I have been questioned by some Agents about what I inspect and why. The implication was that I was going beyond the scope of a Home Inspection when I include certain items. My reports are thorough so I do go beyond the minimum requirements on many things. A client will see notes on broken sprinkler heads, major fence issues even if they are not adjacent to the home, and some times outbuildings that are not attached.I will test the sprinklers if the client desires and I am able to. Each inspection is a case by case situation on these types of components.
If these items were included in the clients inspection request of course they will get a full report on them. If they were not the client can still look forward to seeing comments about major defects observed while on site.
I have inspected for clients that have not seen the home or grounds; I think they may want to know about this storage shed, would you not?
Most clients have seen the grounds and home and most are on site for the inspection, but noting these items can still be a benefit, as they, through the report have an itemized list of defects on the property.
Clients have a lot of things on their minds during the purchase process, giving them a photo record that they can review at their leisure may help them make a better decision about the home. A decision that fits their personality and desires.
I have bought around 25 homes so far in my life and I know first hand buyers may overlook things, even obvious items. The purchase process claims their attention, allowing for things to slip by.
As a home inspector my job is to inform the client, information is the key to a fair deal. I'll continue to note these items to better help my clients.