With all of this nonsense where the real estate salesman is transferring liability to the home inspector through legislation…etc…there is something that has been overlooked.
The State of Kansas, just like neighboring Missouri, has no building standards. No code.
Now, the larger cities do…but when you step outside of the counties surrounding Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita…most of the land is without building codes…no standards.
Thus, when a contractor decides to build the roof with the shingles upside down and the home inspector does not include it in his report…the inspector is simply recognizing the contractor’s right to be creative in the unregulated environment. With no standard to apply, the inspector lacks the means of stating that it is “wrong”.
There can be no standard violated where no standard exists.
Remember this, fellow inspectors, before you consider settling on a claim.