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Home defect falls through cracks on inspection report

Summary repair list should not replace full disclosure

Dear Barry, Our home inspector listed an electrical safety problem (damaged conduit on the outside of the house) in his report but did not include it in the "summary" portion of the report. Unfortunately, the summary is the section of the report our Realtor used to review the inspector's findings with us. The summary included other safety defects, and the seller agreed to have these repaired. But we noticed the omitted problem after the sale and had to pay an electrician $580 to repair it. Can we ask the Realtor or the home inspector to reimburse us for this expense? – Beth Dear Beth, If the damaged conduit had been mentioned nowhere in the inspector's report, that omission might constitute professional negligence. In this case, however, the defect was disclosed in the main body of the report but not repeated in the final summary. What we have, therefore, is a matter of simple human error, perhaps a clerical mistake or a computer glitch. What's more, the fault in this case app...

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