have been legally covered, but what about the buyer?
I was thinking of this because of Erics earlier post where the guy didn’t have attic access, but a 6’2", 275lb guy could access it with a will and some passion in going the extra mile.
Should the SOP be updated and more of a demand put on us so that we can elevate the profession and give our clients more?
I am not saying I have the answers, just think that people actually hide behind the SOP instead of it being a guideline, they use it for a reason not to do whatever they don’t want to do.
Just a discussion…what if your family member bought this house unknowingly with the mold? I can hide behind the SOP and my PIA, but is that we are about?