"The inspector needs to prove that animals are getting in..." said the seller to my client's agent.
Well, no, the inspector doesn't.
The selling agent had called me to say the seller does not believe there was anywhere on the house that animals could have gotten indoors. He asked me if there was a photo of such a place?
> There was damage to personal belongings stored all over the attic space.
> The insulation was disrupted, and converted into a regular condo.
> The vine you see there is the top of a huge poison ivy growth which has extended all the way into the attic space. The fence and rear corner of the house was leafy and green! It had been growing so high and large that it actually pushed the wood work open on the rear of the house.
The hole behind the gutter was probably created by squirrels.
Is it large enough for animals to get in? Sure! Squirrels, birds, bats - animalia!
That little clump of stuff you see under the hole is a piece of insulation jammed tightly in there. It is an apparent safety feature. I guess the squirrels living there didn't want the kids to fall out of the hole.
My recommendation: home inspectors observe and report. They don't PROVE anything is happening or not happening because of what is observed. In this case the report stated there was a hole in the rear roof and evidence inside of vegetation and animal infestation inside. The animals had left for the day - shopping, to school, visiting friends, or whatever. That plants and animals are present was obvious. That there is a hole was obvious. That there is damage was obvious. The need for cleaning up this mess IS obvious.
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