Originally Posted By: rking
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Thought I would post this, it might help a few of the newbies, and get a few raised eyebrows from the veterans.
I recently did an inspection on a "year round cottage" (as it was advertised) for a real estate office I had never worked with previously.
After I had completed my inspection, I was told I did a good, thorough job!
Now, I am being criticized for being too thorough!
I should have treated it as a cottage and performed my inspection accordingly!!!
The vendor insists the shingles are only five years old, and they may be, but 75% of the roof was covered in pine needles and maple leaves (patriotism I guess!). It also appeared as though it was either the second, or third layer of shingles on the roof and as such, the roof covering (shingles) had worn out prematurely and I reported it that way.
There was a woodstove with no label and improper combustible clearances.
A masonry fireplace that was not high enough, had no ashpit or cleanout, no lintel above the opening, and improper hearth configuration (ceramic tiles on combustible flooring).
My client was/is extremely happy with my inspection.
The realtor dissatisfied because they may lose the sale because of my thoroughness on a 'cottage'!
The way I see it is too bad for you (the realtor).
I did my job properly, professionally and kept my a&% out of trouble.
I will most likely not get another inspection from that particular real estate office but there are plenty of others who will appreciate my honesty and thoroughness.
Whew, so long....time for a coffee!
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