Most home inspectors would summarize their job description as "discovering the problems in a home, and telling the buyer about them."
The problem with this definition is the word "problem."
The common assumption about a "problem" is that it needs to be solved. And, indeed, definitions of the word "problem" in the dictionary are:
Let me ask you, do you think a typical home buyer would find a list of "difficulties, perplexities, and vexations" a useful tool in their purchase decision?
If your answer is "probably not," I agree. Buying a house is already perplexing enough without the home inspector adding to the "difficulties."
Yet, the dilemma is that the home inspector has a duty to, (as real estate law describes it), discover the "defects" in a house and report them to the buyer. How to achieve this legal obligation without "vexing" the buyer, seller, and real estate agents is the conundrum of home inspecting.
I have found that the answer is to change the definition of the job ... i.e.,
if a home inspector's duty is to discover the "conditions" of a home rather than
the "problems" -- then, instead of perplexing the parties, clarification of the
issues can result.
This goal can be accomplished by utilizing the protocol of the Uniform Home Inspector's Code Bookâ