My client, be it buyer, seller, or another party to the sale, owns the report. The client has the option to release the report to anyone else that they may choose.
My only request on the use of my report is that I ask that the report not be reproduced in it's entirety for distribution to prospective buyers, or for publication in its entirety to a website for promotion of a sale.
It is a violation of most of the published ethics standards that Home Inspectors are required to follow to present anyone other than the client with a copy of the Inspection Report without prior consent of the client. Most clients do agree to share the report with their own agent, and many don't mind to share the report with the seller and their agent. I always ask the client before I start an inspection, and my Inspection Agreement has a space to check off to grant or deny sharing of the report.
I provide one copy of the printed report to the client on site and a copy on CD with all the photos taken of the property. If the client has agreed to share the report with anyone else I provide info on how to access the report on my website.
I understand that there is a convention in the standard PA agreement of Sale or Real Estate law that allows for the seller to receive a copy of the inspection report from the buyer, if it is requested (I think this means the full report, but I have never had to find out).
I always ask the client (buyer) if I can forward it to their agent or anyone else for them - they can then let me know who they wish to have access to the report. Makes life easier for all.
It is alwayse interesting to see how business differs from region to region. I would hope that the inspector would respect the wishes of the individual that is paying him/her.
The person who pays for the inspection, whether buyer or seller, owns the home inspection report. However, either side will need to provide the other side with the report.
As a seller, they are required to give known disclosures (inspection reports are considered as one of those) to the buyers.
So, even if a previous buyer ordered inspection, received the inspection report and decided not to buy the property; as long as the seller has the report, they are required to give the report (even if it's from the previous buyer) to the current buyer to review.
We always advise the sellers before they order an inspection that the report will be shared with the buyers. Sometimes the sellers don't want to do inspection for fear of it might reveal a big problem but then we advise them it's better to find out now than later.
It's the customary thing to do, so they understand.
Sylvia . .
If there was not an objection or something that was objected to that is obvious I see no reason why a seller or listing agent would have any right to have access to this information.
If the seller is so concerned perhaps they may want to get the home inspected and provide a warrantee with the home. Kill two birds with one stone...