When I was assembling the material for my home inspector training at the Law and Disorder Seminar a little over four years ago, I gathered some data about home inspection claims from an underwriter for an insurance company that is a major player in the home inspector professional liability insurance market. And while talking to an insurance underwriter can definitely cause drowsiness, I took one for the club and learned one interesting factoid concerning the timing of home inspection claims.
Sixty percent of claims against home inspectors, according to this underwriter, are presented within the first year after the inspection. Ninety percent are presented within the first two years after the inspection. The other ten percent arise more than two years after the inspection.
While this company extracted those percentages from a huge database of claims over many years, the numbers are actually almost congruent with my own experience over an obviously much smaller number of cases and shorter period of time.