When things don't work. Time to replace.
Performing home inspections is a very challenging profession.
We inspectors have to know what we are doing for the client's we serve, each and every time we are at a home for the client.
Wording is important.
When filling out a report for a buyer or seller. The wording is very important.
Take for instance if the smoke detectors do not work at all and they are old.
Do not write in the report, "Smoke detector's are bad and crap, replace the smoke detectors before you have a fire".
In My opinion This is what I would add to a report for non working smoke detectors.
" Several smoke detectors are in non working condition. These detectors are over ten years old and should be replaced for safety reasons. The expected life for a smoke detector is ten years. Recommend replace existing detectors".
This gives the buyer a good explanation for the replacement of the item in question.
Micheal Thornton and I talked about this a little but yesterday.
But it works now!
If there is something in or on the home that is supposed to be working and does, may be worn out or simply not functioning in the proper manner.
Finish the installation.
For example the huge number of exhaust vents from the kitchens and bathrooms.
Even though the vent fans are operational they are not correctly installed.
Reporting is like walking a tight rope. Many readers of the report can perceive the wording in several ways.
Keep it simple and never over analyze the issues. This could lead to confusion and distrust with the buyers and sellers. Not to mention the agents.
Have a great day every One.