Most people think of a Home Inspection as the process of checking the furnace,looking at the roof,
walking around the perimeter and trying to view broken windows,opening the electrical panel,
inspecting plumbing for leaks,looking at the foundation for cracks and maybe scuttling through the crawl space.
The Inspector is thought of as a guy with a checklist who does this and simply writes down visible issues ,
takes some pictures,collects his Inspection fee,and sends a report.
The above is not inaccurate but is only a part of the process.
Look around the internet for a Home inspector and hit images to see there are many logos with a graphic of a magnifying glass
and a picture or cartoon of Sherlock Holmes.
Heck there is even a entire TV show starring a guy named Mike Holmes....coinsidence ?
One thing I learned to do more and more of as my experiance grew was to look for clues.....ah ha ! ,yes I had a point here.
When going through a property during my inspection process I often go back and forth rather than in a simple clockwise or
counter clockwise fashion for good reason because often times there is a clue that something bigger may be going on.
Sure I might for instance see a water stain and could simply write up there is a water stain but what is causing it ?
Often times there are cases of problems being hidden from sight but an experianced inspector will look for causes when possible
simply because they can lead to other issues which are report worthy.A noticable problem may be the issue
or it may be a symptom of yet another issue.
One example is below
Pie plate on the ceiling makes no sense and something is not right so peel it back and in this case it turned out to hold live wires