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Home buyers can sometimes be unrealistic in their expectations of a home inspection.  Of course, nobody actually schools buyers on what the limitations and exceptions are to a home inspection.  Many real estate agents do not know either.  Hopefully, the home inspector has a website that pretty much covers what to expect.

But I want to focus just on roof inspections.  I used to say "I will walk on the roof" but I have since found a new and updated method that eliminates the danger while providing the buyer with roof pictures.  With new state-of-the-art drones, you can get as many pictures and as close up as you would want.  The reason I bring this up is because I saw a blistering review on a competitor whom I have never met but with whom I felt a great empathy.  The "reviewer" was insensed because the inspector would not climb a ladder to the second story roof and walk on it. 

1.  In fact, every Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors states that the inspector is not required to do anything he considers dangerous, and if he provided a copy of the Standards to the buyer, then the buyer should have known that.

2.  Walking on any roof has inherent dangers.  I had a buyer insist upon getting on the roof himself, which he did, and put his foot through a soft spot and created a hole.

3.  Climbing a ladder with camera and binoculars on a windy day is a recipe for disaster.  My wife's late husband fell off a ladder and died instantly.

My point is, it is totally unnecessary to climb a ladder to view the roof or walk on it when you have a drone.  Buyer's expectations must be managed and old fashioned methods are no longer appropriate.

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