One of my listings was recently inspected by a home inspector from a city an hour away from the community the home is located in. I never met the man or heard of him and did not know what my sellers were in for. The buyer for the home lives 2 1/2 hrs. away and didn't know the inspector either, but he was recommended by her agent. Why this particualr inspector? The buyer's agent tells me he trusts him over anyone else because he is the only inspector used by the inspector's city government to inspect properties. Hmm...an inspector for a government entity, now things are becoming much clearer.
The home inspection resulted in a list of repairs to be completed by the seller, most of which were rejected by the seller, but the most interesting was a request for electrical repairs. The home is 62 years old with a partially finished basement. The inspector determined that all the wiring in the basement that ran underneath the floor joists needed to rerouted through the floor joists. As in drill holes through the floor joists, disconnect the wiring from the breaker box and reroute. This is the building code of today, but we're not doing remodeling, we're not rewiring the house, this a home inspection of current conditions so the buyer can be informed of any serious defects before purchasing the home. Is this a defect because it wasn't building code in 1947? Was this overkill or what? He also insisted that the microwave that was plugged into a surge protector to....I know this is unbelievable, but....to protect it....must be unplugged from the surge protector and plugged directly into the wall. Amazing!
What's your opinion? Was this inspector stepping beyond the bounds of the purpose behind a home inspection?