Boxers Or Briefs?

There’s a well-developed discussion that attracted a lot of commentary on one of the industry message boards that I visit regularly on what reporting methodology, Checklists or Narratives, is better.

The discussion centers on the question of which one is more likely to provide a defense in the event that a claim eventuates from the inspection. What was interesting to me was that, while the narrative format was by far the preferred methodology, each reporting format had its supporters and both received what I thought were insightful critiques of their respective shortcomings.

In the checklist format, the inspector follows a sequential series of questions about the home and simply checks a box to indicate whether the issue was “Satisfactory”, or “Needs Repair” or was “Not Inspected”. Some forms provide a limited space for annotating the reason that an item “Needs Repair” or was “Not Inspected”.

In the narrative format, the inspector states precisely what was inspected in a narrative form and gives a brief explanation why the item’s condition was satisfactory or not.
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Extinguish All Reputation-Damaging Home Inspector Threats

Extinguish Reputation-Damaging Home Inspection ThreatsBy the time a home inspector contacts me, he or she has already made exhaustive attempts to explain to an irrational client why a leak in a roof six months after it was reported as “near the end of its life expectancy” in an inspection report is not grounds for a claim against the home inspector.

At this point, the client’s Rage-O-Meter is near the top of the “shouldn’t exceed” zone. There is no logical discussion that can change the client’s mind or mission to make you pay. While there may be no logical discussion on your end, the firm and steady end of a competent legal counsel can make that claim disappear.

In this week’s video blog, I discuss how to extinguish all of these reputation-damaging threats.
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Underbussing is Now a Reality TV Show!

HGTV Show Underbusses Home InspectorsThere is a current television show whose host maligns home inspectors for not discovering defects he was only able to discover through using a sledgehammer and other intrusive means.

Home inspectors were immediately taken aback by the show’s message, and rightfully so. Several asked me to watch a few episodes to gauge how the show would play in the meritless claim game.

After watching a few episodes, and switching between disbelief and comedic release at the host’s house destruction, I came to a firm conclusion.
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Don’t Get Caught in Pre-Sale Inspections Trap

Pre-Sale Inspection Trap - Tip 34Sellers are encouraged to obtain home inspections prior to listing their house for sale.

That said, home inspectors MUST be aware of exposing themselves to liability to non-client third parties.

Home inspectors run into problems when someone with whom the home inspector does not have a contract claims to have been warned by the alleged negligence of the home inspector.

In this week’s video tip, I discuss why home inspectors like you should not get caught in the pre-sale inspection trap, illustrate how you can avoid it and detail an example from a case I recently handled.

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