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In my eyes the purpose of an inspection report is to provide information to a buyer as to what may be facing them down the line in owning a particular home. It's not to promise a "perfect" home to buyers. Inspectors already "confuse" cosmetic with structural, mechanical, electrical issues already. Just this week I had a repair request for one of my listings, 90% of which were normal wear and tear items for an 8 year-old home or cosmetic items. They should have been labelled as such in the inspection report.
home inspections should be for current mechanical and structural defects.... period.... we have gone well beyond that scope today.... time to stop.
Nina Hollander, Broker
I think the buyer should be informed as much as possible and told if things are within code or in the inspectors judgement done by homeowner or by someone who is licensed and bonded . Deferred maintenance to me includes items that are at it near their useful life expectancy and the buyer should plan to replace in a couple of years.
I like the idea of including deferred maintenance items in the inspection report, Michael. As long as it's clearly indicated that it has no bearing on the actual home inspection issues that the buyer may challenge with the seller.
Michael Thornton its always a good idea to include that - with clarification that there is nothing wrong with these items, and it is for information purpose only.
I do let my buyers 'warn' that there may be some items in home inspection report that may make you worry, however, it is normal wear and tear.
I guess there are 2 sides to that story. Some inspectors only do visuals and others HAVE to find something wrong.
Barbara nailed this one.
I think it should be included...It may hurt the sale, but then again it may.
One of my favorite home inspectors has always included a section for what I would call "future items for which to budget" - subtlely implying the buyers are not buying new construction and should not expect sellers to replace perfectly good, well functioning items just because they have some age on them.
It all depends on the maintenance items and how it is reported. I believe what started out as a helpful tool is now a mired by government intervention