Always remember a few rules.
We’re not their cradle to grave insurance policy.
We’re not adopting and raising them, just inspecting the house.
We’re not the seller NOR are we a warranty company.
We’re the initial cursory screening process - not the final word.
$hit happens - it works one minute & breaks down the next.
Its not my house - its yours, take care of it.
Sellers, Realtors and many buyers would have you paying for anything that quits working or breaks during an inspection or shortly afterwards.
Buyer moved into a house we did an inspection on 2 months ago. Two days later the floor drain backs up. Wants us to be responsible & pay to fix it.
Sorry Guy - last fall same thing happened to me. Last night its OK, today the drains backed up. I paid to fix mine - you take care of yours.
I feel the worst thing for our profession is to baby these people. It sits up all kinds of unreasonable expectations.
I once tested a garage outlet and heard the GFCI trip. I’d seen a reset on another outlet in the garage and assumed it would be that one. It wasn’t.
That reset also controlled the half bath & upstairs bath and O/S outlets. This happened at the end of the inspection. The seller had just came home and when we explained that we couldn’t find the GFCI reset he told us it was behind the garage storage shelf unit.
The sellers kid had an old car he was working on stored in the garage (without its wheels and the kid is away at school). There was a floor to ceiling solid storage shelf in the garage with a solid wood back on it. The car was wedged up against the storage shelf. The 2nd garage reset was behind there. You couldn’t get to it. The seller was ballistic. I had another job to go to, so couldn’t stay to help him move everything. He was pissed.
I don’t blame him for being pissed - but it was his problem not mine. On top of that the buyer backed away from the house.