During home inspections we OFTEN come up against a small problem that can be easily fixed. And sometimes the buyer tries to jump in to fix it on the spot, thinking it will help the inspection process.
I ALWAYS HAVE TO CAUTION PEOPLE AGAINST TRYING TO REPAIR SOMETHING DURING A HOME INSPECTION.
Why? Because if they break it instead of fixing it, that gives an opening for it to be said that everything in the house was fine until "that home inspector" broke it to create something to write into his report.
Do you think I am kidding?
I AM NOT!
Sellers have tried that to minimize or eliminate any claim the buyer may have against a house that needs repair. The home inspection has lost its value.
I have seen it happen!
It's at the point of attempting a repair that I have to mention THE HOME INSPECTOR HIPPOCRATIC OATH.
The original Hippocratic Oath has changed much over the years. Originally it said things like, "I will prescribe regimens for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice." It prohibited prescribing a lethal drug, performing an abortion or even using a knife for any reason unless absolutely necessary to save the patient, including the treatment of slaves.
Like I said, it has changed much over the years.
But THE HOME INSPECTOR HIPPOCRATIC OATH should never change. If I was king of the home inspectors the oath would be real simple.
"Rule #1 - Don't break anything. Rule #2 - Pay real close attention to Rule #1."
That's it! Could it be longer? Sure! But why? Could I add more? Sure! But why?
My recommendation: During a home inspection pay real close attention to THE HOME INSPECTOR HIPPOCRATIC OATH! Doing so will pay dividends in the end!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560