resqman Posted November 5, 2009 Report Share Posted November 5, 2009 For those do litigation work, I am interested from a legal perspective of reviewing reports, how does the court system handle not reporting items that do not exist or were satifactory? The state SOP's state that home inspectors must inspect sump pumps. Here in the land of slab and crawlspaces, sump pumps are few and far between. If the house does not have a sump pump, there is nothing to report so the inspector puts nothing in the report at all about sump pumps . Or there is a sump pump which is satisfactory so nothing is put in the report. The issue I see is that there is no documentation in the report that the inspector inspected the sump pump if present or that the inspector performed the state mandated inspection looking for a sump pump. Does the court take the opinion that since there is nothing in the report about the sump pump (because it did not exist or was satisfactory) that the inspector failed to perform a complete inspection? The list of items that must be inspected but are found infrequently include trash compactors, sump pumps, thermostatically controled attic ventilation fans, etc. The slipperly slope part of this question is... what about items that are commonly found but are satisfactory so not mentioned like pipe supports, water heater flues, etc. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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