I stress to home inspectors about the legal importance of religiously following their SOP. I know that some home inspectors exceed their SOPs to “stand out” from competitors, but these “stand-out” inspectors are also opening themselves up to more possible liability.
I have read 1000s of SOPs, and a common thread in all of them is this: many phrases that begin, “The home inspector is not required to…” followed by a host of things for which the home inspector is not responsible.
However, I still receive many questions during seminars about the figurative Pandora’s box of legal issues that could arise from exceeding the SOP. Is the SOP that strong? Does exceeding it really open the inspector up to increased possible liability?
I go deeper into the issue in this week’s video blog.