Last summer I attended a home inspection with one of my buyers. The inspector that he chose was one that I hadn't worked with before.
He was very nice, very knowledgable, and helped to educate the client during the inspection. I was starting to think about referring him to future clients.
Then we went outside in the backyard to "inspect" the roof.
He pulled out a pair of binoculars, held them up to his face, and pointed them towards the roof.
I said "Hey man. What are you doing?"
"Inspecting the roof" he said.
I said "Really?"
"Yes" he replied.
I replied with "When I look through binoculars at the birds in my backyard, I'm not inspecting them. I'm looking at them."
He went on to tell me that with his size (he was very overweight which I DO NOT JUDGE for one second) he can't physically get on the roof. He considered it a safety hazard for him... and the roof.
We went on to discuss things about the roof that you can't tell just by looking at it. Soft spots, popped nails, etc. He tried to convince me that his way of "inspecting" it was just fine.
I don't think so. It's not in the best interest of my client to have somebody peek at the roof through binoculars. My job (and the inspector's job) is to take care of the client. Clearly he was not doing this here.
Let me say this LOUD AND CLEAR. I will never judge somebody that is overweight, left handed, one legged, or anything else like that. I've been overweight in my life before. I get it. That said...
Unless it is covered in snow or raining or has a dangerously steep pitch...
My home inspector better get his butt on the roof.