I saw something today I never witnessed before. It happened when I was covering a home inspection for one of my agents (Yes- I know. What a great guy I am). A home inspector brought the buyer onto the roof to show him something. I was so surprised to see this that I snapped a picture of it on my phone. Now, this was the first time I ever met the inspector. He was a sharp guy, handled the buyer’s 3-year old son like a champ, and from everything I saw made a thorough, straight inspection. He even had one of those infrared thingies that can detect moisture and rodents in the walls. He really was very good in every other way.
However, I know inspectors who wouldn’t go up on a roof themselves. It’s part of risk management. I have often said that New York is a shark tank of liability, and many inspectors don’t feel it wise to climb up there, opting instead to making a visual inspection , even using binoculars. But they don’t go up there.
We can argue whether or not that is right or wrong, but I have never seen an inspector take a buyer up there with him. The buyer is a young guy, ostensibly fit, flexible, and coordinated. But gravity is gravity, and I really wonder if the inspector’s insurance, let alone the home owner, would be comfortable with such a thing.
I am not trying to give the inspector a hard time, or impugn his judgement, but I really do have to wonder if that move is very wise.