Often, after an inspection, and before the buyer closes, utilities get turned off, along with heat, and water. Then, the owner/bank does not winterize the property, and pipes split and break, and then are found when the owner moves in weeks later, even after the utility company turns utilities back on for the owner. This has happened on me on more than one occasion.
In one home about three years ago, I did an inspection, all utilities were on, home was vacant. I left the utilities on. This was summer time. The owner calls about 4 weeks later to complain that there was evidence of water in the basement, and the furnace and hot water heater was not working, and rusted. He was looking for someone to blame. The electricity was turned off two days after my inspection, and, several rainstorms later, the sump pump could not work, and allowed a flooded basement. The new owner had the utilities turned on two days before closing, and the sump pump ran the basement dry, revealing the rusted furnace and hot water heater.
Blame: the owner for turning off the utilities to save a couple of dollars.
Clauses must be in every inspection report on vacant homes to save liability for instances such as these.