Having been a home inspector for a while I've seen and heard just about everything relating to this business. I don't claim to have all the answers or know the best way to do everything but there are some things I am certain on. Performing a fair and honest inspection with my clients best interest in mind has always been my intention. There have been times when I've gotten dirty looks, been called a deal killer ( I hate that term) and even asked to "take it easy on this one." On the other hand I receive a significant number of referrals from Realtors who see value in my services. No matter what, I refuse to stray off the path I've set for my business. It's right isn't it?
My question is to fellow inspectors. When a home inspector is inspecting a home should they consider whether or not their inspection may prevent a buyer from buying a home? Should a home inspector focus on and report on the positive attributes of a home too? I know it's my job to inspect and report on whether or not items are functioning as intended but is it stepping out of bounds if I also report on the good attributes?
In my opinion the only real reason an inspector would focus on the positive attibutes is to help sell a house. At the same time if an inspector reports that the home is located on a beautiful court with mature pine trees and great view, that may not be lying but does it belong in a report?
Another question I have for my fellow inspectors is whether or not you report on things that are not major issues? This is the one thing I've heard more than anything else, "Just focus on the major things like foundation and structure." I do agree these are the major components but does that mean the "smaller issues like ineffective downspout extensions and damaged caulk at the exterior should not be reported?
As I said these are real questions. I'm not interested in helping to sell a house but I wonder what your thoughts are on this?