Using Qualified Contractor in Narrative

Seeing there is a specific contractor recommendation available and it is used, do you think we still need to say “Recommend a qualified plumber…” in the Narrative. ?
Rather than “Recommend any needed repairs…”

I don’t know what you mean by, “Seeing there is a specific contractor recommendation available and it is used…”

I use both concepts, specific tradesman vs vague to who does the repair. For something that requires knowledge, and at the same time, something that I’m looking to transfer liability from me and also needs to be repaired properly, I actually use “by a licensed building contractor/licensed plumber/licensed electrician…” For something minor that a homeowner or handyman will probably repair, I use something like, “Recommend repair of this condition…”


Was referring to specifically Spectora report eg

I dont say "Recommend repairs by a Gutter Contractor.’ Just “Recommend repairs” as Gutter Contractor is already there.
What do others do.

I did do it that way at one time but decided to change it to eliminate repetitiveness.

In the report summary I now have a note stating that all repairs should be made by qualified or licensed contractors in the appropriate field.


For myself, I prefer to write out the “recommend repair by a qualified blah, blah, blah” in my narrative. It provides a nice way to wrap up the narrative. For that reason, I don’t use the contractor recommendations in Spectora.

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Thanks Ryan

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I list gutter extensions as a maintenance item for the homeowner.


Qualified is one thing, but it’s just as important to be licensed. People hire unlicensed “uncle Joe” contractors all the time. If he hurts himself on your property it can cost you big time. More often when there is a problem he is nowhere to be found.

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Morning, Alain.
The Spectora report examples, Observation and Recommendations, are far from compete. To state To say, “Water should directed away from the foundation falls short.” How far away should downspouts be from a foundation, slab, or piers?
Where should they be placed?
Condition: Should discharge 6’ feet from building.

The Recommendation as well falls short.
As for Contacting a qualified gutter contractor, again, missing the complexity of the condition deficiency.

Below is how I tackle deficient downspout extensions.
Recommend a licensed gutter installation and service repair contractor:
1: install/place downspout extensions where required.
2: downspout extension terminations be placed on the ‘highest point of the lot, in/for that area,’ allowing roof water, or snow and ice melt, to be disperses downstream, away from the building, foundation, slab or piers, walkway, driveway, curbs, or other critical yard features.
Act upon any recommendations therein.

Fair enough. But I like to show clients the efflorescence in the basement completely tied to the lack of extensions. So I have it as an orange. Thanks for the input

Thank you.

One approach I would say.

You do see your role as not only detecting issues but showing what exactly needs to be done. No problem there.

But my training from a 30+ yr home inspector was to refer clients to an appropriate contactor for remediation as they found necessary.

So I inform my clients that my job is to unearth concerns, explain what the potential ramifications are but to then seek guidance from a professional on the remedy.

So I rarely actually say what is needed. Not universally. I do in many cases take it down the road a bit, but certainly not to the level you discuss here.

But thanks for the input. Very appreciated

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