An inspection company in the Tampa Bay area actually GUARANTEES they will find sufficient issues that the seller WILL adjust the selling price to more than compensate for the inspection fee. To assist with the strategy, they will provide and estimated repair cost estimate for the purpose of the continuation of negotiation. A real estate professional would be wise to make the buyer aware this company will be prevented access to the home by the seller. The long lived consequences of an inspection rigged for this outcome will be more significant than kicking this buyer and inspection company to the curb should they choose NOT to go with another inspection outfit.
The above company, when the list was insufficient, created a list of speculations of what may have occurred!! "it is likely," they wrote, "that a leak existed before the roof was replaced. Leaks most commonly occur around the chimney flashing. Water incursion along the chimney may have allowed mold to grow in the chimney base." Yes, the owner paid for the mold inspection which resulted in ZERO spore count of any kind. And the inspection company held unaccountable.
Imagine an industry of inspectors who have knowledge of manufacturing tolerances and end of life actuarial and just minor knowledge of expected issues as a home ages...and what you have is a consumer vortex of confusion.
In Carla's entry, it is not indicated if the inspector made any entry regarding the significance of an I-beam that may be within manufacturing tolerance but not straight. Then one must argue, "What is straight?" No the inspectors just created an issue then kick the can down the street .."Consult a engineer." Hmmm, almost sounds like a real estate agent.
In our communities, we do have the ability to make these inspection companies notorious. We can advise buyer agents that if XYZ company is used, there is a very high likelihood the seller will not grant access. Bad behavior should be rewarded...also.
Hey, there are some really, really exceptional inspection companies out there, They also find every imperfections...but these imperfections are appropriately categorized and evidence their inspector did carefully examine the home.
There are no simple transactions. A home buyer or seller who has the good fortune of selecting the real estate professional who anticipates the obstacles ahead and prevents them from occurring is indeed being well served. Unnecessary drama is just that...UNNECESSARY!!
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
Chat with me - http://www.FloridaRealEstateMadeEASY.com
You must disclose. It is up to your seller to pay for a second and maybe even a third opinion. I would not leave this up to your "home inspector buddy" or to your "looking at it carefully."
Have the seller pay for an inspection and if it takes a structural engineer to render a decision then so be it.
My suggestion would be to talk with your broker.
Leave the interpretation to the professionals in the field and let that speak to the condition and be the disclosure. This way the buyer will make an informed decision, not a manipulated one.