Feeling a little down this noon time........ I just finished an inspection on a foreclosure property built about 1940. Very little long term maintenance has been performed on this property. Someone bought it for a "flipper" and then lost it to the bank for non-payment. The client was this sweet, innocent, young, recently engaged, inexperienced first time homebuyer couple. The lender would not turn on the water or gas for the kids regardless of how much I asked. I reduced my rate because of the utilities (and because I felt sorry for them). Absolutely the only thing right with the home was that the furnace was a 1994, 92% efficient unit. BUT I couldn't even test it. The list of deficiencies is way to long to waste your time here just know that it was not "Camelot", you know, the more I think of it would have to go some to be the stable at Camelot. Can you read "frustration"? I can't, as a professional tell them that "this is not the house they need" and still be ethical. However, I would not move my kids into the home until five of the items were corrected and that is what I ended up telling them after all was said and done. I believe I did what was right but wonder why the kids did not get a realtor to help them make the right decision in the search/purchase process. Realtors seem to be able to give direction where we as home inspectors cannot. If we step into the areana of selection then we have overstepped our bounds. Venting? Ranting? Just trying to get in gear for the PM inspection. I am so glad for this forum and welcome your insight.
Blessings to all, Mike www.wvhomeisnpections.net